glamour A type of Bewitchment in which things or people are made to seem better than they are. In Celtic magical lore, a Spell for glamour is called glamourie, or sian in Gaelic. Glamour spells are cast by Fairies, WITCHES, SORCERERS, and deities. A glamour spell creates illusions: Rags look like elegant clothing, ugly people look handsome, hovels look like castles, and worthless objects look like treasures. Animals look like beautiful people. Glamour spells end suddenly. For example, in the fairy tale about Cinderella, a glamour spell makes her appear elegantly dressed, and a pumpkin pulled by mice appears to be a fi ne carriage drawn by horses. The spell ends at midnight on the night of a ball.

The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.