Spengler's Spirit Guide

The Paranormal Side of St. Patrick's Day

Pot O' Gold Hello again EGB trainees. Today's entry deals with a holiday that doesn't typically conjure images of vengeful ghouls, but is almost as paranormally active as Halloween: St. Patrick's Day. Though I enthusiastically welcome the arrival of spring and enjoy the parades and related revelries on this most festive day, I also cringe at the thought of another run-in with some of my least favorite apparitions -- Malignant Leprechauns. It was one year ago this week that Garrett and I first had to deal with an exceptionally nasty Leprechaun intent upon sabotaging the St. Patrick's Day parade. Thankfully, the evil elf is now safely jailed downstairs in the Ecto-Containment Unit.

This is not to say that all Leprechauns are dangerously anti-social. Because victims of these mischievous midgets frequently describe their encounters as little more than irritating, Leprechauns are typically categorized as Class 2 magnitude apparitions. Usually content to play practical jokes, gorge, and go about creating a general ruckus, Leprechauns are often benign. Tales of hinterlands populated by short-statured pranksters in underground dwellings have been a part of European folklore for several hundred years. Yet, the exact origin of the Leprechaun is uncertain. A growing number of experts theorize that the Lucky Shamrockmodern conception of the Leprechaun -- as a grinning, drunken miser dressed in green, guarding his lucky pot of gold -- is actually a combination of the traits of various "fairy" apparitions recurrent in Old World fables.

To explain: the image we have of Leprechauns as little green-suited men with permanent smiles parallels the description of a type of fairy known as a "trooping fairy". These happy little fellas were said to travel in groups, and had a knack for helping people (and animals) in distress. Hence, it was considered good luck to encounter them, despite their tendency towards petty thievery.

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