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Here's a hint: if you happen to shipwreck on the island of Aeaea, and an intoxicatingly beautiful woman offers you some refreshment, don't take the bait. The chances are very high that you've just run into Circe, the immortal sea witch. She may seem gracious at first, but as soon as she's done wining and dining her guests, she whips out her magic wand and transforms them into animals. A true pet lover, Circe fills her palace with her formerly human pals, spending most of her days lounging around with her strangely docile lions, panthers, and pigs. Circe is most famous for her appearance in Homer's Odyssey where she transforms Odysseus' men into swine. In the end, though, Odysseus gets friendly with Circe (like really friendly), and the sea witch transforms his men back, gives them directions to the Underworld, and sends them on their way. Hey, maybe she's not so bad after all. Eh…

Basic Information

The Sea Witch
Current cityLives in her palace on the island of Aeaea

Work & Education

Sea Witch
EducationHecate's School of Witchcraft (a grade-A institution)


Political viewsFree love!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsHelios (Dad)
Perse (Mom)
ChildrenAccording to some, I had Ardeas, Latinus, and Telegonus with Odysseus.
FriendsHecate (The goddess of magic and one cool chick)
EnemiesScylla (She stole that sexy boy, Glaucus, from me, so I turned her into a sea monster.)
Aeetes (My brother who's still mad at me for cleansing Medea and Jason after they killed Abysrtus)


Relationship statusBig crush on Glaucus
Major fling with Odysseus
Interested inNothing but hunks (and Severus Snape)


Quotations"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
– Winston Churchill

"I put a spell on you
Because you're mine"
– from "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

"Men are pigs."
– Popular Saying (So, why not make them appear as they really are! :-))

"'He calls her Circe,' Mike said. 'He claims she turns men into pigs.'"
– from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

"I foresaw your departure,
Your men with my help braving
The crying and pounding sea. You think
A few tears upset me? My friend,
Every sorceress is
A pragmatist at heart; nobody sees essence who can't
Face limitation. If I wanted only to hold you
I could hold you prisoner."
– from "Circe's Power" by Louise Glück
Books"Circe's Power" by Louise Glück (Though it should be titled, "Circe's Ridiculously Awesome Power.") 
Hecate's Book of Practical Magic (Totally essential for any self-respecting sorceress.) 
Wicked, the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire 
The Odyssey by Homer (Yeah, Homer knew just how sexy I really am.) 
Medea by Euripides (Even though Medea kind of gives witches a bad name.) 
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (If I were Maggie, I would've just turned Brick into a pig and been done with it.) 
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Love those Weird Sisters!) 
The Harry Potter series (Love them! Every single one.)  
Animal Farm by George Orwell (All these talking animals totally remind me of my palace.) 
"Leda and the Swan" by William Butler Yeats 
Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto 
MusicI Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone 
Do You Believe in Magic? by the Lovin' Spoonful 
Where Have You Been? by Rihanna (One day, you'll be mine again, Odysseus.) 
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons 
This Magic Moment by the Drifters 
Black Magic by the Magic Wands 
Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones (Oh yes, you can be my beast of burden, Mick Jagger. All you have to do is drink from my cup.) 
MoviesTitanic (Guess what island the delectable Leonardo DiCaprio washed up on after he fell off the ship?) 
Snow White and the Huntsman (The Queen is kind of a role model.) 
Practical Magic 
Dirty Dancing 
The Little Mermaid (Okay, I like this one, even though Ursula is a terrible stereotypically evil sea witch.) 
The Witches of Eastwick 
The Blue Lagoon 
The Harry Potter series (I can't be the only one who thinks Severus Snape is a hottie.) 
TV ShowsTrue Blood 
Downton Abbey 

Activities & Interests

LikesHerbal Medicine
Long walks on the beach
Private islands
Severus Snape (Hey, I have a thing for potion masters)
Casting spells
Transforming men into pigs and other selected beasts
GroupsGods and Goddesses
Sea Witch Union
Daughters of the Sun
Severus Snape Fan Club

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