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Circe

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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

    Name

    Circe

    Nickname

    Kirke
    The Sea Witch

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Lives in her palace on the island of Aeaea

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Goddess
    Sea Witch

    Education

    Hecate's School of Witchcraft (a grade-A institution)

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Free love!

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Helios (Dad)
    Perse (Mom)

    Siblings

    Aeetes
    Pasiphae
    Perses

    Children

    According to some, I had Ardeas, Latinus, and Telegonus with Odysseus.

    Friends

    Hecate (The goddess of magic and one cool chick)

    Enemies

    Scylla (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)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Big crush on Glaucus
    Major fling with Odysseus

    Interested in

    Nothing but hunks (and Severus Snape)

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    True Blood 
    Downton Abbey 
    Charmed 

    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 

    Music

    I 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.) 

    Movies

    Titanic (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.) 
    Enchanted 
    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.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Herbal Medicine
    Long walks on the beach
    Private islands
    Severus Snape (Hey, I have a thing for potion masters)

    Interests

    Alchemy
    Sorcery

    Groups

    Gods and Goddesses
    Sea Witch Union
    Daughters of the Sun
    Severus Snape Fan Club
    Witches 

  • Spotter's Guide

    It's easy to become enchanted with Circe, the seductive sea witch. She's fabulously beautiful and knows how to throw an awesome dinner party. You'd better be careful if you ever get invited to one of her shindigs, though. See, Circe's favorite after-dinner entertainment is to wave her magic wand and turn her guests into animals. If this sounds like a good time to you, then set sail for her mystical island of Aeaea. Circe guarantees that you're in for a "wild" time. You'll know it's her if you see a lady with a wand surrounded by animals.

    Sex: Female
    Age: Eternally young
    Build: Shapely
    Complexion: Pale
    Hair Color: Black
    Facial Hair: None
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: Magic wand
    Clothing: Sexy robes
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: Magic, Spells, Potions

    Typical Companions:

    All the men she's turned into animals

    Known Hangouts:

    Her palace on the island of Aeaea (why leave?)

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Odyssey by Homer

    The sexy sea witch makes her most famous appearance in this epic poem, in which she turns Odysseus' men into swine.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

    The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

    Circe absolves her niece, Medea, and Jason of the crime of murder in this ancient poem, which chronicles the quest for the Golden Fleece.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Argonautica by Valerius Flaccus

    Another version of the Quest for the Golden Fleece by the author often recognized for having the most ridiculous name ever.

    Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Library of History by Diodorus Siculus

    Circe rears her head again once again in the story of the Golden Fleece. Man, this one was popular.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    Ovid gives the scoop on how Circe turned Scylla into a psycho-monster all for the love of Glaucus.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Wonder Woman Comics

    Throughout her super hero career, the Amazing Amazon has been plagued by the villainous Circe.

    Dec 20, 1996

    "Circe's Power" by Louise Glück

    This cool modern poem gives Circe's version of her affair with Odysseus.

    Dec 20, 1997

    The Odyssey

    The epic poem transformed into an epic TV series—Circe included.

    Dec 20, 1998

    Hercules

    Circe puts the moves on Hercules' buddy Icarus in this animated Disney TV series.

    Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

    The witchy goddess turns Percy Jackson into a guinea pig in this novel. (Yeah, she got tired of dealing with real pigs.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Marvel Illustrated: The Odyssey

    Check out Circe in Marvel's digital comic version of Odysseus's greatest adventure.