Female ghosts near water are most intriguing. They spend their time hunting passers-by. They are not safe ghosts to messed with, they are malicious.
Many cultures have ghosts. If there is one thing that they have in common, it is ghosts. More specifically, ghosts that are near water and who hunt men.
A female ghost that lives near water is a Banshee. Traditionally, the Banshee are ‘three old women’ who go to the water’s edge at midnight to do laundry.
You’ve heard the old saying, “do not air out your dirty laundry in public.” This old saying is said to have originated with the Banshee lore. It means that if people know your marital difficulties, they will use it to treat you with scorn. There, at the water’s edge, it may get pretty scary sometimes; all sort of terrible things can happen there by the water… Especially for a man; some man who has scorned a mother and her children, may drown there for having scorned a mother with children.
Back in the old days, doing other people’s laundry was a sought after trade for women. Washwomen worked at the Laundry Quarters of town or cities. Here in the U.S., The French Quarters of New Orleans also had it’s Laundry Quarter. There, Washwomen (Lavandieres) did other people’s laundry; in particular, the laundry of the dead soldiers.
After a battle, the wives and their children would go and collect the clothing of their dead soldiers, or of the dying. Washing out the blood from the clothing of a dead or dying soldier, and ultimately the clothing he would wear for his funeral – was a sacred religious act for the French and the English, and the Germans and the Portuguese of the heraldic class.
The French Catholics and esoterics still had social classes back then. The French women who handled the funeral vestments of the dead, were of a laity class specially anointed to manage the clothing of the military, the priests, the elite, and the noble classes.
In the realm of Catholic religious belief, the clothing and the sheets of the dying or of the dead are sacred. The dead are dressed in Funeral Vestments so to travel to the other side (Ether). The Washwoman who had prepared the funeral clothing, would accompany the dead to Heaven (Ether). In the days of the French Quarters, the Washwoman would not actually die physically so to accompany the dead. They would accompany them spiritually by astral traveling to the spiritual world. Their religious belief came from France, which at the time of the Christian Conquest was mainly Druid.
The clothing soaked in blood after the battle, and the sheets stained with the blood and sweat of the dead, and the funeral clothing were washed at the river’s edge with lavender perfuming. Added to the perfuming, were the tears of the Washwoman. A mixture of lavender and a woman’s tears holds both practical and mystical magick which is powerful beyond the grave.
Lavender and tears contain potent magickal properties. The Tears are used for their power to heal a situation. Lavender is used for cleansing, consecration, peace, protection, purification, energy, grieving, keeping secrets, rituals, healing and joy! And for heightening the psychic senses of the one helping a soul to pass beyond the veil, into either Hell or Hether. It is attributed to Hecate, the Crone Goddess; and Saturn. It is associated with the planet Mercury. Its energy is masculine. The Element is air.
It is a very little known secret that the goddess Hecate, who is associated with the Three Old Women (Banshee), had her children torn from her arms and killed right in front of her by her Dark Lord who had taken on a new and younger wife. To this day, Hecate or her Banshee can be seen at the corner of three crossroads, near water’s edge – doing laundry. When a male passerby comes along, a Banshee will ask him to help her wash her sheets. If the man stops to help this crone or any one of her representatives, she entwines both of his arms with her sheets and drowns him.
At night, they say you can hear the cries and lamentations of the Lavendiere (the Tree Washerwomen); this throughout all cultures. The Banshee is also known as the Washwoman, the Lavendiere, the Cannard Noz in Breton folklore; and as the Bean Nighe in Scottish mythology. They are a female ghost who is small; dressed in green and have web feet. Their omnipotence is probably due to their having died so to accompany the dead to Heaven. They have unlimited, unchallenged authority and power; they can do anything. People fear them because they foretell death. You know what they say, there is no fury like a woman scorned!
And there is just nothing you can do about her! If a man tries to rid this ghost from where it lives, she will not fight him alone. She has the power of the goddess Hecate, along with her army of both natural born and adopted children.
To see or hear a Banshee is an evil presage (a bad omen) indeed! A female ghost near water is most dangerous. They are hunting male passers-by. They are to be avoided because they are malicious when it comes down to men. The good news is, she will not hurt another woman whose child has been killed by a man – right in front of her.