Ankou, those who have passed & provide assistance by ushering newly departed souls to the afterlife. There are new Ankou each year and have existed as long as humans have been dying. Ankou are manifestations of human spirits who have passed; while their soul moves on a piece of their spirit does not and they work a year in service to death. It is proposed that these are the spirits of those who are the last to die before New Year's Eve... but, there is more criteria than that and can be someone who dies any time throughout the year. They are often called "soul harvesters" though they have little to do with the soul other than bringing it to others who will help bring them into the afterlife. They travel in many ways; sometimes in the form of a human, sometimes as a ice, water, or wind, and most often as a skeletal (or mostly skeletal) human in a shroud or hooded cape. They are not malevolent in their actions, but the energy around them is intensely neutral and certainly is viewed as dark by those who do not like to face death. However, for those who love Grimmy (Grim Reaper), you will find having an Ankou is an incredibly mind-trip into the realm of the afterlife and how those who've already passed over view the world left behind.
Originates: Earthen Realm
Occupies: Earthen, Spiritual
see Realms page for more information
STRENGTHS/WHY KEEP THEM?
Connection to spirits & ancestors, provide insight into the Spiritual realm and afterlife.
Guide, counsel, messenger
LISTINGS IN THE ONLINE STORE
See available listings: Ankou
Associations can be used to create a closer connection with the entity. By recognizing their associations with the Earth and Universe you can use any combination of these tools to create treats, rituals, and bonding exercises between you.
You can purchase candles, incense, cones, oils, sprays, etc scented with the Scent, Herb, or Foliage they are associated with. You can purchase statuary, paintings, prints, textiles, etc with the Color, Animal, or Foliage they are associated with and keep them in your home where the entity will see them.
To boost their presence and give them a natural feeding of Earthen core energy you can buy raw, polished or cut specimens of the Gemstone they are associated with. Place the gemstones where you keep their vessel or wear the jewelry with the gemstones when you wear the vessel.
To have peak results it is best to meditate, perform rituals, invocations or spells for the entity on the Weekday they are associated with. The Month they are associated with is a block of time to celebrate and show your appreciation for your entity!
METHODS OF CONNECTING
? Time spent closely with the Ankou the first 30 days of coming to the Keeper's home.
? Treats are not traditional.
CHARACTERISTICS & MANIFESTATIONS
? Serious, focused, communicative when needed.
? Can manifest as thoughts, premonitions, streaks of light, orbs of multiple colors, Shades.
Average size: Small: 1-5ft
In most manifestations they appear in human-like form in average, human heightread Size page for more information
Lifespan: Short: 0-100 years
They have been assigned a "Short" lifespan for supernatural entities/beings, read Lifespan page for more information