Ignis Fatuus

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Ignis Fatuus is more of a phenomenon than a myth or legend, but that is still no reason for it not to be included in my ATC series on Mythical Beings and Imaginary Friends.

This particular being loves to send the spooks up unsuspecting travellers late at night. Why these late night travellers would be around a swamp or bog or marshland is beyond me, but there is always some kind of odd or dangerous element to all of these legends so we shall leave it there. Ignis Fatuus is known by many names, and just pops up like a dancing flame whenever and wherever it pleases. It poses no real threat, apart from the impish element of surprise it invokes, or the fact that it causes curious passers by to walk off their safe path and find themselves lost. It will swiftly run or fade away should anybody dare attempt to get close to it.

Its more familiar name is Will-o’ The Wisp, or Jack O’Lantern… or simply Ghost Candles when they make an appearance in graveyards.

This ATC, as with all of the others in this series has been created using pastels, gel pens and gold and silver markers. I tried to give it a little swirling and almost solid form but in reality they look more like a flickering candle flame… however, legends being legends can have their stories and appearances altered over time. This is my interpretation of a will-o’ the wisp.


18 comments on “Ignis Fatuus”

  1. ..Hmmm..so he isn’t Casper’s brother . Now you do know you have to go out at night to frog gig. Could explain why someone would be in the swamp at night. He is kinda cut but not my type.

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  2. Methane can sometimes spontainiously ignite causing a brief burst of dancing flame, it is also a dangerous greenhouse gas trapped in permafrost.

    When permafrost melts you get explosions causing huge craters, so it looks like Will O’The Wisp will soon have bigger brothers!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Prenin.

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