Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Harlequin Visits Another Child

Author’s note: This is the second of a two-part series about encounters with an entity known as the Harlequin. The entity began visiting Dan Mitchell of Wisconsin when he was five years old. He’s found he’s not alone.

Karen Davis didn’t talk about her childhood experiences much, just to a few people close to her, like her best friend.

She was surprised when her friend’s husband told her about the Harlequin.

“Her husband listens to (a paranormal radio talk show) and he called me and said I had to go check out this story,” she said. The story was Dan Mitchell’s Harlequin encounters posted at From the Shadows – and the story mirrored hers.

“I was stunned,” she said. “When I was a kid I never even associated anything with the word ‘harlequin.’ In my mind I always thought of him as a jester or joker, like from a deck of cards, but you’re right, it’s a harlequin.”

Like Mitchell’s experiences, Davis’s began when she was young.

“I was probably about five or six the first time I remember him,” she said. “I woke up to someone bouncing on the foot of my bed.”

An entity sat there, staring at her.

“It was all white, no color, abnormally long limbs, empty eyes, but not exactly expressionless,” she said. “I don’t remember being scared, I remember thinking ‘not again,’ and ‘it’s back.’”

Like Mitchell’s Harlequin, this creature communicated with her.

“I know he told me stories, or shared information with me somehow, but I don’t remember him actually talking,” she said.

Although she does not know the entity’s gender, she assumed it was male, and it visited often.

“This happened several times, that I distinctly remember, I can recall specific details,” she said. “I even have the feeling he took me somewhere, but this I don’t remember, just a feeling.”

Although Davis hasn’t seen this entity for years, the memories still follow her.

“A friend of mine suggested hypnosis, but honestly the thought of that freaked me out, although, he never scared me, I was never afraid,” she said. “Besides this incident, my life was pretty normal, still is I guess. I have not seen it again since I was a kid.”

Davis grew up in an Irish/Italian family outside Boston.

“I was raised Catholic, but I have since realized that was not for me,” she said. “I guess the closest thing I could call myself now is pagan.”

Davis enrolled in a Catholic college, however, and enrolled in an early Celtic literature course when childhood memories flooded her mind.

“These, I think are the stories he shared with me, somehow,” she said. “I started this class and was freaked out at how familiar these stories were, especially the Tuatha De Danann, or fairy race.”

Davis feels her Harlequin may be from this race.

“The word ‘harlequin’ has a lot of history and legend attached to it, not just the clown thing,” she said. “The word itself is said to be a form of Erl King, a spirit that preys on children.”

Mitchell also places the roots of his Harlequin encounters in mythology, but in Scandinavian mythology and the Norse god Loki.

“My grandmother was Scandinavian and heavily into Vikings and Norse culture so I am very familiar with Norse mythology and legend,” Mitchell said. “What a lot of people also don’t realize is that Loki is often seen as both male and sometimes female. He did come to my mind, but the thought of relating the two seemed almost unthinkable.”

As with his own Harlequin encounters, Davis’s Harlequin contacted her, she didn’t summon it.

“My only curiosity is how exactly does one talk to it?” Mitchell asked. “I am of the opinion that if I were to go out for a walk alone one night that I would be able to call it and see it, but to be very honest, the thought, at present, is incredibly terrifying.”

Copyright 2010 by Jason Offutt

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Anonymous said...

I think it would be very useful if those who have seen this could collaborate and compile a thorough list of attributes, features, and behaviors of this type of entity; as well as a list of any communication.

zinjak said...

it seems that the general consensus is, that the more we hear about this that he is Fae. I remember when i listened to the same radio program that is mentioned in the blog ( it was the harlequin story that brought me here that was mentioned on the radio show) that i thought to myself " its a fae" well...clearly more and more people are coming to the same conclusion.

hall442 said...

Fascinating. As I postulated on earlier articles; this does seem to be an earth spirit.

I do think it would be wonderful to find out what this being wants, or is trying to do. Again, as no one has said at any point that they were hurt, and considering the power these things possess (it could indeed have hurt these two at any time it so chose), I think it's there for some positive purpose.

I know this being severely unnerves the original poster, but, I would really be interested in pursuing what the Harlequin is trying to impart!

zinjak said...

personally...i think the thing is neither good nor evil, it is maybe...benign. Amoral is probably the best description...I don't think it has any lofty goals nor is it trying to impart any just kinda does what it does, its looking for kicks, enjoyment. it seems entirely self-interested but it does want to be around humans.

earth spirit, fae. whatever term you wanna use ( they basically mean the same thing ), it suggests that is something that is almost beyond our comprehension, and trying to understand how it thinks is a nigh impossible goal

hall442 said...

*chuckles* Being amoral wouldn't last in a "benign" manner very long. Especially not the couple of decades the original poster is saying this has taken place over.

It would have either turned ugly; or it would have left to find something else that caught its fancy. These things are immortal, as far as we can understand the concept. They don't have really long attention spans, without reason (i.e. the Bell Witch).

This being has something that needs to be imparted, to the original poster specifically. It hopes to communicate what it has to say, but is obviously trying very hard NOT to totally unnerve the human being it's trying to communicate with. Hence the "attempt" to appear human. Hence the continued attempts at creating a non-threatening air to communicate in. Obviously, it could just grab him by the throat and say what needs said. But that would pretty much kill the message, too. What is being described in these articles, is a concerted effort by something that is wholly NOT human, to try and communicate "humanly." And it's having a bit of difficulty doing it. Well, a lot. lol. It realizes that it's still freaking the guy out and leaves. Which does show concern for his mental well being.

The continued attempts at contact, indicate to me, that whatever it has to impart, is of great importance, or it surely would have moved on years ago.

Anonymous said...

Forget it these things are evil and their time is coming. I was visited by a harlequin being at least twice and their only intention was to scare me and a thunderstorm followed taking the power out with strong winds. He wanted to take me and I rebuke him in the name of jesus and he dissipated like the evil beings that they are.

hall442 said...

LOL! Sorry. Totally nonsensical response. :)

These things have been around far longer than the concept of Christianity.

If it left, it wished to do so. Either because it was amused to do so, OR because it didn't wish to frighten you any further. NOT because you invoked the name of a christian god. It probably doesn't even UNDERSTAND the concept.

There were religions around far longer than christianity. THIS being comes from THAT time frame.