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32 33 la WouIvre Portrayed with the head and upper body of a voluptuous woman the beneficent French Wyvern known as the Wouivre has a ruby set into her head between her eyes, or in place of them, by which she can guide herself through the underworld. In some traditions this precious eye is a luminous ball that hangs in the air in front of her. The only chance to steal her jewel is when she is bathing and leaves the stone unguarded on the ground. If that should happen she would be as blind as a bat. In his 1387 Le Noble Hystoire de Luzignan, Jean dArras tells the ancient story of Melusine or Melusina, the Countess of Lusignan, who was reputed to have been transformed into an immortal Wouivre. Over the ages which followed she watched over her descendants, warning them of impending disasters by screeching three times. The term Wouivre is also given to snakes that glide and to rivers that snake, including the subtle telluric currents of geomancy. As such the Wouivre is also related to the genius loci, the spirit of the place, as she hovers protectively over the highlands and the countryside. She dwells in mountainous regions, ruins, abandoned chateaux and frequents the area around Nevers, where her name is transformed into Wivre. A Medieval woodcut of Melusine of Avalon, Countess of Lusignan, a Wouivre with a blue and white tail. On Saturdays she would hide from her husband and turn into a Dragon. When he found out she retreated to a town in the French Alps, and lived on the ApolloAthena line p. 50. 33
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