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Witch Balls and Wine?

Saturday, 27 November 2021 14:44

witch ball is a hollow sphere of glass. Historically, witch balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England to ward off evil spiritswitches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits.

The witch ball originated among cultures where harmful magic and those who practiced it were feared. They are one of many folk practices involving objects for protecting the household. The word  may be a corruption of  because it was used to ward off, guard against, evil spirits. They are usually hung in an eastern window, placed on top of a vase or suspended by a cord from the mantelpiece or rafters or placed in windows or rooms where inhabitants wanted to ward off evil.

Superstitious European sailors valued the talismanic powers of the witch balls in protecting their homes. Witch balls appeared in America in the 19th century and larger, more opaque variations are often found in gardens under the name gazing ball. This name derives from their being used for divination and scrying where a person gazes into the ball to see the future or find answers to questions!

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