Sunday, March 1, 2009

Witch Ball

I have always wanted a witches ball. My sister has several and I always thought they were so nice! Well, today I was visiting her and she gifted me with a lovely cobalt blue witches ball! It is so special, just as she is. I hung it up promptly as soon as I arrived back home and I just love it.

I looked up the story behind the witches ball and this is what I found on wikipedia: "A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass hung in cottage windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells or ill fortune, though the Witch's Ball actually originated among cultures where witches were considered a blessing and these witches would usually "enchant" the balls to enhance their potency against evils.. Later, they were often posted on top of a vase or suspended by a cord (as from the mantelpiece or rafters) for a decorative effect. Witch balls appeared in America in the 19th century and are often found in gardens under the name "gazing ball". However, "gazing balls" contain no strands within their interior.

According to folk tales, witch balls would entice evil spirits with their bright colours; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and prevent it from escaping."

Mine happens to be cobalt blue and traditionally they were either blue or green. The are mostly made of blown glass or stained glass, but can be made of other materials such as wood, grass, or twigs.

Mine is now hanging by my window and on it's thin filament string it looks as if it is floating in mid air. Quite magickal indeed!

As soon as I find my camera I will take a picture of my witch ball. The image above is what mine looks like. It is from Molten Spirit Glass Studio's Esty Shop.