To be perfectly truthful, witch balls freak me out a little bit. I was in a room once where a whole bunch of those hollow spheres of colored glass were hanging from the ceiling… and they all started moving! There were no windows open, no fans, no air-conditioning, nothing in or around the room that could have caused the kind of movement I saw that day. But I’ve decided to confront my fears head on.
If you’ve never seen one, witch balls are semi-transparent glass orbs that look like Christmas ornaments. They typically hang in windows or gardens. Witch balls take on many different forms and names: gazing balls, garden globes, spirit balls, and so forth. What most people do not know is that they originate from an colorful legacy of legend, myth, magic and superstition.
They say it is bad luck to sell a witch ball. So if you’re thinking of buying one, remember that a witch ball is for life, not just for Christmas ~ Luke Honey
Witch balls have been around a lot longer than one may think, and they have more than several beliefs associated with their use and meaning. It is even believed by some that witch balls were originally hung on Christmas trees to protect the gifts. I would like to add to that and suggest that the tree itself was a gift of sorts, in that it represents fertility and nature.
Nowadays, the average witch ball is approximately 7 inches (18cm) in diameter. The older witch ball ornaments were coated with a more reflective surface. Their function as protector was the ball’s surface as opposed to its interior. This reflective surface also gave witch balls a divinatory element – images, often of those in spirit – were reflected on the surface.
The filaments that we often see in contemporary glass balls were meant to attract and trap witches, spells, or negative energy. Attracted by the colors (some say blue and green work best) trapping of energies in whatever form prevents further movement into homes. Some contemporary glass blowers believe that the deeper, heavier, color should be pooled at the ball’s bottom and “pulled” upward, making the interior more enticing.
Witch balls are also traditionally associated with many legends, including unexplained illness and sometimes death of livestock. Balls of hair that choked or halted digestion was often called witch balls – the “theory” being that animals ingested these cursed balls of hair. Again, not surprisingly, witch balls made of hardened hair were believed to be thrown by witches at specific targets, causing injury.
As long as human beings have walked the planet they have wondered about evil and created self-protection devices. Investing faith in objects like amulets, dream catchers and witch balls has been a part of our history since the beginning ~ Rosemary McKittrick
Witch balls are also believed to have been used in water, as another form of validation that a witch could be “proven.” Those that were perceived to be witches were said to have used the glass balls fishermen used to buoy their nets. If an alleged witch and an attached ball floated to the surface when placed in the water, this “proved” that the alleged witch was in fact a witch. This was considered to be a second baptismal; if both the person and the ball were unable to remain submerged, this second baptism was considered a failure.
Then and now, witch balls are often displayed visibly in windows as a means of protecting the inhabitants from witches or any and all shapes and forms of evil, and evil influences. The balls are also believed to have been an indication of social class; the more intricate the ball, the better off the home’s inhabitants.
Ironically, round balls of glass were also used to protect other, more valuable glass objects long before the invention of Styrofoam, and those fun to pop sheets of plastic bubble wrap.
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