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2 - Witch Balls, Spirit Trees and Medusa Balls > Witch Balls & Spirit Trees History Folklore and Myths... It's Free!

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Witch and Spirit Ball Folklore

Witches Balls have been very popular since the 18th century. First in England, then in New England, but their actual origin is considered to be much older. For well over 3 centuries hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off witch's spells, evil spirits and ill fortune. Hanging these decorative glass balls in the window or on the porch is thought to tantalize mischievous spirits which may be threatening a home's tranquility. The wayward spirit is mesmerized by the ball's reflective beauty. When the spirit touches the sphere it is absorbed and trapped in the web-like strands of the glass inside the ball.

A witch ball or speculum was a device used for scrying or divining things. Sometimes the speculum was a magic mirror, a polished stone, or a crystal ball. Some witches fashioned specula from black bowls filled with water. By gazing into the reflective depths, a witch could find answers to urgent questions, predict future events, or see faraway places. In maritime villages, witches sent out the glass globes fishermen use to hold their nets afloat. The globes were usually made of dark blue or green glass and appeared quite innocuous. Biddy Early, a well-known Irish witch, had a favorite blue glass bottle with which she used to view the future.

Witch balls measure up to seven inches in diameter, and are occasionally decorated in enameled stripes and swirls or varying colors. Some are mirrored for use as convex mirrors.

Crystal gazers sometimes claimed they used balls in which the spirits of dead souls had been banished. Therefore, the seer was thought to be dealing with spirits.

Hollow glass balls have been suspended in the windows of homes for centuries to ward off evil spirits. Legends say that evil spirits are attracted to the beauty of the ball, and upon touching its surface they are pulled inside and become forever trapped within the glittering web, thus protecting the home from any harm.

Now commonly known as "Witch Balls", these colorful glass balls originated in England during the 18th century, as people hung them in their windows to ward off demons and their evil spells. Let the magic of our glass artists protect your home.


Spirit Tree Witch Balls

The Spirit Tree represents spiritual sustentation. The ability to reach out and touch the heavens and the earth for light and gravity providing stability, and well being. The experience of a Greater Power through nature. The personal meaning that one finds within the sphere is only limited by imagination.

The Spirit Tree is grounded at the base. The trunk of the Spirit Tree grows in a manner and shape that gravity allows. The color of the trunk is determined by the mineral nutrients at the base. The leaves are forced from the branches and rely on the warmth of the sunlight to open. You may find yourself captivated with a stare of stone as you gaze inside the sphere and wonder: "How did they make that"?

Now commonly known as "Witch Balls", these colorful glass balls originated in England during the 18th century, as people hung them in their windows to ward off demons and their evil spells. Let the magic of our glass artists protect your home.


Medusa Spirit Balls

Medusa; "guardian, protectress". Zeus adorned his shield with the head of Medusa as a means of protection. Although his enemies may or may not have turned to stone, the beauty of the Medusa certainly made his opponent hesitate in a captive stare of wonderment thus giving Zeus the advantage in battle. The image of Medusa was later used in Roman times to adorn gardens and doors, intended to guard the home from unwelcomed guests and mishaps. The Medusa Spirit Ball is our modern day interpretation in beautiful art glass.

Like the Roman and mythological Medusa, the Medusa Spirit Ball is captivating and intriguing. Random ribbons of glass rise from the pool of color in the bottom of the sphere. Bright vibrant glass colors are intended to catch the eye and stand out in space. You may find yourself captivated with a stare of stone as you gaze inside the sphere and wonder: "How did they make that"?

Now commonly known as "Witch Balls", these colorful glass balls originated in England during the 18th century, as people hung them in their windows to ward off demons and their evil spells. Let the magic of our glass artists protect your home.

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