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Rainbow Witch Ball



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Rainbow Witch Ball
Loretta Eby
Angel Bridge Ball

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of colored glass traditionally used as a fishing float. Modern witches balls are decorative replicas. Some are made to look like Christmas tree baubles that contain a few thin fibers strung inside.

Floating glass buoys became connected with witches during the witch hunts in England. In the late 17th century, suspected witches were tried by being tied up and thrown into water. If the water rejected them from a second baptism and they floated, then the suspects were confirmed as witches, under the rule of trial by water, and they were then hung by the neck until dead. In a like manner these heavy glass fishing floats, all tied up in a net, could not be made to sink.

The water rejected them and they bobbed merrily upon its surface. Historically, witch's balls were hung in cottage windows in 17th and 18th century England to ward off evil spirits, witches, evil spells, ill fortune and bad spirits. Just as hanging a witch was believed to remove evil influences from a village, hanging a tried and tested witch's ball that had been floating in water, around a home, was believed to protect the home from similar ills. Usage has continued to a smaller extent in America up to the present day.

There are several variations relating to the purpose of witch balls. According to folk tales, witch balls would entice evil spirits with their bright colors; the strands inside the ball would then capture the spirit and prevent it from escaping. Another tradition holds that witch balls or spherical mirrors prevented a witch from being in a room, because witches supposedly did not have a reflection or could not bear seeing their own reflection. Yet another variation contends that witch balls were used to avert the evil eye, by attracting the gaze of the eye and preventing harm to the house and its inhabitants.

In the 17th century, witch balls and witch bottles were filled with holy water or salt. Balls containing salt were hung up in the chimney to keep the salt dry. Salt was a precious commodity, and breaking the ball or bottle was considered bad luck.

The Angel Bridge glass ball is Loretta’s interpretation of the traditional European Witch Ball. Colorfully designed to hang in the home, the ornament attracts and traps evil spirits, spells and misfortune happening by. Suspended across the interior of the globe are Angel Bridges, tiny threads of glass across which the dazzled spirits are lured, transforming into goodwill and colorful beams of light along the way.

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 04 February, 2016.

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