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Witch Balls and Hex Signs
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:20:26 pm »
Witch balls and hex signs are extremely important parts of my craft. I used a Christmas ball filled with herbs as my first witch ball and placed it on my altar. This was back when I lived upstate but now I have to wait until next Christmas to get one. If anyone doesn't know what a witch ball is, it's a ball designed to trap negative spirits. They are attracted to the color of the ball and get sucked in, thus trapped. A good herb to use inside a ball like the one that I have is Blackthorn berries and leaves.

Hex signs are colorful signs that are usually painted on barns or on disks that are hung outside or in the home. They come in various designs and colors, the design and color meaning something. They are known in the Penn Dutch country, though the Amish don't use them. You can order both witch balls and hex signs through different websites and if any of you need them then I'll give you the links.

Just some basic information that I didn't know, for sure, belonged here or not.

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 09:28:05 pm »
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Witch balls and hex signs are extremely important parts of my craft. I used a Christmas ball filled with herbs as my first witch ball and placed it on my altar. This was back when I lived upstate but now I have to wait until next Christmas to get one.

I'm pretty sure you can find that kind of glass ball online any time of year.
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Re: Witch Balls and Hex Signs
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 10:43:02 pm »
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I'm pretty sure you can find that kind of glass ball online any time of year.

 
Thanks, I'm going to look for it. I like the red and blue balls personally. Don't know why, but I think their pretty.

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Re: Witch Balls and Hex Signs
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 11:21:13 pm »
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Hex signs are colorful signs that are usually painted on barns or on disks that are hung outside or in the home. They come in various designs and colors, the design and color meaning something. They are known in the Penn Dutch country, though the Amish don't use them. You can order both witch balls and hex signs through different websites and if any of you need them then I'll give you the links.

Just some basic information that I didn't know, for sure, belonged here or not.

 
I could never have a hex sign. It would clash with the decor.

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Re: Witch Balls and Hex Signs
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013, 06:14:47 am »
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If anyone doesn't know what a witch ball is, it's a ball designed to trap negative spirits. They are attracted to the color of the ball and get sucked in, thus trapped. A good herb to use inside a ball like the one that I have is Blackthorn berries and leaves.


This is a modern shift of usage. Traditionally they reflect away bad luck and keep witches out. I have a couple of family ones which were passed down to me.

More information at the museum of witchcraft

I'd use a spirit house for keeping spirits.

http://www.museumofwitchcraft.com/displayrecord_mow.php?ObjectNumber=1501
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 02:18:36 pm »
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I could never have a hex sign. It would clash with the decor.


They are (or have become, anyway) a little "country kitchen", huh?

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 05:40:08 pm »
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http://www.museumofwitchcraft.com/displayrecord_mow.php?ObjectNumber=1501


Squee! Just found the guide book - so cool.
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

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Re: Witch Balls and Hex Signs
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 05:44:41 pm »
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They are (or have become, anyway) a little "country kitchen", huh?

Brina

 
A little, yeah. Mostly it's the colours. My apartment's very 'white with natural woods' so it would probably stick out in a weird way.

I do have a witch ball here in the office, though!

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 06:35:22 pm »
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I could never have a hex sign. It would clash with the decor.

Hahaha

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2013, 10:02:02 pm »
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I like to use Japanese glass fishing floats for witch balls and for scrying.  The bubble inclusions work nicely for trapping unwanted "things".
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