One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ball of decorated, typically coloured or silvered glass, originally used as a charm against witchcraft.
- ‘Visitors can also create their own ghostly greeting cards and discover the superstitions behind ‘witch balls’ - big ceramic balls which were once hung in windows as a way of warding off evil from the house.’
- ‘Our witch ball is named ‘Beautyberry’ in cool greens, blues and purple.’
- ‘Popular in 18th Century England; Witchballs (or witch balls) were believed to provide protection against uninvited spirits and were hung in the window for protection against evil spells.’
- ‘Our gift baskets, witch balls and salt lamps are not readily available in other local stores.’
- ‘For centuries, witch balls have been suspended in the windows of homes to ward off evil spirits.’
- ‘It can thus be seen that the breaking of a witch ball was probably not considered to be a very good thing.’
- ‘The gazing balls found in many of today's gardens are derived from the silvered witch balls that acted as convex mirrors, warding off evil by reflecting it away.’
- ‘Winchester was responding to a question about ‘witch balls’ and described hollow glass spheres that were used as covers for pitchers, bowls, and so on and also as floats for fishing nets.’
- ‘No two witch balls will ever look the same, each is very unique in it's appearance.’
- ‘Free blown witch balls are irregular in size and shape and consistent with the artist's vision - Each one is unique with color, strands, bubbles, and size.’
- ‘In England, glass-ball fishing floats are commonly used, as are witch balls, colored glass balls intended to be hung in homes to keep out witches.’
- ‘Fishermen were very superstitious and took the witch balls from the house to protect them against sea-devils and sea-spirits.’
- ‘A witch ball or speculum was a device used for scrying or divining things.’
- ‘Another type of witch ball was made of plain glass filled with brightly coloured tangled threads, which was believed to have the same effect.’
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