Litha Witch Ball. Miniature Witchball Spirit Catcher for the Summer Solstice.


£19.00 GBP




A delicate-yet-sturdy blown glass orb striped in a brilliant yellow is marked with spiralling stripes of white, crowned with many layers of brass filigree, Swarovski crystal and pressed Czech glass flowers, hung from a brass chain. The ribbons of colour in the glass seem to interlace with the subtle turning of the orb-- truly mesmerizing. Another pale lavender glass flower weights the piece. I have designed this for a Litha or Summer Solstice altar or window, but truly it would be a magical piece to add to your devotions or just to cheer you or a loved one any time of year. 

In England, witch balls were traditionally blessed by a wise woman and hung from a window or mantle for protection against malevolence. I have created a tiny version of this protective bauble: just under 1" with a 5" chain, the perfect size for a portable altar or hanging by your work station, a cubicle at work or even a hotel window or any small corner that could use a bit of blessing. Your witch ball will come with a suction hook for hanging on glass surfaces.

I was inspired to make this after seeing a witch ball in the "moorland cottage" room of the Castle Museum in York. The museum has myriad recreations of domesticity throughout the ages. I was particularly moved by the 18th century cottage, full of rough-hewn furniture. Every object had at least one use, if not three or four. But there in the window-- something mysterious and glamorous, even! A glass ball, decoupaged with roses. I, like many unseelies before me, was certainly mesmerized by it. This is my take on the witch ball-- made with love and mindfulness.

This is what a happy customers have said about my witchballs: "I have this hanging on a living room window. It catches the afternoon sun, and shoots tiny shafts of red around the room."

"This little witch ball hangs from the beam over the fireplace, it is so dainty, lots of detail very pretty."

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