1/11/15 - Spheres of light to brighten your home cometh no evil in your house to roamAn article in the newspaper asking "Is there a Gazing Globe in your Garden's Future?" got me to thinking about globes and witches balls. While looking into types of Gazing Balls, I ran across something new to me - A Spirit Tree Witches Ball like the one shown at left and available at http://kugelhouse.com/
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.
Witch Balls are free blown glass spheres, with 3 to 5 strands inside for collecting evil spirits and the like. Each one is unique with color, strands, bubbles, and size. The size is about that of a grape fruit. Witch's Balls were very popular in 18th century England, but their actual origin is thought to be much older. For well over 300 years hollow glass spheres have been hung in windows to ward off witch's spells, evil spirits and ill fortune. Hanging these decorative balls in the window is thought to tantalize evil spirits which may be threatening a home's tranquility. The evil 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.
I like the new gazing balls and would like one for my yard. A cobalt blue or one of the mystical, luminous moon-white ones would be great. Unlike the author of the earlier mentioned article who said he only wanted a yard ornament, I would hope my sphere of light would not only brighten my yard but also bring happiness, ward off evil spirits or attackers, and attract fairies. So Be It! HA!