Witch Balls

For over two hundred years, the superstition behind Witch Balls has traveled from England to New England. The magic of a Witch Ball was to ward off evil spirits and ill fortune by capturing them in the hollow interior. As the spirit is mesmerized by the ball's color and reflection, it enters the ball and is captured inside. It originated in an earlier culture where witches were considered a blessing. These witches would “enchant” the decorative balls to enhance their potency against evils.

According to some folk tales, Witch Balls would entice evil spirits to the ball with their textures, brilliant colors, and mesmerizing patterns, and once inside, prevent it from escaping. Traditionally, Witch Balls were mainly green or blue in color (although other colors were also used) and made from glass (although some were also made of wood, grass or twigs), and often measured as large as 7 inches in diameter.

These balls were often placed on top of a vase or suspended by a cord or ribbon from the mantelpiece or rafters, for a decorative effect. It is highly likely that the modern Christmas ornament ball is descended from the Witch Ball and, according to some stories, the ornament was originally placed on the tree to dispel a visitor’s envy at the presents left beneath the tree.

It is our hope that the magick of these beautiful Witch Balls bring iridescent beauty and protection to your sacred space.