Witch balls are an old Pagan tradition. They can be used to ward off negative energy, to bring in specific energies, or simply for decoration. They look beautiful around the house or hanging by the garden.
I ordered empty, fillable ornaments from Amazon to use and filled them with items I already had laying around my house.
Depending on what you want to use your witch ball for, you can customize them with anything. For example, I wanted one to bring in positive energy and love, so I filled it with herbs such as Jasmine Flowers and Rose Hips. Every herb has a magical purpose. If you want to learn more about them before creating your witch ball, I recommend paganwiccan.about.com. This is where I get a lot of information about Wicca. There are also a lot of great books in the New Age section at the Barnes and Noble with tons of information about herbs and flowers, such as The Magic Of Flowers by Tess Whitehurts and The Only Book of Spells You’ll Ever Need by Marian Singer, Trish MacGregor, & Skye Alexander.
When I’m satisfied with the contents in my witch ball, I close the ornament and tie a piece of twine that I will use to hang it with, through the holes on top and cut it to my desired length.
Before I tied the two ends of the twine together, I slid a Pentagram charm on for decoration. You can of course use any type of charms you want 🙂
I made my next witch’s ball as a decoration and dedication to the Pagan Sabbat, Mabon. Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, a celebration of the second harvest when people prepare for the dark half of the year. It falls on September 21st and is known for being a time of balance, because the time of light and dark are equal. There are many ways to celebrate this Sabbat. I personally enjoy decorating for Sabbats, so I filled my witch ball with items that remind me of the Autumn Equinox. Such as corn, grass, and these little Fall decorations I found at Michael’s. You could also use charms that symbolize balance such as a Yin and Yang, the Sun and the Moon, or anything you want really.
I then decided to add a skull, because I personally like dark decorations and Samhain is only about a month after Mabon. Samhain is the modern Pagans’ Halloween. It falls on October 31st, and is a time where the veil between the living and the dead is raised, so communication is easier. It’s also a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed. As you can see, theres always a holiday or a reason where a witch ball can be useful or festive to hang around. It’s super easy, they’re appealing to look at, and they can have a lot of symbolism if you want them to.
You can fill them with a handful of your favorite crystals, flowers, herbs, anything you want that makes you happy. There are no rules. Enjoy!