In the early times, Witch Bottles were designed to protect homes against malicious witchcraft. They were commonly made around Samhain to protect the home from evil spirits. The witch bottle was commonly made up of glass, pottery, pins and nails. Sometimes, the maker would include his own urine to link the magick to the home and the family with in it. They were used as far back as the 1600’s! Witch Bottles are said to be of English origin.
Purpose of the Witch Bottle:
The Witch Bottle provides the home with protection from negative entities, the evil eye, or any malevolent spells by sending the negativity back to it’s caster.
How to make one:
Step 1: Find a Glass Bottle or Jar.
Step 2: Decorate the bottle with ribbons, feathers, charms, and crystals that are associated with protection.
Colors that symbolize protection: Black, White, Blue, Red
Charms that symbolize protection: Horseshoes, arrowheads, eye of horus, four leaf clover, snakes, scarab beetle, scorpion, unicorn, pentagram, raven, seal of solomon, Thor’s hammer, celtic knots/crosses, bells, etc.
Ancient Egyptian pectoral with three scarabs (dung beetles), representing the god Khepri, who pushes the morning sun into the sky. Artist unknown; found in the tomb of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun (r. ca. 1332-1323 BCE). Now in the Cairo Museum. Photo credit: D. Denisenkov/Wikimedia Commons.
A pair of scarabs in a copper winged bezel border. A fine example of Egyptian Revival jewelry during the Late Victorian era, where scarab beetles feature as a charm or amulet. This pair is one of the nicer scarabs featured on Art Nouveau jewelry - bright, tiny but bold texture.