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.
Blue Beetle: responds to the scarab out loud but usually in a hushed voice so he doesn’t draw attention. for some reason he can’t get the hang of speaking to Khaji-Da with his “mental voice”. periodically has outbursts whenever Khaji-Da says something really outrageous and he forgets to keep his voice down, which is usually followed by his hurried and embarrassed escape from the room.
Black Beetle: only keeps his conversations with his scarab a secret for whatever he deems to be too important for a random passerby to overhear. otherwise he responds out loud to the scarab and doesn’t bother keeping his voice down. are there people who get confused by this? yes. does he care about that? nope. he’s the Head of Security for the Reach and he does what he wants, and he doesn’t have time to explain why he’s talking to himself. deal with it.
Green Beetle: no one has ever seen or heard him talking to his scarab. most people figure it’s because he’s from Mars, and Martians use their telepathy to talk. so B’arzz responds to his scarab in the way that feels most natural to him. the only instances where it seems like B’arzz might be speaking to his scarab is when he’s been observed standing silently and looking blankly ahead. then again, some people aren’t sure if this is the case, because from what they’ve seen, Martians are just pretty strange in general.
Scarlet Scarab:everyone will know whenever Scarlet and his scarab are speaking to each other. he has absolutely no shame, and will loudly carry on a conversation (usually about harvesting organs as trophies). he sometimes raises his voice to be louder than necessary just for the sake of annoying the people around him. he’s found that this is a good way to get people to leave whenever he wants a room to himself.
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.
The scarab beetle (the dung beetle)was one of the most important Ancient Egyptian religious symbol. They lay eggs in a pellet and roll them along. The Egyptians regarded this action as similar to the the actions of a gigantic beetle, Khepri, moving the sun across the heavens. The scarab beetle came to represent rebirth.