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Witch's Bottle

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From: "Stacey A. Lawless" 
Subject: Re: Witch's Bottle
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 19:55:43 -0000

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>can someone explain any metaphysical or symbolic connection between
>this spell and the notion of *good* luck?  I mean, I can imagine
>creating such a bottle (box, whatever) and then putting someone's
>name on a piece of paper or their personal effects, trimmings, or
>nature, into the box with them as a CURSE, but how does the creation
>of such a contraption ensure that one will be protected?  why isn't
>it a kind of trap for *all* spirits rather than just those who will
>be antagonistic toward the witch?

    Thanks for posting that.  Very interesting.

    I once read of a related use for witch bottles that may shed some light
on their use as protective devices.  According to the book (sorry, don't
recall the title; library book I read years ago) a witch bottle could be
used to uncross yourself if you were being bewitched.  You made the bottle
(similar recipe, incl. your urine) and then put it on a fire.  The pins,
glass, etc. would prick the witch who was working you and the fire would
leave her in agony until she broke the spell.

    Maybe the idea of using a witch bottle as protection from bad luck was
derived from the above idea.  I think there are also Eastern European
traditions of using bottles filled with blood (bait) and saint's images
(protection after the bait is taken) to trap vampires.


>blessed beast!
> (emailed replies may be posted); cc me replies;

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