I got this in my email and the historical aspects of the information are fascinating. To make it even more fun, there are directions to make one a Witch Bottle.
I grew up reading stories about witches and fairies. Never saw them as anything but fantasy, unlike some people of a more religious bent these days.
(A fellow teacher had a student whose father wouldn't let him stay in the classroom while the teacher read Harry Potter
to the class!
I kid you not!)
Anyway..have fun with this story...and the directions on how to make a Witch Bottle!
Witch Bottles have been around for hundreds of years and have been
found all over Britain. The original purpose of a witch bottle was to
keep witches and evil away! It was the idea of sympathetic magic that
made people think that making these bottles would work. They were
suppose to protect the person from the witch or evil, while also
bringing on harm caused by all the objects in the bottle. Today the
purpose of the witch bottle is to protect a person from negative
energy targeted at them. Objects like rusty nails, razors, pins,
thorns, urine and hair from the person being protected, blood, and
other sharp and nasty things went into the bottle. This is a simple
way to make and use a witch bottle for general protection.
A glass or ceramic jar or bottle, with a big enough iopening to put
the objects in it
hair, fingernails or blood
any other sharp or nasty object that would divert negative energy
First place all the items in your bottle. With each object, visualize
the bottle being infused with protective energy. Know that any
negative energy directed towards you will be absorbed and destroyed
by the bottle. You could also write on a tiny piece of paper all the
things you want to be protected from and stick it inside. The last
items you add would be the blood (menstrual blood could be used)
urine, vinegar or hair and nails (urine and blood symbolize yourself,
they connect you to the bottle, they are a really strong element to
work with in magic). Lastly seal the top (you can drip black candle
wax over it, or just close the lid). Now you should bury it somewhere
outside or in your home. These bottles have been found under floor
boards, in walls, under the porch, in fireplaces and buried outside.
Wherever is most convenient for you.
As long as the bottle stays intact and doesn't break, it will work.
Witch bottles can also be constructed in other ways and for other
purposes. Just think of it as a spell in a bottle. To draw money you
would add things like coins, herbs to bring money, dollar signs made
of cloth, and any other thing you can think of to symbolize money.
You could also add those other things, like blood or hair to tie the
bottle to yourself.
Love and Light
( I assume that "razors" is a reference to razor blades.