Today we are still on the bottle, because I want to tell you something about the WITCH BOTTLE. Most UK-Bloggers have heard about this thingy, because it’s very british. Sadly we could use it for our BRITMASS ;o) The wikipawtia is very economical with instructions and ingredients, but we found some recipes in a copy of an old book about Cornwall. The opinions about witch bottles and their preparing are as different as their content…
The witch bottle was very common on the british islands, by now archaelogists found more than 200 bottles, most at the cornish area.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UNITED KINGDOM
AGE: 16th/17th century
USAGE: to ban witches or evil from your place, protection from curses
EFFORT: moderate to difficult
For preparing a witch bottle, first we need a bottle. Best choice is a bottle made of pottery , but you can use every bottle too. Best is a bottle from italian olive oil or a booze bottle.The ingredients are sleazy, but we have to stick to the facts. So if you think someone made a spell on you or you have the suspect you could be accursed fill your bottle with following items:
FOR THE HARDCORE VERSION
- pee (it’s true ask wikipawtia)
- hair- or nailclipping
- used nails from a horse shoe
- blood ( one drop is enough you have not to amputate a body part – but if you want…)
- money (some cents are enough)
- a piece of elderwood
- a piece of a bone (not absolutely your own or one from a human, could be a chicken bone too – but in past times, they used bones from a cemetery, a crypt or an ossuary)
FOR THE SOFT VERSION
- red wine
- needles and pins
- sea water or salted water
- thorns (maybe from cacti or roses)
- a small piece of broken glass
- a piece of a cord with a knot
If you have prepared your witch bottle you can storage it on a hidden place in your crib, or beneath the hearth ( not recommendable for the hardcore version) or you can burry it on the farthest place of your property. The well prepared bottle should now capture the evil and chase it away. That’s the theory. The practice is a little bit different.
If you want the hardcore-bottle it could be difficult to fill it with the first ingredient, specially if you use a small bottle. You should be a good sniper to meet the target, specially if you use a booze bottle and you drunk the content just before. Then you have to find the right place. The right place could be also the wrong, if you want to built something just on this place were your bottle is burried.
Imagine you want to place a goal post and you instruct a corporation to excavate the holes with a small backhoe which destroys your bottle. Imagine further the digger-guys are discovering the wonga and they are trying to get more for rummaging with their hands in the earth and the bottle pieces. At this moment you should leave this place while pretending you have an important appointment or obligation. Ignore the sceptical-aware look of your brother, if you have one, just try to scram.
The other probleme could be this one:
A Dog like me. We are macrosmatic. For example: I have more than 200 millions of olfactory cells – in contrast to your pitiful 5 millions of cells. I can smell all – REALLY ALL, specially if you burry a hardcore-witch bottle in myback yard. You can digg a hole till the heart of the earth – I would smell it. And I would exhume it – always. So don’t be disappointed if I retrieve your bottle approx. 25 times. Even if you plant someting about the bottle – then I will bring you both.
HAVE A MAGIC MONDAY ALL