Witch balls

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a name applied to the interwoven rolling masses of the stems of herbs, which are driven by the winds over the steppes of Tartary. Cf. Tumbleweed.

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Making the case more complex is the presence at the scene of an effigy, a noose, and a witch ball filled with curses.
One legend of the Witch Ball is that the beauty of the balls attracts negative spirits thought to be threatening a home's tranquility.
Unfortunately, the witch ball she acquired at the end of the last installment has shown up at the cheerleaders' fundraiser.
That mystery is resolved, but the grandmother's illness will require a witch ball.
Christmas shiny balls are today very rare and often mistaken as witch balls.
GOOD IDEA: Mirrored gazing globes or witch balls can be used to add some glitz to flowerbeds - and legend has it that it will keep your house protected from the evil of witchery
Baubles are the descendants of so-called witch balls which were used to ward off evil spirits, while mistletoe comes to us from the Roman winter solstice festival of Saturnalia and early marriage rites, where it represented fertility.