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.

See also: Witch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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CARBONDALE -- Have a ball or make one during the Southern Illinois Pagan Alliance's Witch Ball Craft Day, from noon-4 p.m.
Making the case more complex is the presence at the scene of an effigy, a noose, and a witch ball filled with curses.
Historically, with a Witch Ball. They are thought to have been around for more than 600 years.
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. Expect to pay PS200 or more for the large Kugels (German for sphere or ball), which measure up to 10ins across and around PS50 for the smaller examples.
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.
8 Keep brasses polished to bring in the light and to reflect it around the room and hang witch balls -bright and shiny coloured glass balls in your home for extra luck.