Cunning Folk Magic

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Funny how things go sometimes , what was once used against witches of time are now used
(BY) witches of this time ..there is archaeological evidence for a variety of Early man that they made charms and spells designed to ward off malevolent witchcraft. "The ritual of superstition was recognized and very potential for study", these studies provides an overview of pre-christian periods , whereas the cunning folk used these practises . Even in Paganism , witches were considered evil , even by the folk magic practitioner .

first a brief explanation of Cunning folk , they were called many different names depending on the tradition and country of origin were the folk healers, magicians, wise ones , practitioners of folk medicine, folk magic, astrology,
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Folk magic contends that witch bottles protect against evil spirits and magical attacks, and counteract spells cast by witches; they are counter magical devices, the purpose of which is to draw in and trap harmful intentions directed at their owners.so these were forms of Protecting ones self or family .

Some of the earliest documented witch bottles consist of salt glazed stoneware jugs known as Bartmann jugs.
Bartmann jugs is a type of decorated stoneware that was manufactured in Europe throughout the 16th and 17th centuries,which were closed off with a cork , A traditional witch bottle is a small flask, about 3 inches high, created from blue or green glass. Larger and rounder witch bottles, up to 9 inches high, were known as Bartmann jugs explained above. later witch bottles were made from glass bottles, small glass vials, and a variety of other containers.(mason Jars make good for this practise
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Historically, the witch's bottle contained the victim's (the person who is believed they had a spell put on them, for example) urine,blood, hair or nail clippings, or red thread from sprite traps. In recent years, the witch's bottle has taken on a nicer tone,by softer (witches) some may fill the bottles with rosemary, needles and pins, and red wine. Historically and currently, these bottle are then buried at the farthest corner of the property, beneath the house hearth (entrance), or placed in an inconspicuous spot in the house where it will be undisturbed and hidden from others . It is believed that after being buried, the bottle captures evil which is impaled on the pins and needles, drowned by the wine, and sent away by the rosemary.Sometimes sea water or earth are used instead. Other types of witch bottles may contain sand, stones, knotted threads, feathers, shells, herbs, flowers, salt, vinegar, oil, coins, or ashes. A similar magical device is the "lemon and pins" charm.(link located at the bottom of this document )

The witch bottle was believed to be active as long as the bottle remained hidden and unbroken. People did go through a lot of trouble in hiding their witch bottles – those buried underneath fireplaces have been found only after the rest of the building has been torn down or otherwise disappeared. In ancient times the bottles were made of stone and originally contained rusty nails, urine,

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