These are some of the ways in which people have protected themselves in the past and in the present. Aren’t you glad that we do not have to protect ourselves in this manner today. Yet there are many of us, who have specific amulets to dispel evil. Let’s just say, some of the people in White Springs, although evil, are not exactly those witches and warlocks you fear in the night, but nevertheless they have done much damage to many people in White Springs and one needs God’s assistance to ward them off.
- Brass is used to repel evil spirits and witches wearing brass around your necks or as a bracelet will keep you safe.
Candles are also used to repel evil spirits but they must be holy candles. Catholics have holy water when entering churches which consist of water and salt which has been blessed. In the 12th century they started being used in exorcisms.
- Charms are used even by psychics. I remember going to a psychic’s convention with a friend and those who were true could recognize others. I was given certain amulets and rocks to ward off disaster, illness and evil
- Gemstones Many gemstones were believed to protect against witchcraft and the evil eye. These stones were often worn in rings or amulets. Amber and coral protected against the evil eye, and cat’s eye, saronyx, and ruby protected against witchcraft. Small stones and pebbles scattered on a floor were also considered effective in keeping witches at bay.
- Some people hang fishing buoys from their homes to keep evil witches away in the 17th and 18th centuries. These buoys like a witch was deemed can float above water.
- Roosters During the Middle Ages, the cock was an important Christian symbol of resurrection and vigilance. A rooster represented God, goodness, and lightness. Cocks’ places were earned at the top of buildings, domes, and church steeples.According to Nicholas Remy, a 16th-century witch prosecutor and demonologist, cocks were despised by all sorcerers and witches. However, roosters did not keep witches away. Cocks were a frequent sacrifice victim by witches because killing one was tantamount to spitting in the eye of God.
- Garlic Garlic is best known for its properties of averting vampires. However, it was considered equally effective in warding off the evil eye, demons, and witches. Many healing remedies contained garlic, and garlands of garlic worn around the neck or hung inside a house were used to repell evil spirits, spells, and creatures.
- Hagstones A hagstone is a stone with a hole in it hung in stables and homes to keep aways witches or hags at night. If hung on the bedpost, it protected the sleeper from having a hag ride one’s chect and causing a nightmare. Hung in the stable, it prevented witches from riding horses all night to exhaustion.
- Hazel Although hazel was purported to have been used by witches witch hazel, it was also used to protect against witches. Hazelnuts and hazel wood were believed to offer protection against faery bewitchment, demons, and witchcraft. Horses were protected by wearing hazel breast bands on their harnesses. In Scotland, double hazelnuts were hurled at witches, and cattle were singed with hazel rods at Midsummer and Beltane fires to keep faeries away.
- Horseshoes Horseshoes are still used as good luck charms and wards against evil. It has long been used as an amulet against the evil eye, evil spirits, the Devil, faeries, and witches. Nailed over the doorway of a church, stable, house, or other building, its iron makeup prevents evil from crossing the threshold. Placed in the chimney, a horseshoe prevents witches from flying in on their brooms. Nailed to one’s bed, it repels demons and nightmares. In Ireland, nailed on the threshold of a door, a piece of a horseshoe keeps faeries out of the house. To be truly effective, a horseshoe must never be removed once it is put in place. To protect against sorcery, demons, and witchcraft, the ends of the horseshoe must point downward. As a good-luck amulet, the ends should point upwards so that the coming luck does not spill out.
- Iron Iron is believed to be one of the top charms against evil spirits, demons, sorcerers, and witches. European folklore says witches cannot pass over cold iron, and that burying an iron knife under your doorstep will ensure no witches will ever enter your house. In some areas, iron was used to protect entire villages. Iron was also considered a choice ward agains malicious faeries. In some areas, it also repelled ghosts.Iron was a popular metal for the creation of amulets which protect against the evil eye, bad luck, danger, evil spirits, and witches.
- Mistletoe Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant which grows on deciduous trees in Europe and North America. It bears white berries, and its seeds are spread by bird droppings. Along with being used in aphrodisiacs, medicinal potions, teas, and powders, mistletoe was hung in stable, homes, and barns as an amulet against bad luck, fire, and witchcraft. A sprig of mistletoed hung over a doorway prevented witches from entering.
- PinsAccording to English folklore, a witch’s power can be destroyed by sticking pins in the heart of a stolen hen or by pricking a pigeon with pins.Witch hunters often used pins to prick suspected witches when looking for Devil’s marks. Crooked pins were also used by witches for nefarious deeds.
- Salt Salt has been long considered anathema to evil and demons. In folklore, salt provides protection against witches, witchcraft, demons, and the evil eye. Salt also was used to break evil spells.Salt superstitions still exist today. Spilling salt leaves someone vulnerable to bad luck or the Devil. The bad luck may be averted by tossing a pinch of salt over the left shoulder with the right hand.
Certain trees were believed to protect against misfortune and evil. Ash, rowan, birch, hazel, holly, oak, hawthorne, and bay were believed to repel evil, faeries, and witchesUrine
During the 16th and 17th centuries, wizards and cunning women and men used urine for diagnosing and curing illnesses caused by witchcraft.
- Water Since antiquity, water has had associations with all that is pure and holy. From the Middle Ages until the 19th century, accused witches were bound and thrown into water to see if they would sink or float. Since water is the medium of holy baptism, it was believed that it would reject an agent of the Devil: witches would float. According to folklore, demons, vampires, and witches were unable to cross running water. The safest thing to do if you were being chased by one was to ford a stream.One of the Catholic Church’s most powerful weapons against the supernatural was holy water. Holy water is a mixture of salt and water that has been blessed by a priest. Witches, vampires, and other nasty evil creatures were considered violently allergic to holy water. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods, holy water was sprinkled on homes to drive away”pestilential vapors” and evil spirits, on farm animals to protect them from bewitchment, and on crops to promote fertility and protect them from witches. Like a sort of milkman, the holy-water carrier came by regularly, ensuring no one was caught short of divine protection. When storms hit, villagers would race to the local church for extra holy water to drive witches away and to protect against lightning.
In Elizabethan England, especially in East Anglia, people maintained witch bottles: charms used to counteract witches’ spells. These charms were small bellarmine flasks into a witch’s urine, nail or hair clippings were placed. When the flask was buried, the witch’s spell was cancelled and the witch was purported to be put in agony. The bottles were sometimes thrown into a fire. When the exploded, the spell was broken or the witch was killed.Witch bottles were sometimes hung in chimneys to prevent witches from flying through them.
- Witch Boxes In the 16th and 17 centuries, witch boxes were popular wards against witches. They were made up of small wooden boxes full of pieces of human bone, herbs, bits of rowan, and other odds and ends over which a spell of protection had been cast. Witch-hunters frequently sold witch boxes as they journeyed from village to village, whipping up witch hysteria.
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