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Well Nikki to be honest , I dug up the plants to repot for a short time to be later on taken to my mother's grave and planted on her birthday back in April. They are of the "wild flower " variety and I have rather admired them from time to time . They grow wild all over the woods around my house , so I took a notion that I wanted to get some to take to mother's grave that I would plant  when I planned on visiting on her birthday . So it was done with the hopes that it would be viewed as a benevolent gesture ,we'll see if and when I get the chance to visit next year, she be a ways off . The nails I suppose could possibly be a gift before the planned flower planting I have just got to feel there was some positive in this .

As far as the mason jars and such they were in an area that was used for a dumping site which just really grinds on me for folks to do such , but it is and has been a common practice for decades for people to use vacant areas to dump trash in / on. I did go back to the area a few weeks later and scrounge up a bunch of old unbroken bottles , brown purex , green medicine dropper types , syrup bottles with handles , just everyday consumables who's packaging has changed to plastic but none the less still litterable '

 

Thanks for the replies , really haven't explored HooDoo yet ........... :thinking:

 

Nabu

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Well Nikki to be honest , I dug up the plants to repot for a short time to be later on taken to my mother's grave and planted on her birthday back in April. They are of the "wild flower " variety and I have rather admired them from time to time . They grow wild all over the woods around my house , so I took a notion that I wanted to get some to take to mother's grave that I would plant  when I planned on visiting on her birthday . So it was done with the hopes that it would be viewed as a benevolent gesture ,we'll see if and when I get the chance to visit next year, she be a ways off . The nails I suppose could possibly be a gift before the planned flower planting I have just got to feel there was some positive in this .

As far as the mason jars and such they were in an area that was used for a dumping site which just really grinds on me for folks to do such , but it is and has been a common practice for decades for people to use vacant areas to dump trash in / on. I did go back to the area a few weeks later and scrounge up a bunch of old unbroken bottles , brown purex , green medicine dropper types , syrup bottles with handles , just everyday consumables who's packaging has changed to plastic but none the less still litterable '

 

Thanks for the replies , really haven't explored HooDoo yet ........... :thinking:

 

Nabu

 

 

I highly recommend it! :) 

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Oh, Nabu, sorry about your mom. The wildflowers sound like beautiful birthday gift for her grave.

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Well Nikki to be honest , I dug up the plants to repot for a short time to be later on taken to my mother's grave and planted on her birthday back in April. They are of the "wild flower " variety and I have rather admired them from time to time . They grow wild all over the woods around my house , so I took a notion that I wanted to get some to take to mother's grave that I would plant  when I planned on visiting on her birthday . So it was done with the hopes that it would be viewed as a benevolent gesture ,we'll see if and when I get the chance to visit next year, she be a ways off . The nails I suppose could possibly be a gift before the planned flower planting I have just got to feel there was some positive in this .

As far as the mason jars and such they were in an area that was used for a dumping site which just really grinds on me for folks to do such , but it is and has been a common practice for decades for people to use vacant areas to dump trash in / on. I did go back to the area a few weeks later and scrounge up a bunch of old unbroken bottles , brown purex , green medicine dropper types , syrup bottles with handles , just everyday consumables who's packaging has changed to plastic but none the less still litterable '

 

Thanks for the replies , really haven't explored HooDoo yet ........... :thinking:

 

Nabu

 

My condolences :( The anniversary of my mother's death is in April. I think it would suck for me if I didn't live so close to her grave. 

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Trying to figure what I might could use them for ... Anyone have any ideas to maybe point me in a direction ???

 

 

You can use the iron oxide in them to make a dye for bones, charm bags, etc.  If you have something to use as a binder (like gum arabic) you can make an ink. 

 

The other suggestions for protective use/witch bottles, etc are also all good ideas.

 

I would hesitate, however, to think they are evidence of spellwork, without other indications, such as the presence of wax, sigils or such, simply because mason jars are such a common thing to put stuff in, and things can get burried over time, or, say, if one of the previous families burried their unburnable trash, for example.  If, however, you do have evidence they were used in spelling, I wouldn't use them for anything, but I would put them back out of respect for the original caster.

 

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Finding buried nails in the back yard is what prompted me to get 4 T shots in less than 6 years, a shame I always "found" them with the sole of my feet or when they punctured the palm of my hand lol seems oddly common in the US, some sort of colonial pass time?

 

Supposing this is actually related to something crafty (it may be or it may not be), remnants of the typical witch bottle (super common in europe albeit done a bit differently) or something entirely different I would exercise caution with regards to their use even if they do feel "fine" as they are now. It would ultimately depend on what you sense is correct but from experience, items used by others with any lingering remanence of the craft work they were subjected to or used for have a very peculiar way of being "unpredictable" no matter how innocent or inert they feel. I have a scar from one such experience with some dubious items I "thought" to experiment with...

 

With that being said, if you have not sensed anything malicious or strange thus far on the property, they may very well be harmless "trash". Again, I'm pretty sure there was some odd pass time related to such things lol.

 

PS- "witch bottles" made in my neck of the woods (across the atlantic) are normally extremely simple looking, are elaborate witch bottles common across the atlantic?

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Where I live, bottle trees are more common than just a single witch bottle. We have witch balls hung in and outside, and bottle trees. A bit different. My pops has both.

 

Lots of colored bottles are hung throughout the entirety of a tree, different shapes and sizes, hung from different lengths of cord. I have seen them both upside down and right side up, filled with stuff for protection or other witchy needs, and even hung up empty. It all depends upon the person. They're pretty, I think, and effective.

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Wow, I have seen bottle trees and did not know they were for protection, now I know.

A while ago, a friend visited with a box of old bottles, and asked if we wanted them. I chose a square green bottle that was shaped like a coffin and marked Poison.

It made a perfect protection bottle including bent horseshoe nails.

Horseshoes are also an obsession of mine. I collect all sizes, some of which I have Silver leafed. I hang them points up over my doors for good luck.

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Wow, I have seen bottle trees and did not know they were for protection, now I know.A while ago, a friend visited with a box of old bottles, and asked if we wanted them. I chose a square green bottle that was shaped like a coffin and marked Poison.It made a perfect protection bottle including bent horseshoe nails.Horseshoes are also an obsession of mine. I collect all sizes, some of which I have Silver leafed. I hang them points up over my doors for good luck.

 

 

And if you hang them points down, they are said to ward of witches, hehe.

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And if you hang them points down, they are said to ward of witches, hehe.

Fat chance of that happening! This witch is hoarding them all!

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Wow, I have seen bottle trees and did not know they were for protection, now I know.

 

 

Since I live in the city, there's not many trees readily at my disposal, and nowhere to bury anything. so I've been taking glass bottles and leaving them on windowsills outside my apartments. Usually it's secure enough to keep them there unless I've actually experienced some sort of psychic attack (at which point, they usually go missing instead of being broken, even from apartments on upper floors). 

 

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I have recently come into possession of some opossum bones. Actually a slew of bones I need to identify. But so far Ive identified 2 opossum jaw bones. Anyone happen to know any opossum lore? PapaGheny perhaps?  I found one Choctaw legend about the opossum tail being naked due to an attempt at stealing fire running afoul. But that is all I have found. My find had me looking into the little critters.

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Today Hubby and I went to the thrift stores for a look around, I found a pewter, Scottish drinking Quaich, it is a two handled cup that is passed from person to person to make a toast. It will make an awesome offering/burning bowl on my Altar.

I also found a cast iron Effiel Tower that I can put a tea light in. That will be going in the garden in the Spring. It is about a foot high. Total $10.

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Today Hubby and I went to the thrift stores for a look around, I found a pewter, Scottish drinking Quaich, it is a two handled cup that is passed from person to person to make a toast. It will make an awesome offering/burning bowl on my Altar.

 

Oh nice find Onyx! :)

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This weekend I was gifted with a mounted set of Mountain Goat horns, they are awesome. They must have been from an old goat because they are quite long and very sharp.

By long, I mean that they are around 8 inches, and are shiny Black.

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