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Apotropaios: Folk Magic in Britain ~ The purpose of this site is to present and gather information on a rather unusual range of objects that can be discovered hidden within the walls and under the floors of old buildings. Objects such as dried cats, horse skulls, old shoes, written curses and charms, witch-bottles and ritual marks were often placed in buildings. These objects, and many other kinds of object, were usually concealed in buildings and sometimes outdoors for use as spells or counter-spells and currently not enough is known about them. More research is needed and you might be able to help.
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Apotropaios: Folk Magic in Britain ~ The purpose of this site is to present and gather information on a rather unusual range of objects that can be discovered hidden within the walls and under the floors of old buildings. Objects such as dried cats, horse skulls, old shoes, written curses and charms, witch-bottles and ritual marks were often placed in buildings. These objects, and many other kinds of object, were usually concealed in buildings and sometimes outdoors for use as spells or counter-spells and currently not enough is known about them. More research is needed and you might be able to help.

 

This totally floored me! I never knew this existed...damn good link thank you for posting it....hhmm...dried cats, horses skulls and concealed shoes and others used as charms...hhmm....interesting.

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Alongside this is the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project:

 

The tradition of concealing clothes can be related to the practice of concealing other objects such as dried cats, witch bottles and charms in buildings. These types of object have been discovered hidden in similar places. The concealing of these items including garments can be related to folklore and superstitious traditions relating to the ritual protection of a household and its inhabitants.

 

Concealed garments are most often found with other objects in a cache.

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  • 6 years later...

Thought I'd give this interesting thread a bump!

 

Does anyone use traditional bellarmine jugs/bartmann bottles for your witch bottles? One can purchase reproductions of the original sort and I'm considering purchasing a few...they're just so much more 'magical,' IMO. Would really like to transition to these from the more basic bottles I've been using!

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My grandma on my mom's (the white people side) side used to write what she called "wish papers" and put them in hers

 

Wonder if that's what she was up to....

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We lived in a farm house that was built in the 1600s (this was in 2002), and the interesting things we found were a huge very very old, with hand drawn images/gold leaf bible in the wall of one of the rooms. We discovered it during restoration work. We also found a huge cast iron cauldron in one of the old barns and the property was surrounded by white Elderflower shrubs which were documented to have been there for over 100 years. the house was Grade II listed so there was lots of historical records about it.  There were also jars and skulls stuffed in the sides of the open fireplaces. Apparently you could put pots etc in these brick side cut outs of the chimney to keep them warm through out the day. And YES it was very much haunted.

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Sounds totally witchy! Everything in Britain is so old, here in Canada, not so much. Chimneys always were a favourite hiding spot for Charms and personal prized possessions.

A dead cat in the foundation was a protection charm. Not so for the cat though.

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our current house is only 100 years old a Victorian build in cornwall - so by UK standards not that old. However it is a house that reached out to us via the internet when we were looking to move - we never planned on moving counties!!!! (Provinces). But each time we searched different web sites this house appeared at the top of our searches even though we never asked to search in Cornwall or 4 bedrooms. We were meant to own this house and the minute we stepped in we all felt as if we had lived in it before and felt safe and loved. The walls want to hug you and I'm always touching them and talking to the soul of the house. Since moving in we have seen fae in and outside the house, elementals playing in the open fire place, orbs, footsteps, voices, ghost of a black cat (which looks like our cat).

 

The house has its own magic.

 

So maybe we have lived here before .....

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Sounds like the house is just as happy to have you as you are happy with your house. Cornwall is so magickal anyway, the South of England, with the Pirate coves and smuggleing.

Yes, I've been there, when I was a child, we went there for holidays, with my cousins. I remember it having very steep rocky cliffs.

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Back to the question, Does anyone use a Bellarmine Jar for protection? No, I have not but I did draw a face,(not mine) on the poison bottle that I did use.

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