The Magick of Witches Burrs and How To Use Them

The Magickal Witches Burrs ~ By the Beckoning Broom Sacerdotes

Witches burrs, also known as sweet gum balls, liquidambar pods or witches balls, are the small, spiky seed pods of the liquidambar tree (liquidambar styraciflua) If you look closely, you see the tiny horned-looking spikes all over the burr. Each burr carries 70 to 120 protective spikes.

The Liquidambar tree the burrs grow from produces pentagram shape leaves that change into the most glorious colours throughout the year. 

This tree is in the witch hazel family. Witch hazel gets its name from its fabulous ability for divining or dowsing underground water, also called water witching. 

These burrs are often associated with the occult and witchcraft and possess powerful magickal properties.

Three witches burrs resting on a disk of wood.

Cultural Significance

Witches burrs have a long history of use in folk medicine and magick.

Greek: In ancient Greece, they were used as a cure for toothaches.

European: In European folklore, witches burrs were said to have been created by witches and demons, who used them to cast spells and curses. It was believed that if you stepped on a burr, a witch could use it to control you or cast a curse upon you. In medieval Europe, they were used to ward off evil spirits and protect against the evil eye.

Chinese: In Chinese culture, the seed pods represent prosperity and are often used in Feng Shui to attract wealth and abundance.

Three witches burrs resting on an altar with crystals, pine cones and other magickal items.

Native American: In Native American culture, witches burrs are used in fertility rituals and were believed to have the power to increase fertility and promote healthy childbirth. In some Native American cultures, witches burrs are used in divination. The seeds pods are placed in water, and the pattern they form is interpreted to reveal information about the future.

Hoodoo & Voodoo: In hoodoo and voodoo traditions, witches burrs are also used for their magickal properties. They are believed to have protective and cleansing properties and can be used in various spells and rituals. They are often used in protection spells and are said to be particularly effective in warding off evil spirits and curses. They can be carried on the person or placed in the home to provide protection against negative energy. Witches burrs, in hoodoo and voodoo, are sometimes used in cleansing rituals to remove negative energy from a person or space. They may also be used in love spells, as they possess the power to attract and enhance love and passion.

Three witches burrs in a tin box resting on a piece of wood with a pentagram on it nestled on a bed of leaves.

Modern Spiritual Practices & Medicinal Uses

In modern times, witches burrs have become popular among practitioners of witchcraft, paganism, and other forms of spirituality. They are often used in spell work, talismans, and amulets, and are believed to possess a wide range of magickal properties.

Witches burrs possess a variety of magickal properties, including protection, healing, and abundance. They are often used in spells and rituals to attract prosperity and good luck, as well as to ward off negative energy and evil spirits.

One common use for witches burrs is in protection spells. They are often placed in a sachet or charm bag and carried on the person to ward off negative energy and protect against hexes and curses.

Witches burrs are also believed to have healing properties. They are said to be effective in treating a variety of ailments, including toothaches, headaches, and digestive issues. To use witches burrs for healing, they can be carried on the person, placed under a pillow, or added to a bath.

In addition to their protective and healing properties, witches burrs are also associated with abundance and prosperity. They are often used in wealth and success spells and are said to attract financial prosperity and abundance.

Three witches burrs in a tin box resting on a piece of wood with a pentagram on it nestled on a bed of leaves.

 

How To Use Witches Burrs

There are many ways to use witches burrs in spiritual and magickal practices, including:

1. Talismans and Amulets: Witches burrs can be carried on the person as a talisman or amulet to provide protection, attract prosperity and abundance, or enhance love and passion.

2. Spell work: Witches burrs can be used in spell work to attract good luck and prosperity, protect against negative energy and curses, and promote healing. Add them to spells for extra power. Use them in spells and charms to break hexes or curses. Add a witches burr to a witch bottle. Dress them with oils and herbs and place them on the path of a love interest as a love spell. Powder them and make them into a hot foot spell. Use them in a spell to inspire someone to repay a debt.

3. Sachets and Charm Bags: Witches burrs can be placed in a sachet or charm bag with other herbs and crystals to create a powerful talisman for protection, love, or prosperity. Place them in a spirit bag or carry them in a mojo bag.

4. Altar Decorations: Witches burrs can be used to decorate an altar, providing a powerful symbol of protection and abundance. Place them on their altar to dispel unsupportive forces, keep unwanted guests away or for good luck. Place them on an altar to raise the power of any altar workings. 

5. Bath and Body Products: Witches burrs can be added to bath salts, oils, or other body products to promote healing and relaxation.

6. Home Decorations: Witches burrs can be used to decorate the home, providing a powerful symbol of protection and abundance. Place a witches burr over each doorway and window sill as a charm against negative energy and to attract good forces. Add them to a wreath or wind chime.

7. Cleansing Rituals: Witches burrs can be used in cleansing rituals to remove negative energy from a person or space. Burn them in a cauldron as part of a ritual.

8. Fertility and Childbirth: In some cultures, witches burrs are believed to promote fertility and healthy childbirth.

9. Protection: Ground Witches burrs can be added to black salt for increased protection in circle casting. Or used in rituals for protection. They can be placed in the car or hung from the rear vision mirror. Burn them in a ritual fire for protection.

10. Stuffed Burs: Press herbs, ash, crystals, blood, knots, spells or affirmations written on paper and other ingredients into the spikes of the witches burr. They can be sealed with wax for long-term protection.

11. Talismans: Make them into talismans for wealth, prosperity and fertility.

12. Communing: Use them to create a magickal gateway for mediumship, communing with the dead or spirit world.

13. Charging: Use them to charge other magickal tools, amulets or items.

14. Offerings: Use them as an offering. And because they are 100% natural, they can be safely buried, burnt, or placed in a body of water.

Witches Burrs have many applications. A must for your magickal apothecary. 

Three witches burrs resting on a piece of wood with a pentagram on an altar.

Witches burrs are associated with protection, healing, and abundance, and are often used in spells and rituals by practitioners of witchcraft, paganism, and other forms of spirituality.

While the use of witches burrs may vary depending on the culture and tradition, they are a powerful tool for anyone looking to connect with the spiritual realm and harness the power of magick. Whether you use them in spells, talismans, or amulets, witch's burrs are a potent symbol of the magick and mystery that lies within us all.

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6 comments

Beckoning Broom

Glad you love this article, druid4565. Thank you so much. ☽O☾ ꓭB

Rosa

Muchas gracias por tan valioso y detallado contenido.

Gaia

Really interesting x

Jen

Great read! I didn’t know they had so many uses.

silverstar

I’ve been using them. I live in Ohio, there’s lots of those trees here. Weren’t they also called witches gumdrops?

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