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Originally posted by hotbakedtater
I bet you ran across a box of trinkets left by geocahers.
"Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment."
If I knew how to use a gps it sounds like fun.
Originally posted by flyingwoody
Welcome to ATS.
First of all, assuming this isn't a hoax (we get a lot of those around here) I'm quite interested as to where this will go. Right now I'm thinking a memento from a murder or something along those lines.
Looks like some kind of burial when they could not find the body of a child.
A way of closure so to speak. I have no clue other than that.
I thought before I looked at your pics, it may of been that thing way back where some kids buried some of there belongings and newspapers then dug them up years later to reflect but its defanatly not that.
Originally posted by Dock6
Are there any dwellings within close proximity to where you found the box ?
How high and steep is the hill ?
The trailing tree-root shown in the photos .. was this and/or other debris covering the box initially ?
The box doesn't appear waterproof and the velvet lining appears to be in reasonable condition. Does the box remain intact (bottom and sides)? If it's not rotting, it would seem the box is not of great age and/or has not been out in the elements for any great length of time.
Any plastic within or around the box ?
Did you check inside the glove to see what it is made of .. natural or synthetic fibres ?
Do you plan on returning to the site ? Did you replace the box-lid and leave it as you found it, or did you take it home? If the latter, you could check the glove fabric.
Originally posted by woodwytch
reply to post by atzmaz
Strange how thought's seem to have turned to murder ... what a morbid lot you are !
I read the post and one thing came instantly to mind because this is something I've done myself (being a witch n'all).
I would say it's most likely a 'spellbox'.
A 'spellbox' is a container usually made of metal, wood or pottery (I prefer wood myself), and when the witch has completed her spell she would put certain relevent items that she'd used into the spellbox and bury it normally it would be sealed with candlewax and tied with a cord or ribbon (the colour of which would indicate it's purpose).
Now, if there were no dwellings around the area where you found the box, I would hazard a guess and say that said spell in this case was probably designed to remove a curse ... get rid of a negative energy ... banish someone/thing from creating problems in the persons life (this is called a 'return to sender' spell). At the end of such a spell you would take the spellbox as far away from your home as possible to bury it or even toss it into the sea (it's a symbollic banishing if you will).
If my assumption is correct then this would also explain why the OP felt a little uneasy after he'd opened it.
Moral of this story ... if any of you discover a curious little box buried in the middle of knowhere or washed-up on a secluded beach ... well, it's probably best to leave it where it is ! Think of it as opening Pandora's Box ... you really don't know what you're letting out because you have no idea what the witches intent was when she created the energy inside it.
However, my witchy senses tell me that the OP probably already knew that because I just saw one of his posts on another thread recommending Crowley and Aggripa for those new to the craft to read.
Personally I think they are a little heavy going for new witches and I wouldn't give Crowley the time of day under any circumstances ... there's enough ego in the world of witchcraft without propagating the next generation of 'wytchlings' with his rubbish surely to Goddess !
Of course it may have been nothing to do with witches and spellboxes ... it might have been some treasured possessions of a loved one that were laid to rest in a personal and/or sacred place to them during their lifetime ... either way not really cool to desecrate anything found in such circumstances ... curiosity can be a real killer ... just ask the cat !