The witches burr (also called witch balls, spike balls, and sweet gum balls) has been an integral part American Folk magic and Hoodoo for centuries. They are used as the base for amulets, charms, as alter icons, and for spell work. One look at the rows of sharp spikes says all you need to know. These are for protection magic. They are also used in several others ways and have a litany of properties. But before we look at the different magical uses for witches burr, let’s take a quick trail down biology lane. If you are a practicing witch, you’ll agree that it’s always good to understand as much as you can about any tree, plant, or living thing that you will incorporate into your personal practice or spell workings.