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Just about every culture has some thing they make, do or perform a ritual to ensure bad spirits and dreams stay away. Native American Indians have dream catchers. But what did the first Americans do? Turns out ever since the invention of the glass bottle, they have been hanging them in trees or constructing what is known as a Bottle Tree. I am sure many of you have seen pictures of bottles placed on a tree with the tree branch pushed through the bottle mouth. This is said to ward off bad spirits. I make dream catchers as part of my cultural background, as well as, other things such as lavender by the doors, and a smudge burning throughout the house. I have always as an adult had a large piece of Amethyst hung in my vehicles to bring a safe journey, and never had an accident since I have done so. Why not add to the things I have put in place to keep out the bad juju? I have been saving my wine bottles and such for this reason. I want it known that no I am not a lush, but a nice chilled glass of wine after a full day of whining from all my kids, is a nice thing 🙂 Nina and Amethyst decided we should hang out bottles along our trail system we walk, and ride down. We sat down with the bottles and twine and started wrapping. The way I wrapped the twine on the bottle is very secure and is used by Native Americans in many applications, such as, making ores for canoes. I am sure it is also some type of military wrapping as well, but since I know very few military knots and way more Native things, I tend to stick with what I know. Once we were done we jumped on the husbands ATV and rode out into our woods and hung our bottles on the trail. We also did a little more riding to gather some leaves and flowers for our next project, check back to see what that might be.