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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Gypsy Toast

Ingredients:
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon milk
I'm sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, It can be found in it's entirety here: Gypsy Toast

Friday, December 22, 2006

Out with the old, in with the new

If you think deeply about the start of any period of bad luck, you will find that there is some object that you acquired round about then or that you used or wore quite a lot. Maybe it is something that brings back recollections of an unhappy event. It can be an ornament, an item of clothing, a photograph, or even a kitchen utensil.

Place the said object near the back door of the house. Then, using a broom, and starting at the top of the house or in the room furthest from the back door, sweep each room in turn, working in a counter clockwise direction. As you work, visualise darkness being swept away in front of you. The darkness is black heavy clouds of bad luck. It can't resist your broom. While you sweep, say, "I banish the dark clouds from my home, bad luck be gone, there is no place here for you. Be gone, be gone, be gone!"

Any dust can be swept on to a shovel and taken with you as you go. Do each room in turn until you reach the back door, then put all the sweepings into a bag outside. Take the object previously mentioned and break or tear it, venting all your anger and frustration. Put the pieces into the bag with the dust. Sprinkle the contents with salt, saying, "By this salt, cleansing gift of the earth, I render you powerless."

Now bury the bag. If it is at all possible, bury it at a crossroads or by running water, but if this is not practical bury it in the garden or at the bottom of the rubbish bin. Before covering the bag with earth, or rubbish, sprinkle it with salt, making a pattern of a cross within a circle, saying, "By this salt, by this sign you are gone from my life."

Now reversing the order of the rooms, from the back door to the top of the house walk round each room clockwise with a lighted candle, preferably colored pink or gold, and a lighted incense stick perfumed amber or rose (or a scent that you really love). Alternatively if there is a particular perfume (or essential oil) that makes you feel happy, use that.

As you walk, say, "I bring light, joy, luck, and love into every corner of my home and life." Visualize each room being filled with bright golden light, every corner bursting with hope and joy. When you have done, return to the room most often used and leave the candle and incense to burn out naturally. Take time to enjoy the new feeling of happiness filling your home.

from: Gypsy Magic
by Patrinella Cooper

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Ingredients:
  • Quarter of a chicken
  • 2 Pints water/vegetable stock
  • 1 Large leek
  • 1 Onion
  • Half a cup rice 
I'm so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, it can be found in it's entirety here: Healing Chicken Soup

Monday, December 18, 2006

Prosperity In A Cup


So here is a spell that anyone can do.

Blow bubbles with a straw in your morning coffee
to bring about a prosperous day.

-oOo-

I know it sounds kind of silly, but I found it in all three of my books on Gypsy Magic. So I am assuming that it works. And I think that if the bubbles show up spontaneously - that's even better.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Make Friends With Fate

Fate, it is said, may be influenced in your favor if you know your personal magic word.

To find it, light a white candle and sit facing south. Take a dictionary; close your eyes and turn the book around several times so that you are unaware of which way it is facing.

Eyes closed, fan the pages until you feel compelled to stop at a certain page.

Eyes still closed, wander about the page using your forefinger until you feel inclined to pause. Open your eyes, look at the word under your finger. If there is more than one word, pick the first that jumps out at you from the page. This is your magic word.

You can remind yourself of your magic word mentally or verbally whenever you wish to tune in to a situation, or whenever you feel you need a boost of energy. It will change the vibration around you and attract good influences.



It is better not to talk about your word too much - if at all. The more you verbalize about it, the less power it will have. Too much talking about something, particularly something sacred and magical, tends to dilute the energy. This does not mean that your word must be a "secret". It does mean that it is important to keep your "magic word" to yourself, and for sure do not share it with anyone who would make light of it, or belittle you in any way.
Found in:
The Good Spell Book by Gillian Kemp

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Easy Money


Here is an easy money spell:

Light a green candle. Let it burn for five minutes, then blow it out. Rub your hands in the smoke and imagine money coming to you.


Found in:
The Good Spell Book by Gillian Kemp

Monday, December 11, 2006

Stamping out problems


Here is a spell to remove a problem. Write the problem on the sole of an old shoe. Put the shoe on, stamp on the problem three times...

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Stamping Out Problems

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Gypsy Prayers, Chants, and Affirmations

Thank you to the Mother
Thank you to the Father
Thank you to the Living Spirit
within all things.

-oOo-

Abracadabra
Trinka Five
Gypsy Magic
Comes Alive

-oOo-

Here is the Lord's Prayer in the Gypsy Dialect of Transylvania:

Miro gulo Devel, savo hal oté ando Cheros,
te avel swuntunos tiro nav;
te avel catari tiro tem;
te keren saro so cames oppo puv,
sar ando Cheros.
Dé man sekhonus miro diveskoe manro,
ta ierta mangue saro so na he plaskerava tuke,
sar me ierstavava wafo manuschengue saro so na plaskerelen mangue.
Ma muk te petrow ando chungalo camoben;
tama lel man abri saro doschdar.
Weika tiro sin o tem,
tiri yi potea,
tiri yi proslava akana ta sekovar.

And here is the English Translation:

My sweet God,
who art there in Heaven,
may thy name come hallowed;
may thy kingdom come hither;
may they do all that thou wishest upon earth,
as in Heaven.
Give me to-day my daily bread,
and forgive me all that I cannot pay thee,
as I shall forgive other men all that they do not pay me.
Do not let me fall into evil desire;
but take me out from all wickedness.
For thine is the kingdom,
thine the power,
thine the glory now and ever.

-oOo-

May God help us!
May no misfortune happen to me in the road,
and may no one steal anything from me.

And in Transylvanian Gypsy it is:

Te vas del o Del amengue;
te n'avel man pascotia ando drom,
te na hoden pen mandar.

-oOo-

Go with God!
Stay with God!
Go, for God's sake!
Stay, for God's sake!
By God!

Or as a Transylvanian Gypsy would say:

Ja Develehi!
Az Develehi!
Ja Develeskey!
Az Develeskey!
Heri Devlis!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Gypsy Names

Popular Gypsy Names - Feminine

  • Anelka, Anuaka, Armanka, Anselina, Athalia,
  • Babina, Bayana, Belka, Bena, Bica, Bilya, Bina, Binuca, Birka, Bizuca, Bota, Botana, Boyala, Bresa, Briya, Buna, Burgulya, Britannia
  • Cini, Cora, Cura, Camba, Cernyavka, Cilyana, Cilyanka, Cinderella, Clementina
  • Dana, Danira, Darka, Dena, Diamanta, Diduka, Dika, Dilinka, Dina, Domka, Donya, Draga, Duda, Dudarka, Dulca, Dundya, Dyana, Dyolbana, Dyombala, Dyula, Dotia
  • Feastra, Fairnette, Freedom
  • Gana, Gafa, Gafica, Gaftona, Grinza, Guda, Gentilia
  • Kali, Kapica, Kata, Katarina, Kati, Keza, Kica, Kokana, Kolombina, Krizma, Krizmarica, Kruca, Kumbriya, Kuna
  • Lina, Loli, Loyzi, Loza, Luga, Lukreciya, Lula, Luludi, Luna, Lutka, Luska, Luza, Lyalya, Lyanka, Lyuka,
  • Madoka, Mala, Malaska, Malika, Malyoxa, Mandica, Manevra, Mara, Marca, Mardyola, Marga, Margayka, Margoska, Maruca, Marulya, Matora, Matryona, Matuska, Mileva, Mina, Miyula, Mica, Morana, Mugulya, Murzatka, Muyara, Mentanya, Meriya, Mizelli
  • Nataliya
  • Ocean
  • Papin, Papina, Papus, Paralya, Parastiva, Patrina, Pavia, Pavlena, Persi, Pika, Pitoc, Piyada, Pucuranka, Puna, Pupi, Putya, Peperuga, Persuda, Pevuna, Phabay,
  • Rayka, Roseriya, Rufa, Rupinka, Rupla, Ruza, Reservoir
  • Sabina, Saveta, Sima, Sofa, Solomiya, Sonya, Staya, Stura, Senuca, Sana, Seryadya, Seyica, Sinfai
  • Taliya, Terenka, Tereza, Terka, Teza, Tinka,
  • Unity
  • Vandya, Vena, Vota, Volya, Volyana, Voronka, Voronsana, Vorza, Vorzana, Vorzank, Vancy
  • Xilya, Xilyka,
  • Yana, Yeva, Yela, Yelena, Yordana, Yoza, Yula, Yulyca,
  • Zaga, Zamba, Zambila, Zamfira, Zana, Zanda, Zizya, Zofinya, Zolfina, Zorpina, Zuzana, Zuzi, Zuzulya, Zofi, Zoska, Zuza

Popular Gypsy Names -Masculine

  • Amberline
  • Belcher
  • Brishen Baul, Bavol, Bersh, Beval, Bidshika,Brishen
  • Camlo, Chik, Cam, Chaine, Chal, Chavula
  • Danior, Dukker, Durriken, Durril, Dangerfield
  • Elijah,
  • Garridan Gillie, Guibran, Goliath, Gilderoy
  • Hezekiah
  • Jal, Javert, Jibben, Jivin
  • Ker
  • Lel, Lennor, Lendar, Lensar, Liberty
  • Mander, Merripen, Mestipen, Major
  • Nehemiah, Noah, Nelson, Neptune
  • Pal, Pattin, Pias, Pov
  • Rye
  • Stiggur, Sampson, Shadrack, Silvanus
  • Tas, Tobar, Tobbar, Tawno, Tem, Terkari
  • Vandlo
  • Wen, Wesh
  • Yarb

Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Remove Misfortune

According to the Romanies, extricating yourself or someone you care for from a streak of bad luck and misfortune is not difficult...


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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Healing with Crystal Magic

A quartz crystal emits a frequency of energy, a vibration. Romanies are known for using crystal balls for clairvoyance, but they also use quartz rock crystal for healing.

If you have a piece of quartz, first wash it in warm soapy water and rinse it with running water. Then hold the crystal in both hands. Close your eyes and imagine being bathed in white light. Visualize the area of your illness and point the crystal to that site. Imagine a stream of light flowing from the crystal and bathing the area in its pure rays.

Place your crystal under your pillow while you sleep.

You can also wrap your crystal with wire and wear it on a ribbon or chain and keep it close to your heart.
-oOo-

If you are interested in learning how to wire wrap crystals, instructions can be found at Witch Way, unfortunately they don't have any pictures posted. A really cool tutorial with pictures can be foud at Tower Crystals. Their tools and supplies look a little intimidating, but looking at their pictures and then reading the Witch Way tutorial might give you enough information to get the job done. Or, you can purchase a kit complete with a quartz crystal at Arkansas Crystal Works. And I also found an online class in wire wrapping at the Bead Man.
Crystal Healing spell found in:
The Good Spell Book by Gillian Kemp

Friday, December 01, 2006

Making a Parik-til for Luck and Success


A Parik-til is the Gypsy version of a medicine bag. To create a parik-til, a small drawstring pouch is made in the appropriate color for the intended purpose. Into this goes various little objects: herbs, stones, feathers, sometimes a charm or piece of paper inscribed with a simple spell. This list is endless; it is only important that the objects seem sympathetic to your purpose.

Collect leaves and twigs of the oak tree, including a small acorn if available, the petals and/or seeds of the sunflower, a piece of cinnamon stick, three cloves...

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Make a Gypsy Mojo Bag

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Gypsy Style Turkey Soup with Dumplings

You can use your turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner or even buy turkey drumsticks which are huge and very cheap. If you have any leftover sliced turkey meat add it after you've boiled the carcass and taken the meat off of the bones.

I'm sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new site, Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com It can be found in it's entirety here: Gypsy Style Turkey Soup with Dumplings

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Madame Fortuna's Prosperity Oil

Madam Fortuna's Prosperity Oil


The optimum time to make this oil is 5 days following the new moon. But it can be made any time during the new or crescent moon phase.

Supplies:

  • A small item made of gold
  • Olive oil
  • Small clean container (preferably glass) with a tight fitting lid
  • Powdered cinnamon or cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place the item made of gold into the container
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or a drop of cinnamon essential oil
  • Pour enough olive into the container to cover the item and fill the container to the halfway mark.
  • Cradle the container in your hands and think about how grateful and happy you are for the prosperity that you already have, and for the prosperity that is coming to you.
  • Then gently breathe this gratitude and happiness into the container, continue to breathe it into the container until it has been filled the rest of the way to the top with loving gratitude.
  • Put the lid on the container, and tighten it.
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger once and say "Thank you to the Father"
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger a second time and say "Thank you to the Mother"
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger for a third time and say "Thank you to the Living Spirit in all things"

This prosperity oil will gradually increase in potency as the moon waxes toward full, and can be used at any time.

On the full moon:

  • Remove the gold item - and gently and lovingly clean it.
  • Drop a pinch of powdered ginger into the container.
  • Cradle the container in your hands and think about how grateful and happy you are for the prosperity that you already have, and for the prosperity that is coming to you.
  • Put the lid on the container, and tighten it.
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger once and say "Thank you to the Father"
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger a second time and say "Thank you to the Mother"
  • Tap the lid with your middle finger for a third time and say "Thank you to the Living Spirit in all things"
Hints and tips:

  • If it seems that there is no prosperity in your life to be grateful for, think of something that makes you happy, or someone you love.
  • A Sacajawea gold dollar is a great item to use - and they can be purchased for $1 at your local bank.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Making Miracles Happen

Gypsies are famous for their "happy go lucky" attitude. Here is a small but significant "affirmation" or "charm" to do each morning.


Begin your day by saying out loud and with conviction:

"A miracle...

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: Making Miracles Happen

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sármi

Mix ground beef or chopped ham with cooked rice, salt, black pepper and jalapeños (or similar hot peppers) into a thick paste. You may add an egg if it's too thick. Take the biggest leaves from a cabbage making sure not to break or tear them...

Sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new site, Gypsy Magick and Lore, which is hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com - it can be found in it's entirety here: Sarmi

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Historical Gypsy


The first gypsies claimed to be the Christian nobility of Egypt, who had abandoned their possessions in order to retain their faith when the Muslims gained power. They were believed for a good period.
However, linguistic evidence strongly demonstrates that they actually originated in India, and moved west, migrating through the middle east into Europe. Although the Gypsies call themselves 'Rom' and their language is known as'Romani', the Romani language has nothing in common with the language known as Romanian (which is a Romance language, derived from Latin and kin to French, Spanish, Italian, etc.). Romanibeen shown to be closely related to groups of languages and dialects (such as Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Cashmiri) still spoken in India and of the same origin as Sanskrit.

They were often described as dark-skinned magicians, entertainers, smiths, horsebreakers and other skilled tradeworkers. There is a good possibility that they originated belly dancing.

They lived in tents. Ggypsy wagons are a recent introduction. The wagons date from the late 18th early 19th century. Before that, they travelled by foot and horseback, setting up tents by night. The classic gypsy caravan wagons were usually built by commercial carriage shops for the gypsies, since they took a lot of woodworking and other equipment.

Reliable period info on gypsies is sadly lacking- the only people writing about them were the ones who wanted rid of them at all cost. I think it was in the fifteenth century that the pogroms against them really got rolling...Because gypsies have remained very secluded and secretive, cultural "tainting" has been comparatively low, and modern practices may well reflect medieval practices.

In France it was thought that these same people came from Bohemia and thus they were called 'Bohemes'.... [thus began the English word "bohemian"]. There are Elizabethan laws against dressing or acting "as an Egyptian," which from the descriptions seem to be what we would call 'gypsies.' It is quite possible that the word "gypsy" came into use as an abreviation of "Egyptian" somewhat later than the actual arrival of the Rom in England.
The Romnichels, or Rom'nies, began to come to the United States from England in 1850. Their arrival coincided with an increase in the demand for draft horses in agriculture and then in urban transportation. Many Romnichels worked as horse traders, both in the travel-intensive acquisition of stock and in long-term urban sales stable enterprise. After the rapid decline in the horse trade following the First World War, most Romnichels relied on previously secondary enterprises, "basket-making," including the manufacture and sale of rustic furniture, and fortune telling.

The Rom arrived in the United States and Canada from Serbia, Russia and Austria-Hungary beginning in the 1880s, as part of the larger wave of immigration from southern and eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Primary immigration ended, for the most part, in 1914, with the beginning of the First World War and subsequent tightening of immigration restrictions. Many in this group specialized in coppersmith work, mainly the repair and refining of industrial equipment used in bakeries, laundries, confectioneries and other businesses. The Rom, too, developed the fortune-telling business in urban areas.

The Ludar, or "Rumanian Gypsies," emigrated to North America during the great immigration from southern and eastern Europe between 1880 and 1914. Most of the Ludar came from northwestern Bosnia. Upon their arrival in North America they specialized as animal trainers and show people, and indeed passenger manifests show bears and monkeys as a major part of their baggage. Only a handful of items covering this group have been published, beginning in 1902. The ethnic language of the Ludar is a form of Romanian. They are occasionally referred to as Ursari in the literature.

Gypsies from Germany, generally referred to in the literature as Chikeners (Pennsylvania German, from German Zigeuner), sometimes refer to themselves as "Black Dutch." (While the term "Black Dutch" has been adopted by these German Gypsies, it does not originate with this group and has been used ambiguously to refer to several non-Gypsy populations.) They are few in number and claim to have largely assimilated to Romnichel culture. In the past known as horse traders and basket makers, some continue to provide baskets to US Amish and Mennonite communities. The literature on this group is very sparse and unreliable.

The Hungarian (or Hungarian-Slovak) musicians also came to this country with the eastern European immigration. In the United States they continued as musicians to the Hungarian and Slovak immigrant settlements, and count the musical tradition as a basic cultural element.

The Irish Travelers immigrated, like the Romnichels, from the mid to late nineteenth century. The Irish Travelers specialized in the horse and mule trade, as well as in itinerant sales of goods and services; the latter gained in importance after the demise of the horse and mule trade. The literature also refers to this group as Irish Traders or, sometimes, Tinkers. Their ethnic language is referred to in the literature as Irish Traveler Cant.

The present population of Scottish Travelers in North America also dates from about 1850, although the 18th-century transportation records appear to refer to this group. Unlike that of the other groups, Scottish Traveler immigration has been continuous. Also unlike the other groups, Scottish Travelers have continued to travel between Scotland and North America, as well as between Canada and the United States, after immigration. Scottish Travelers also engaged in horse trading, but since the first quarter of the 20th century have specialized in itinerant sales and services.

Much of this information came from the Gypsy Lore Society.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Welcome

Welcome to Gypsy Magic Spells and Charms. This blog has been created in tandem with The Prosperity Project. The intent being to provide a spell, recipe, or something of interest every day. The first 30 days will be devoted to prosperity spells only. As time passes, we plan to provide spells, charms, activities, recipes, and a number of interesting tasks etc. on every conceivable subject. Thank you for your interest.
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