Gypsy Superstitions and other Lore

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Do not cry, thy tears will sear the heart of the dead (after the death of a loved one). Let the dead rest in peace, do not use their names or eat their favourite food. They like to pitch their tent near a holly tree because they beleived it would give them divine protection (holy tree). To see a mule shaking itself, is a sign of good luck. A moth hovering around a candle flame, means a letter in the morning To see a white horse in the morning, means good luck all day. If a coal or wood fire makes any kind of noise, it means a quarrel in the offing. To spit on ones hand after seeing a wagtail, means that money is on its way. If the right hand will be paid out. If the left hand will be recieved. A tickling nose is a sign of getting drunk. An itching of the right eye means sadness. An itching of the left eye is a sign of happiness to come. At the new moon, spit on a little stone, then throw it in the air, if it comes down wet...there will be much sickness...if dry, good luck to come. Frogs spawn thrown over the left shoulder for good luck. If one of the bearers at a funeral stumbles there will be another death. A baby keeps its luck in the grimy lines of its hands. A baby born at full moon will be lucky. A baby born at midnight before the sabbath, it will be under a curse. To see a shooting star is a sign of death

Animals and their omens Birds Crows are shrouded in mystery, considered to be exceptionally wise and intelligent, some gypsies say that crows live to be 300 years old. To see one crow means sorrow, and two together means joy. A crow standing in the road signifies a happy journey, while a dead crow in the road, would cause a gypsy to turn back. Rooks To have a property with a rookery on it, is seen as very fruitful, but if the rooks should leave then that is taken as a bad omen. In Ireland, when one was buying a property that was blessed with a rookery the deal was considered null and void if the rooks deserted the rookery within one year. Magpies Also a member of the crow family are a sign of good luck if two are seen together. One on its own foretells a theft. Robins and wrens These are both lucky creatures, they bring good news if they fly into your home, but a dead robin or wren near your door is a bad omen. Owls To hear an owl in day ime is a bad omen, like wise to hunt or kill an owl. Animals Cats and Dogs If a black cat should cross your path, expect good luck. If a dog howls for no reason, expect a death. Foxes If a fox crosses your path, an opportunity will be given to you, if he stops and looks at you your ambitions will be fullfilled. Horses A white horse was once the symbol of the celtic goddess Epona, and thus should be greeted with respect or you may draw misfortune to yourself. But you can tell the horse your hopes and wishes and they will come true. Stoats and Weasels To them playing together foretells happiness in the family, but if they are fighting, means squabbles and disputes in the family.

Weather Lore Who better to tell which way the weather will go, than the Romani? Clouds 'Red sky at night, shepherds delight, red sky in the morning, shepherds warning' A mackerel sky predicts a fine day in the morrow, as long as the clouds are high and fine. A greenish tinge in the sky mean's rain is on the way. 'Rain before seven, fine by eleven'. The Moon If the sun shines through the cloud's and has a halo, then fine weather is expected, a halo around the moon means rain within three days. If the cresent moon appears to have her horns facing upwards, she is holding her water, the weather will be fine. A small high cold silver moon means frost. Major changes in the weather normally occur at the moons quarter. Stars If stars are small and seem to blink, there will be wind the next day. If they are large and blink there will be wind and rain A thunderstorm at night, will freshen the air for twelve hours. Lightening at night without thunder, the next day will be humid. Mist and Fires A low mist ensures a fine day. Mist high on the hills brings rain. If the smoke from a fire draws high and straight into the sky fine weather it will be. If smoke clings to the ground, rain is on the way When fire burns bright and steady in spring or autumn expect a frost

To Dream of......... Cats, snakes, lizards, a bull or knives, is unlucky A white horse or a mule is lucky Fire, there will be a summonds Newly sprouted grass or of lightening means there will be a funeral A large house means jail Dogs or people quarrelling means friends will come Horses means news A fish swimming means there will be a scandal Dreams come true in the autumn If a dream is remembered in the morning it will come true
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    Re: Gypsy Superstitions and other Lore

    Sun, March 23, 2008 - 9:32 PM
    Here is another good spell for getting rid of an unwanted suitor. Take a small square of paper and write on it the name of the annoying would-be lover. Use black ink for this. Many Gypsies also say that it is best to use one of the old "dip" pens and ink, rather than a modern ballpoint, but you could experiment. Let the ink dry; don't blot it. Then light a white candle and burn the piece of paper in its flame while thinking of the person running away from you. Catch the ashes in something (burning the paper over an ashtray is a good idea) and carry them out to a hillside (you can do this by putting them in a small plastic bag, similar). There you must place the ashes on the upturned palm of your right hand and hold it up, saying:

    Winds of the North, East, South and West, Carry these affections to where they'll be best. Let her/his heart be open and free, And let her/his mind be away from me. Then blow on the ashes so that they scatter to the winds.

    To Attract a Lover

    This is when you have a lover but he or she is not as attentive as you would wish. You know they love you but...

    Sit before a dying fire and gaze into it, clearing your mind of all but thoughts of your lover. Have a small basket of laurel leaves between your knees. Keeping your gaze fixed on the fire, dip your left hand into the basket, take out a handful of leaves, and toss them onto the fire. As they burst into flames, chant out loud the following:

    "Laurel leaves that burn in the fire, Draw unto me my heart's desire." Wait until the flames have died down, then repeat the action. Do it a third time. Within 24 hours your lover will come to visit you.

    Key to The Heart

    It is considered very lucky to find a key. Any sort of key is lucky, but an antique one is especially so. As with the finding of something red, there are words to say at the time of finding it:

    The key to your heart lies on the ground. The key to your heart has now been found. I lock up your love with the heart of my own, I'll guard it forever with the love I have shown. As you say these words, think of the one you love and of the two of you being together forever. Sleep with the key under your pillow for nine nights, carrying it with you during the day. It may then be put in a place of safety.

    The Love Pendulum

    The pendulum can be used for many things: finding lost objects, discovering hidden treasures, divining water, communicating with spirits of the dead, diagnosing illness an prescribing medicine...all these and more. Gypsies use the pendulum quite a lot. One of the uses to which they put it is in determining whether or not a particular lover is the right one for you.

    The pendulum itself should be a ring suspended on a length of red silk thread or ribbon. Many girls use their mother's wedding band for the ring. The only other thing you need is a connection with the one you are wondering about. This can be an article of his or her clothing, a handkerchief, a watch, ring, or other piece of jewelry, a photograph, or anything similar that has a direct link with the person.

    Simply sit with the object, photograph, or whatever in front of you and hold the pendulum over it. It doesn't matter whether or not your elbow rests on the table, but hold the thread so that the ring is suspended about an inch or so above the object. Allow seven inches of the thread between your fingers and the ring.

    Concentrate your thoughts on the person you are wondering about. Is he/she the right one for you? Think of all their good qualities, and their bad. Then say:

    Av, ml Romani mal, Pawdel dur chumbas. Av kitane mansa? This little verse in Romanes (the Gypsy language) can be roughly translated as "Come my Gypsy friend, over the hills so far away. Will you come along with me?" Repeat it, saying it three times in all.

    As you say the verse the pendulum will start to swing. If it swings backwards and forwards, towards you and away from you, then it means "yes," that person is the right one for you. But if it swings from side to side, across you, then it means "no," they are not right for you. With some people the pendulum may swing in a circle, rather than backwards and forwards. If it does, then clockwise means "Yes" and counterclockwise means "no".

    Red For Love

    The Gypsies say that to find anything red means luck in love. If you find a piece of red thread, red wool, a red button, or whatever, pick it up and carry it with you for luck. It serves as an amulet.

    As you stoop to pick it up, think of the person you love and say:

    Red is my blood And red is my heart. Lucky in love; Never keep us apart.

    The Revealing Peel

    To find if the one you love will become your spouse, do the following.

    In the morning, as soon as you arise, peel a small lemon. Keep two equal pices of the peel, each about the size of a half-dollar. Place the pieces with the insides together and the peel sides out, and put them in your right-hand pocket or in your purse. Leave them there all day.

    At night, when you undress for bed, take the peel from your pocket or purse and rub the legs of the bed with it. Then place both pieces of the peel under your pillow and lay down to sleep. If you dream of your love, then you will surely marry him/her.

    To Bring Out The Love of Another

    This is an interesting spell. It does not interfere with another's free will. All it does is give them the courage to state what is on their mind. It is done when you feel very strongly that the person is in love with you but that they hesitate to say so. If it turns out that they are not in love with you after all, then it simply won't work, so that's why it doesn't exert undue pressure.

    This should be done at the same hour on seven consecutive Fridays, ending on the one closest to the Full Moon (before the moon reaches full, not just after).

    Take a pink candle and mark six rings around it, at equal distances apart. This will give you seven sections of a candle.

    Light the candle and call out the name of the one you think loves you. Then say:

    Gana, be with me in all that I do. Gana, please bring me a love who is true. Give him (her) the strength to put into words His (her) fee, lings, and sing like the song of the birds.

    Think about the person for a few moments - think of them coming to you and declaring their love then repeat the chant. Keep doing this until the candle has burned dawn to the first line. Then extinguish the candle (by pinching it out, never by blowing) and put it away till next week. On the final week, keep it up until the candle burns itself out.

    To Make Yourself Known to Another

    If you love another and they don't seem to notice, then this can bring you to their attention.

    You need to find their footprints in the earth. You then dig up this footprint (more correctly, the earth in which it is impressed). Take the earth to the nearest willow tree and, making a hole in the ground at its base, put the footprint earth into the hole, filling it over with the original dirt. As you are burying the footprint this way, say:

    "Many earths on earth there be, I make my love know unto thee. For He is the flower and I the stem; He the cock and I the hen. Grow, grow willow tree! Sorrow not for the likes of me."

    From then on you will find that the person you yearn for will indeed start to notice you. Where it goes from there, of course, is up to you.

    To Rid Yourself of an Unwanted Lover<

    Some people are wooed by persistent would-be lovers, those who won't take no for an answer and who won't leave them alone. This is the ideal spell for such a situation. It should be done during the waning cycle of the Moon - that is, after the Full Moon and before the New Moon.

    Have a roaring fire going, then go outside and pick up two handfuls of dry vervain leaves (you can place them on the ground ahead of time, if necessary.) As you pick them up, shout out the name of the one you wish to be rid of. Turn and go into the house (or cross to the fire if this is all done out in the open) and fling leaves onto the fire with the words:

    "Here is my pain; Take it and soar. Depart from me now And offend me no more."

    Do this for three nights in a row. You will hear no more from the unwanted ones

    River of Dreams

    Another way to determine whom you will marry is to use a bowl of water and a flat stick. The bowl should be earthenware and should be filled at least half full of water that has been taken from a flowing stream. A flat stick or piece of wood is then laid across the bowl, from one edge to the other. This represents a bridge over a river or stream.

    On the night of a Full Moon, place the bowl of water and stick underneath your bed. Just before you sleep, concentrate your thoughts on an actual footbridge over a stream. Tell yourself that you will dream of it that night. Not only will you dreams of the bridge, but you will dream of yourself crossing the bridge and, halfway over, falling off into the water. But you have no fear, someone will come and rescue you.

    With these expectations, built up in your mind throughout the day and then reinforced just before you sleep, you should have no trouble actually having that dream. The trick then is to remember when you wake who it was who came to your rescue and pulled you from the water. That person is your future spouse.

    Unlucky Days

    According to the Gypsies, the following days are considered to be unlucky for Love. Dont start a relationship, get married, etc on these dates:

    January 1, 2, 6, 14, 27 February 1, 17, 19 March 11, 26 April 10, 27, 28 May 11, 12 June 19 July 18, 21 August 2, 26, 27 September 10, 18 October 6 November 6, 17 December 5, 14, 23

    Wedding Day

    This old custom for finding whether or not you will be married within the coming year is performed on New Year'S Eve. The enquirer takes an old shoe and throws it up in to the branches of a willow tree. If the shoe of falls to the ground again, there will be no wedding within 12 months. But if it catches in the branches and does not fall, then there will be a wedding within the year.


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