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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Horse Whispering

Horse whispering is shrouded in mystery. It is an inexplicable method employed by the Romanies to tame wild and temperamental horses.

Tradition says the secret to horse whispering was granted as a deathbed legacy from a horse charmer to his eldest son. The Romanies say that one who has received the gift of horse whispering cannot die peacefully until he or she has passed on the talent.

There are tales of horse whisperers meeting secretively in moonlight to practice their equestrian skills and to discuss hypnotic, herbal, and magical formulas.

Some believe horse charming is the application of herbs or aniseed to the horse's nose or bridle or the recitation of the Lord's Prayer in its right ear. Whatever it is, it is a secret the Romanies guard jealously.

One spell they do share is said to make the horse fearless of commotion and also of supernatural beings. The charmer first draws a circle on the left front hoof with a piece of coal and a cross on the right front hoof. Then the charmer spits on a piece of salted bread and feeds the bread to the horse.

source: The Good Spell Book
by Gillian Kemp

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cat Lore

Cats have been revered as magical since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Here is some interesting lore:

  • A cat washing itself is believed to be a forecast of rain.
  • To see it wash behind its ears is a sign that a visitor will call.
  • If it sits with its back to the fire, it is a sure sign of frost.
Your cat may also assist in divination:

Leave a door open and think of a question that can be answered yes or no. Call your cat into the room and notice which paw it first places on the floor. If it is the right forepaw, the answer is yes; if the cat steps with the left, the answer is no.



source: The Good Spell Book
by Gillian Kemp

Dog Healing


Place your dog in a comfortable position or let it find its own spot in which to lie down.

Sit beside your dog and pray for a circle of gold light to be placed around you both for protection, and for a circle of blue light to be placed around you and your dog for healing. Then say the Lord's Prayer. (The Gypsy version can be found here.)
  1. Place your hands palms down over your pet.
  2. Visualize yellow light, then blue, green, indigo, and violet rays permeating your hands and then passing into your pet's body.
  3. End by asking for a cloak of spiritual protection to be placed around your pet to protect and keep it from harm.
This can be repeated several times a day.

From: The Good Spell Book

To Heal a Cat Wound

To heal a cat after it's been in a fight, the Romanies recommend that you first light a blue candle. Place your cat on your lap or let the cat find its own comfortable place to lie. Soothe it with loving strokes until it purrs or appears relaxed and comfortable enough to stay put for five or ten minutes.

Close your eyes and pray for a spirit vet to work through your hands. After a few minutes you should feel heat emanating from your palms. You may then feel your hands being guided to various parts of your cat's body. Direct them to where they are drawn.

Imagine the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple - streaming into the cat.

Finish by thanking the spirit vet who used your hands to channel healing energy. Then say, Kitten scrap scrabble scrap, before giving your cat a kiss to seal the spell.


source: The Good Spell Book
by Gillian Kemp

On Healing Your Pets

The Romanies strongly believe in the power of hands on healing for dogs, horses, and smaller pets such as cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice and birds.

The remedies found here at Gypsy Magic are not an alternative to visiting a vet. But they may be used in conjunction with veterinary treatment, before or after surgery, or simply if your pet appears to be "under the weather."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Imagination

Imagination...is like the soul's eye; therein forms are outlined and preserved; thereby we behold the reflections of the invisible world; it is the glass of visions and the apparatus of magical life.

~Eliphas Levi Zahed, Dogma et Ritual de la Haute Magie, 1855

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