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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gypsy Cures for Coughs and Colds

The Romany culture was rich in cures for coughs and cold. Some suited one, and some suited another. Here are some authentic Gypsy cures for the common cold. (As always, use common sense when trying the remedies, and consult your doctor if you are seriously ill. Remember these cures are from times long past.)

First, some of the simplest remedies which are easy to try. Did you know, for instance, that the vinegar from a jar of pickled walnuts is a very good gargle for sore throats? Do not throw it away, keep it in an airtight jar until it is needed. If you have a hard cough, beat the white of an egg to a froth, then add a tablespoonful each of vinegar and sugar. Drink this at bedtime, and the cough will not trouble you during the night.

If you have a dry cold, drink peppermint tea...

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: Gypsy Cures for Coughs and Colds

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Authentic Gypsy Herbal Cures

Anyeta Petulengro (read about her family here) by all accounts was indeed a noted herbalist. She refused any payment for her cures, and helped hundreds of village folk who were sick or needed advice. Being a true Romany she never took money for curing - though it was often offered in gratitude - because tribal tradition said it would be most unlucky to do so. Herbs, cereals, vegetables, fruit barks, simples of every kind are the remedies, the salves which God has sent to the Romany to heal his ills. It is for us to use them, to neglect nature`s cures is to turn away our greatest treasure.

There is one truth about sickness you must never forget. Nature makes the ailments and nature makes the cure. Over the next several days, I'll be uploading lots of information on herbs and authentic Gypsy herbal cures. Here is a list of posts on herbal remedies currently available on this site:

"Kooshti Sante! ~ Good Health!"

Disclaimer: The author of this site is not Doctor or medical certified professional, the information presented here is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Gypsy Diet

Diet was a very important part, not only of health, but also of beauty for the Romanies. Much of the malaise and depression around today stems from a sluggish system. Walking and fresh air help to combat this, but the best way to keep your system clear is to stick to a careful, sensible diet. Eat fruit, plenty of vegetables, salads, stewed prunes occasionally, take butter milk or malted milk. Eat sparingly of rice, pastry, pasta and sweets.

Gypsy Vardo Art

It is a fact that the true Romany only begins to grow old at around the eightieth year. What secrets enable them to keep their youth?

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: The Gypsy Diet

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Circle Chant


Circling circling circling round
The sea is the sky is the sun is the ground
And the circle within and the circle unseen
Where the unknown is known and the future has been

~unknown

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's a Tea Party!!


LOL!
I just couldn't resist.

-oOo-

Here we have links to the mini-course in Reading Tea Leaves found here at Gypsy Magic.

Tea Leaf Interpretations

Possible Interpretations of the various shapes and signs most commonly found when reading tea leaves. These symbols also hold true for dream interpretation and other omens and signs. As always, what feels true for you may be different than what is listed here, when in doubt always trust your own intuition.



ACORN - Continued health—improved health. A very strong and fortunate symbol indicating happiness and contentment; at the top: financial success; at the bottom: good health.
AIRCRAFT - Journey; travel.
ALLIGATOR or CROCODILE - Beware of false friendship lurking in your professional life.
ANCHOR - Lucky symbol. Success in business or in love. If blurred or indistinct just the reverse. At top: stability, constancy in love or business; at bottom or broken: instability, inconstancy; can also symbolize an unpleasant situation or burden you should sail away from.
ANGEL - Good news; protection.
ANIMALS - Domestic animals:friends. Domestic animals snarling:friends turn on you or behave strangely. Wild animals: a new experience, independence. Wild animals attacking: beware of enemies....

... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Divination, and can be found in its entirety here: Tea Leaf Interpretations

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How to Read Tea Leaves

Follow this simple 6 step procedure to read tea leaves for yourself or a friend. Tea leaf reading is easy, fun and possibly a little bit enlightening!


Step 1: Make a cup of tea.
Choose a white or light colored teacup. Almost any leaf tea will do nicely. My personal preference is Earl Grey. If avoiding caffeine, you might even choose an herbal variety. The herbal options are delicious: jasmine, peppermint, chamomile... the list goes on and on...

I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website Divination, hosted at shirleytwofeathers.com, and can be found in its entirety here: How To Read Tea Leaves


Reading Tea Leaves - Basic Instructions

The enquirer should drink their tea until only a spoonful or so is left in the bottom of the cup. They should hold the cup in the left hand and swirl it around three times in an anti-clockwise direction, then turn it upside down to drain. The cup is then passed to the person who is to read it.

Prepare to do the reading by quietening the mind. Hold the cup with the handle in your right hand, or you can hold it in both hands if it feels more comfortable. The brain likes to make pictures out of abstract blobs, which is why se see faces in stained walls or castles in clouds. It is this principle that inspires the psyche to see omens in the tea leaves. Move the cup about if it helps you to see the patterns clearly. It can also help if you let your eyes go slightly out of focus.

The leaves should be read in a kind of spiral motion working anti-clockwise from the handle around the rim, back to the handle, then the sides, and finally the bottom of the cup. As a general rule, the nearer to the rim of the cup a symbol appears, the sooner the event will be. The larger the symbol, the greater will be the impact on the enquirer's life.

source:Gypsy Magicby Patrinella Cooper

These are basic the instructions for reading tea leaves. For something a little more detailed, see this step by step procedure.

Reading Tea Leaves

In the old days, a Romany woman would read a housewife's tea leaves in exchange for a refreshing cuppa and a few old clothes. Sometimes a Gypsy Queen, dresssed in her finest and laden with all her jewellry, would preside over a special tea-drinking party for a few favoured clients. The best bone china and lace tablecloth would be brought out to impress upon the Rawnies (ladies) the importance of the occasion - and how privileged they were to be invited. No doubt the fee for the teacup-reading was suitably increased to fit the occasion.


It is not only tea leaves that can be used for this type of reading: coffee and cocoa grounds, or anything that leaves a sediment in the cup, can be used in the same way. If you prefer teabags, you can of course break open the bag before making the tea in the usual way. This should ensure that a good pattern is left in the cup, but if you do take the trouble to make a good old-fashioned pot of loose-leafed tea, you will also have the extra bonus of a truly satisfying taste.

One drawback with reading the teacups is that is is all too easy to fall into the habit of reading the cups at every tea break, which tends to belittle this method and turn it into a parlour game. But as long as it is used with respect it will give excellent results.

Most authorities state that the cup should be plain white and shallow, but I have never found that the shape of the cup was important, nor that a patterned cup adversely affected the reading. Indeed, Romanies have always disliked plain white china, preferring it to be richly decorated.

source:Gypsy Magicby Patrinella Cooper

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