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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

An Old Story About A Gypsy

Here is an old story about a gypsy. It's kind of long, and a little odd, but I think it gives an interesting view of gypsies way back in the 1800's.


gypsy family


KIRK YETHOLM

There are two Yetholms - Town Yetholm and Kirk Yetholm. They stand at the distance of about a quarter of a mile from each other, and between them is a valley, down which runs a small stream, called the Beaumont River, crossed by a little stone bridge. Of the town there is not much to be said. It is a long, straggling place, on the road between Morbuttle and Kelso, from which latter place it is distant about seven miles. It is comparatively modern, and sprang up when the Kirk town began to fall into decay.

Kirk Yetholm derives the first part of its name from the church, which serves for a place of worship not only for the inhabitants of the place, but for those of the town also. The present church is modern, having been built on the site of the old kirk, which was pulled down in the early part of the present century, and which had been witness of many a strange event connected with the wars between England and Scotland. It stands at the entrance of the place, on the left hand as you turn to the village after ascending the steep road which leads from the bridge....


... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, and can be found in its entirety here: An Old Gypsy Story

Sunday, March 08, 2009

To Remove a Headache

Here are a few old Gypsy cures for a headache:
  • Rub your forehead with a stone and then cover the stone with soil.
    The ache is said to be absorbed by the soil.
  • Alternatively, you can rub a headache away by rubbing a horseshoe on your forehead.
    (A piece of iron is said ...
... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Gypsy Magick and Lore, and can be found in its entirety here: To Remove a Headache

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Dreaming in the Garden


Dreams can be merely entertaining or intense and prophetic. Many natural aids to dreaming can be found in the garden!
  • If you want peaceful dreams that are relaxing, place a vase of jasmine by your bed.
  • If you are having nightmares and wish them stopped, place morning glories in the vase instead.
  • If you need to learn something in a dream, place a bay leaf under your pillow and ask for the knowledge....
... I am so sorry to do this to you, but this post has been moved to my new website, Book of Shadows, and can be found in its entirety here: Dreaming in the Garden
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