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Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic

Buckland, Raymond

ISBN 10: 1567180973 / ISBN 13: 9781567180978
Published by Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A very good copy of the stated first edition, first printing of the softcover edition. The text is wholly unmarked, pristine, and the binding is bright and fresh in appearance, with a few small scuffs to base of front spine seam. A brilliant copy. Bookseller Inventory # 015558

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Title: Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Michelle Dillaire

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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The myths and mysteries of the Gypsies have been with us for centuries. You may be familiar with the romantic stereotypes--traveling the countryside in painted wagons, cooking over campfires, living by their wits. But what of this is true?

Nobody is better able to share the realities of gypsy life than Raymond Buckland, a half-blood Romany and respected authority on Witchcraft. In Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic he reveals the folkways, beliefs, and magical practices of this vanishing culture.

In this award-winning book you will get a glimpse of traditional life in the vardo (Gypsy wagon) and find out how Gypsy ways live on today. Here you will learn to work real magic as practiced by the shuvanis (Gypsy Witches):

- Cast binding spells to prevent harm to yourself or others.
- Perform love spells to bring your true love into your arms.
- Have a reference for traditional herbal cures.
- Learn the secrets of performing hands-on healing.
- Learn to make traditional Gypsy charms for protection and exorcism.
- Discover how to tell fortunes with cards, stones, coins, and omens.
- Uncover the secret ways Gypsies used sex to enhance their magic.
- Learn about the peg-knife, or choori.
- Discover how to make a large bender tent that can be set up quickly and used to practice shuvani magic.
- Make a breadboard to use in divination.
- Find out about Gypsy Shamanism, the inner mysteries of the Gypsies.

Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic shares Gypsy life, lore, and magic. It is written in a personal style that is fun to read as you learn the truth about these charismatic people. This book shares techniques which you could not have found elsewhere. To learn the truth about the Gypsies and their system of Witchcraft, get Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic.

Winner of the 1999 Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for best non-fiction book


Gypsies have long held a place in romantic fantasy. Even the name they commonly use to refer to themselves, the Romany, sounds like romance. However, romantic images of Gypsy life have fallen prey to harsh depictions of Gypsies as criminals living in the poorest of conditions. Buckland dispels some of the contemporary misinformation and revitalizes the romance of the past that, despite societal pressures and constraints, still can be found in Romany culture today. Buckland's collection of photographs of early-20th-century Gypsies--their ornately carved vardos (the colorful wagons that served as both home and transportation) and their close-knit family lives--elicit a sigh of longing for the freedom of life on the road. Gypsy Witchcraft & Magic certainly lives up to its title, revealing spells, talismans and methods of divination that have become an inherent part of Gypsy culture, but Buckland's real achievement is his preservation of part of a culture that is slowly dissolving in the social mainstream. --Brian Patterson END

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