Buckland’s Book of Gypsy Magic
The term "gypsy" invokes mental images straight out of romantic fantasy.
Yet, this idolization of Gypsies and their way of life has broken away to darker interpretations in which Gypsies are shown as roving vagabonds and hoodlums. The author, Raymond Buckland, seeks to dispel these archaic stereotypes and revive the positive views of a people that, despite finding themselves culturally at odds with the social and political views of outsiders in the past, have managed to thrive and survive into the present. This book is sure to delight wiccans, pagans, folklorists, and occultists alike with numerous photographs of early 20th-century Gypsies and line drawings.
Buckland opens with "A History of Thieves" and leads into the history and persecution of the Romani people including the number said to have been murdered in concentration camps during the World War II — estimations are around 600,000. He also briefly touches on the forced conversion by the Catholic church who would send missionaries in to work with the children specifically. The second chapter, "Witches in the Hedges," highlights how Romani magic varies from the Wiccan and pagan practices of today, and why myths of Gypsies being witches and sorcerers are unfounded. He continues throughout the chapter specifically breaking down their brand of magic and style of ritual dress.
After the insight given in the beginning two chapters we reach the "spell-craft" portion of the book. It opens with learning the shuvani’s secrets for love, various spells to draw a lover both to you and away, to find a lover, and broaden your prospective list of suitors. There is also a compiling of herbs that can be used for a variety of love casting purposes. We then turn to "Family Magic" as Buckland touches upon the vardos (ornately decorated wagons that the Romani both lived and traveled in), and the magic that was used to ensure a safe and happy home. This included spells to bring someone with child, return someone who's runaway, and bringing forth understanding between a parent and child. Next is "Healing" as we learn the art of performing hands-on healing. This leads into a full chapter on ways to alleviate various ailments throughout the body, whether it's a toothache to asthma to breast cancer. Buckland moves into divination, palmistry, tarot card reading (including special Gypsy spreads), superstitions, talismans crafting, and a controversial chapter on sex magic.
The author, Raymond Buckland, came to the U.S. from England in 1962. Interested in the occult for over fifty years, Buckland is the author of more than fifty fiction and nonfiction books on occult, magic, witchcraft and paranormal subjects which have been translated into seventeen foreign languages. Half-Romany, he's written several books on Gypsies, and has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Cosmopolitan. A DVD version of his Wicca video, Rebirth of the Old Religion, has also been recently released. He currently lives on a farm in north-central Ohio where he’s penning his autobiography. This book is available at major bookstores. (216 pages, paperback)