Out With the Old, In With the New...

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After a lot of thought, and a two month brake, I've decided to leave Etsy permanently. Which came because of a change in their policies, and some of the products I provide. They no longer wish to have certain items and a lot of the items they no longer want listed, I sell... As much as I love the community, I just can't compromise. So, I've decided to open an Artfire.com store, as well as a Zibbet.com store. Both are kinda "under construction", but are already up and going with a products. Here are the links to both stores: My Zibbet Store- http://www.zibbet.com/GypsyMagiQ My Artfire Store- http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/GypsyMagiQ I hope to see my old customers, and I look forward to meeting new ones! Much Love! ~Gypsy

More DIY Bath and Body Recipes!

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DIY: Not only is it cheaper, it's cleaner. Why spend loads of money on products with long lists of unbeautiful ingredients you likely can't pronounce? Especially since those chemicals often end up doing the opposite of what you want them to do, drying things up. Get the best ingredients by mixing them yourself. And plus, there's a lot of leeway here to play around with different oil bases and organic essential oils. Consider this recipe as a launch pad into the world of do-it-yourself body oils for a smooth and supple you.

ACNE TREATMENT

For minor acne flare ups, look to honey for help!
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pure honey

1. Mix together warm water and salt and stir well until salt dissolves. Apply a cotton ball soaked in the solution directly to blemish and maintain pressure with cotton ball for several minutes.
2. To use: Use a cotton swab to dab pure honey on blemish. Leave honey on for 10 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Honey also makes an excellent weekly facial mask; simply spread on your face and leave on for 20 minutes.

Body Oil for Dry Skin


Your skin will look healthy with better results than with lotions or creams. In fact, body oils added to a luxurious bath and/or applied to the skin, just after bathing (and towel drying), can be rubbed in flawlessly for a nourishing and moisturizing effect that is anything but greasy.
2 fl. oz. jojoba oil
2 fl. oz. almond oil
2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil
10 drops sweet orange oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops lemongrass essential oil

Add all of the ingredients into a glass jar or plastic bottle and shake. Its that easy!This also is superb after shaving!

Simple Brown Sugar Body Scrub


So sublimely sweet you'll want to rub it all over your body. And by all means, please do! This brown sugar body scrub and polish creates a sumptuous take-the-spa-home experience.
1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Honey
1 Tbsp. Jojoba, Coconut or Almond Oil
1/4 tsp. Fresh Lemon Juice

In a large bowl, begin by lightly stirring your sugar and oil together, just until combined. Next, add the honey and lightly stir again. Lastly, pour your lemon juice in and mix it all up until you're happy with the consistency. And that's it! Store in a mason jar. Makes a budget friendly gift!
Well, that's it for now. Will be adding more soon!

~Gypsy

What is Karma?

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We,ve all heard the word, and maybe even a few sayings, but what exactly is Karma? I ran across this on the web and thought I would share! Karma Karma is one of those words we don't translate. Its basic meaning is simple enough — action — but because of the weight the Buddha's teachings give to the role of action, the Sanskrit word karma packs in so many implications that the English word action can't carry all its luggage. This is why we've simply airlifted the original word into our vocabulary. But when we try unpacking the connotations the word carries now that it has arrived in everyday usage, we find that most of its luggage has gotten mixed up in transit. In the eyes of most Americans, karma functions like fate — bad fate, at that: an inexplicable, unchangeable force coming out of our past, for which we are somehow vaguely responsible and powerless to fight. "I guess it's just my karma," I've heard people sigh when bad fortune strikes with such force that they see no alternative to resigned acceptance. The fatalism implicit in this statement is one reason why so many of us are repelled by the concept of karma, for it sounds like the kind of callous myth-making that can justify almost any kind of suffering or injustice in the status quo: "If he's poor, it's because of his karma." "If she's been raped, it's because of her karma." From this it seems a short step to saying that he or she deserves to suffer, and so doesn't deserve our help. This misperception comes from the fact that the Buddhist concept of karma came to the West at the same time as non-Buddhist concepts, and so ended up with some of their luggage. Although many Asian concepts of karma are fatalistic, the early Buddhist concept was not fatalistic at all. In fact, if we look closely at early Buddhist ideas of karma, we'll find that they give even less importance to myths about the past than most modern Americans do. For the early Buddhists, karma was non-linear and complex. Other Indian schools believed that karma operated in a simple straight line, with actions from the past influencing the present, and present actions influencing the future. As a result, they saw little room for free will. Buddhists, however, saw that karma acts in multiple feedback loops, with the present moment being shaped both by past and by present actions; present actions shape not only the future but also the present. Furthermore, present actions need not be determined by past actions. In other words, there is free will, although its range is somewhat dictated by the past. The nature of this freedom is symbolized in an image used by the early Buddhists: flowing water. Sometimes the flow from the past is so strong that little can be done except to stand fast, but there are also times when the flow is gentle enough to be diverted in almost any direction. So, instead of promoting resigned powerlessness, the early Buddhist notion of karma focused on the liberating potential of what the mind is doing with every moment. Who you are — what you come from — is not anywhere near as important as the mind's motives for what it is doing right now. Even though the past may account for many of the inequalities we see in life, our measure as human beings is not the hand we've been dealt, for that hand can change at any moment. We take our own measure by how well we play the hand we've got. If you're suffering, you try not to continue the unskillful mental habits that would keep that particular karmic feedback going. If you see that other people are suffering, and you're in a position to help, you focus not on their karmic past but your karmic opportunity in the present: Someday you may find yourself in the same predicament that they're in now, so here's your opportunity to act in the way you'd like them to act toward you when that day comes. This belief that one's dignity is measured, not by one's past, but by one's present actions, flew right in the face of the Indian traditions of caste-based hierarchies, and explains why early Buddhists had such a field day poking fun at the pretensions and mythology of the brahmans. As the Buddha pointed out, a brahman could be a superior person not because he came out of a brahman womb, but only if he acted with truly skillful intentions. We read the early Buddhist attacks on the caste system, and aside from their anti-racist implications, they often strike us as quaint. What we fail to realize is that they strike right at the heart of our myths about our own past: our obsession with defining who we are in terms of where we come from — our race, ethnic heritage, gender, socio-economic background, sexual preference — our modern tribes. We put inordinate amounts of energy into creating and maintaining the mythology of our tribe so that we can take vicarious pride in our tribe's good name. Even when we become Buddhists, the tribe comes first. We demand a Buddhism that honors our myths. From the standpoint of karma, though, where we come from is old karma, over which we have no control. What we "are" is a nebulous concept at best — and pernicious at worst, when we use it to find excuses for acting on unskillful motives. The worth of a tribe lies only in the skillful actions of its individual members. Even when those good people belong to our tribe, their good karma is theirs, not ours. And, of course, every tribe has its bad members, which means that the mythology of the tribe is a fragile thing. To hang onto anything fragile requires a large investment of passion, aversion, and delusion, leading inevitably to more unskillful actions on into the future. So the Buddhist teachings on karma, far from being a quaint relic from the past, are a direct challenge to a basic thrust — and basic flaw — in our culture. Only when we abandon our obsession with finding vicarious pride in our tribal past, and can take actual pride in the motives that underlie our present actions, can we say that the word karma, in its Buddhist sense, has recovered its luggage. And when we open the luggage, we'll find that it's brought us a gift: the gift we give ourselves and one another when we drop our myths about who we are, and can instead be honest about what we're doing with each moment — at the same time making the effort to do it right. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/karma.html I hope this shed some light for you! I also hope this will make you think about your actions or you inactions. I know I've always been on my p's and q's!

Incense Making Basics

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Most of the time when we think of incense or oils what comes to mind is the packaged stick stuff or the thick purple perfume knock off at the gas station or the dollar store or where ever. But real incenses are more complex, but many aren't hard to make at all! They are spirit lifting and the best ones are NOT mass produced. Surprising to most, they are so very easy to make! So, before I go off babbling about my favorite subject, let us dive into the tools that you should have on hand, shall we?

For Incense you will need:
    mortar & pestle (to finely powder herbs)
    coffee grinder ( is optional, most purists dont use them, but for me, they help with the rougher woods)
    a bowel or 2 (to hold ingredients)
    spoons/measuring cup/scale (so you can properly measure out how much of what went in where)
    incense burner (a non metal or plastic bowl to place ash or sand in)
    sand or ash (to place the bamboo coal on once lit)
    tweezers (to hold the coal so it can be lit and placed on the ash or sand)
    incense ingredients (woods, resins, flowers, essential oils, etc.)
    bamboo charcoal (contains non of the stinky or harmful salt peter (sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate)
    a notebook ( to record your recipes, amounts, successes and failures)


This is the way that you would make a 'non-combustible' incense. That means that it does not light on its own, therefor it does not contain harmful additions such as sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate. The very first incense that you should undertake should be a simple one. Maybe you have a favorite woodsy smell, maybe pine or sandalwood. Or maybe you favor more spicy scents such as cumin or cardamon. Either way there are more incense recipes in books and on the web than you can shake a stick at! So, here is the one secret to creating a no fail incense...every incense should have at least one resin or wood in each recipe.

If you are just starting out making incense mixtures then you should keep the number of ingredients down to three to begin with, perhaps one wood and two herbs, or one resin, one wood and one herb, etc. As you get used to making incense you can slowly expand the number of ingredients you use. Resins, often, will make a mess of your mortar and pestle and its best freeze them to get them powdered. I save them for grinding last, because you can grind and powder everything before you have to clean the mortar and pestle. You can weigh or measure each ingredient in our recipe after grinding, then keep one bowl for all our dry ingredients and another for all our resins.
Mix all your dry ingredients together first (herbs & woods), separately mix all your resins together then add your resins mixture to your dry mixture and mix together thoroughly. We like to throw the completed mixture into our mortar and pestle again and grind it all together one last time to help blend the aroma of each ingredient into the others. At this time, if you were planning on using any essential oils, now's the time.

You did it! See, I told you it wasn't all that hard, pretty easy right!?

~Gypsy


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May Give-Away!!!

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I just love give-aways! They make me happy to supply one lucky winner with a surpise! I think when the winner is anounced, that often, Im more excited than the winner is! I cant help but love to share what I do with others. So, this time the give-away will be a surprise! the items will be of my choosing and they will be all items that I myself would wish that I could win! So, items could be anything from hand crafted oils, loaded candles, gemstone jewelry, meditation beads, hand crafted incense or so much more!

Ok, so here we go...I want to put together an all around gift (at least a $25.00 value)! The product/s can range from anything about or something not yet seen on my Etsy site! There's just something about a big surprise, isn't it!?
The drawing will be held on May 20th. Winner decided by random.com

Visit My Facebook Page to Enter. 'Like' the page and comment 'giveaway' to enter. https://www.facebook.com/GypsyMagiQ

Visit my Blog to Enter. Find the post for 'May Give-Away' and comment 'giveaway' to enter. http://www.gypsy-magiq.blogspot.com
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, you may comment, but I will need an email address to contact you!

***AND FOR EXTRA SUPER DUPER CREDIT, EVERYONE WHO SIGNS UP FOR MY NEWS LETTER FROM TODAY UNTIL MAY 20TH, 2012 WILL RECEIVE A COUPON CODE WORTH 20% OFF AN ORDER AT MY ETSY SHOP!!
*Coupon Codes are valid for 2 months and are only valid in my shop.*
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Hoodoo and The Bible

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Lord, I wonder what's has got the matter
Wit' time, you know, wit' time
It seems like the hours
Oh, everything done changed

But I hold up my hand
I'm just tryin' t'make her understand
Lord, you know, everybody tells Little Junior
That somebody done hoodooed the hoodoo man

Now, I'm goin' down to Louisiana
An' get me a mojo hand
My little woman
She done quit me for some other man

Junior Wells — Hoodoo Man Blues lyrics


Hoodoo has always been close to my heart. I too practice this form of magic. Hoodoo is often confused with Voodoo, and the two are very different, like apples and oranges. Often people dont think of Hoodoo as a magical practice at all, some think of it as pure nonsense. Thinking its practitioners superstitious, and the practice not worthy. That can be further from the truth. I would like to share some information on the subject, hopefully this will enlighten someone to the practice. This is going to be one of many I hope to post on a subject that I love!

Some History...Hoodoo and the Bible

Hoodoo is often called Conjure or Root Working, a form of African American 'folk magic' melded with Native American and European practices. Hoodoo began with slaves in the deep south. Now Hoodoo has spread in all directions. The practice is often handed down from family member to family member. Myself, I wish that I could afford a copy of Hyatt's books. Hyatt wanted to document the practice from not only practitioners, but from former slaves themselves. Which to me is an invaluable resource. To me, you can get no further to the source.
Hoodoo has a close relationship to the Bible. Yes, thats right the Bible. Often using and Psalms and passages from the Old Testament. Many think that the greatest Hoodoo manual is the Bible its self. Many would think that as blasphemy, but it isnt so. Which Psalms and verses were used where, varied from practitioner to practitioner. These words were faithfully recited over candles and sickbeds, remedies and mojos, as well as other charms. Certainly, some were used in connection with roots, herbs, and other medicinal and special items. It is said that many cures are brought about by trees, roots, and herbs, but powerful cures are brought about by Word of God. Sometimes more than one of the Psalms or verses would be used with others.

A wonderful reference on this can be found at This great site..
Many such as Zora Neale Hurston, who wrote in her book,"Moses: man Of The Mountain", that Moses was 'the finest Hoodoo man in the world'. Obviously Moses and magic appear in the Bible, with Moses and the Pharaoh where Moses preformed miracles, freed the slaves from oppression, and many other things that would make one believe in the power of Moses. Which led to the use of "The Sixth and Seventh Seals of Moses" being a staple in a practitioner's belongings.

Above all oils, potions, barks or roots, stands The Bible and all of the magic it beholds.

I got my mojo working, but it just don't work on you
I got my mojo working, but it just don't work on you
I want to love you so bad, 'till I just don't know what to do

I'm going down to Louisiana, to get me a mojo hand
I'm going down to Louisiana, to get me a mojo hand
I'm gonna have all you women, get you under my command


Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Workin'

Many Blessings!
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Herkimer Quartz "Diamond"

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Herkimer 'Diamonds' are extremely useful in a healing environment, where their clarity and brilliance and high vibration help in the removal of energy blocks and introduce a clear, high frequency to the aura. Herkimers can assist in meditation by opening one's higher chakras and help one remain focused on the meditative state. They are highly stimulating to the third eye, crown and etheric chakras and tend to increase psychic sensitivity.

Herkimer Quartz 'Diamonds are a variety of Quartz crystal found in and around Herkimer, New York,USA. Herkimer Diamonds are beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals. Incredibly, these phenomenal gemstones are believed to be close to five hundred million years old. The crystals are magnificent works of nature found in the rock, appearing to have been precision cut by man and having a diamond-like geometrical shape thus, the name “Herkimer Diamonds” Many collectors believe the Herkimer Diamond should rival a true diamond. Their reasoning for this is a true diamond found in the “rough” is exactly that, a rough appearing glass-like stone. A real diamond must be cut by man to give it smooth faces and a geometrical shape.

Herkimer Diamonds are not diamonds. A true diamond is one of the hardest elements known to man, scoring a ten on a one to ten hardness scale. Herkimer Diamonds are harder than all quartz crystals. They fall at about 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, giving the real diamond a close race.

The majority of the Herkimer Diamonds have eighteen faces. Six triangular faces form the termination points on each end of the crystal. These are separated by a group of six square or rectangular faces. This conglomeration often results in a diamond shape. Variance in the plane of a face surface on a Herkimer Diamond has been measured at less than two thousandths of an inch. Even with today’s technology, man has a tough time duplicating the precision nature has performed on the Herkimer Diamond.

Herkimers can be clear or included. Inclusions are often black carbon deposits. Some Herkimers are smokey rather than colorless, and larger crystals frequently exhibit skeletal Quartz formations. Inclusions of water are found in a small percentage of these crystals. Water included Herkimers are special healers of the emotional body. They assist one in looking at one's deepest self and in bringing the light of Spirit into dark places. In clear Herkimers, water inclusions channel the stone's effect on the heart center, creating an illuminating and uplifting energy that causes experiences of rapture. In foggier Herkimers, the water inclusion helps one to see what one fears most within one's self, while making one open to receive a clear, self-loving feeling.

The Mohawk Indians who lived in this area were known as 'The People of the Flint' but today it is believed that the original translation was in error and the correct translation of their language describes them as 'The People of the Crystals'. The Mohawk River and it's tributaries drain the central portion of New York and have eroded the bedrock for eons. This weathering released Herkimer Diamonds into the stream beds for collection by the native people. Both the Iroquois and Mohawk Indians who first roamed Herkimer County, found diamonds laying loose in the soil. There is evidence of the crystals being used for tools and weapons. At some Indian burial grounds, arrowheads carved from Herkimer Diamonds have been excavated. There is no evidence so far that the Indians used these crystals for adornment. However it is thought that the indians believed the quartz crystals to be "spirit stones".

Why You Should Own A Herkimer Quartz Diamond

~ Herkimers are believed to be the most powerful of all the quartz crystals.
~ They are also called the attunement stone.
~ They assist in telepathic communication.
~ Help to attune one to their higher self.
~ Herkimers are believed to be the most powerful of all the quartz crystals.
~ They are also called the attunement stone, allowing the one using it to attune themselves to other people, environments or groups.
~ They are believed to carry the energy of healing and of love to facilitate healing of others. and of the planet.
~ They stimlate clairvoyant ability.
~ They assist in telepathic communication.
~ Helps one to open to their inner visions.
~ Herkimers are believed to be the most powerful of all the quartz crystals.
~ They are also called the attunement stone, allowing the one using it to attune themselves to other people, environments or groups.
~ They are believed to carry the energy of healing and of love to facilitate healing of others. and of the planet.
~ They stimlate clairvoyant ability.
~ They assist in telepathic communication.
~ Help to attune one to their higher self.
~ Herkimers are believed to be the most powerful of all the quartz crystals.
~ They are also called the attunement stone, allowing the one using it to attune themselves to other people, environments or groups.
~ They are believed to carry the energy of healing and of love to facilitate healing of others. and of the planet.
~ They stimlate clairvoyant ability.
~ They assist in telepathic communication.
~ They help to clear and open the chakras.
~ Relieves tension and promotes peace of mind.
~ Helps to bring you compassion for others.
~ Also known as a dream stone, it is excellent for vivid dreaming and remembering dreams (put one under your pillow).
~ Helps to recall past lives.


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~Gypsy

The Evil Eye: What is it? History, Meaning & Lore

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Chances are you have seen this famous symbol many times. You've probably even worn one, and you've definitely seen someone wearing an evil eye amulet. You may have witnessed a person give the evil eye look (and you may have even given it yourself). But do you know the deep and meaningful history of the evil eye symbol, and do you know how popular and prevalent the evil eye is throughout a plethora of different cultures? Below is the need-to-know information on the symbol that is so popular, it is currently one of the most trendy pieces of jewelry.
History and Meaning of The Evil Eye
The symbol and superstition of the evil eye is one of the strongest symbolic images in the world. Yet, despite the differences in the cultures which hold the evil eye myth, it retains largely the same meaning no matter where the story is told. In its most basic form, the evil eye is thought of as a look given to inflict harm, suffering, or some form of bad luck on those that it is cast upon. It is a look which clearly states that one intends for something bad to happen to the object of one's focus, either out of jealousy or pure malice. The superstition of the evil eye holds that the malicious look is powerful enough to bring about actual disaster for the unfortunate person that is the receiver of the glare.
The earliest known evidence for belief in the evil eye goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. There, it was believed that the evil eye was the largest threat to anyone who had been praised too much, or received admiration beyond what they truly deserved. The praised person would become so swollen with pride that he or she would bring about his or her own doom via the evil eye, which was believed to be able to cause physical and mental illness. In fact, any disease which did not have an immediate, obvious cause was thought to be caused by the evil eye. It was thought that the gods and goddesses were punishing those who had become too proud of their achievements, and destroyed them with the power of the evil eye to restore them to the level of mere mortals. A belief in the evil eye is widespread on every continent.
The Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Central America all fear the evil eye. In Shahih Muslim Book 26, the prophet Muhammad warns about the dangers of the evil eye and says that one must take a bath in order to counteract the effects of the evil eye's power. Much as in Classic Greece and Ancient Rome, Islamic culture holds that excessive praise will bring about the ill effects of the evil eye. Thus, instead of praising an adorable child, one is supposed to say that God has willed the child's good lucks, or risk endangering the youth. Ashkenazi Jews also believe that excessive praise causes a vulnerability to the evil eye, and will repeat a Yiddish phrase, "Keyn aynhoreh!" meaning no evil eye in order to protect against it.
The evil eye is a powerful superstition in India. Hinduism preaches that the eye is the most powerful point at which the body can give off energy. Thus, a strong fear of an evil look from the eye makes sense; the evil eye holds enormous powers. The Hindus fear that even an admirable eye can bring about ill luck, resulting in the supply of milk from cows drying up (again, this idea dates back to the fear of undue praise, first warned against in Greece). In fact, the Hindus will offer the admiring glancer a bowl of milk to counteract the threat of the evil eye. The Hindus believe that jealousy is at the root of the power of the evil eye, whether in the form of a malicious or admirable look. Interestingly, the Hindus teach that the times of change in life--as in during puberty, marriage, or childbirth-- one is most vulnerable to the threat of the evil eye. What is more, Hindus believe that even animals such as the snake are capable of giving one the evil eye. The Hindus believe that, even though men are capable of casting the evil eye, women are the most common sources of the glance. For this reason, in South India women will paint their eyelids black to protect themselves from the evil eye, and to prevent themselves from eyeing another with the look.
In South America, Brazil holds a superstition equivalent to the evil eye known as the fat eye. Compliments which are sincere are not feared to cause the evil eye to attack as in other countries, but insincere compliments are thought to put one at stake. In Europe, the myth of the evil eye also originated with the idea that envious or malicious looks had the power to bring about bad luck. The largest source of the evil eye was believed to be witches. Yet those with eye colors which were rare were also seen as powerful possessors of the evil eye look. For instance, Germans feared those with red eyes. In Ireland, those with squinty eyes were feared to be evil eye sorcerers. In Italy, the unibrow was another sign that one would cast an evil eye.
The fear of the evil eye did not carry over to America, except in the form of a metaphor. While the superstition is not intense enough to take precaution, the evil eye is seen as impolite, and a warning that the source of the evil eye has bad intentions.
In different Languages The Evil Eye is Known As:
Hebrew Evil Eye- Ayin Hara
Turkish Evil Eye- Nazar Boncugu
Italian Evil Eye- Mal Occhio
Farsi- Bla Band
Arabic- Ayin Harsha
Scotland- Droch Shuil
Spanish- Mal Ojo or El Oja
France- Mauvais Oeil
Germany- Busen Blick
Romans- Oculus Malus

Methods of Protection From The Evil Eye
In addition to the use of evil eye amulets, the Greeks would carry incense or the cross as protection against the evil eye. New mothers would keep objects as protection under their pillows or on their heads, and these included red, black, or white strings, a nail, gunpowder, bread, salt, garlic, a ring, indigo blue, or a pair of silver buckles. Each of these objects held a meaning which made it a good defense against the evil eye. For instance, gunpowder symbolized an ability to fight back against the evil eye. The nail symbolized strength. The indigo held its power in its blue coloring. Salt was a symbol of preservation and strength.
Evil Eye Remedies
If these preventative steps failed, however, the Greeks had many more remedies against the evil eye. In some villages, the fur of a bear would be burned to cure the curse. In others, a gypsy would massage the forehead to get rid of the ill effects of the evil eye. In many countries, including Greece, Armenia, and Assyria, it is thought that a pinch on the rear will remedy the curse of the evil eye. In Europe, some Christians have the tradition of creating the sign of the cross with their hands, while at the same time pointing the index and pinky finger toward the source of the evil eye. In Bangladesh, a black dot is drawn on the forehead of children to ward off the evil eye curse. Pretty young women have a secret dot drawn in kohl behind their ears to protect against the evil eye.
Evil Eye Talismans and Amulets
Phrases and rituals are not the only way to protect against the power of the evil eye. The most popular method of escaping the evil eye's effects in many cultures is by the use of evil eye talismans, evil eye symbols, and evil eye jewelry. These are meant to reflect the power of the evil look. The evil eye amulet originated in Greece, where it was known as an apotropaic amulet, meaning that it reflected harm. The most basic design of the evil eye, prevalent in the Middle East, is a talisman designed with concentric blue and white circles made to symbolize the evil eye, known as the nazar. It is often used on houses, vehicles, or jewelry. One of the most powerful examples of the evil eye amulet in the Middle East and
Africa is the Hamsa, also known as the Hand of Fatima. The hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol with the evil eye on the palm. The hamsa can be used in wallpaper or jewelry to ward off the evil eye. The hamsa is also found in Jewish culture, where it is known as the "Hand of God" or the "Hand of Miriam". The popularity of Kabbalah has revived the hamsa and influenced its presence in jewelry and design.
The Evil Eye in Modern Life
The evil eye still has powerful influence in modern life, pop culture, and even jewelry and design. Who is not familiar with the phrase the evil eye, or thought to have caught someone casting it their way at least once or twice before? In Turkey, the Evil Eye is ingrained in every day life and has deep symbolism throughout the culture. The Evil Eye pendant is affixed to anything that is perceived to attract greed, envy, or ill-will. In Turkey, you will find the Evil Eye symbol on currency, in homes and offices, hanging from the necks of newborn children and farm animals, and in the foundations of buildings.
Evil Eye Jewelry
The evil eye is an extremely popular piece in jewelry design at the moment. In recent years many celebrities, ranging from Madonna, Britney Spears, The Olsen Twins, Mick Jagger, and Nicole Richie (just to name a few) have been photographed wearing red Kabbalah bracelets, which are thought to be another method of protection against the evil eye. When Lindsay Lohan appeared in court recently, she went wearing an evil eye necklace. The evil eye amulet has been worn in public by celebrities such as as Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, and Rhianna. Clearly, this iconic and stylish image has only increased in popularity. Interestingly, the evil eye seems to make a lot of sense in our current world. The idea that too much fame, fortune, success, or praise can bring about one's downfall makes, especially in celebrity culture, might reinforce the notion of the evil eye. Millions of believers would probably tell you just that. Whatever the case, those most often in the spotlight, such as celebrities, or those with success or reasons to be proud, should probably carry with them the protection of an evil eye amulet or evil eye talisman -- just to be safe! http://www.jewishgi ftplace.com/ What-is-the- Evil-Eye. html

Herbal Baths

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Sometimes we have just plain old shitty days. Some days we are so over worked, stressed out, and beat up all we can think about is just getting in the tub and letting all of our problems just evaporate with the steam of a hot bath.

Sometime a hot soak can really hit the spot. Other times, you dry off feeling unsatisfied. Well I thought I would share a few fabulous herbal bath ideas with you that you would absolutely love if you could hold out just a few minutes to gather some ingredients and I promise you will leave your bath rejuvenated, satisfied, and relaxed.

Lets start with the easiest to prepare. A Milk Bath.  Did you know a milk bath was the favorite of Cleopatra? Ok, here's what you need, about 2 to 4 cups of milk. Voila! The extras are... and this totally depends on your skin type. If you have oily skin, use a low fat milk. If you have dry skin, use whole milk. Add warm water to the tub, add the milk and enjoy.
Now, if you want to take this to the next level, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you have some, add a little honey, which is GREAT for your skin or you can add some oatmeal to a muslin bag or some cheese cloth and make a bundle and use that to exfoliate and scrub away your stress!
(Ok, so if you are like me and have bags of powdered milk somewhere in the back of the cabinet and you have no earthly idea what your gonna do with it, Milk Bath!!! And you dont have to worry about if the kids are gonna have enough milk for their cereal!)

Here's another really easy one to prepare. Buy some Epsom Salts, some Sea Salt and add a few herbs to some cheese cloth or muslin, tie it off and let it sit under the running water. Sounds pretty easy, huh?

So let us now talk about taking this whole bath thing to a whole new level. Bath Teas. If you have never heard of this or you have and you always wanted to try it, Im gonna show you how to do it really easy.
First, NEVER throw away orange, lemon or lime rinds! You can chop them up, let them dry and add them to your bath teas. Whenever possible try to find some organic rose petals, or lavender. They are great additions to bath teas and to the de-stressing factor.  I say to try to find organic, so that way you know that no harmful pesticides have been sprayed on them.
Try to mix and match some flowers and herbs to find a blend that you love. I personally love the smell of sweet basil. When I cook, I grab a pinch and rub it between my hands and add it to whatever Im cooking. I love the smell on my hands, so I will often add it to a bath tea or a tub tea as they are sometimes called.

I hope that I have given you a few ideas, and really you can take it and run with it. Enjoy!

~Gypsy

"The Worlds Worst Place To Be Gay?"

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So, the other night I came across a documentary, called "The Worlds Worst Place To Be Gay?". I was more than mortified as I watched it. Really whether you are gay or not, Africa is not a place you want to be if you are homosexual or have any gays or lesbians in your family. If you have a family member who happens to be gay, and you do not turn them in to the authorities, you and any other family members can be jailed. If you are gay, you can be jailed. If gays are caught in the act of having sex, they face death. DEATH.

In a world that I believe that has come so far, I can not believe that this  is how we treat people. Here in the US, we fight for equality and the right to marry which straight people have always had. Gays have been bashed, beaten, been outcasts... but no more. But in Africa, particularly in Uganda, where the documentary took place, gays are denied all of their rights. I was beside myself as I watched this.

British Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills, who is gay himself wanted to see for himself how gays were treated in this country. He talked to families of gays, gays living in shanty towns, and a politician, who later tried to have Scott and the film crew  arrested, but luckily the politician had the wrong hotel information. Why have them arrested? Because the politician agreed to do an interview with Scott about a Bill that was going to be passed about "the gay problem" in his country. As the interview went on, Scott finally told the politician that he himself was an openly gay man. The politician took on a nervous laugh and demanded that they stop filming him. I guess he was mad that he was going to be seen by the world talking to a gay man that he sent out a task force to have Scott and his crew arrested.

No less than 37 countries in Africa have declared homosexuality illegal, with Uganda being the most dangerous. Scott met with a lesbian woman who has been raped repeatedly to "cure" her and left her pregnant and has subsequently contracted the HIV virus.  He also met with young school children who told him that homosexuality is an abomination.

Since the documentary, Ugandan Gay Rights Activist, David Kato was outed by a newspaper along with photographs of himself and several others. The newspaper headline said "Hang Them".  The police had made statements after the paper was published that gays, should take extra caution. There have been a recent reports of "Iron Bar" killings where people are attacked with pipes or other metal objects.

Witnesses have reported that a man entered David Kato's home and beat him to death with a hammer. Kato had received many death threats since the news paper had posted him picture, name and address. the newspaper issued a statement saying that they wanted the government to step in and hang homosexuals and not for the public to take matters into their own hands.  President Obama as well as Hillary Clinton have issued statements after learning of Mr. Katos death. One man has been arrested for the killing.

I urge you to watch the program. I always urge people to open their eyes to the world around them. This affects us all. This hits close to home for me because I am bi-sexual and have a girlfriend. I have three daughters who have came out to me and the world as being bi-sexual. I can not believe that we live in a world where such madness and hate take place. But, I guess we do.

Thank you for reading...

Amethyst Crystal Cluster Pendant - $12.00

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I found this gorgeous cluster while on a trip to the Smoky Mountains. i instantly fell in love with it. It sat on my alter for a while, and as I held it I knew that it had to be worn. Oh yes, it would make a beautiful display on a shelf somewhere, but for this to be truly admired and appreciated, ya gotta wear it. In my opinion...I wrapped it in wire and BAM! Beautiful!



Amethyst is a great stone. Quart...

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Treasury Featured Organic Ginger Herbal Tea anti-inflammatory - $3.50

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Tea has long been used by many civilizations in fighting arthritis and other joint pains. Modern medicine has slowly been recognizing some beneficial effects of drinking tea in the overall efforts towards treating arthritis. Two of this tea's main arthritis/anti-inflammatory ingredients are listed below:



Ginger- helps control chronic pain of muscle aches and arthritis

Alfalfa- helps keep ca...

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2 Natural Apache's Tears - $7.00

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Apache's Tears are a form of Obsidian, a form of volcanic glass. There is a tragic legend attached to these stones.



75 Apaches were trapped on top of a cliff, facing certain death at the hands of the Calvary, so instead of dying at the hands of white men, they chose to leap off of the cliff to their deaths. Their women and loved ones were said to have wept over their dead warriors and their tears ...

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Business Success Incense increase business, draw new customers - $3.33

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Burn in place of business daily. Fumigate entry doors and cash register. Pass important business documents through fumes to bring luck to your dealings. Sprinkle ash or the incense unburned on doorstep and in the corners of your business.



This is not a self lighting incense. It must be burned on charcoal.

This listing is for a half ounce of Business Success Incense.

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Showing Love This Month with SAVINGS!

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This is the month to not only show LOVE but to spread it! so, in the spirit of LOVE, I'm sharing a Coupon Code for my Etsy shop! Use Code GYPSY15 to Save 15% Off of a future purchase!
Much LOVE,
Gypsy MagiQ

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Amazing Energies Gemstone Memory Wire Bracelet and Earrings - $12.00

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I call this set amazing because of all of the energies of all the gemstones that make up this set. The bracelet is memory wire with many small round gemstones. The earrings are cute little spheres of small round gemstones as well.

Here are some of the gemstones and their properties-

Rose Quartz- unconditional love, self esteem, self love, peace

Amethyst- balance, peace, patience, intuition



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