Hidrellez (celebrated on May 6th) is a very significant day, not only for gypsies. It’s been very significant in Anatolia for centuries. The word itself is the combination of names of two prophets: Hizir and Ilyas. Hidrellez signifies a rebirth of nature and is also considered to be the beginning of summer. It is said that whatever you wish for that night comes true!
According to Anatolian people’s beliefs, Hizir and Ilyas are two prophets who drank from the fountain of youth; they are brothers and friends. They have given each other promise to meet on this night of May 5 every year to give rebirth to nature. Hizir is the protector of plants; he gives life to plants. He helps poor people. Wherever he goes, he brings abundance. Ilyas is the protector of waters and according to some, the protector of animals. Wherever he goes, animals become healthier.
People believe that wishes made on this night will come true. They also believe that sick people will become healthier and it will be the end of bad luck and misfortunes. There are also a lot of rituals that people perform.
Some people put a coin inside a red cloth and then hang it on a rose branch. In the morning this money is put into the wallet so that it will bring abundance. It is also believed that if you go out, have a picnic and be in nature on this day, your days in winter will have less hardship. Most city people know this day simply as a picnic day.
Although it is commonly celebrated everywhere in Turkey, its mood is more festive among the Roma community. Apart from Edirne, Istanbul also hosts a major celebration by the Romanis in the historic Ahırkapı district, which was marked with a parade of community members in extravagant and colorful costumes.
Cats and Dogs:
If a black cat should cross your path, expect good luck. If a dog howls for no reason, expect a death.
Crows are shrouded in mystery, considered to be exceptionally wise and intelligent, some gypsies say that crows live to be 300 years old. To see one crow means sorrow, and two together means joy. A crow standing in the road signifies a happy journey, while a dead crow in the road, would cause a gypsy to turn back.
If a fox crosses your path, an opportunity will be given to you, if he stops and looks at you your ambitions will be fulfilled.
A white horse was once the symbol of the Celtic goddess Epona, and thus should be greeted with respect or you may draw misfortune to yourself. But you can tell the horse your hopes and wishes and they will come true.
Also a member of the crow family are a sign of good luck if two are seen together. One on its own foretells a theft.
Robins and Wrens:
These are both lucky creatures, they bring good news if they fly into your home, but a dead robin or wren near your door is a bad omen. Owls To hear an owl in day time is a bad omen, like wise to hunt or kill an owl.
To have a property with a rookery on it, is seen as very fruitful, but if the rooks should leave then that is taken as a bad omen. In Ireland, when one was buying a property that was blessed with a rookery the deal was considered null and void if the rooks deserted the rookery within one year.
Stoats and Weasels:
To them playing together foretells happiness in the family, but if they are fighting, means squabbles and disputes in the family.
From: Vermont Deadline
At the new moon, spit on a little stone, then throw it in the air, if it comes down wet…there will be much sickness…if dry, good luck to come.
From: Vermont Deadline
- It is wise to pitch a tent near a holly tree because it will give you divine protection (holy tree).
- To see a mule shaking itself, is a sign of good luck.
- A moth hovering around a candle flame, means a letter in the morning.
- To see a white horse in the morning, means good luck all day.
- If a coal or wood fire makes any kind of noise, it means a quarrel in the offing.
- To spit on ones hand after seeing a wagtail (a small bird with a long tail), means that money is on its way.
- If the right hand itches…money will be paid out.
- If the left hand itches….money will be received.
- A tickling nose is a sign of getting drunk.
- An itching of the right eye means sadness.
- An itching of the left eye is a sign of happiness to come.
- Frog’s spawn thrown over the left shoulder for good luck.
- To see a shooting star is a sign of death
- A baby keeps its luck in the grimy lines of its hands.
- A baby born at full moon will be lucky.
- A baby born at midnight before the Sabbath, it will be under a curse.
- If one of the bearers at a funeral stumbles during the procession, there will be another death.
- Newly sprouted grass or of lightening means there will be a funeral.
- It is lucky to meet with a woman carrying a jug full of water, but unlucky if it be empty.
- It is unlucky to wash anything on Saturday, or to spin on Thursday.
- There is always a treasure to be found where the first swallow is seen.
- On Wednesday and Friday no one should use needle or scissors, bake bread, or sow flax.
- No bargain should ever be concluded on a Friday.
Source: Vermont Deadline
The Romanies believe that it is extremely lucky to find a key. It means that you will soon be opening a door to success in love, marriage, or work, or even something very specific, such as getting a new car. No matter the form, happiness is assured.
With a key at hand, light a white candle. Visualize the metaphorical door you wish to open with the key. On a piece of paper, draw a door that will open to your wish.
Pour some candle wax on the drawing of the door and place the key in the wax, to weld the two together. Let the wax cool. Fold the paper around the key to form a neat envelope or parcel. Generously seal all the edges with more wax from the candle. Blow out the candle.
At night, toss the parcel into a fire, imagining as vividly as possible the door you are passing through. Pour your passion into the flames and send your desires heavenward. The spell has been cast. Do not dwell on your wish, because such thoughts drag it back to earth and sap its energy. Have faith. Believe in the miracle, and it will happen.
Found in: The Good Spell Book
The first day of any month offers fresh hopes and new beginnings. One good-luck invocation is to say “Rabbits” before any other word on the first of the month.
Some say “White rabbits” three times as the last spoken words on the eve of the new month. On waking they say “Hares” three times. This is said to ensure a month that is blessed with good fortune.
Found in: The Good Spell Book
A needle that is accidentally dropped and then found poking upward foretells a visitor before the end of the day. The needle should be picked up and kept. As they say:
Find a pin, pick it up
And all day long you’ll have good luck.
To extend your luck for longer than one day, place the needle in a vase of fresh water and fresh flowers. The essence of the flowers will energize the luck in the needle, and your luck will last longer than the flowers.
When the flowers die, discard them as usual, empty the water, and put the needle in your sewing kit as a reminder of your good luck.
From: The Good Spell Book
Magickal pouches are found universally. Australian aboriginals, Amerindian shamans, Voodoo Bokos, African medicine men, European wisewomen – all employ pouches stuffed with various ingredients that they feel bring health, wealth, luck (good or bad), and/or protection. They may be called wanga, gris-gris, mojo bags, or whatever.
The Gypsies, too, make and carry such items. Depending on the purpose, so do the contents vary. The name for a Gypsy pouch is “putsi,” the real meaning of which is “pocket.”
For love, the Romanis make little bags of red silk, which they fill with rose petals, acorns, a piece of amber, cinnamon, two cloves, a bean, a piece of orris root, and a silver or gold coin. This is worn next to the skin. Occasionally they use small chamois leather pouches rather than silk.
Some Gypsies also include such items as a small bird’s feather, a piece of lemon peel, lavender, a wedding ring (perhaps the mother’s or grandmother’s), and a small piece of coal. Many Gypsies have two pouches. One is the silk one, which hangs around their neck, and the other is the leather putsi, which they hang from their belt. Into this second one it is easy to slip any new item that is spotted and recognized to be of value. I do this myself. Always keep your eyes open … you never know when you might spot something that could be a very powerful amulet.
Before the introduction of the National Health Service in England, it was sometimes considered unlucky to pay a doctor’s bill in full. To do so implied a dangerous confidence in restored and continuing health that could only bring misfortune, and would probably result in his services being needed again very soon. Some patients, therefore, made it a rule to hold back a token sum, perhaps a shilling, from the total amount due.
On the other hand, gypsies always paid their bills punctually and in full, because they believed that unpaid for medicine would not work.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Superstitions