“Gypsies are justly famed for their psychic powers and the ability to curse or bring good luck to those that cross their path.” A sparkling compilation of secrets passed down from one generation to the next, Gypsy Magic offers readers simple techniques for harnessing “zee energy” to bring about good luck, health, wealth, happiness, and love. Author Patrinella Cooper draws upon her Romany heritage and tells readers “how the Gypsy tradition helped me to develop my own power, which in turn enables me to help other people, through magic and fortunetelling.” Perfect for anyone interested in the interplay between nature and divination, this introduction to the gypsy traditions shows how to unlock the power of palmistry, tarot, dreams, tea leaves, and, of course, crystal balls. In addition to sharing timetested natural remedies and healing herbs, Cooper shares her traveler’s insight into reading nature’s signs and omens, from stars and seasons to birds and plants. Gypsy Magic also reveals how to attract good luck with charms, protect against curses, harness the power of the planets, and weave simple spells.
The author certainly has the credentials to write this book: she is an English Romany-gypsy who was born in a tent and spent her infancy in a horse-drawn wagon. The book conjures the aura of an earlier and simpler time, when people lived out of doors in natural elements, and no shopping malls, computers or automobiles claimed our time, resources and attention. It introduces a panoply of low-tech, intuitive techniques for understanding, foretelling and influencing events: Tarot reading, spell casting, fortune telling and palmistry, among others. The metaphysical understanding of universal energy that underpins Romany folkways and wisdom can be related to Eastern systems of thought: chakra energy, for example, is perceived in palm reading, and quieting the mind in meditative fashion is an important precondition for reading tea leaves or a crystal ball. Other teachings are too familiar. Appeals to pay attention to nature, wish hard for what you want and say thanks each day are hardly new, but perhaps those injunctions cannot be given too often to an urbanized culture in a hurry to stop, have a “cuppa” and then read the tea leaves. Perhaps the greatest charm of the volume is that the author can make the commonplace seem fresh. She projects the voice of a grandmotherly yet shrewd woman skilled in folkways and wanting to help for a price. If she hawked this book at your door, you might just buy it. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. – Publishers Weekly