Gypsy Magick and Gypsy Folklore are a mix of truth, rumor, and lies. Stories and traditions are passed down the generations, as are fear and persecution.
Gypsy Magick for Infertility
The husband should make a small hole at each end of a raw egg. Then the husband and wife hold the egg between their mouths and the man blows into the egg, forcing the white and yolk into the woman’s mouth. The woman should then swallow the egg. (Author’s note: don’t try this at home!)
Gypsy Magick to Detect Pregnancy
Gypsies in Transylvania were known to stand at a cross-road in the evening hours, dig a hole, place a hammer (or axe) into the hole, urinate on it, and then bury the hammer with dirt. Each night, the woman must return, dig up the hammer and again urinate on it. On the ninth morning, the hammer should be dug up and inspected. If there is rust on the hammer, she is pregnant.
Another way Gypsies detect pregnancy is to carefully crack the contents of a raw egg into a jug and urinate on the egg. The next morning, check the jug. If the egg is sitting on the bottom of the jug, she is not pregnant. If the egg is floating, the woman is pregnant. If the egg is floating and the yolk is separated from the white of the egg, she will have a boy. If the egg is floating and the yolk and white of the egg are intertwined, she will have a girl.
Gypsy Magick for a Healthy Pregnancy
Avoid eating fish and snails when pregnant. Fish will make your child dumb and snails will make your child slow.
To avoid illness while pregnant and prevent birthing complications, sew a lock of red hair into a small bag and carry it on the belly, directly upon the skin for the duration of the pregnancy.
To ensure a strong, healthy baby is born, a necklace of bear claws and children’s teeth should be worn throughout the pregnancy.
Stay away from graveyards while pregnant. If the shadow of a cross on a tombstone falls on a pregnant woman, she will have a miscarriage. There is a rhyme that alludes to women baring illegitimate children would attempt to cause a miscarriage by stepping into the shadow.
Spells were often performed using boar tooth charms to prevent bleeding and miscarriages during pregnancy.
‘Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling’ by Charles Godfrey Leland, text archived by