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The Goddess Resides Here
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Gypsy Beth Who are you? 

I Gypsy Beth, being a rather arrogant Goddess, required the inclusion of my very own page on the DragonOak site. Being a bit envious and jealous of all the beautiful work done by DragonOak, and wanting to be the center of attention, I require some individual devotion. After all without me, the Goddess, to take care of, DragonOak would have no purpose or direction. DragonOak gave me a whole blog. So (as I take my foot carefully from my mouth) with no further hesitation, here is my personal page which of course I will have to add to as I find the time. Comments and responses will of course help.

Heading: Who is the Goddess Gypsy Beth?
eclectic pagan practice, love of life, and people, embracing the differences in all cultures and creeds.

Quotes and references are always good:

"Life happens, enjoy it while you are here. You will have plenty of time to recant in your next life."
edna vincent binett

From Anne Rice
“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”

“We're frightened of what makes us different.”

“Evil is just a point of view”

“. . . as they die, the ones we love, we lose our witnesses, our watchers, those who know and understand the tiny little meaningless patterns, those words drawn in water with a stick. And there is nothing left but the endless flow.”

“What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world?”

“Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds . . ”

“The truth is, laughter always sounds more perfect than weeping. Laughter flows in a violent riff and is effortlessly melodic. Weeping is often fought, choked, half strangled, or surrendered to with humiliation.”

“Maybe thats what hell is. You go mad, and all your demons come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.”

“Life has no meaning any more does it? The wine has no taste, the food sickens you, there seems no reason for any of it, does there? But what if I could give it back to you. Pluck out the pain, and give you another life, one you could never imagine, and it would be for all time. And sickness and death could never touch you again.
Don't be afraid, I'm going to give you the choice, I, never, had.”

“Speak to me of the dark gifts, I use them, I`m gentleman death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles.”

“To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.”

“And I knew my vision of the garden of savage beauty had been a true vision. There was meaning in the world, yes, and laws, and inevitability, but they had only to do with the aesthetic and in this Savage Garden, these innocent ones belonged in the vampire's arms. A thousand other things can be said about the world, but only aesthetic principles can be verified, and these things alone remain the same.”

“I know nothing of God or the Devil. I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that would damn or save my soul.”

THE HAPPY LITTLE BIRD LESSON
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold that the bird grew weary and froze. It fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, immobilized, a cow came by and stopped to take a large dump on the bird's head. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! It lay there all warm and happy, reveling in the new warmth, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out. And ate him.

<p><center>Moral of the story:
1) Not everyone who dumps shit on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) When you're in deep shit, keep your mouth shut. </center></p>

Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men."

"These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs." (Emerson, RW; Self Reliance II from Essays: First Series (1841))

"For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face. The by-standers look askance on him in the public street or in the friend's parlour. If this aversation had its origin in contempt and resistance like his own, he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs."

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."

"It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views."

"As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect."

"The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support of muscle. He has a fine Geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun. A Greenwich nautical almanac he has, and so being sure of the information when he wants it, the man in the street does not know a star in the sky. The solstice he does not observe; the equinox he knows as little; and the whole bright calendar of the year is without a dial in his mind. His note-books impair his memory; his libraries overload his wit; the insurance-office increases the number of accidents; and it may be a question whether machinery does not encumber; whether we have not lost by refinement some energy, by a Christianity entrenched in establishments and forms, some vigor of wild virtue. For every Stoic was a Stoic; but in Christendom where is the Christian?"
(Ref. at http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm)

Shakespeare’s Macbeth eloquently summarizes existential nihilism's perspective, distaining life:

<p><center>Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more; it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.</center></p>

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson
"[Whenever the average intellect of the clergy declines in the balance with the average intellect of the people] the churches will be shut up and a new order of things [will] begin." p. 77 Emerson: The Mind on Fire

Until next time: Gypsy Beth

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A Little About Gypsies 

A Little About Gypsies in the United States

Gypsy is defined as: A collective group of various, ethnic people from Southeastern and Eastern Europe and the Middle East known as the Roma;

or as Gypsy people (i.e. a nomadic people living mostly amongst non-nomadic people) not considered to be Roma;

A wandering type of personality who lives life to the fullest, fails to put down roots, is adventurous, and wanders.

May also refer to people who are hobos, vagabonds, deliberately homeless, traveling minstrels, artists and even salesman.

Also may be used as a derogatory term; as in scoundrels, and thieves.

Related to the Roma:

Several groups, all known to outsiders as "Gypsies," live today in the United States. In their native languages, each of the groups refers to itself by a specific name, but all translate their self-designations as "Gypsy" when speaking English. Each had its own cultural, linguistic, and historical tradition before coming to this country, and each maintains social distance from the others.

The Rom arrived in the United States from Serbia, Russia and Austria-Hungary beginning in the 1880's. Many people in this group specialized in coppersmith work, mainly the repair and replacing tin on industrial equipment used in bakeries, laundries, confectioneries, and other businesses. The Rom, too, developed
the fortune-telling business in urban areas. There are a few subgroups of the Rom, but they all come from the same general area and settled in urban locations.

The Ludar, or "Romanian Gypsies," also came to the United States during the great immigration from southern and eastern Europe between 1880 and 1914. They specialized as animal trainers and showpeople, and passenger manifests show bears and monkeys as a major part of their baggage.

The Romnichels, or English Gypsies, began to come to the United States from England in 1850. They originally came in response for the need of draft horses in agriculture and then in urbanization, and many Romnichels worked as horse-traders. After World War I, they relied on previously secondary enterprises, "basket-making," including the manufacture and sale of rustic furniture, and fortune-telling. Horse and mule trading continued to some extent in southern states where poverty and terrain slowed the adoption
of tractor power (Salo and Salo 1982).

Gypsies from Germany,refered to as Chikkeners (Pennsylvania German, from the German Zigeuner), sometimes refer to themselves as "Black Dutch." They are few in number and claim to have largely
assimilated into Romnichel culture.

Hungarian Gypsies, mainly musicians also came to this country with the eastern European immigration. In the United States they continued as musicians to the Hungarian and Slovak immigrant settlements.

The distinct groups of Irish Travelers and Scottish Travelers do not refer to themselves as Gypsies, although there are many similarities.

Each of these groups had its own cultural, linguistic, and historical tradition before coming to this country, and each maintains social distance from the others. They differ from one another in social organization: form of marriage, internal politics and social control. With the exception of the Hungarian-Slovak musicians, Gypsy and Traveler groups share elements of economic organization.

The Rom and Romnichels share elements of an ideology which stresses the separation of pure from impure and Gypsy from non-Gypsy. The Rom, Romnichels, and Hungarian-Slovak musicians share a linguistic prehistory, but their ethnic languages are not, for practical purposes, mutually intelligible. The scattered and, for the most part secondhand, reports of Gypsies in North America before the middle of the 19th century, while frequently repeated, have not been examined critically nor verified independently. What has been demonstrated is that the present populations of North American Gypsies and Travelers date from immigrations of 1850 and
thereafter.
(all Roma identity information is from the Gypsy Lore Society; 2005)

"Like the Jews, Gypsies were singled out by the Nazis for racial persecution and annihilation. They were `nonpersons,' of `foreign blood,' `labor-shy,' and as such were termed asocials.
To a degree, they shared the fate of the Jews in their ghettos, in the extermination camps, before firing squads, as medical guinea pigs, and being injected with lethal substances."<br>
Raul Hilberg, "The Destruction of the European Jews" (Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1961), p.641;


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