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From: catherine yronwode
Newsgroups: alt.magick,alt.occult.methods Subject: Re: Horseshoes and Horse Brasses Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 22:17:22 GMT The Tao wrote: [British and Irish peole usually hang their lucky horseshoes with the open end at the top, but...] > Actually, there is one instance in Britain and Ireland where a horse- > shoe is hung downward - over the door to a blacksmith's forge, where > they are made. I don't know why blacksmiths are different in this way. Thanks for that information! It reminds me that the otherwise fairly strict directionality of horseshoes is not universal in Great Briatain. It brings to mind the fact that among those antique British horse brasess in my collection in which the central figures are set within a horseshoe rather than a circluar design, the horseshoes all face downward and the square fitting for the leather harness strap is at the top, above the shoe. Horse brasses, for those unfamiliar with them, are decorative brass plaque amulets, about 4 inches in diameter, which were hung on the harnesses of dray horses to protect them from the evil eye or "overlooking." They often feature horses or horse-heads within horseshoes as the motif, but also may contain regional specialities, such as grouse, a local church, or even an image of a famous black-smithy. cat yronwode Lucky W Amulet Archive --------- http://www.luckymojo.com/luckyw.html
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