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To: alt.magick,alt.occult.methods
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Horseshoes
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2001 22:17:22 GMT

The Tao wrote:
> 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 brings to mind the fact that among
those  antique British horse brasess in my collection in which the
central figures are set within a hoseshoe 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 fature
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 

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