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Recognize And Celebrate The Magic Of Life With Timeless Rites And Spells Create A Magical Household A Haven Of Harmony, Safety, Spirituality, Security, And Romance The Benefits Include A Happier Existence, Protection Against Thieves, Improved Health, Restful Sleep, Satisfying Spiritual Experiences, And A Perfect Environment For Positive Magic This Warm And Wise Guide By Much Loved Author Scott Cunningham Has Been Helping People Create Sacred Space In Their Homes And Gardens For Nearly Twenty Years


10 thoughts on “Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home (Llewellyn's Practical Magick Series)

  1. says:

    I feel Spells and Rituals is a bit of a misnomer here The book is a collection of folk magic for the home some spells and rituals are listed, but not many my definition of ritual here is the ceremonial magic inspired type, not the small little things we do everyday your mileage may vary I would have called it Spells and Recipes for a Happy Household Cunningham packs this book full of things you can do to ensure peace and wellbeing in your house, as well as a chapter on portents for when things may NOT be so peaceful Is this book essential to every witch s practice No, not hardly However, for the hearthwitch who just doesn t know where to begin, this book would be a very handy starting point Someone looking for a very specific spell and quickly would be best advised to look elsewhere this is the sort of book one has to read cover to cover to really reap the rewards of it I know I m keeping it on my shelf of useful books.


  2. says:

    Granted, this relatively quick read doesn t include much on full blown rituals or spells, so if that s what you re wanting in a book, this probably isn t the one for you What Cunningham and Harrington offer in these pages, however, is a collection of folklore old ways that can inspire creative spell working and talisman conjuring in the modern witchy household Personally, I love learning about the folklore and traditions of the world and this alone has made The Magical Household one of my favourite Cunningham books For those who have not fully stepped out of the broom cupboard, Cunningham and Harrington offer incognito altar talismanic ideas that allow one to bring magick into their personal space without screaming their witchiness Rereading this classic has also given me ideas on crafts to make with my Boys who have expressed interest in my Path The Magical Household is not a book for everyone but it can help us hold onto hearth lore and wisdom in a time where many of us lack an actual hearth O


  3. says:

    Cunningham is, as always, reliable, but this book is like a list of historical spells superstitions with the occasional original ritual If you have his other books really four of them Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Living Wicca A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Cunningham s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, Cunningham s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs you certainly don t need to own this.


  4. says:

    I guess the only reason I took so long to read this book is that I don t recall ever seeing it in a local bookshop and I rarely buy by mail online I got this along with quite a few of the other books on my waiting list with a prize gift certificate to Pentacle Press So here we are, reading Cunningham like back in the day lol So forgive this review of it s nostalgia and a bit of eye rolling.First, I d forgotten how much Cunningham likes to give introductions This book has a preface, and introduction to the book s content and an introduction on his viewpoint of magic itself Each chapter begins with a healthy preamble of the topic for example, before discussing magic involving personal cleansing, he talks about the psychological, elemental, religious, cultural, and emotional aspects of bathing This feels like a lot It s also been a long time since I ve read a book with a glossary at the end That s pretty standard for Cunningham so regular readers won t be surprised.Oddly enough, at times this book feels like it was intended for non magic folk Because it s about revering the special kind of peace that can be found in a clean, safe, happy home, it would seem logical that any reader of any background would find it useful This is especially true with the many tidbits of traditional folk magic and superstition throughout But the overall handling of the information is very much Wiccan Pagan Working with Sabbats, altars, and lots of pentagrams might be a little too much for non practitioners to bear Plus, the title The Magical Household Spells and Rituals for the Home doesn t really feel inclusive to those just interested in learning quaint and old timey ways to make your home as welcoming as Grandma s As a non Wiccan, I found myself skipping over bits of the usual dogma so it seems to me curses are always bad and cast by foolish mean people, most bad magic is impossible The Evil Eye is described as the supposed glance capable of causing great harmonce almost universally feared No mention of this being the simplest and most common kind of curse nor that it was feared because it was cast quite often and with ease , and that magic is full of limitations and exceptions I don t really recall why this book would need to talk about cursing at all, but that topic always seems to slip in with authors who are totally against the practice But that s not a big deal to me The hardest bit to overlook was when he gave information on protecting against burglaries but then noted that all the magic in the world won t protect you if you leave your windows unlocked To me, this is puzzling Why would a person invest time and energy into magic if they re just told to do the standard stuff anyways Doesn t that just reinforce the nay sayer s attitude that spells don t really do anything If I can t lock my windows or have a good reason not to, magic should guard them If I choose to leave my house unlocked, with all doors flung open and all my possessions completely vulnerable, I should know how to cast a spell strong enough to make thieves walk right by it In short, I don t like to limit magic s abilities or have others tell me the limits of my own On the positive side, this book does give lots of interesting ideas Because of the wide variety of information, of course, I found it to be hard to reference after reading But the attitude of the book is inspiring and I m sure I ll be adding even magic to my home when I do my big house cleansing in the spring This would be a good one to dip into now and then for ideas rather than read for specific information For groups or families, several workshops could be made from this book and all with inexpensive projects, too It s a sweet little book with the best of intentions.


  5. says:

    This was a very good depiction of the different parts of the household and what the magical meaning was The book was chock full of interesting tidbits from Pagan, Judeo Christian, Eastern religions and I liked that the book was set up with each area as a chapter and then it moved through the different magical lore about that specific area There were, different magical associations and spells within each chapter The gardening chapter was especially helpful.Overall a great Pagan read.


  6. says:

    With suggestions for how to bless, decorate, and magically involve every room and area of your house, Scott Cunningham s book helps magical people live a magical existence There are ideas for outdoors as well as indoors, and though some might be a bit impractical, there is some useful philosophy in here like why it s useful to cover a television when it s not being used, so passive entertainment isn t always focused upon as the major draw of family togetherness time That said, I was living in a Floridian studio apartment at the time I read this book, and I got a little frustrated by repeated references to cellars, garages, and fireplaces Not so much in a well this section doesn t apply to me since I don t have that room way, but in a way that made me feel like my living style isn t compatible with the suggestions that seemed to call for a sprawling, open, communal atmosphere.


  7. says:

    After having been a fan of the great Scott Cunningham for a few years I had to have this book I bought it for my mother who was moving at the time We both read it and were very interested in the use of folklore and history used in this book For such a small book it stil makes for an excellent read.


  8. says:

    Even though I am not big on spell books magick to me is personal, not publishable this has some great folk magick and information in it Would not expect any less from Scott Cunningham.


  9. says:

    I probably didn t read this book for the normal reasons I was actually looking for a reference to another work that I d read but couldn t remember the name So I picked it up looking at the bibliography Only then, I got curious about how he used the reference, and so I read the chapter surrounding it And then, because I was quite drawn in by the writing style, I read the entire book Possibly, due to it having a co author, The Magical Household is quite a lot better than his classic Wicca for the Solo Practitioner which I read almost 20 years ago for a class on World Religions While that one is both descriptive and prescriptive, this one is much historically based scholarly in describing how European superstition and magical ritual elements of daily living came to American culture, and how it shows today in our word choices, among other things This is completely not the book that I expected this to be from the cover It s way better Drawbacks Although it will not be a drawback to most of his readers, he s writing from a solidly Wiccan perspective, and even though this book is way inclusive of other religions than some of his others, it s still obvious author bias Which is fine, you should just know coming in I m not Wiccan or pagan, so while I got what I came for from the book, I would recommend it sparingly and to people who could use it I know, that s hardly a drawback to most of his readers What I am, though, is Jewish And I was a bit disappinted at many of the references to rituals that are clearly Jewish for at least several centuries before Christianity being referred to as pre Christian without any further mention of influence We who know our ritual liturgical history know of the surrounding cultures and religions and where their influence comes in Saying something is pre Christian but without the easily accessible qualifier of where it came from, while at the same time describing in detail where Christianity got some of its ritual is quite a put off, and somewhat feels like he s lumping everything pre Christian into Pagan, which decidedly it is not Even though the author s do a surprisingly great job at etymology and have done clear research, this is not a history book I wonder what potential this book would have if it were updated and re edited


  10. says:

    The 1 5 Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically.Caveat This review is historical archival in nature Date read is speculative.This book is one of many books I have read about the occult paganism witchcraft This was the readily available faith in my household as a child Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015 2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job.Like televangelists, and snake oil salesman, these publishers prey on the vulnerable The authors are mentally ill suffering from magical thinking and delusions Worst of all, most of them can t write worth a damn.Llewellyn Worldwide is the absolute worst on both counts I wouldn t even trust their overpriced CALENDARS to be accurate.These books are also big offenders on the the cultural appropriation front In fact, they re in the running for worst case ever So called eclectic witches steal aspects of other religions and mythology They make it clear that they don t understand them, or feel the need to, before shitting in someone else s bed The publishers authors then profit off this, leaving the reader less smart and broke The living Venn diagram of demographics for these books would look like this She s a white, American woman She dropped out of college to attend massage cosmetology school Growing up, her strict parents took her to church every Sunday She kissed a girl 10 years ago, and likes Katy Perry To quote Holden from Chasing Amy, Over or underweight people who don t get laid they re our bread and butter Though a copypasta of it, these books never tell you about hermeticism They don t prime you to understand hermeticism Hermeticism, by the way, is also total bullshit It is, at least, historic and seminal in almost all spooky fiction involving rituals or alchemy.If I give one of these books anything above 2 stars, it s a decent example of this type of book It might have a redeeming feature, like reference material for fictional world building Having worked in this field, including sales of these exact books, I can tell you the fix is in, they know it, don t buy this stuff.