by Kris Bradley
Released:October 1st 2012
Publisher: Weiser Books
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: New Age, Wicca
How I got it: Recived a copy from the author via Bewitching Book Tour
For domestic goddesses everywhere--add some magic and fun to those mundane household chores with "Mrs. B.'s Guide to Household Witchery." Whether you're sweeping the floor, making a meal, or cleaning out that junk drawer, domestic witch Kris Bradley, creator of the popular blog, "Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom," will show you how to create spells and magic to bring happiness and balance into your home. Bradley offers ideas and solutions to make the most out of everyday items, activities, and obligations. From Anchovies to Broccoli, and Wine to Yeast, from sweeping the floor to blow-drying your hair, you can change your outlook on life with a pinch of knowledge and a dash of magic The book includes simple rituals, spells, and ways to connect with the spirits that watch over your home and family. Includes an appendix of herbs and a complete materia magica from the kitchen pantry. "Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery" features: Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divination. The Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your home. The Domestic Witch's Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixes. Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasons. Magical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells.
Review: This was a very interesting book. I really liked that Mrs B wasn't preachy in the way she offered the information. Many other books in this genre are very this is how you do it and that's that. I found Mrs B's approach refreshing. I've always taken what works for me from the books and left the rest. Interestingly Mrs B's book is made just for that, at least that's how it felt to me. The book offers a lot of information on bringing rituals and spell work into your everyday life.
As a full time mommy and wife, I've become laxed in this area of my life mainly because I never found time. This book shows you how to incorporate almost all areas of your life with your rituals. It even gives advice for working with your kids to show them what days we celebrate and learn about what Wicca is. At least that's what I got from it.
Although my hands down favorite part of the book was the herbs and spices listings where it gave what the ingredient was used for magically and culinary. I'm also going to give a few of the recipes a try. I like how many of them are two fold for example cleaning and protecting. I also liked Mrs B's idea to infuse food with magic by what spices you use. Over all a very educational and enlightening book.