Even though Bradley wrote for readers familiar with Paganism, her writing is direct enough that I was able to follow along as a non-Pagan. In fact, I am probably going to start using some of her tips anyway and the guide will appeal to people who are “spiritual,” but do not subscribe to any specific religion. But, this book is not a primer for those new to Paganism, so if that is you, you should get your basic information elsewhere and then turn to Mrs. B when you want to start implementing its principles in your home.
One of my favorite aspects of the guide is how Bradley takes concepts from Paganism that are outdated, like using a hearth, and updates it for the modern worshiper. For instance, the obvious to go item in your house would be some type of fireplace rather than a larger hearth, but if your home is sans fireplace, she incorporates tips on how to work around it using other common household objects, like candles.
Bradley also uses common items to lessen the cost of practicing her spirituality, because, really, who isn’t on a budget these days? Everything she uses is readily available in supermarkets or other common stores. She also provides a couple of different ritual ceremonies of varying time lengths for each holiday. This way, busy people can participate, too.
The guide goes through each room in the house and discusses which types of magic should be focused on in it. A couple of chapters features tons of recipes for potions, powders, and oils for everything from cleaning to keeping away evil spirits to getting a new job. Other chapters focus on balancing the elements and magical uses for the herbs in your pantry. Extras include a very comprehensive listing of popular mystical creatures, gods, and goddesses from a variety of cultures and two indexes.
Reading Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery made me wish I was pagan so I could use all of her ideas. It is a modern take on ancient beliefs so even the most budget-conscious, time-crunched individual can find a way to work their spirituality into their everyday life. It is the type of book you will turn to again and again for advice.
Genre: New Age/Wicca
About Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery
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
About the Author
Kris Bradley is the magic behind the popular blog Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom (2500 readers). She helped establish The Sisterhood of the Triple Goddess coven in Keyport, NJ and is a legally ordained minister, in addition to being a witchy wife and mother. Her work on domestic witchery has been featured in PaganParenting.org and as a national column for Examiner.com. She lives in Keyport, NJ.