Thursday, October 25, 2012

Review and Promo: Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery

Review:  I couldn't wait to curl up with this excellent book, and I wasn't disappointed.  Usually, I read craft manuals in small chunks, but I flew through Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery.  Kris Bradley has provided wonderful spells and rituals that any witch can do.  Although she doesn't spend a lot of time on Magic 101, Bradley does offer an excellent herbal section with culinary and magical correspondences, as well as an in-depth exploration of household deities from around the world.

Told with an intelligent, conversational tone, Mrs. B's Guide to Household Witchery is bound to become one of your favorite magical tools.  Bradley shows, over and over, how easy it is to incorporate a magical and spiritual practice into your mundane life.  I especially like the section on the Sabbats.  Anything that makes magic more accessible is important, and Bradley has certainly done that!  A great read, especially for witchy women trying to balance the demands of home and family and still add sparks to their lives.

In addition to my review, I've got a real treat for you today: Kris Bradley dropped by to show us how to practice junk drawer divination.  Plus, you'll find a giveaway at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes
By Kris Bradley

Genre: New Age/ Wicca

Publisher: Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-57863-515-3

Number of pages: 224
Word Count: 49,000

Cover Artist: Jim Warner

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Book Description:
For domestic goddesses everywhereadd 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

GUEST POST: Junk Drawer Divination
-Kris Bradley

October is the perfect time of year to work some divination for the rest of the year. Tarot cards, runes, tea leaf reading - they are all wonderful ways to take a peek into the possible future. If you are lacking in divination tools, you only have to look as far as that junk drawer that most of us have in our desk or kitchen somewhere.

What you’ll need:
A small bag or box to gather your items
A notebook and a pen to keep track of your personal item meanings and readings
Assorted items from your junk drawer, old board games, or the bottom or your purse or backpack

What to do:
Assign each item it’s specific meaning. Hold each item and tell it what it’s meaning will be. For example, hold a coin (for prosperity) in your hand and say, “I name you prosperity! You represent financial success.” Write down the meanings you give to each item in your journal. Assign one item to represent the person you will be reading for. Also be aware of what you will consider the “front” and “back” of an item. If there’s no obvious sides, place a small mark to

To do a reading, gather all your items into your bag. Ask a specific question, if you have one. Tilt the bag over and spill the contents onto a flat surface. Find what represents you or the person you are reading for and see what’s closest to it. These are the things that will affect you the most in the near future. The things furthest away will be less influential.

Here are some ideas for things to add to your bag to get you started:
Cork: Good cheer or festive get-togethers
Ring: A commitment to something or someone
Matchstick: A good omen. If any unlucky objects are near, it voids them
Key: A new beginning or the opening or unlocking of something
Toy car or small toy train: When close to the item that represents the person you are reading for, it represents an accident of some kind. When farther away, it represents travel or a long journey.

Happy divining!

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 and as a national column for She lives in Keyport, NJ.

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  1. Thanks for hosting my book today! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed it!!

    1. My pleasure! I LOVED the spells and rituals: so easy! Thanks for dropping by :)

  2. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds really good.

    1. I really enjoyed it, Salem. Hope you pick it up!