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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.


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Reviews for The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home (Llewellyn's Practical Magick):

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Aug 03, 2011

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 more 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 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 more 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. ...more
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Sep 19, 2018

Cunningham is, as always, reliable, but this book is more 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.
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Aug 03, 2014

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 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. ...more
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Nov 10, 2013

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 more 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 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 more 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 more 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( ...more
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Dec 10, 2012

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 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 harm...once 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 more 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.



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Mar 02, 2012

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 more.

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.
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Nov 18, 2019

Very disappointed. This book was definitely one of the worst books by Scott that I've ever read so far. This is not a book aimed to witches, it is aimed to those who simply wanna have a good atmosphere at home and is looking for something to help them. It is full of supersticions and history about house lores.

It does has some interesting bits, some interesting spells and a beautiful message about creating a nice enviroment at home, but I believe there are better books out there about household Very disappointed. This book was definitely one of the worst books by Scott that I've ever read so far. This is not a book aimed to witches, it is aimed to those who simply wanna have a good atmosphere at home and is looking for something to help them. It is full of supersticions and history about house lores.

It does has some interesting bits, some interesting spells and a beautiful message about creating a nice enviroment at home, but I believe there are better books out there about household spells. The worst thing is that, the authors were recommending us to practise those silly supertisions that we know that do not work! I found my self often skimming through the reading.

Meh. ...more
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Jun 25, 2010

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.
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May 10, 2013

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.
4

Mar 11, 2019

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 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 more 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 more 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? ...more
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Nov 17, 2018

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 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 more 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. ...more
5

Jun 19, 2019

Admittedly, I haven't read too many books about witchcraft. However, almost all of them have seemed like more of a pain than anything else. Collectively, whether it's Wiccan or general paganism or whatever, I feel like every book of magic I've read is like "make sure you have 5 white candles and 5 red candles and to do this spell that might get rid of a pimple draw a circle with your athame, light all the candles, call down some goddesses, recite a poem to them that sounds like a spell, blow out Admittedly, I haven't read too many books about witchcraft. However, almost all of them have seemed like more of a pain than anything else. Collectively, whether it's Wiccan or general paganism or whatever, I feel like every book of magic I've read is like "make sure you have 5 white candles and 5 red candles and to do this spell that might get rid of a pimple draw a circle with your athame, light all the candles, call down some goddesses, recite a poem to them that sounds like a spell, blow out all the candles clockwise, and bury everything in your backyard." Quite frankly, I find this wasteful and cumbersome.

So, you can imagine how pumped I was when I picked this book up and it's nothing like that!! It's just a compilations of superstitions and beliefs. It's so simple. No fancy ingredients necessary. No ritual. It's just "hey so if you draw a pentagram in your soup with your wooden spoon that blesses it." That's what I've been looking for and I'm really happy about it. Highly recommend this book. ...more
3

May 23, 2019

I enjoyed reading this because it has a lot of old folk stories and superstitions about the home in it. Some of these were things my grandfather would do and always swore by and it was sort of fun to see that those beliefs were based on a more widespread idea.

I don't think that the book is all that helpful, though. There is nothing within it outside the entertainment value of the folk stories that I think I could actually use in my house.

It was also rather interesting to see how much general I enjoyed reading this because it has a lot of old folk stories and superstitions about the home in it. Some of these were things my grandfather would do and always swore by and it was sort of fun to see that those beliefs were based on a more widespread idea.

I don't think that the book is all that helpful, though. There is nothing within it outside the entertainment value of the folk stories that I think I could actually use in my house.

It was also rather interesting to see how much general attitude seems to have changed since this book was first published and now. But that was not the point of the book and was only incidental.

This book likely won't be a permanent addition to my collection of witchcraft books, but I'm still glad I read it. So long as you don't expect it to be super useful in your Craft, then I'd recommend it if you come across a copy of it somewhere. ...more
5

Apr 22, 2020

Really enjoyed this very accessible and interesting book. Stuffed to the bindings with practical easy to use spells, folk wisdom and magic, wriiien in a slightly different style than his other books I can see the additional detail and succinct direct literary style which engages the reader with its sheer depth of research and involving style. For the price you can get this for on Kindle or 2nd hand paperback you'll be making a worthwhile investment if you are moved and inspired by excellent Really enjoyed this very accessible and interesting book. Stuffed to the bindings with practical easy to use spells, folk wisdom and magic, wriiien in a slightly different style than his other books I can see the additional detail and succinct direct literary style which engages the reader with its sheer depth of research and involving style. For the price you can get this for on Kindle or 2nd hand paperback you'll be making a worthwhile investment if you are moved and inspired by excellent works like this.
If you do read snd enjoy this book in a practising level, may I suggest to you the two very excellent books by Raymond Buckland entitled 1. Candleburning rituals and Advanced Candle Magic Similar in style and very well presented powerful practical spells and rituals and a lot more. Blessed be. ...more
5

Oct 19, 2018

Really adorable. Such a nice read to finish up on this chilly afternoon. Has a lot of great historic and cultural information on blessing, enchanting, and protecting homes. I had for example never thought of the hearth / fireplace as the centermost heart of the home until reading about the history of magic and hearths here. I can't wait to start making my home more magical!
4

Nov 13, 2017

I've read this book a long time ago and I loved it, this time around I listened to the audio book.

This book totally doesn't work as an audio book! One of the reasons why: the narrator had to read lists. Nothing makes me check out like someone reading a list in a deep voice.

I did however love the bits that weren't lists or spells :)
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Sep 20, 2019

I think this should have been a reference kind of book, but unfortunately it is written as if expected to read through. Lots of interesting things are told, but very little is said by way of explanation. My favorite part of the whole book is the chapter on the household altar.
5

Sep 07, 2018

This was just a cute little book about rituals and superstitions. It felt like the author also writes for the Too Cute show on Animal Planet. I recommend anyone curious about The Craft look into it for some light reading. Its just too cute. 😊 This was just a cute little book about rituals and superstitions. It felt like the author also writes for the “Too Cute” show on Animal Planet. I recommend anyone curious about The Craft look into it for some light reading. It’s just too cute. 😊 ...more
3

Apr 18, 2020

I was really hopeing for this to have more tales and superstitions on different cultures. It did have a few things interesting but the whole book as itself I wouldn't recommend to a reader .
3

Jan 03, 2019

Its not what I expected but it gives me an idea how to run a magical household however its not helpful nor in rich details. It’s not what I expected but it gives me an idea how to run a magical household however it’s not helpful nor in rich details. ...more
5

Mar 05, 2018

A very helpful book. I definitely get an empowering feeling when I read it and love incorporating the ideas and practices presented.
4

Nov 06, 2017

I love learning about old folklore and pagan rituals. This book was a fun read.
5

Jun 14, 2017

I owned the Spanish version and I've look at this book when I want to make changes. I loved it and its one on my coffee table.
3

May 28, 2019

There was a lot of good stuff in here, but it was mixed in with tons of random superstitions. The actual focused part of running a magickal household kind of got lost in amongst the rest.
5

Mar 22, 2017

I found this very informative and a good reference to go back to. I love this author and his books.

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