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The Magical Household
The Magical Household
Spells & Rituals for the Home

By: Scott Cunningham, David Harrington
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780875421247
English  |  208 pages | 5 x 8 IN
5 1/4"x8", illus
Pub Date: September 2002
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Everyone lives somewhere. You may live in a house, condominium, apartment, dorm, or duplex. That's why you need The Magical Household by Scott Cunningham and David Harrington. It examines every aspect of a home in order to empower where you live with love, protection, health, and happiness.

The book looks at your household from three perspectives: protecting, blessing, and finding magic. If you have land outside your home, it is revealed here that you can begin to ensure a loving household by planting gardenia, primrose, spearmint, tomato, pansy, jasmine, and catnip. Many other plants are listed to bring you a variety of good things.

Next is the front door. You will discover that hanging a gourd on both sides of the outside of a door will ward off unwanted negativity, as will a piece of bamboo or a wreath of leaves and thorns placed over it. Five shiny pennies placed beneath the porch will bring money and love. There is much more, too.

Once past the door you will find folklore and magical techniques for protection and magic in every room: kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc. Furnishings are covered, also. For example, the shape of an area rug can be of great importance. Round rugs are symbolic of spirituality and peace so they should be used in quiet rooms. Square or rectangular rugs represent the material world, intellect, and technology so they are good for offices, libraries, and so forth. Oval rugs, work well everywhere. You will find out about the secret "trap door" that many handloomed rugs have and why they are there. You'll also find out about clocks, tables, and mirrors, plus the magical qualities of candles, lamps, and woods used in furniture.

Scott and David also discuss pets and animals in and around the home. You'll find out all sorts of magical legends and techniques that can work for you with all kinds of pets, from bats (!) to monkeys and from owls to spiders. Some of those will stay outside, so of course you have to include the garage in any study like this. Included are magical workings with your car such as how to bless and guard it.

This book also has the legends and magical techniques associated with cleaning your home; moving to a new home; purifying and protecting your entire house; using a household altar; and celebrating the seasonal holidays. The authors provide formulas for purification, protection, and health incenses.

One of the most enjoyable parts of this book is the section on household omens and portents. If you knock a chair over when rising from the table, it is a sign that you lied while seated there. If apples burst while baking in the oven, good news is on the way.

Famous author Ray Buckland writes of this book that "a more complete covering of 'a magical household' would be hard to imagine." And that says it all. No matter where you live, this book should be with you.



I have always been fascinated with the concept of magic. Fairy tales and science fiction have always filled my bookshelves, and I have favored stories that emphasize characters that have ordinary lives, but have extra-ordinary abilities. As a child, I would read and re-read these tales, convinced that there was something more, something hidden... read this article
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