Dump Day: The Magical Household—Spells & Rituals for the Household

I didn’t actually read the whole book. Read several chapters in full, including the Preface and Intro which were sadly the best parts I could find.

Cunningham and Harrington create a typical image of a magical person and the way they live. That’s not to say it’s wrong, but I wasn’t looking for stereotypical ideals or descriptions.

While written well, and helpful in some ways, I wouldn’t say that this a book of ‘Spells and Rituals.’ It’s a book of folk-lore, old wives tales, and other folk traditions that most of us have heard of in some form or another. There are, however, a few with chants/words to repeat to purify, protect, or garner something you may desire. There are lists of herbs and incense to be used for the aforementioned purposes and the section on cleaning house/bath were kind of interesting–mostly to see how they were viewed in ancient times and the various myths associated with them.

Overall, it was nothing special; nothing that can’t be found just as easily through a quick Google search if you have a specific purpose in mind (i.e. colors/stones/herbs/scents used for purification, etc). And Googling is cheaper and a lot faster than sifting through a book that doesn’t have the best organizational structure. But, should you choose to sift, the chapters are short as are paragraphs and excellent for skimming until you find what you’re looking…if you find what you’re looking for.

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