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Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home [Paperback]

Tess Whitehurst
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1 July 2010
Every inch and component of your home is filled with an invisible life force and unique magical energy. "Magical Housekeeping" teaches readers how to sense, change, channel, and direct these energies to create harmony in their homes, joy in their hearts, and success in all areas of their lives. In this engaging guide, energy consultant and teacher Tess Whitehurst shares her secrets for creating an energetically powerful and positive home. Written for those new to metaphysics as well as experienced magical practitioners, "Magical Housekeeping" will teach readers how to summon success, happiness, romance, abundance, and all the desires of the heart. And, by guiding them to make changes in both the seen and unseen worlds simultaneously, this dynamic and delightful book will help to activate and enhance readers' intuition and innate magical power.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1 edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738719854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738719856
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tess Whitehurst is an intuitive counsellor, energy worker, feng shui consultant, and speaker. She has appeared on the Bravo TV show Flipping Out and her writing has been featured in Llewellyn's Magical Almanac and New Witch magazine. Visit her online at www.tesswhitehurst.com.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You make my pants wanna get up and dance!" 8 Nov 2010
By R.G.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have an ever-growing library on witchcraft and life improvement. The difference between Magical Housekeeping and other similar books is that the author makes you want to get started right away! She does not only state the obvious and break it down, she gives reasons why immediate action is imperative. This is a book that removes all excuses. It is an easy-to-follow manual to fix a whole life and make improvements beyond that. Truly inspirational and extremely enjoyable. I very much doubt if this book will make it to my bookshelf any time soon. I want it there on the tabletop! Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different. 21 Jun 2013
By sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
I have accumulated quite a library on witchcraft and paganism over the last 16 or so years and I can say without any doubt the words in this book have stayed with me more than any other. It is a call to action book. It is fresh, unique and relevant. The advice is liberating and the magic is evident. Highly recommended to all.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Housecleaning 8 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Magical Housekeeping by Tess Whitehurst is a book that is a strong blend of mystical and housecleaning type of advice on creating a more organized environment in your home. I enjoy this book because Tess gives persuasive and fun reasons how organizing and doing different things in the arena of housecleaning around your home can be beneficial for other areas of your life as well. Her book can be used regardless of if you live in an apartment or house. The following is some of the enjoyable information contained in Tess's guide:

Clutter Clearing: She explains how physical clutter, emotional clutter, and certain areas of life are connected. She lists some of the types of clutter, and some creative ways to decide on whether or not to keep certain items. Tess also gives a great idea on a process that one can do to also forgive. I still allow myself to buy some of the things I want when it feels right and is appropriate. However,the reading of this chapter has helped make me more aware of only keeping what I am going to actually use, and when it is best to give away the high-quality excess items that someone else can use. I also am more alert to the most efficient ways of resourcefully making room for other items when I do further purchases. I must say that less than three days after first conducting the organization process an idea spontaneously came to me for a solution about something that was on my mind. Many may say that this is just coincidence, but I see it differently because of the circumstances surrounding the fruition of the solution that came less than three days after I first started the organization process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 27 Jan 2014
By lorna
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Fantastic read with excellent recipes and references. The quinticentual guide for any witch who needs to stripe it all back and get back to basics
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars some good tips, but not for everyone 25 Mar 2011
By Skylar - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up some good tips from this book. I needed to claim my house back from layers of clutter, and this helped me mobilize and get motivated to get it done. I needed a book to help me figure out how to clean in steps and keep it clean, and this book helped me put words to what I wanted to do in my home.

However, I got bogged down in the author's "Magical Floor Planning" and finding power areas in the home. A large part of this is based on feng shui like teachings, so if you like feng shui, it's the book for you. While the "Magical Floor Planning" part of the book wasn't very helpful to me, I could see how it could be good for other people.

Also some of the rituals seem impracticle to me (the petals of 40 white roses are used in one ritual, which I simply can't afford), but not all of them are that extreme or expensive. Even though it's a little harsh to say, I can't see myself using half the rituals in this book, but it got me started about rituals I could do.

If you are new to the magical path, I would recomend this book. It has a lot of Witchy 101 info, and most of us need some help combating clutter. If you're a seasoned witch (unless you need some starter tips on magically cleaning your home), I would recomend you look for another book or borrow this one from a friend or your local library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A holistic approach to de-cluttering 6 Aug 2010
By Happy GoGo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book a delight to read. Beyond the simple charms and practical tips that the title promises, this book also provides the reader with plenty of inspiration as well as permission to let go of all sorts of clutter. The author goes beyond just the physical manifestations of collected clutter and gets to the subtler/root layers behind the emotions and behaviors that keep one's body, home, and life stuffed with junk. She addresses what we might already know but have not been able to admit to ourselves. For example, that the temporary feeling of guilt we might have to face when letting go of a gift we received and didn't like is better than the feeling we endure day in and day out of having to see it in our environment and not enjoy it. The author draws from her own personal path and experiences which includes Feng Shui, magic, and raw food to inform the reader while simultaneously empowering her audience to reach for and seek out the tools and traditions that will inspire and resonate with them personally. After reading this book I gave myself permission to let go - the result has been more space to live each day more magically. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Fun, Engaging 28 Nov 2010
By Rebecca W - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is magic that is accessible for all. Tess takes complex ideas and makes them simple and doable for just about anyone. I've had the pleasure of seeing her speak in person at a small bookstore and we got to talk to her quite a bit. She's even lovelier in person and seems very sincere in her desire to help people by sharing her experience in this area. Along the way she also shares amusing personal anecdotes. I'd been wanting to read the book for awhile and seeing her made me actually pick it up and do it. I live in a situation with three other people in my house and not everyone is on board with this (YET!) but one of my roommates is. We can only do pockets of space, of course, since we share, but the rooms we've been able to do are wonderful. Tess says when you have roommates you can use the grid in your personal space and don't have to do it for the whole house, so we've done exactly that. We have cleared clutter and then cleared more. We swept, mopped, dusted, vacuumed and placed items back thoughtfully. We've had a lot of fun cleaning and clearing, weirdly enough and it has been the strange combination of fun mixed with hopeful sacredness in decorating - loving it! We even were able to take the one car garage and turn it into a workshop with art supplies, craft supplies, beads, fabric, and my sewing machine (easily accessible to me for the first time)and we are decorating it according to the grid...are calling it The Dream Factory. We plan on making vision boards on New Year's Day, and inviting our friends to take part (Of course you don't know me but trust me, having the space to do this as well as the interest and energy to entertain is magical in itself!) Tess gives us permission to get rid of all the stuff you've been hanging on to, more permission to care about yourself to the point where you know you deserve to have a beautiful space (Not that you have to spend a lot of money doing it either!) I have done my own bedroom according to the grid and for the first time in my forty one years I actually am completely satisfied with the way my bedroom looks. I feel more calm, peaceful and energized. I now get Tess's Good Energy Newsletter and apparently a new book is in the works...will absolutely get buy that one too!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not your Grandmother's Magic 21 Mar 2012
By A. Cosgriff - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll be honest, I was homing for something of much more traditional magic. Rather, this was more of the "hippie/flower child/mother earth" culture magic. Which I should have expected, since the author is one of those hardcore raw vegans.

Some of the rituals are interesting and useable, but for the most part the rituals include ingredients that a) are not household items, b) are extremely hard to find outside of specialty stores, and c) are decently expensive. On top of that, most of her advice is only followable if you have money to throw around and buy new things every time there's a negative emotion tied to an item. The rituals that are useable, she passes over pretty quickly in the book to move onto the more outlandish rituals and the like.

While she does have some good advice here and there, this book is much more focused on specific connections with mother earth then with just spiritual and magical housekeeping. If you are not focused in her area of magic, it is not very helpful or relevant to you.

Hopefully I can find a book that's more traditional soon.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 30 May 2010
By katie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
From the begining I began making my home so much more comfortable for myself and family. I am now rereading it all for more ideas to make my home truely a magical place inside and out.
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