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House Magic: The Good Witch's Guide to Bringing Grace to Your Space Hardcover – May 9, 2001

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The idea behind House Magic is simple: "To help you create a beautiful and loving home that the whole family can enjoy and to which you can invite company without having to explain yourself!" writes author Ariana. Talk about practical magic. This good witch's down-to-earth guide tackles the bane of housekeeping in the opening pages, with an entire chapter devoted to eliminating clutter--wardrobe excess, piles of papers, that glut of children's toys, and even those dust-catching knickknacks. Some of her advice is predictably New Agey, such as clear "air clutter" with a sage stick. Other times, she offers common sense: "Deal with mail as soon as possible." And sometimes, she's superstitious: "It is good advice to keep the toilet lid down at all times, so you won't flush away your good fortune." Most of the time, though, Ariana offers a compelling blend of witch wisdom, pagan feng shui, and astrology, including advice on color schemes, furniture placement, and how to fill your home with "auspicious" symbols and objects (such as citrine clusters, coins, and fish). For the Wiccan inclined, this makes an excellent housewarming gift, packed with playful yet surprisingly useful homemaking advice. --Gail Hudson

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Each of these books takes a slightly different approach to holistic interior design. Chiazzari (The Healing Home) focuses on the five elements fire, water, wood, metal, and earth and their representations in domestic interiors: fire equals lighting, for example, while earth equals ceramic tiles. She explains how to balance these elements to create a tranquil home. In a casual, chatty style, Ariana "demonstrates...how to activate positive energy flow into your home, and therefore, into your life" by using feng shui, candles, gemstones, smudging, and rituals to create a harmonious environment. Purchase where there is a continued interest.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Paper Over Board edition (May 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573245682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573245685
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Having just spent the past 6 months remodeling our old house, I was really happy that this book came into my life. I was just about to put everything into place when the book arrived. I read it from cover to cover -- twice -- and became truly inspired to make my house a happy place, a haven, and a home.
Forget about the witch thing if that makes you wary...what Ariana does is give you down-to-earth advice on how to create a warm, inviting, soothing environment in which to live, laugh and love.
I've used some of Ariana's methods and altered some to fit my own style...and my home is better for it.
I especially loved the chapter on Feng Shui, as other books I've read were a bit complicated and detailed for my east Texas tastes.
Enjoy!
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House Magic: The Good Witch's Guide to Bringing Grace to Your Space is one of those indispensable little books that includes a wealth of wisdom. Author Ariana says that "there is such a diversity of information available from different sources and traditions that I thought an eclectic collection of ideas would help readers take control of their lives by getting their houses in order."
Although the focus is on living space, getting a house in order also puts a life in good order. Ariana includes lots of suggestions, but emphasizes that what's important is developing awareness of who you are and learning to follow your own intuition in eliminating all forms of clutter from your life.
She describes how to use techniques such as astrology, feng shui, plants, crystals, candles, and incense to create a harmonious environment full of positive energy. Each chapter ends with a section called "Bringing It All Together," which outlines the highlights of that chapter for quick reference.
Ariana reminds people that the first step is to know what they want. That puts them on the road to achieving it. Then they can use whatever seems right for bringing in the positive energy needed for turning dreams into reality.

"House Magic shows readers how to design their homes to fulfill personal needs and master the ability to display their own uniqueness using their homes as a medium." Anyone desiring to create that "perfect space" will discover that Ariana has provided an essential reference for choosing the best way to produce a "vibrant castle of creativity and warmth."
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The author covers many different systems for making a house "work" physically and spiritually, but not in any real depth. The book's focus is extremely broad. Despite the reference in the title, the witchcraft angle is downplayed quite a bit, as there are numerous Christian references. I'm sure this gives the book wider sales appeal, but at the expense of providing a detailed treatment on any topic. It would make a cute housewarming gift, maybe, but buy books which specifically cover Feng Shui, herb lore, candle magick, etc if you want in-depth information. Cunningham's "The Magical Household" is a better bet if you're looking for general information on how to make your house a magickal home.
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More than a spellbook, or guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, this book is specifically designed to help everyone make their living areas into sacred spaces. Ariana puts forth her ideas and suggestions in a casual, friendly tone, and makes the reader feel as thought they are getting advice from a good friend. On the magical side, the book is a handy reference that explores the meanings of color, fragrance, and object placement, and also includes suggestions on how to use your astrological sign to guide your decorating scheme, as well as how to enhance your personal health and well being through the use of gems, crystals, and the art of Feng Shui. This is a fun, creative book for anyone wishing to create a more peaceful home environment.
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This book is good, although I'd like to caution those intermediates, like myself, that is is a beginner's journal, covering the basics of a number of subjects. I was tempted to give it 3 stars, although, not due to writing or info, but, I felt mislead that it was more advanced than it is. I found very little info in this book, that I didn't already know from the several classes I've taken, and the handful of books I've read on any number of those subjects mentioned in this small book.
The info is concise, however, is more for those who know nothing at all about rudimentary space clearing, Feng Shui, astrology, crystals, or candles and colors. If you've taken even a few classes, or perused a few books, in any of the above subjects, then you've already got the info provided in this book, and should skip it for a better, expanded book on the particular subject you'd like to explore or study. This is definitely not a book for expounding on what you already know and to take you to the next level. It simply provides the first, basic step only. It is good, but that first level is all you get.
Should you not know in which direction to begin, or not know much about most of the above subjects, then this book provides a simple "overview", and it would be for you.
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Ariana's House Magic tells how to change your environment and transform your life. Plenty of books focus on particular paths for doing so - feng shui, et.al. - this brings them all together under one cover, providing the unified approach so necessary for a easy integration of spirituality and home design.
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