What Is the Hausmagick book and what can you learn from it? Lora O’Brien reviews…
Book Title: ‘HausMagick: Transform Your Home, Create Your Sanctuary’
Author: Erica Feldmann | Publisher: Ebury Press, Penguin UK (2019)
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[Reviewers Note: On Amazon, there seems to be some confusion over the title and publisher between the different formats available, so you may see this listed with the subtitles “Transform Your Home with Witchcraft”, “Transform Your Home, Create Your Sanctuary” or “Transform Your Space with Witchcraft”.]
Hausmagick is a pretty book that explores the concept of connecting to and using magick in your daily life. With this guide, you can diversify your spiritual knowledge and learn how to channel your energy and find balance in your life.
Hausmagick is a light guide to understanding the deeper magical meanings behind everyday occurrences. It focuses on how to use magic for practical application in your home and daily life.
This book provides instruction on how to access and employ the power of everyday magic in order to improve your life, including topics such as astrology, spell work, crystal work, meditation and other holistic practices.
This is a visually stunning book, as one might expect from an author who is the “founder of HausWitch, the popular Salem, Massachusetts, store and online lifestyle brand.” It would seem that she runs a home decor store there, and one might be forgiven for thinking the book is merely a clever marketing ploy for the shop, if one were of a cynical frame of mind.
I did love the visuals though, I must admit, and it was a lovely book to dip in and out of as I went through it. The premise is that it will help you “harness the power of magic to create a beautiful, healing living space”, and if that’s what you’re looking for, this may well be the book for you.
It definitely does all of this, but a few points should be noted here.
The cultural appropriation is real, with the typical spiritual white woman habit of taking a pinch of this and dash of that very much in evidence. In complete fairness, there is a nod made to this with “A Note on Smudging” in Chapter Two, but it doesn’t really cancel out the attitude of simply taking whatever appeals to you, which is prevalent through the rest of the book.
That’s no different than any other ‘Witchcraft 101’ type book on the market though, and this does give the reader a good enough general overview of what’s being done, with what tools, as well as some of the basic principles of magical practice which are pretty universal across various cultures.
Within these pages, you will get a taste of earth magic, meditation, herbalism, self-awareness, tarot, astrology, and feminist spirituality. And, of course, a lot on interior decoration with the intention of creating a sacred space.
Even if you’ve been around the block with magical practice for a few years already, the living space perspective puts a slightly different, and refreshing, slant on things. And for beginners it’ll be a gift, and a good way to see if they want to take a spiritual/magical practice any further.
As we step out of a long and difficult winter, when all is said and done an extra bit of care and attention in our living spaces will do none of us any harm. Overall, this book will deliver what it promises – “a simple and striking modern handbook for using witchcraft to bring divine wellbeing into every dwelling.”
If that appeals to you, then pick it up!