Welcome today’s guest, Kris Bradley, author of Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes
Kris, which genre are you drawn to as a reader?
I enjoy reading paranormal mysteries, such as the Bishop series by Kay Hooper and urban fantasies, such as the Downside series by Stacia Kane.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a book that joins the folklore of food, food magic, and cooking.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird. He’s not an obvious hero, lurking in the shadows. He’s damaged and a bit broken, but leaves his comfort zone to do the right thing.
Fill us in on your journey to getting your fist book published.
I’d been writing my blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom for several years. I was lucky enough to have the publisher approach and ask me if I’d ever consider writing a book based on the information I share online. It was an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.
Have you ever suffered from “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
During the writing of the book, there were several times my brain wouldn’t cooperate with my fingers. Thankfully, I have a friend named Marcella that makes the most amazing spell candles to combat writer’s block. I’d light one up and my block would just seem to melt away!
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I’m very part-time. My writing time comes in snatches between car pools, dog walking, cooking dinner and helping with homework.
Do you write under a pen-name?
Though I have been “Mrs.B.” on my blog for some time, I used both that and my full name for this book.
Right now I’m reading “The Last Victim” by Karen Robards.
Fave Quote? “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Allbert Einstein
Fave food? Anything Mexican
Fave candy bar? Chunky
Fave flower? Sunflowers
Fave gemstone? Amethyst
Fave day of the week? Sunday
Fave time of day to write? Afternoon
Fave season? Summer
Fave holiday? Samhain
Fave color? Silver
Fave animal? Cats
Fave hobby? Cooking
Fave song? Anything by The Cure
Fave TV show? Sons of Anarchy
Fave movie? The Breakfast Club
Fave author? Jason Pitzl-Waters
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Cake or pie? Cake
Plot or not? Plot
Plane or Train? Train
Run or walk? Walk
Indoors or outdoors? Outdoors
Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes
By Kris Bradley
Cover Artist: Jim Warner
For domestic goddesses everywhere—add some magic and fun to those mundane household chores with Mrs. B.’s Guide to Household Witchery. Whether you’re sweeping the floor, making a meal, or cleaning out that junk drawer, domestic witch Kris Bradley, creator of the popular blog, Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, will show you how to create spells and magic to bring happiness and balance into your home.
Bradley offers ideas and solutions to make the most out of everyday items, activities, and obligations. From Anchovies to Broccoli, and Wine to Yeast, from sweeping the floor to blow-drying your hair, you can change your outlook on life with a pinch of knowledge and a dash of magic! The book includes simple rituals, spells, and ways to connect with the spirits that watch over your home and family. Includes an appendix of herbs and a complete materia magica from the kitchen pantry.
Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery features:
- Room by Room: How to create magic while you cook, set up a family altar in the living room, or do a junk drawer divination
- The Elements for the Domestic Witch: a primer on the 4 elements and how to balance them in your home
- The Domestic Witch’s Herbal: Magical uses for every herb and food in your pantry, as well as instant magic with prepackaged spice mixes
- Simple Sabbats for the Busy Witch: simple ways to celebrate the passing of the seasons
- Magical Recipes: More than 100 recipes and spells
When I started on my path as a Pagan, I read book after book after book. With no Internet and no idea where to even think of finding another Pagan or group to learn with, putting information together for myself was the only thing I had back then. I was strongly drawn to anything based on the domestic part of magic and deity: gods and goddesses of the hearth, kitchen witchery, recipes of all sorts.
Over the years, I worked out a system that allowed me to include magic in my everyday life as a wife and stay-at-home mom. With three kids, a houseful of pets, and not a lot of money, these methods had to include things that were already in my home and that could be done in a short amount of time. I came to consider this collection of methods “domestic witchery,” and I eventually started a blog called Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, where I shared my ideas and thoughts on the subject.
This book contains the basics of it all, though I do not consider it a “101” book. While I hope it will help point the way to beginners who are interested in taking a domestic path, it’s based on the idea that readers have a general knowledge of magical practice and Pagan religious traditions already. This book won’t teach you how to be a Pagan, but it will hopefully lead you to some ideas on creating a house filled with magic and give you a broader view of what it means to be domestic. And though it mentions the holidays that I personally take part in, I believe that many of the ideas in this book can be incorporated into any spiritual practice. I hope you enjoy!
What Is a Domestic Witch?
Domestic witchery is a magical practice based on bringing magic and deity into the mundane of everyday domestic life. It’s the realization that even the simplest household chores can be transformed to influence the energies in our home and lives; every chore can honor our families, deity, and ourselves.
Does that mean working like a slave to carry out the every whim of our families? Or turning into the stereotypical 1950s housewife with a pristine house, dishpan hands, and a smile plastered on her face (not to mention a flask tucked into her apron)? Not at all. Many domestic witches do set their sights on being similar to that fifties mom in the sense of being available to their children, taking pride in their home, and cooking family meals. They are attempting to restore things that have started to get put on the back burner in this busy, often chaotic world. However, being a domestic witch is still about being a modern witch who works as an equal to their partner and with their chosen deity to make a warm, welcoming environment in their home. For those who choose to be parents, it’s also about bringing up healthy, happy children who are self-sufficient, self-assured, and who have a well-rounded spiritual upbringing.
Can a man be a domestic witch? Sure! Any man who wants to create a home that is a haven can work with magic to create the place he craves. Whether single or in a partnership, there is no reason why today’s modern male can’t take on the role of creating a magical household. Male domestic witches take pride in their homes, their land, their families. Domestic witchery is all about a love of caring for their hearth, home, family, and the deities who oversee them—not about gender!
In this book we’ll explore deities that traditionally watch over the home, find out ways to use your ceiling fan as a tool of the element of Air, learn to mix up a prosperity oil straight from your kitchen cabinet, and much more!
About the Author:
Kris Bradley is the magic behind the popular blog Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom (2500 readers). She helped establish The Sisterhood of the Triple Goddess coven in Keyport, NJ and is a legally ordained minister, in addition to being a witchy wife and mother. Her work on domestic witchery has been featured in PaganParenting.org and as a national column for Examiner.com. She lives in Keyport, NJ.