Mrs. B.’s Guide to Household Witchery, my very first book, is coming out in just a little over two weeks! I am both excited and slightly horrified. It’s been over a year since I first started writing the book, trying to make the transition from “mom blogger” to “book writer” – something much harder to do that I expected. It’s one thing to throw up a blog post now and again on your own schedule, it’s another to get a set bunch of information turned in on a deadline. I have a whole new appreciation for my favorite authors and all the publishing people who worked behind the scenes.
Right now I’m in publicity mode. Getting invites for book signings, invites to guest blog on other folks blogs, and an invitation to do something extremely exciting next summer (more on that later, but you’ll hear about it soon!). So life is a bit busy right now, but in a pretty cool way.
Today I thought I’d share a blurb from the book. I hope you all enjoy it! The following is from the “Kitchen” section of the chapter, Making the Mundane Magical Room by Room. I hope you enjoy it!
Everyone has that one drawer for everything in the world that has no other place to be. Go through it to find odds and ends to create your own personal divination set. In a small bag or box, collect items that represent different concepts for you. As you add each item to the box, tell it what it represents. For example, if you’re adding a cork to represent celebrations, say something like, “I name you celebration. You represent a future party or get-together with family and friends.” Write your meanings down in a notebook. When you start practicing reading with your set, write down your results in the same notebook to refer back to later. To do a reading, add something to the box to represent yourself or the person you are reading for, such as a button or a small character figure from an old game. Ask a question, then tilt the bag over and spill the contents out onto a flat surface. The closer an item falls to the item signifying the person, the more important the item is. Alternately, just draw one item from the bag to answer the question. Here are a few things found in my divination bag and what they represent to me.
- Cork: Cheerfulness or a festive get-together.
- Ring: Represents a commitment to someone or something.
- Coin: Coming prosperity or good luck when heads up, a loss when heads down.
- Matchstick: A good omen. If any unlucky objects are near it, it voids them.
- Key: A new beginning or the opening or unlocking of something.
- Tor car (or small toy train): When close to the item that represents the person you are reading for, it represents an accident. When farther away, it represents travel or a long journey.
Objects can represent whatever you want them to; just assign each one a meaning and be consistent in using that meaning for it.
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