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Cottage Witchery: Natural Magick for Hearth and Home

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  1,008 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Ellen Dugan, the author of "Garden Witchery, " is the ideal guide to show us how to bring the beauty of nature and its magickal energies indoors. Using common household and outdoor items-such as herbs, spices, dried flowers, plants, stones, and candles-she offers a down-to-earth approach to creating an enchanted home.
From specialized spells and charms to kitchen conjuring
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 8th 2012 by Llewellyn Publications (first published March 1st 2005)
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Aug 12, 2008 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am an advanced practitioner and even I enjoyed this book. It proves that no matter how advanced you are, there is really no need to over complicate manners. This book is full of little nuances, tid bits of info, and the authors personal experiences that the advanced witch can learn from, and a new witch will find invaluable.

For the beginner and intermediate witch this is a must have manual for the magickal home.

For the advanced witch this is a guidebook worth having as a reference in ones lib
I find Ellen Dugan's writing to be straightforward and down-to-earth, both good qualities in someone who writes about garden and cottage magic. Dugan talks about how her own spiritual practices come from a place of deep groundedness and joy, with a side helping of humor thrown in for flavor. Beyond the style of her writing, I find her sample rituals to be practical, if not entirely in my style - I don't speak so much when I do ritual - and she advocates rhyme as a spell-casting tool. Still, I am ...more
G Leigh
Mar 10, 2015 G Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folk lore aficionados
Recommended to G by: book store owner
I like this book I really do.
But...I have to qualify that statement.

This book is not a guidelines for practicing Wicca. It is not an authoritative voice on practicing kitchen witchery or hearth magic.

That said - This is a good book, if you look at it from a folk lore point of view. Many of the practices he lists are things I remember from my childhood, growing up in the Applachians. My family has strong Germanic and Scotch-Irish roots and followed many superstitions and folk traditions from t
Aug 24, 2011 Penelope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pagan-books
I love Ellen Dugan as an author and this book doesn not disappoint. This is a perfect introduction for those interested in Hearth Witchery. I especially loved the sections on Feng Shui and bringing the elements into the home. A very fun read, too.
Jun 30, 2008 Corina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: witches, kitchen witches, cottage witches
I quite enjoyed this book. Very informative, good clear instructions and the author doesn't try to pump herself up to "superwitch" status. A down to earth book, for witches interested in cottage witchery.
Conor Warren
Mar 08, 2014 Conor Warren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book was riddled with inaccuracies, unsubstantiated statements, and unclear sources for associations. Ms.Dugan rarely mentions precisely where she got the particular association from and it hurts her credibility. Look no further than her section about roses and rose associations for evidence of this. Not to mention that she says Hekate is a "Crone" goddess, which couldn't be further from the mythological nature of the goddess! Last time I checked a lithe maiden was not an old woman.

I was re
Apr 30, 2009 William rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much devoid of any usable content.

Disappointing that the author could not do more than this with interesting subjects.
I wanted to like this book but I found it was very similar in information to her other books.
M. Jane Colette
I think if you are into natural magic, you will love this book -- if you are a sceptic you shouldn't pick it up in the first place -- if you are me... you've enjoyed leafing through it...
Mar 17, 2014 Astrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Liked it, some good suggestions to make your home homey feeling. But like the other books, there are lots of spells and incantations and what have you, that are only relevant for practitioners. Still, the author has a way of writing that is very personable, agreeable and makes her and her family sound like you'd like to be their neighbor.
Sep 19, 2014 Lillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite liked this book. It was very helpful and informative. I feel like I learned a lot.
Athena Macmillan
May 14, 2016 Athena Macmillan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written, much better than I expected it to be. Inspiring and creative.
Not as good as I'd hoped from hearing her speak. Others of her books are better.
Nora Peevy
Dec 21, 2011 Nora Peevy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Cottage Witchery by Ellen Dugan is a nonfiction book about hedgewitchery, which I recently learned is a term for a witch who uses herbs and plants. They're a green witch. This "how-to" book is entertaining, informative, and not at all stuffy. I hate formal Wiccan books that make me snore. Ellen has personality and she's a no-nonsense witch who loves to share her knowledge in an easy to read format. I recommend this book for anyone as an introduction to hedgewitchery.
Feb 25, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conversational voice is usually better than clinical, but she gets a little... lame sometimes. A few eye-rolls here and there. I appreciated that she didn't feel the need to take us through the "history" of witchcraft, but instead just launches into the book. Lots of great crafty ideas in here for the home.
Tasha Thibodeau
Aug 20, 2016 Tasha Thibodeau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a Cancer, I am a bit of a homebody anyways so its natural that I LOVE anything to do with a magickal household. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and fun read. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for ways to add a little magick into their home.
Aug 12, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in nature magick
This book teaches you how to bring the light, energy and beauty of nature and all things natural back into your life and most importantly your home. If you believe in the energy of those things around us you will definitely love this book.
Gina R
Feb 03, 2008 Gina R rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Considering all the other books I have read, this one is SUPER basic. You can pretty much figure out all the stuff in this book on your own. the advice given is for people who are not very technical in their practice.
Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)
Lots of amazing ideas for the household.

I can't wait to utilize many of these ideas when the season comes around. This goes season by season so you can have new ideas all year round.

Highly recommend.
Connie Easlick
This is pretty cool! It has some spells to cast, but mostly story form for how you can keep your home in tune with you through use of handy herbs, spices and things already in your home.
Apr 26, 2014 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, pagan
Quite US-centric and I'm never going to plant any of the plants she mentions, but some really good ideas, encourages you to write your own spells.
May 25, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I liked this book. I liked it's simplicity. I did occasionally find it a little too simple but, I much prefer less ritual than more.
May 03, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
A look at simple witchcraft. This book covers herb cunning, foraging for herbs, gardening, and herbal magicks.
Jun 13, 2012 Leannear24 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicca
i loved this book it was full of interesting ideas, spells and even some funny stories
i would recomend this book
Jul 25, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book to reference... whether you're a witch or Wiccan or not!
Jun 10, 2013 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Fun, practical, approachable look at Magic."
Kim Cash
Jul 09, 2013 Kim Cash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sensible, easy magic for everyday living.
Jan 02, 2010 Patti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
love the developed ideas that I have just sensed
A must have for witchy nesters. :)
Aug 10, 2011 Gaynol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great general plant and herb book.
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Ellen Dugan, is the award winning author known as the "Garden Witch". A psychic-clairvoyant, she has been a practicing Witch for over twenty-seven years. She is a Master Gardener, and teaches classes locally and online on Witchery, psychic development, and Magick. She is the author of the 16 non fiction books published by Llewellyn Worldwide. Legacy Of Magick is her first novel.

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