How to use ‘modern witch­craft’ to cre­ate a feel-good home

The Tribune (SLO) - - Real Estate Weekly - BY LYNN UN­DER­WOOD

Erica Feld­mann has a rem­edy for your chaotic, un­invit­ing and dys­func­tional home. Cast a magic spell.

“A spell is a prayer with props,” said the au­thor of “HausMag­ick: Trans­form Your Home With Witch­craft” (HarperOne, $25.99). “It’s a pos­i­tive in­ten­tion that you are com­mu­ni­cat­ing about some­thing you want to come true in your life.”

Her book in­cludes spells for ban­ish­ing stuff, man­i­fest­ing your de­sires and cre­at­ing bal­ance in your home.

Feld­mann is also the owner of HausWitch, an on­line re­tailer and shop in — where else? — Salem, Mas­sachusets.

Her modern witch­craft hand­book is a brew of heal­ing crys­tals, po­tions for home reme­dies, fem­i­nist spir­i­tu­al­ity, in­te­rior de­sign, tarot card read­ing and even psy­chic pet com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Q: Are you a witch?

A: Ab­so­lutely. I al­ways claim it as the acro­nym W.I.T.C.H., for “Woman in To­tal Con­trol of Her­self.” It has more to do with re­claim­ing this fig­ure that has been os­tra­cized and de­mo­nized. It has a lot of potential as a rad­i­cal fem­i­nist archetype that har­nesses en­ergy that we sorely need in this world. It’s about be­ing em­pow­ered and be­liev­ing that you can use in­ner strength to trans­form your life and cre­ate what you want. Q: How can we use modern witch­craft to make our home feel more homey?

A: I ex­plore themes of man­i­fes­ta­tion, clear­ing, comfort and pro­tec­tion.

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