This book has been recommended by authors like Denise Linn (Sacred Space) and called delightful and whimsical by reviewers. Well, ‘whimsical’ is right. In the same way some of the more two-dimensional Disney princesses for whimsical. You know, entirely lacking substance.
From the very beginning, Tess Whitehurst’s book of ‘practical tips for creating a harmonious home’ is full of cultural appropriation; disrespectful treatment of spirits, deity, and fae alike; incorrect information; and potential disastrous advice. She repeatedly steals from multiple cultures (which she never cites or credits for the information), lifts practices from Hinduism, and even recommends calling on Trickster spirits/gods to fill your house with whimsy—which is a horrible idea. She list both angels and fae and all good, all helpful creatures and includes a devastatingly poorly worded ritual to invite them (any of them) into your home.
The supplies needed for her spells are all extremely expensive—which should come as no surprise, since she began complaining about her first Hollywood apartment in the first chapter—and her reasons for including them are never explained (so it’s more difficult for newcomers to find suitable substitutes). Furthermore, she includes only one method for cleansing crystals and stones and fails to mention at water and sunlight (her method) can ruin certain stones, and advises the use of abrasive and poisonous oils for household cleaning.
The only redeeming fact about this book as that she used to word animal allies in place of ‘totems’—a known problem in terms of appropriation. I can only hope this shows that Tess Whitehurst is in the process of unlearning her appropriated practices, but I won’t hold my breath.
In a perfect world, a witch’s peers would edit and review books about witchcraft before they hit the shelves. Tess Whitehurst’s mess of a book is unfortunate proof that this isn’t the case.
This pathetic book gets half a star and a good toss across the room.