Making magic Weaving together the everyday and the extraordinary

Briana Saussy

Book - 2019

Offers rituals and ceremonies for bringing magic into everyday life, using simple materials and techniques to call forth blessings and foster restoration.

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Published
Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
x, 209 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-208).
ISBN
9781683642480
1683642481
Main Author
Briana Saussy (author)
  • Introduction
  • Remember your magic
  • Memory and imagination
  • Finding the doors
  • Treasures and touchstones
  • Taking your time
  • Kith and kin
  • Knowing nature
  • Hearth and home
  • Call and response
  • Praying down hard
  • Waters and washing
  • Holding space
  • Smoke and fire
  • Weaving the worlds back together
  • Postlude.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Saussy (The Sacred Book of Hours), founder of Sacred Arts Academy in San Antonio, Tex., shares spiritual concepts and rituals in this clearly organized workbook of magical practices. Instead of presenting traditional or fixed occult systems, Saussy covers "rituals and ceremonies that are both meaningful to us and relevant to our immediate lives." Each chapter is organized by a "technique" or "material," such as time, body, gardening, cooking, lighting candles, and sacred bathing. Saussy considers the mundane and magical aspects of each, littering her commentaries with questions intended to spark contemplation. For instance, in the chapter on time, she asks: "Consider your relationship to time and the ways you naturally mark time... What timepieces or chronometers do you have in your life?" Each chapter includes ritual ideas and magic practices, including meditations, sleep schedules, mirror gazing, candle rituals, and instructions for creating an altar. The rituals are simple and all easily created, requiring only household goods. Saussy's advice is pragmatic, but her writing often strains for import: "Somewhere in the world right now people are building their altars, making offering, praying down hard." This informal trove of spiritual advice will appeal to any reader interested in working magic into everyday life. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers rituals and ceremonies for bringing magic into everyday life, using simple materials and techniques to call forth blessings and foster restoration.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things. "We all have a deep capacity to make magic . . . . . . and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes. This is not a matter of belief. You can discover your own capacity for magic in your own direct experience." —Briana Saussy When you think of magic, do you imagine something supernatural, extraordinary, or beyond your everyday reality? Many of us are drawn to magic because we think there’s something "out there" that can bring enchantment and wonder back into our lives. Yet there’s a secret to real magic: the extraordinary is much closer than you may think. With Making Magic, expert teacher Briana Saussy invites you to discover a practice of magic that will bring a new depth and power to each moment, act, and choice of your life. Through teaching stories, wisdom from a wide variety of world traditions, and no-nonsense practices you can easily weave into your daily routine, Briana will help you reconnect with the wild and creative force of magic that is always around and within you, waiting for you to remember. As you explore this path of transformation, you’ll discover resources of magic that permeate your life, including: • Doors and thresholds—ways we "cross between worlds" • Communication—creating magic with your voice, body, intentions, and relationships • Holy helpers—ancestors, angels, saints, and spirit beings who guide and support you • Water and washing—access the revitalizing energy of water when you drink or bathe • Textiles and threads—how to loosen, mend, or bind up supportive energies • Candles and fire—elemental power to bring light to darkness and burn away what no longer serves you • Kitchen magic—using food to nourish your whole self and reconnect you with nature • Talismans—infuse your beloved objects with sacred purpose and supportive power "Magic is the most real part of any ‘real life’—the spark illuminating the authentic core of every experience," writes Briana Saussy. If you are ready to enter a world that is ripe with possibility and rediscover the electric wildness of your life, here is an essential resource for Making Magic as only you can.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Magic is found at the roots of our experience. It belongs to everyone, and it is a part of everyone’s actual lineage,” writes Briana Saussy. In Making Magic, she introduces you to the art of practical magic, a way of directly engaging with the extraordinary in your everyday life. You’ll learn how to create practices, rituals, and ceremonies that use what is at hand—in your kitchen, yard, cupboard, and in your relationships with the people and world around you.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Re-enchant your life with this book of rituals, ceremonies, and practices for personal growth—anchored in the hidden power of everyday things. "We all have a deep capacity to make magic . . . . . . and to do it as easily as we breathe or open our eyes. This is not a matter of belief. You can discover your own capacity for magic in your own direct experience." —Briana Saussy When you think of magic, do you imagine something supernatural, extraordinary, or beyond your everyday reality? Many of us are drawn to magic because we think there’s something "out there" that can bring enchantment and wonder back into our lives. Yet there’s a secret to real magic: the extraordinary is much closer than you may think. With Making Magic, expert teacher Briana Saussy invites you to discover a practice of magic that will bring a new depth and power to each moment, act, and choice of your life. Through teaching stories, wisdom from a wide variety of world traditions, and no-nonsense practices you can easily weave into your daily routine, Briana will help you reconnect with the wild and creative force of magic that is always around and within you, waiting for you to remember. As you explore this path of transformation, you’ll discover resources of magic that permeate your life, including: • Doors and thresholds—ways we "cross between worlds" • Communication—creating magic with your voice, body, intentions, and relationships • Holy helpers—ancestors, angels, saints, and spirit beings who guide and support you • Water and washing—access the revitalizing energy of water when you drink or bathe • Textiles and threads—how to loosen, mend, or bind up supportive energies • Candles and fire—elemental power to bring light to darkness and burn away what no longer serves you • Kitchen magic—using food to nourish your whole self and reconnect you with nature • Talismans—infuse your beloved objects with sacred purpose and supportive power "Magic is the most real part of any ‘real life’—the spark illuminating the authentic core of every experience," writes Briana Saussy. If you are ready to enter a world that is ripe with possibility and rediscover the electric wildness of your life, here is an essential resource for Making Magic as only you can.