It seems to be a given that many (if not most) practitioners of the magickal arts and sciences regard the acquisition of material wealth as being an activity that is "beneath" them. It's as if material possessions and creature comforts will somehow sully their spirituality. Or at least distract them away from more spiritual pursuits. But all of us who have ever known want (which is just about everybody) will at least occasionally wistfully express a desire for the freedom from that 'want' that the 'root of all evil' can bring.
I'd venture to say that most participants would like to think of themselves as having loftier goals then mere material wealth. And it's pretty much true (I like to think of myself that way!) "Money spells" and the like are called LOW MAGICK workings and thought of with contempt. However, I've always had little respect for someone who claims to be an adept magician but can't afford to eat properly. These people have no appreciation for the advantages that an adequate income can contribute toward their spiritual projects.
Over the last six months, I've been working on some magickal theory and practice intended to bring wealth and it seems to be yielding results. I can't say it's made me "rich" (yet!), but it has taken me from joblessness and near-homelessness to a comfortable, if not ostentatious financial state. It began as a philosophical discussion with some fellow magicians about the nature of money and wealth which brought out some interesting ideas.
Wealth in ancient times was a matter of land; wealth was measured in acres. So it could be thought o f as being of the nature of Earth. Even when it became gold and other precious materials, it was still of the nature of Earth. Most "money spells" one could find operated from that point-of-view; wealth is "material", therefore "Earth", so the Earth element must be the basis of the magickal work. Just about anyone who composes ritual workings nowadays still proceeds from the same basic assumption without questioning it. So we questioned it. And came up with the idea that the nature of wealth has changed just as money itself has changed – from land to gold to paper to plastic to bits in a data stream.
Money is no longer of the nature of Earth, it is of the nature of Air.
Like Air it is ethereal; difficult to grasp and mostly unseen. Above all, it likes to "move". Money in motion replicates itself. Money hoarded slowly dies. Of what use is money that is never spent?
We also raided questions about exactly what "wealth" really is. It is more then mere cash on hand. Even having cash on hand is not an accurate indicator of "Wealth" (with a capital "W"). The all-too common stories of the lottery winners who end up broke again a year later are good examples of what happens to those who don't "believe" that they "deserve" to have money. They prove it – the money runs away from them! On the other hand, a stockbroker who works herself into a heart attack, mercilessly driving herself day after day for the dubious reward of drinking herself into a stupor on expensive booze, in front of a fabulous home entertainment center every night, can be said to have achieved the condition of anti-wealth. This is not Wealth!
True Wealth consciousness pays itself to have a good time. Misers are a miserable lot, regardless of how much cash is in the mattress. If you hoard money and not share it, it will curse you with anti-wealth.
Wealth is ultimately the control of resources. If you drive a company car (and take it home with you every night) the Wealth of that car is "yours", regardless of whose name is on the pink slip. My employers "gave" me a Mac Color Classic as a "company computer". I didn't "buy" it, but for all intents and purposes, it's "mine". It's Wealth is mine.
But most "spiritual" types have disdainful attitudes toward money that merely serves to drive money away from them. Money has attained the status of a spiritual entity; like all entities it has it's likes and dislikes. Respect it, value it, and provide it with a conduit by which it can "move" and it will flow toward you naturally. Treat it with antipathy and it will flee your presence. Invite it to come to you, believe yourself worthy of it's blessings and it will seek you out. Spend, share and reinvest it with relish and it will replicate endlessly. When money moves, it is having sex. Make love to money and it procreates.
So in practical terms, how can these realizations be used?
It's important to remember that in order for Money Magick to manifest results, it is necessary to provide that "conduit" for the money to flow to you. Giving a magickal 'push' to a business venture is far more likely to yield results then trying to divine lottery numbers. Even worse, if you don't provide money an easy access route to your life, your magickal working may end up getting disastrous results – i.e. you get a million dollars....from the lawsuit over the accident that left you crippled for life!
I'll share with you the first Money Magick working my partner and I came up with that yielded VERY rapid results – within a few days of the working I got a call out of the blue offering me a ridiculously high paying job.
Many old occult writings promote the technique of "sacrificing" a dollar bill as part of a money-attracting spell. We didn't like the idea – it was too related to the old "sacrificial" style of Earth-magick. (In the old days, lambs and/or wheat sheaves, the symbols of Earth-based wealth, were sacrificed to gain more of the same in the future.) However, the dollar bill itself has been etherically charged to the _max_ by the general population as a "talisman" for a hundred years. It's perfect for symbolic magick purposes.
Exploring the premises that like attracts like, and that money likes to move, we took a dollar bill and devised a tallimantic sigil for the "spirit of Money" and inscribed it on the bill. (I should mention that at the time, it was very nearly the last dollar we had to our name.) The bill was then magically charged (we used sexual magick techniques for the charging, again demonstrating the age-old link between sex/money/power
For the next several days, we used the bill to "pay each other for anything we did for each other"! He'd get up to answer the phone and I'd pay him. I'd get him a glass of water and he's pay me. We paid each other for sex. That dollar bill changed hands several times an hour. This little game had the curious effect of making each o f us feel more "worthy" of "getting paid". After a few days of this the phone call came through from an old connection in my profession who "thought of me out of the blue" when a job prospect came up that was perfect for me. The money sensed the frenzied motion and came running! Afterwards, we gave the dollar to a homeless person, combining the idea of "sacrifice" with the idea of "keep it circulating"!
Blessed Be and keep it flowing!
Suggested e-books:Nathan Elkana - The Master Grimoire Of Magickal Rites And Ceremonies
Kerri Connor - The Pocket Spell Creator Magickal References At Your Fingertips
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