By T. Galdinarde.
Gaining wealth through magic is not as simple as casting a series of money spells and hoping for the best. It is a long-term endeavour that requires a great deal of self-examination, before constructing a mechanism through which money can manifest. Wealth magic involves an understanding of money and an intuitive knowledge of how to engage with it. A great way for a magician to do this, is to personify money as a “daemon” in an attempt to create a dialogue with it.
Of course you could just cast spells to gain money on the fly when caught in a tight situation, and you may even have good results, but in any form of sorcery it is best to put the groundwork in to ensure that you have the highest probability of success.
One thing I’ve learnt while working through Dave Lee’s course ‘Wealth and Money Magic’, is that being wealthy is not simply a matter of having a lot of money in the bank. A poor person could miraculously gain money, and blow it all through their lack of knowledge of how money works, or their belief that they simply do not deserve to have money. Wealth is a state of mind, while money is the state of your bank account.
Since coins and notes are a representation of money itself, they are the ideal magical link to money, making it essential in working magic with money. In America, the “lucky dime” has a long tradition, although the use of lucky coins to attract financial success can be found in many cultures dating back to the medieval era. One European tradition is to file an ‘X’ into a silver coin to personalize it, making it a lucky token of some kind. Coins, notes and cheques all have potential for magical work.
If money itself is regarded as a kind of daemon, it can be worked with to establish a greater connection. My own attempts to do this have not been that extensive at the moment, but the results have been interesting enough for me to pursue this line further. I started in a simple way, by meditating on coins, pondering their symbolism, and meditating on wealth and money in general while holding a coin.
On the first day that I attempted this, I left for work only to find a pile of coins on a wall that I walk past daily. They were not coppers either; pound coins and fifty pence pieces. If I was a tramp or a destitute thief, that would have been a lucky find. I didn’t nick them however, because I would have just spent them on rubbish in the vending machines at the workplace. Instead, I regarded it as an encouraging sign that I was actually getting somewhere with this kind of magic.
Another time, I took a £2 coin into a shop to buy a paper and some envelopes. In the shop I looked at the coin, turning it around in my fingers and briefly pondering the circulation of money and wealth. This was during the stage in Dave Lee’s course where we discussed investment, and the idea that “money makes better money than work makes money”. That morning I had spent some time with that £2 coin, thinking about how I could turn £1 into £10, £10 into £100, and so on. In the shop, my purchase amounted to £1.97, so I handed over my coin, expecting to receive 3p change. The till assistant gave me 30p instead. While 30p is nothing to shout about, 3p had somehow turned into 30p. I regarded this as another sign from the Universe that I was doing something right.
The more I focused on ways to enhance my wealth through magic, the more inspirational material started to come my way. While browsing a local bookshop, I found a copy of “Wealth & Abundance in 8 Simple Steps”, by the hypnotherapist Glenn Harrold. According to Harrold, the first step in achieving wealth is to cut back on excess, live within your means, remove clutter from your home and overcome any obsession you have with non-essential material possessions. This is basic stuff, but if you want to achieve wealth, then it would be very difficult with debts and poor financial planning. Some people are even able to make money through cutting back on pointless luxury items that don’t really satisfy them, and saving hundreds of pounds a year.
The second step in Harrold’s book involves overcoming negative ideas one might have around the issue of money. This is where wealth psychology comes in, and it is a good idea to root out any of the demons that lurk in your dark corners of your mind before attempting to do something that would increase your wealth. A good example of negative conditioning surrounding the issue of money is the way many poor people despise and ridicule the rich, simply because they are wealthier.
There are plenty of ways in which a magician can attempt to change their own personal beliefs. Negative conditioning seems to revolve around firmly held beliefs of not “deserving” to be rich, or of being a poor person who is not very good with money and content to carry on that way. A chaos magician might personify these limiting beliefs by naming them, and confining them to an image of some kind. It would not be advisable to banish them, but you could negotiate a kind of pact with them. All personal demons have a positive intention that is supposed to benefit you somehow, although it doesn’t always work out that way.
Another way of working through a limited self-image is to work with a deity who is associated with wealth for a while, and even invoking them if it seems appropriate. Two popular Gods among chaos magicians seem to be the Hindu God Ganesha, and the Roman God Jupiter. Although I cannot speak for Jupiter, I found that performing devotional ritual to Ganesha for some months resulted in liberating myself from counter-productive ideas that I was holding onto out of some egotistical obsession.
The third step in Harrold’s book involved creating a list of a clear set of goals towards creating greater wealth, as well as a series of affirmations that bolster a positive self-image as a wealthier person.
I decided to supplement this practice by creating a “wealth scrapbook”. I was inspired by a documentary on BBC2 about a married couple who attempted to pay off their mortgage in two years. They were advised by an NLP consultant, who told them to place motivating images around the house. These images were of things they were going to do with their money once they had paid off their mortgage. The couple cut out pictures from magazines of the sports car they were going to buy, and the exotic holiday they were going to go on.
I also cut out images from magazines of things I would like to see more of in my life if I were wealthier, but I did not fancy pasting them on my walls. So I compiled them into a scrapbook, which I would look at twice daily. On the inside cover I wrote out my goals and affirmations, so that I could repeat them to myself as looked at the images. I hoped that this would not just motivate me to work towards them, but they would strengthen the more positive beliefs that I was trying to develop.
Months later, I found myself reading a book by Paul McKenna, the famous hypnotist who is rumoured to be worth over £10 million, only to find that he had done the exact same thing when he was poor; he had created a wealth scrapbook. The book was “Change your Life in Seven Days”, and thinking I was onto something, I bought it immediately.
McKenna’s book has a chapter devoted to “Creating Money”, and one of the ideas he puts forward involves extensive use of creative visualisation. This does not just mean sitting down, closing your eyes and seeing an image of yourself in a big house with a Mercedes parked outside (although that could certainly help if pursued for long enough). It involves creating tangible, sensory experiences of wealth to stimulate your deep mind. One of the interesting things McKenna did, was to cut up an old bank statement and paste it back together so that his final balance looked as though he had thousands more pounds in credit than he actually had. He claims that as soon as he did this, he burst out laughing, making me wonder if he is familiar with the concept of “banish with laughter”.
McKenna also writes about writing out cheques and paying-in slips for vast amounts of money, just to see what it would be like to be that rich. Peter Carroll mentions an idea almost identical to this in the “Blue Magic” section of Liber Kaos (the plot thickens; Paul McKenna a chaos magician?).
The inventive magician could take these ideas one step further. The wealth scrapbook could be made into a magical object in itself. Goals and affirmations could be sigilized and printed among the pictures. The book itself could be treated as a magical entity, a personal servitor, bringing the desired objects closer to the magician somehow. More elaborate acts of ritual enchantment could be performed to hammer in the desire for these things into the subconscious of the magician. Fake bank statements and cheques could be the basis of acts of ritual enchantment, or a daily working to establish wealth consciousness.