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Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay and you’re OK
Money, it’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

Unitary Moonbat once suggested that I should offer Kossacks a few basic tips on magic for the uninitiated.  I explained to him(her?), of course, that because magic is an experiential art there are very few things that one can teach by anonymous remote contact; that with that given, there are even fewer things that one would want to teach to a void of unknown lurkers of uncertain parentage and morals, and that of the things remaining, almost all of them are things that nobody is going to believe or really wants to know.  This goes trebly when dealing with a community of highly educated persons who are deeply invested in a materialistic and scientific worldview.  If there isn’t much room in the Kossack heart for a Created Universe or a Personal Diety, that tends to spill over into a general dislike for miracles, seances, spirits, saints, angels, daemoniae, and Things That Go Bump In The Night.

That being given, the current economic crisis put me in mind recently of an old, old spell lying moldering in the back reaches of the filing cabinet.  A very simple spell, really, one that any apprentice can manage with no special preparation or equipment; although a small ceremonial cauldron is useful a suitable one can usually be bought around Halloween for less than $5.  It also requires no pre-existing beliefs, no competence in archaic languages, and no activities likely to be noticed by a neighbor.  You might even be able to manage it in a college dorm these days, and although in my experience college students have better things to do with their money than burn it, if you’re already burning it up anyway, you could consider this as an alternative.  It will be most useful, though, to what I’d call today’s "worried middle-class".  People who are trying to fill the gastanks of SUVs they bought for the necessity of ferrying several children on increasingly complicated schedules, who can make ends meet by cutting out the expensive lattes and dinners out, but who’ve just seen half the value of their retirement plans evaporate on Wall Street and lay awake at night wondering whether they’re going to survive or get fired next week.  And I suspect from the demographics, that we have a lot of these people on Kos.

Ready?  Supplies: 1 candle. 1 cauldron.  $365 in single bills, to be used over the course of one year.  Optional Soundtrack: Pink Floyd’s "Money", from the album Dark Side of the Moon.

Money, get back.
I’m alright Jack keep your hands off my stack ...

In a private and comfortable spot with dim lighting, light the candle (there are rituals for this if you’re a stickler, but being Mindful of the meaning of Light and Fire is sufficient).  Take the dollar bill and kiss it.  Lay it in front of you and genuflect to it in solemn worship.  Set the dollar in the (fireproof metal!) cauldron, and use the candle to set it on fire.  Watch it burn.  Free-associate on everything that money means, how it exists, where it goes, what it does and doesn’t do ... whereever your thoughts take you, until the dollar bill is ashes.  Throw the ashes out the window.

Repeat every day without exception for one year.

Now, it’s possible that you don’t get the point of this exercise reading it.  Don’t worry.  If you try, it will dawn on you by the end of the first month.  In fact, it is extremely likely that at some point you will be seized by the desire to up the ante, and start throwing even MORE money on the fire.  One dollar will seem pitiful, ludicrous even.  You’ll want to destroy more.  Release more.  Set yourself free from more.  You must resist this impulse.  Excess will only lead to a rebound, when you wake up the morning afterward not one, but fifty or a hundred dollars poorer and unable to remember the strange ecstasy that possessed you.  And then fear and desire will set in again, and any good accomplished by the spell will evaporate like mist in the hills.

One thing to point out: this spell will NOT make you richer.  It may enable you to take risks and make decisions that might make you money in the long run ... or it might enable you to make decisions that impoverish you financially.  What it will do, if you actually work it all the way through, is set you intellectually and emotionally free of the NEED for money.  It will allow you to walk in a money-oriented world without becoming obsessed by the general delusion.  But it won’t make your landlord decide not to collect the rent.  Probably.  

The thing that’s impossible to explain about magic, is how things start to happen when you make a slight shift to the rollercoaster we call Life.  Weird things, very often.  This spell is small enough, gentle enough, and circumscribed enough that the changes are fairly predictable and limited ... IF you don’t ever burn more than one dollar at a time.  Please remember that.  Major cautionary.  DON’T burn more than ONE dollar per day.  Even if your budget can handle it, your mind most likely can’t.   The most likely thing, of course, is that like any addict who has just waken up from a binge, you will decide to quit working the spell.  Then you lose all the effort you put into it, and that rebounds into an increase in your attachment to the stuff, which just isn’t good for you or the rest of us, which is the main reason I’m offering the spell in the first place.  But if you don’t quit at that point ... well, there are consequences worse than running out of money to burn, and you’ll get to both.  Just don’t do it.

Why am I deciding to publish this spell, at this time, in this place?  Well, it’s a good spell for a monetary crisis caused by greed, because what it does, is to dissolve the power money holds over individual hearts and minds, one by one.  So it disengages Greed at the root.  But it does that by the free choice of individual people to free themselves of an emotional burden.  And right now ... we’re going to need a lot more people who are free; and a lot more people are going to be happy enough not to want money, rather than wasting their willpower hoping to Get Rich.

Money, it’s a crime
Share it fairly, but don’t take a slice of my pie
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today

Do as ye will.

Originally posted to cynndara on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 09:42 AM PST.

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  •  Alternative musical suggestions (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ladybug53, DrMicro, TheStormofWar

    are always welcome.  I'm a bit behind the times since usually I listen to Bach.

  •  As a pagan, I usually prefer something (0+ / 0-)

    a bit simpler.

    Supplies:

    1 green candle
    1 stick/cone frankincense and myrrh incense
    1 cauldron
    water

    Fill the cauldron or pot with water until the level will sit just a bit below the candle's top. Light the incense to set the mood, cleanse the area, and invite a certain type of energy to your working area.

    Clear your mind and relax.  Meditation is highly suggested.  If not, a simple method is to sit comfortably and close your eyes.  When you breath in, take in good energy however you wish.  When you exhale, expel random thoughts and bad energy.

    Once you are settled, focus on the feeling of "financial freedom".  Don't visual it, but feel it.  How does a rich man feel looking at his bank statement?  How would it feel to know your children are perfectly fine for college expenses?  What does real vacation money feel like?  

    Trap that feeling and focus it into the candle (green is ever symbolic).  Keep the feeling in your mind and know that candle is an extension of your will.

    With the candle back into the water and light it, focusing on that feeling.  If you wish, you can chant or say something as you light it.  Focus on that candle as it burns down.  You can either leave it alone at this point or sit and watch it burn down.  When the water finally snuffs the flame out, your intentions, energy, and needs are let out into the Universe or to God/Gods/Heavens to do their thing.  After that, forget about the spell and bury the candle (to recycle the energy into mother earth, a personal favorite) or wrap it in something and put it aside for later use, cleansing before it's next use.

    This has been effective for me and some friends.  Modify as you wish for a variety of effects (healing, repelling energy, banishing, etc).  Change to suit your taste no matter your "tradition" or belief system.  Candles are ever important to Christianity as well. :)

    •  I think the ritual burning (0+ / 0-)

      I gave is more likely to have significant effects.  Your spell doesn't involve the emotional tug that occurs with sacrifice.  There's that visceral What the hell am I doing! that goes along with turning tangible currency into ashes, that you just don't get with simple intention spells.  There's also the bit about "focus".  Those of us who do magic, know what it means to focus ... well, sort of.  Some do it better, some don't.  But again, literally burning money tends to create the focus effect all by itself, as well as mobilizing the core conflict involved.

      The other thing is that my spell isn't to GET money.  Isn't to make you comfortable.  It's to RELEASE the entire attachment to money.  Attachment, of course, is what actually causes most of our problems -- the pushme-pullyou of Desire, improperly understood and unconsciously acting on the world.  The effect of this spell isn't to impose your Will on anything.  It's to release the constant yin-yang of Fear and Desire that muck up most of our actions and balance the individual at the Null point where real action becomes possible.

      Trying to say, it's a little bit of a quantum difference between this and your garden-variety candle spell.  And remember, it's progressive: you don't do it once.  You do it for 365 consecutive days.  It's a meditation that requires no prior understanding or training in meditation; a spell that teaches itself.  The focus comes with the fact of repetition.

  •  Or you could just (0+ / 0-)

    get a job with an investment bank.

    "Be kind" - is that a religion?

    by ThatBritGuy on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 10:20:47 AM PST

  •  Give the money to charity -- or to a homeless (0+ / 0-)

    Please, give the money to charity or to a homeless person.  Follow the rest of the instructions given.  I would add some fresh flowers and a prayer.  Giving money means that you will receive in kind contributions -- generosity is recompensed by the heavens.  Good will to men and woman in these times of trouble.  Love and thanks.  

    I'm my father's daughter.

    by Mig on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 10:38:20 AM PST

  •  No personal deity? (0+ / 0-)

    Really?

    I am sure that there are some atheists here. And probably quite a few agnostics too. But from diaries we probably have about the same mix of 60% - 70% Christians, a lot of Jewish folks and a representative mix of Hindu, Buddhists, and Muslems.

    And I know we have a good representation of Pagans of all sorts.

    I am a computer tech, and network tech.  probably 10 persent of us will openly admit to being Pagan, Mostly Wiccan or Druid. I suspect most are religious and maybe 40% or more might be Pagan but just not admit it openly.

    Law enforcement always seems to have a lot of Pagans and So does teaching, Nursing and other health care.

    And yes both spells are simple enough and esay enough to direct that few should go wrong with them.

    In the same vein, donating a case of canned goods to the local food bank, on a regular basis with intent to share what you have can become spell work in it's own right.

    I don't think most of the KOS community will be closed to the possability of using spell work, or see it in the contex of an other form of pryer.

    And the folks that don't believe in deity, will be open minded enough to smile and forgive us our little superstions.

    And virtually everyone sees something transcendental in thanksgiving, (and the Christmas season) if not in terms of Deity, then at least in the swelling of goodwill and solidarity that comes with this time of year.

    Sorry for the rant, I just felt Cynndra is too cynical about our community.

    As to sharing spells., I am a teacher in the community and only in the MOST rare circumstances would I cast any working for someone else, and I DO NOT teach any magic at all until I know that that student has the ethics, the skill and the sence of gravity to be trusted.

    As we say, you don't hand a loaded gun to a child, you don't hand the knowledge to work magic to anyone not ready.

    Obama, the RIGHT man, at the RIGHT time!

    by Mr Tek on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 11:06:31 AM PST

    •  I tend to long posts (0+ / 0-)

      I am sorry, just my nature.

      Obama, the RIGHT man, at the RIGHT time!

      by Mr Tek on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 11:07:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Quite so (0+ / 0-)

      to all ... although I have seen some very negative posts in response to people who mentioned paranormal activities; I have also seen quite a lot of pagan sharing as well.

      And usually, no, I don't go around dropping spells in public.  But I rather think the world could use this one in general.  From the reactions, I also don't get the impression many people are actually going to try it ;-). The mere thought of destroying money rather than using it, at least to aid someone else directly, is obviously upsetting some people.  And we've had the weigh-in with an alternative spell that doesn't take as much expense or effort and, of course, doesn't have anywhere near the effect of this one.

      OK, yeah.  I posted something with actual firepower, that requires no prior training to use and can be done by any twelve-year-old.  It's 99% benign as long as the warnings are heeded, and really can't be used to shoot anyone but yourself. Fact is, I really would like to change the world.

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