Exploring Pagans and their relationship with that earthiest of earth symbols, money.
Pagan savings challenge, week one: Q&A
My Pagan savings challenge post generated a lot of discussion on the Witches & Pagans Facebook page. I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the questions and comments, in the form of a Q&A.
- When do I start? Any day of the week will do, but if you picked January 1, be aware that there are 53 Wednesdays in 2014. I'm setting aside my money on Sunday.
- Can I do this backwards, starting with $52 in week one? Sure! The idea of adding another dollar each week appealed to me because it parallels my experience with raising energy, but you can raise energy with a big starting push that tapers off, as well.
- Is there a math error in the chart? I would actually call the error in week 49 a typo, but it is a mistake. I didn't catch it, couldn't have fixed it if I did, and hope that anyone who didn't notice will be pleasantly surprised at the extra hundred dollars they have come week 49.
- Does money really have any place in a spiritual or religious practice? A discussion on that deserves a post or ten of its own, but in short: so long as we choose to use money, there is value in guiding its use with religion and ethics; it doesn't have its own.
- Can I start with a higher amount than a dollar? If you financial situation permits, why not?
- By the end of the year, I won't be able to afford this. What now? Start with a penny, if that's all you can afford. The principles of savings and energy-raising work just the same.
- Does this work with other currencies? Sure. Euros, pounds, kruggerands, yen, rupees, yuan . . . whatever form your money is denominated in is fine.
- What's the point of doing this? This is simply an exercising in the raising of energy. As with any such exercise, stating an intention can help. I am saving towards a fireplace insert, to heat my home more sustainably and less expensively.
- Does it have to be in cash? No, that's my personal preference. I find that physical cash is a better reminder of the work, but I have to safeguard the bills. An electronic account may serve others better.
My week one savings: $1.00. Want to share your intentions, your week one savings total, or your questions about the project? Feel free!
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