Pictured are some of the tools I use in my money work: a dedicated candle (with matches), another candle holder I use for a long-term money spell, my wallet, prosperity oil, and of course the money I have thus far accumulated in the Pagan savings challenge.
Perhaps more important are the non-physical tools, some of which I have touched upon before. They include the ability to lie to oneself ("I don't really have that money"), the power of visualization ("I can see that fireplace insert I'm saving for clearer every day"), and the discernment to know when or if I should deviate from this course and spend my wad prematurely (which will take a really stupendous occasion for me, both because this year has been somewhat fortunate and because I've taught myself to be tight-fisted).
I've hinted at the mystery of ducks and money in previous posts, but as with any true mystery, words can never fully explain it. This is my primary money duck. It is a mutant duck, largely because its eyeball is located on its cute little neck, rather than in a more convenient location, such as its head.
The duck is tied to a deep prosperity, such that the ordinary sense of the word as relating to money, worldly goods, and abundance simply scratch the surface of the depth of the prosperity the duck enfolds and describes.
One of the reasons so may thoughtful people -- including quite a few Pagans -- are reticent to use money money is because it's such an effective tool of war. Money can be used to house, equip, and pay military personnel; it's also the primary weapon of economic sanctions and in trade wars. Could there be war without money? Of course. A more hopeful question to ask is, "Can there be money without war?"
What makes money so powerful and so dangerous is the fact that it can be wielded by anyone, for any purpose. Indeed, the world we live in was largely shaped by our collective-yet-undirected use of money. When we spend to fill a desire, but not with a spiritual intent, the results we seek are often tied to consequences long after the fact.
The Pagan savings challenge isn't just a way to get into the habit of saving, it's also a way to get in the habit of thinking about money magically. Charged with energy, representing earth, moving from person to person, what can you do with this stuff? Here's a hint: there's more to money magic than "send me more money."
Do you make offerings to the money spirits? Do you keep a money shrine? If the answer is yes to either of those questions, how is that work similar to, or different than, tending other shrines and working with other spirits?
Pictured is an antique writing desk on an antique table, with a coffee cup depicting the logo for a fighter jet which is probably also an antique. We'd hoped to turn this space into an ancestor shrine, but it just hasn't happened yet. Likewise, this probably would have been a post about how savings honor's one ancestors, but it isn't. Instead, it's just a stupid pun.
My week thirty-one savings: $496, 6.25% ($31) of which I added today.
For the first time since this challenge began, I didn't take a picture of the cash. I don't know what I was thinking, but I feel the touch of the hand of fate. Why wouldn't I take a picture? Maybe it's so we can talk about visualization.
Having a growing bank balance, stuffed money jar, or other visual reminder that the savings is adding up can actually be a bit risky, because the temptation to use that money can also grow. While it may be appropriate to do so, determining that requires discernment.