Friday, May 29, 2009

Prosperity Magick

There are a lot of people out there hoping for prosperity these days. There are a lot of people out there that need it. The problem is that many Pagans out there throw their energy at hopes of winning the lottery, and then are disappointed when they don’t. Think about this for a moment: With the lottery, especially the ones with the big jackpots, you’ve got millions of people desperately focusing their will on a single event. It is being pulled in countless directions by countless people. Even if you are very good at doing magick, chances are that you are not going to be able to overcome the tidal wave of frantic will being focused on winning the lottery.

We all dream of better things. Ambrose Beirce called the future “That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”[i] It is a curious thing that so many Wiccans I meet dream of being prosperous and then do nothing to realize these dreams. You’d think that people who understood the intricacies of magick would know how to handle this problem. Yet so many Wiccans of my acquaintance buy a handful of lottery tickets, cross their fingers and dream on. One older Wiccan of my acquaintance has been purchasing lottery tickets for years and yet at the same time is constantly berating wealthy people. Presumably the reason that this person is buying lottery tickets is to become one. Talk about lack of focus. You’d think that people who understood the intricacies of magick would know how to handle a problem like this.

Every single time that I do magick for prosperity, it works. I don’t focus my will on winning the lottery, I focus it on my prosperity. This magick works because the only person focusing energy on the issue of my prosperity is me, unless I’ve asked some of my friends to help. Dreams do not become reality unless you pursue them. Pursuing dreams is what magick is all about.
What this all comes down to is personal responsibility, which is what the Wiccan Rede is all about: “An it harm none, do what thou wilt.” Warriors are not victims: We create our own reality. Abandoning yourself to “fate” will not get you the prosperity you want. To become prosperous you must take charge of your life. This will require work on your part. So often I run into people who figure that magick should bring them instant gratification. Phyllis Curott once described it to me this way:

“This is a fertility religion. You plant the seed, you water it, you nurture it, you weed around it. Ultimately you harvest what you cultivated. That’s how our magick works. And whatever you do, you don’t pull on the plant to help it grow!”[ii]

There are a lot of simple things that you can do to enhance your prosperity. My first suggestion is to clean house. This first suggestion may seem a little odd to some of you, but it is firmly grounded in Feng Shui. If your house is a mess then the energy flow gets messed up. Magick works much better if everything in your house (and yard) is in order. For example: The last part of my house to be renovated was the attic area in the northwest end of the house. We’d been dumping things from the rest of the house in there to get them out of the way for the renovation elsewhere in the house for some time. It was a tangled mess that we’d put off sorting out until everything else was done. As soon as I cleared it out, tossed out the things that we didn’t need, finished the room with flooring and paint and reorganized everything, prosperity started happening: My royalty cheque was larger than expected, my wife started getting unexpected new customers for her newsletter business, and unexpected overtime shifts came in. Simple stuff, and none of it specifically asked for. Just by sorting out the chi flow.

In my book Full Contact Magick I described average millionaire. In their study of millionaires, Stanley and Danko identified seven common factors[iii]:

1. They live well below their means.
2. They allocate their time, energy and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth.
3. They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status.
4. Their parents did not provide economic outpatient care.
5. Their adult children are economically self-sufficient.
6. They are proficient in targeting market opportunities.
7. They chose the right occupation.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Prosperous people don’t put their faith in lucky charms. I don’t knock myself out doing magick to improve my luck. I make things happen in my life. I do magick to increase my fortunes. I make my own good fortune. And you can too.

BB Kerr

[i]. Ambrose BIERCE. (1881-1906). The Devil’s Dictionary.
[ii]. Phyllis CUROTT. (2000). Comments from a discussion with the author at Blessed Be and Merry Meet in DC (BBMMDC), 14 October 2000.
[iii]. Thomas J. STANLEY Ph.D. and William D. DANKO Ph.D. (1996). The Millionaire Next Door, list taken from pgs. 3-4.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Feast of Fallen Warriors

Check out the new Feast of Fallen Warriors ritual on the Scathach Training Blog:

BB Kerr

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ritual Combat Training

Greymalkin, our brother from Seattle who coreographs sword fight scenes for the entertainment industry, is going to be at the Motherhouse at 4 PM on 31 May to teach ritual combat involving swords and other weapons. This is primarily for the Knights travelling to New Orleans for the Armoring ritual there this coming Samhain. If anyone is interested in this, please contact me.

Bright Blessings

Kerr Cuhulain

Sunday, May 17, 2009

CNPC Keynote Address: Hope

I just uploaded the Power Point and Word script of my keynote address to the CNPC Gaia Gathering at UBC in Vancouver, BC, yesterday to the Order of Scathach Training Blog: Its not the same as being there, but it does capture some of the spirit of it.

BB Kerr

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Scáthach Schedule, Surrey Motherhouse 2009

Dear Friends:

Here is the updated Order of Scáthach schedule all the way to the New Orleans trip:

Saturday, May 16: Kerr’s keynote address at the Gaia Gathering at UBC.

Sunday, May 17: Novice (Class 4) training at 7 PM at the Motherhouse (Lesson 2).

Wednesday, May 20: Stick Nights for Stick Knights at 7 PM at the Motherhouse

Sunday, May 31: Squire (Class 3) training at 7 PM at the Motherhouse (Lesson 7).

Sunday, June 7: Novice (Class 4) training at 7 PM at the Motherhouse (Lesson 3).

Saturday, June 20: Reiki I at the Motherhouse 10 to 6.

Sunday, June 21: Litha, 7 PM at the Motherhouse, including initiation into the Mystery Cult of Bill the Cat.

Sunday, July 5: Squire (Class 3) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 8).

Sunday, July 12: Novice (Class 4) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 4).

Sunday, August 2. Lughnasad at the Motherhouse 7 PM.

Sunday, August 16: Novice (Class 4) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 5) and Squire (Class 3) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 9).

Sunday, September 6: Novice (Class 4) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 6).

Sunday, September 13: Squire (Class 3) training at the Motherhouse (Lesson 10 and 11).

Sunday, September 20: Mabon at the Motherhouse 7 PM.

Saturday, October 10: Reiki I at the Motherhouse 10-6. Lyn and Rita presenting.
Sunday, October 11: Reiki II at the Motherhouse, 10-6 Lyn and Rita presenting. Open to students who already have Reiki I from any tradition/teacher.

Sunday, October 18: Armoring/Arming rituals for Class 3 and 4 at 7 PM at the Motherhouse.

Friday, October 30 to Sunday, November 1: New Orleans Pagan Conference.

BB Kerr

Monday, May 11, 2009

Photos of the Seattle Armoring/Arming

Here's some photos of the Armoring and Arming rituals in Seattle on May 10th including the Puget Sound and Surrey Preceptories of the Order of Scatach.
BB Kerr

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Beltaine Update

I've just uploaded a Knighthood Vigil to the Order of Scathach Training Blog as well as a reading list.

On May 10 the Order will be in Seattle to conduct Armoring/Arming rituals for our Puget Sound Preceptory. If you are interested, please contact Skatha.

BB Kerr