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.
[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.