The Magick of Money
There’s no doubt that money is magick stuff. Possessing money gives you power over the world; your fellow men will be moved to do your will and all of the pleasures of life will be yours for the taking. Yet in itself it has no intrinsic value, its power is derived from the common belief in it and the knowledge that comes from the experience of using it to bend the world to your will.
This abstract conceptual symbol of concurrently held material value is a potent talisman of one of the most essential operations of magick that has yet been invented. By this potent magickal charm it is possible to turn one thing of value into any other thing of a relative value. So it is that the vast majority of us turn our labor into our daily bread. The actual operation may vary, its intricacies may require the skilled handling of an adept in some art in order to produce the value but the mechanism of the exchange of energies has remained constant for thousands of years.
Anywhere in the world salt is good to eat; anywhere in the world money is good to use. - Chinese Proverb
Devotion to the Dollar
And yet, as familiar as this talisman is, regardless of how much we know of its magick power to move matter even most magicians don’t really understand how it works. It may seem that by accumulating large quantities of it that you can ensure your power to use it and thereby insure your future happiness. And so the pursuit of the almighty dollar consumes the many, and their inability to hang onto any meaningful amounts of cash makes them suspicious of the few.
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.- Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism
Nothing makes you think about money more than not having any. Perhaps this is because having money makes it much easier to occupy your time. As a consequence, those without it also spend a lot of time thinking about how to get their hands on some. Once they have gotten taken possession of the coveted cash, rather than finding fulfillment in the success of the operation, they begin to worry about how to get more. It seems that money is the one thing that we can never really get enough of. After all; there always something more to buy with it.
Money, get away. Get a good job with more pay and your O.K.
Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream, think I’ll buy me a football team.
- Roger Waters, Money, Dark Side of the Moon
The Magick Spell of Money
The best magick that I have discovered for making money is to get a job. The simplicity of this solution eludes many and instead they turn to Black Magick, to making pacts with the infernal spirits, in order to take the shortest route to riches. The old Grimiors of magick are filled with operations that promise to shower the mage with coins of gold and silver and to bring them chests of precious gems. The Scared Magic of Abramelin the Mage even instructs aspiring magicians that when they have been successful in the sacred magic that it is “permissible to demand from the Angel a sum of coined money proportionate unto thy birth, quality and capacity, the which without difficulty will be granted unto thee“. There are also several of the magick squares of the book devoted to acquiring specific sorts of treasure.
There is also no shortage of spells, charms and incantations designed to bring wads of cash by their application. Magick, it seems, is largely devoted to staving off one’s creditors. A major motivation for many who set off on the path of the wise, who seek the knowledge of the dark arts, is to fill their purse as the surest magick against the unforeseen evils. The Knowledge is esteemed less for its powers of enlightenment than for its powers of enrichment.
They say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know that they meant money… Every guinea is a philosopher’s stone.- Lord Byron, Letters from Lord Byron
In spite of the plethora of simple spells and arcane incantations for conjuring cash that fill modern occult literature the success rate for these sorts of operations is apparently very low. It also seems reasonable that if an efficacious magick for accumulating wealth existed that the possessor of words of such power might be inclined to keep them quiet. There’s nothing quite like having more money than everyone else to instill you with a healthy respect for the Power of Silence.
Teach us Your secret, Master! yap my Yahoos.
Then for the hardness of their hearts, and for the softness of their heads, I taught them Magick.
But . . . alas!
Teach us Your real secret, Master! how to become invisible, how to acquire love, and oh! beyond all, how to make gold.
But how much gold will you give me for the Secret of Infinite Riches?
Then said the foremost and most foolish; Master, it is nothing; but here is an hundred thousand pounds.
This did I deign to accept, and whispered in his ear this secret:
A SUCKER IS BORN EVERY MINUTE.
- Aleister Crowley, The Book of Lies
Marketing Magick and Selling Spells
New Age magickal operators have become more pragmatic about how they invoke their income. Perhaps they have reached the conclusion that it is more profitable to sell spells than it is to use them. Modern magick has become a marketing opportunity with a tidal wave of consumer goods for the suburban occultist buy online with their plastic money in the hopes that the investment in their future prosperity will come good.
The opportunity to leverage your knowledge of the dark arts is just a few mouse clicks away. You don’t even have to learn to do magick for yourself. You can go to Fiverr.com and pay someone five bucks to do it for you. A recent perusal of the list of services being proffered for sale included love spells, weight loss spells, prosperity and money spells and, my personal favorite, the guy who will cast a spell on you to make you look smarter than you really are- for a paltry $5!
The New Age is eclectic to an unprecedented degree and . . . is . . . dominated by the principle that the sovereign consumer will decide what to believe- Dick Houtman and Stef Aupers, The Spiritual Turn and the Decline of Tradition: The Spread of Post-Christian Spirituality in 14 Western Countries, 1981–2000
But this is merely the tip of the iceberg of industrial magick. The history of mail order magick is well established. Secret societies have been dispensing the hidden wisdom in bite sized portions via the postal service for decades. The list of mystery schools with temples in cyber space that will parcel out occult teachings for the price of a subscription has exploded after occultism collided with social networking. In most cases the real magick trick that is happening on the web is to make the money disappear from your pocket and magickally reappear in theirs.
Not all of the consumer goods that are being produced by the current resurgence of interest in occultism are made of fairy dust. Just the same; not every magick society that charges an entry fee to the Halls of the Truth is selling snake oil from under the altar. The fact is that the Great Work costs money- often lots of money. The sad reality is that not many schools of magick have the products that they claim to provide. Money back guarantees are rare in the world of mystical money and your cash can disappear in a puff of incense smoke.
Money alone sets all the world in motion.- Publilius Syrus, Maxims
Getting Magickal Bang for Your Buck
This same boom in expensive and not-so-secret occult groups has also generated a sentinel cult who devote their efforts to warning the unwary of the traps of joining the wrong coven. Long watch lists of warning signs for bogus occult groups abound online, caution newbies against being coerced into parting with their cash and their virtue by urban gurus. Once upon a time these warnings were aimed at the evil Satanists that would separate you from your money, your panties and your soul as they led you to perdition. In the 21st century they are merely con-artists and perverts. It seems that the consumer aspect to modern occultism and new age spiritual beliefs has somewhat diluted the Pure Evil into regular, everyday low-quality evil.
The lack of money is the root of all evil.- Mark Twain, Mark Twain’s Notebook
The typically polarizing reaction to the blatant consumer aspect to new age spiritual beliefs is to take the purists’ stance and declare that the Knowledge of the Sanctuary is not for sale. In the confusing world of magick, denouncing those who charge for lessons in the dark arts is second in popularity only to charging for those lessons.
This shows a complete lack of understanding of the magick power of money and ignores the long history of the wealthy of the world; some of them the most genuinely wicked souls ever to have walked the Earth, who have been buying their way into heaven for centuries. There is no doubt that the Hidden Wisdom can be bought, it’s just that most people aren’t willing to pay the price.
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry; but money answereth all things.- Ecclesiastes 10:19
Paying Your Fare on the Barque of Millions of Years
Magick is an expensive pastime. Everything costs money. All of the paraphernalia of magick has to be procured ‘without haggling over the price of a black hen’s egg’. The magician is expected to pay for his own Great Work. The wisdom of this may not be apparent at the beginning of the path but it is crystal at the other end of it. It is impossible to transcend the merely material existence if you still owe the temple your tithe. Such a grossly material attachment as a debt of money is sure to restrict your progress towards spiritual enlightenment.
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.- Epictetus
Because of the potential for developing a fatal attachment to money there is a temptation on the spiritual path is to denounce money altogether. This is equally impractical as it is unwise. It is certain to introduce a weakness into your Great Work when you haven’t got the funds to pay for it. Even worse, it implies the fear of money. The magician that seeks to control the wild and untamed forces of the universe should not defer before the sigil of Mammon. It is far better to master it and make it serve you. The true Adept of magick will see that the power of money isn’t so much in the accumulation and possession of it but in the power to use it when you need it.
Fear not at all; fear neither men nor Fates, nor gods, nor anything. Money fear not, nor laughter of the folk folly, nor any other power in heaven or upon the earth or under the earth. Nu is your refuge as Hadit your light; and I am the strength, force, vigour, of your arms.- The Book of the Law, Third Chapter, Verse 17