Your Perceptions about Prosperity and Abundance
If you were to conduct an informal survey among your friends and acquaintances, you might be surprised to discover how differently various people view prosperity and abundance. Their responses would probably cover a wide spectrum of conditions: to have more money; to be in a better job; to enjoy a happy marriage or romantic relationship; to write a bestselling novel or screenplay; to own a house; to be self-employed; to be able to travel.
“Your state of wealth externally is an extension and testament of your state of wealth internally. How clear and certain you are in thoughts of wealth is evidenced externally.” —David Cameron, A Happy Pocket Full of Money
Over time, your concepts about what constitutes prosperity might change. Once you own the house or your novel hits the bestseller lists or you find the ideal relationship, you’ll likely develop new ideas about money and abundance.
Take a few minutes to define what prosperity and abundance mean to you today, right now, in this moment. Make a list of ten things you desire and that would make you feel prosperous if you had them. Now find an object that represents each entry on your list. Select these objects with care — you’re going to use them to work magic.
Let’s say that your wildest dream of personal prosperity includes you getting your pilot’s license. Perhaps you haven’t yet accomplished this goal because you didn’t have enough money for lessons or an airplane. Any number of objects might represent your dream: a model airplane, a photograph of the type of plane you would like to fly, or a child’s plastic toy plane. The point is to choose something that immediately connects you to the feeling.
When you’ve collected all ten items, one for each entry on your list, put them in a place where you’ll see them often: your desk, a mantelpiece or windowsill, or your altar. Each time you look at them, you’ll be reminded of your dreams of abundance and your intention to attract prosperity into your life.
Do you think you’re worthy of prosperity? Do you believe you are inherently valuable? Do you trust the universe to provide for you and always give you whatever you need? Or do you constantly worry about paying bills and fear poverty? Do you believe that money is evil? Do you think you can’t be both rich and spiritual?
Money and material bounty are the earthly expressions of a universe that is infinitely abundant. Everyone can tap into that abundance without depriving anyone else. It boils down, once again, to belief in yourself and in the universe’s ability to provide.
Prosperity consciousness means you wholeheartedly believe you deserve to have whatever you desire. You know that your good fortune doesn’t detract from anyone else’s — the universe’s warehouse of goodies is infinite. You welcome riches and abundance of all kinds into your life. You use money to enrich your life and the lives of others. If you don’t have prosperity consciousness, you’ll need to develop it before you can successfully do a spell for prosperity.
Louise Hay devotes a chapter to prosperity in her book You Can Heal Your Life. She provides a list of negative money beliefs and then shows you how to change any of these beliefs that you may hold. To be prosperous, she writes, it’s necessary that you do the following:
- Feel deserving
- Make room for the new
- Be happy for other people’s prosperity
- Be grateful
To these, she adds, “Love your bills.” At first this seems crazy. Love your Macy’s bill? Your electric bill? Your mortgage payment? But the more you think about it, the more sense it will make. After all, a bill is simply an acknowledgment that the company trusts that you can and will pay, a sort of cosmic honor system. The lender has faith in you. Why resent that?
Creating New Beliefs
If you’re like most people, your beliefs about money and prosperity were instilled in you long ago, perhaps by your parents, a religious institution, or the society in which you lived. If these deeply entrenched attitudes are preventing you from attaining the level of abundance you desire, they must be eliminated and replaced with new ideas.
Each time you notice yourself saying or thinking something that undermines your prosperity consciousness, such as “I can’t afford that,” cross it out in your mind’s eye by drawing a line through it. Then rephrase the statement in a positive way.
Affirmations are good tools for reprogramming your ideas. Write down one or more affirmations related to abundance and repeat them often. Say your affirmation(s) aloud at least a dozen times a day, until your subconscious gets the message. Here are a few suggestions:
- My life is rich with abundance of all kinds.
- I have everything I need and desire.
- All my bills are paid, and I have plenty of money to spare and share.
- I am happy, healthy, wealthy, and fulfilled in every way.
Try not to concern yourself with how you’re going to get that extra money. Just be aware that opportunities will begin to present themselves to you if you continue to say the affirmation. Be alert for signs and patterns that can signal new opportunities. And always phrase your affirmation in the present tense, as if the condition you desire already exists.
While you’re building your prosperity consciousness, make symbolic gestures that reinforce your belief in your worth. Donate money to a worthwhile charity. Buy yourself something special. Treat yourself to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Post this quote from Louise Hay’s book in a spot where you’ll see it frequently: “True prosperity begins with feeling good about yourself … It is never an amount of money; it is a state of mind. Prosperity or lack of it is an outer expression of the ideas in your head.”
Discover the Source of Your Beliefs
Look back over your life and see if you can determine where your ideas about money and abundance originated. Most likely, you were quite young when this happened. Close your eyes and see yourself as a child again. Witness your child-self’s reaction when these concepts were being implanted in your consciousness. How did you feel at the time? Do you still feel the same way? Do you want to change those old beliefs?
Imagine taking your child-self onto your lap. Talk to your child-self and explain that the old ideas are no longer valid for you. This part of you is very receptive and will do its best to please you. Describe the new beliefs you want your child-self to accept and why these updated ideas are better.
Remember something you wanted as a child — a toy, a shiny new pair of shoes, a special outing — but never received because there wasn’t enough money. Now, give yourself that thing you wanted as a child. Envision taking your child-self along on a shopping trip or outing. Enjoy your time together.
Be Careful What You Wish For
At some stage in most people’s magical work, something invariably happens that brings home the truth of the saying, “Be careful what you wish for. You may just get it.” The adage is actually addressing the power of intention. When you ask for wealth or financial freedom, think about the repercussions of that wish. How will your new abundance or financial freedom affect your family? Your relationships with your friends? Your living situation?
You’ve probably heard stories about people who’ve won the lottery and how sudden wealth changed their lives. Some of them missed their old jobs, their old neighborhoods, their old friendships. “The Monkey’s Paw,” by W. W. Jacobs, is a story about what can happen when you make a wish without considering the possibilities. Before you do prosperity magic, think carefully about what you wish for. Changes may be inevitable, and the changes may be what you desire. If you are clear in your intentions, you can direct those changes to your advantage.
Timing Prosperity and Abundance Spells
For each of the spells in this chapter, the most advantageous time to perform the spell is noted. In most cases, you’ll be more successful if you do spells for prosperity and abundance while the moon is waxing. The seeds you plant with your spell grow along with the moon. As the moon’s light increases, so will your wealth.
Taurus is the zodiac sign of money, material goods, and physical resources. Therefore, an ideal time to do prosperity spells is when the moon and/or the sun is in Taurus. If your spell involves other people’s money, insurance, taxes, or litigation, you might be better off casting a spell when the moon and/or sun is in Scorpio.
The best days of the week for doing prosperity magic are Thursday and Friday, the days ruled by Jupiter and Venus. These planets encourage growth, abundance, and good fortune. Sunday — the sun’s day — can also be favorable, especially if your career success and public image are involved.
If you know astrology or can consult with an astrologer, look for periods when transiting or progressed Venus or Jupiter influences your birth chart in a positive way. Avoid doing prosperity spells when transiting or progressed Saturn forms difficult connections with the planets and money houses in your chart.
- 1 strip of paper
- 1 pen with green, gold, or silver ink
- Peppermint essential oil
- 1 green pouch (preferably made of silk or velvet)
- 1 coin (any denomination)
- 3 whole cloves
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 1 gold or silver ribbon 9 inches long
- Cedar chips
- Pine or sandalwood incense
When: During the waxing moon
On the strip of paper, write an affirmation such as, “I now have plenty of money for everything I need and desire. Riches come to me from all directions.” Dot the corners of the paper with essential oil, then fold it three times and slip it into the pouch. Add the coin, cedar, and herbs to the pouch.
Tie the pouch with the ribbon, making three knots. Each time you tie a knot, repeat your affirmation. When you’ve finished, say “This is now accomplished in harmony with Divine Will, my own true will, and with good to all.” Light the incense, and hold the talisman in the incense smoke to charge it. Carry the pouch in your pocket or purse. If you prefer, use the talisman in your place of business. You can put it in your safe, cash register, or money drawer.