This is part one of a short series on Practical Prosperity Magick. This series will focus on what we mean by prosperity, ethics of working magick for personal gain, short-term vs long-term focus for magick, and will wrap up with a handful of tried and true short-term prosperity magick techniques.
What is Prosperity Magick?
Prosperity is the state of flourishing within the physical realm. This largely relates to abundance in terms of how we support ourselves, such as the amount of money flowing in and out of our everyday lives, how productive our gardens and hunting efforts are, and even how productive our loins are (this is a prosperity that supports the future.)* Yet, due to the way that our society is constructed, when we speak of prosperity, we are generally referring to finances, personal income, acquiring money, and wealth.
It’s the same when we speak of prosperity magick. We’re generally referring to any magickal action that brings us money or increases our ability to make more money, as well as increasing our wealth. But it can also include magickal foci, sticking with the above examples, that help our gardens, improve our hunting prowess, or help us conceive a child. For the purpose of simplicity and wider applicability, we’ll be focusing on the money and wealth aspect of prosperity magick for this short series.
Experience will Guide you, not Belief
While some religions place contingencies upon any action that serve to benefit oneself, it is important to note that witchcraft is not a belief system, it is a practice -one that wields spiritual forces in order to create changes within our everyday lives. Though it is a craft tied up in spirits and the spirit world, that it shapes us spiritually is merely consequential to that work of creating changes in our lives. The vessel is made stronger so that it can hold more.
And, yes, while we may each come to our own beliefs regarding witchcraft as a result of practicing it, there are no beliefs necessary or inherent to this practice. Rather, we have the work we do providing us with experiences, those experiences showing us what is and is not possible and teaching us how to better go about accomplishing anything within our practices. The experience provides us with knowledge, working off of that knowledge provides us further experience that, in turn, provides us with wisdom.
Belief plays no part in this because you do not believe in something that you know to be incontrovertibly true. We do not believe in the existence of spirits because their existence is proven to us with every interaction. We do not believe in our own powers and abilities because seeing the results of the work we do proves their existence in the same way that one does not believe in a chair. A chair is something we can experience, can verify with our senses, so, too, can we verify to ourselves** that what we do, how we do it, the means that we employ, and the results of such efforts is real. Because we can verify its reality and the causal chain of events and actions with sensory information. It is the same with morality and ethics: they are developed based upon our experiences.
The Ethics of Working Money Magick
Our experiences are a guiding force, showing what is and isn’t possible, how slight changes to how we do something can yield drastically different results, and teaching us just what is and isn’t possible. So, too, do our experiences teach us that our actions always have consequences. We see those consequences as the results of our magick -failures and successes, backfires and miracles, disasters and beautiful surprises. This guides us in determining what magick we are willing to work and, ultimately, what magick we will work: is the potential consequence, good or bad, acceptable? What about in its most extreme case?
Witchcraft possesses no inherent morality for the very same reason that knitting and woodcarving do not have rules about what you can and cannot do in life. Witchcraft is a craft, a practice, wherein we strike a balance with our physical and spiritual selves in order to effect change in both the physical and spiritual worlds so as to improve our everyday lives. We work with physical materials in order to wield spiritual forces in order to make changes that benefit us within the physical world (more on that in the next article series…)
And like any beliefs we develop as a result of our practices as witches (see the previous section,) any ethics regarding witchcraft also develop as a result of the experience we gain in actually practicing witchcraft.
When we work magick, we create a direct link between us and the result of said magick via that energy that we send forth. This is why it’s easier to work magick for yourself than others, why when a spell backfires it affect us most strongly and not everyone around us, and why when you work removing magick for others you must have protective magick in place (i.e. personal wards.) That link means that even when we work magick for other (or on others+) there are always consequences that we face.
In witchcraft, we have personal responsibility rather than established ethics. Through our experiences working witchcraft and through the lessons we face as a result of our work as witches, we develop our own personal code of conduct, determining what actions are good and right for us -and what actions we choose not to take. The reasoning, like the experiences that influenced them, is personal.
And this remains constant regardless of the focus of your magick. It’s easy to let domineering ideas and religious morality that is prominent within our culture++ to influence our thoughts but, nonetheless, only you can determine if a particular bit of magick is right for you to be working. That’s not a statement that will make a lot of people happy but, honestly, no one can do anything but bitch and complain about how people aren’t supposed to do x and y with their witchcraft. Because they can’t stop you. And that, my dear friends, is another reason why protection magick is a foundational part of witchcraft.
In part two, we’ll look at a handful of ways to work prosperity magick. As always, these will be simple yet effective means that you probably already have all the necessary materials for -if any are even required.
*Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Way to pull up the most outdated references for what prosperity is, Althaea.” But, you know what, these are still primary concerns for most of the people on our planet. And they’re concerns that my family and I face with our wilderness-focused life. So, there you go. And if you feel you can do better, drop me a link to your article and be sure to give me credit for the inspo. :)
**Because you cannot prove that witchcraft works or that magick is real to someone else. They must experience it on their own and you can’t force someone to have a mind-opening experience, you’ll likely just strengthen their resolve and quickly convince them that you’re deluded and possibly dangerous. Never mind that, as a witch, it’s convenient to be considered possibly dangerous, being perceived as deluded won’t isn’t as preferable.
+Still no curse shaming allowed here. If you can’t get to the end of this article and realize that no one has the right to police someone else’s magick, that you don’t have the right to dictate what anyone else can or can’t do, and that we’re all responsible for our own actions and ours alone well… I don’t know what more to say. These are very likely not the witchcraft articles you’re looking for.
++Ideas like that working magick that benefits yourself is bad. That money is bad. That wanting more of anything -whether it’s money, love, shoes, or cake- is bad. There is no good or bad in witchcraft. There is no white or black magick. There is merely choice and personal responsibility.
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