Clearing magic is one of the most straightforward pieces of prosperity magic. Basically, it work on the principle that giving away or getting rid of things you don’t need or want makes both physical and magical room for new and good things to flow in.
Types of Prosperity Magic
Most types of prosperity magic fall into a few main categories: cleansing, clearing, blessing, envisioning and creating focussing objects. They operate on the general magical principles of making oneself worthy to recieve good things, clearing out the unwanted to make space for the good to flow in, blessing what is already good so it will increase and inviting or summoning good things in. The following is the second in a series of posts about prosperity magic, beginning today with clearing magic.
Feeling Poor? Get rid of things.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to encourage good things to come into your life is to clear out the clutter of things you don’t need or want. Provide them a good home, recycle them, give them away and you clear space for the new to come in. Go through your cupboard and compost expired food, use up things that have been sitting for awhile or give them to someone who will.
Some other examples
Gather and out your garbage, recycling and compost. Tell yourself you are clearing space for good to flow in
Get rid of clothing that doesn’t suit you
Get rid of items you have too many of, keeping the best item(s)
Weed through your books and donate the ones you won’t read again to the library or a bookstore. Or set them free using Bookcrossing and you can see what happens to them after they are roaming in the wild.
Give more precious things that you no longer want or need to friends or family
How does clearing magic work?
Clearing magic works on the principle of nature abhorring a vacuum. By clearing out things in your life that aren’t working for you, you make empty space. Empty space quickly invites more things in, as people who have cleared the table by their front door off will note.
What happens next?
The blank clear, clean space in your life, will pull in new prosperity in the forms of goods, services, well wishes, happy events, money and good weather. Wait and watch!
Be clear about what you are making room for
Like that newly blank table by your front door, a space can invite in things you don’t want, so be clear on your intention. “I am clearing space for prosperity and good things.” is a good intention to use. When releasing, particularly on a waning moon, thinking of what you are symbolically clearing out and letting go is fine. On a waxing moon, it’s best to frame it as creating space to invite in prosperity.
Don’t limit the flow
Don’t get bogged down in specifics unless that is critical like: “I am clearing space for rent money to flow in”. In general, during and after clearing your space or life, any positive prosperity is to be encouraged, no matter how small or random it is. Find a penny on the sidewalk? The spell is working! A friend gives you a bouquet of flowers from their garden? The spell is working! Your paycheque is deposited, expectedly, into your account? Bring it on. Think of these little things as priming the pump for greater flow of good into your life.
Odin is one of the Norse Gods, a warrior king who becomes a magician through ordeal and personal sacrifice. I didn’t know very much about him before last October, when I attended Hecate’s Sickle pagan festival in the U.S..
Odin is the Allfather, not the Somefather
Except, I knew enough to spout off on facebook that he would smite Soldiers of Odin, a white supremacist group using Norse imagery, who had started chapters in Vancouver, where I live. I said things like Odin is the Allfather not the Somefather, and that as a Norse person (I have Norwegian heritage) and a lifelong Pagan, I oppose and resent the usage of my mythology and gods to promote hatred.
I’m known among my friends to be ‘good with money’ and also to have ‘freakishly good luck’ with money and work. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do have a strong intuiton for what works in prosperity magic.
One of the best ways I know to review and deepen what I know about a topic is to teach it to others. In the process of preparing to teach a class on prosperity magic in May, I’m reviewing what I know, adding practices and themes from others, and trying them out.
Types of Prosperity Magic
Most types of prosperity magic fall into a few main categories: cleansing, clearing, blessing, envisioning and creating focussing objects. They operate on the general magical principles of making oneself worthy to recieve good things, clearing out the unwanted to make space for the good to flow in, blessing what is already good so it will increase and inviting or summoning good things in. The following is the first in a series of posts about prosperity magic, beginning today with cleansing magic. Continue reading “Prosperity Magic – Part One – Cleansing”
I realized today my prosperity spell has taken effect in yet another unforeseen way. I was doing a tarot reading about a dilemma I have and received the following cards.
In the ‘hopes and fears’ position of this reading, which is notable for it’s long series of major arcana cards, there is the magician card. I was taught to read a major arcana card in this position as fact rather than hope or fear. I was also taught to read the magician as a card signifying the results of a spell.
The reading is about the proposed sale of my house to developers, for about $900,000 more than it’s assessed value, and about $700,000 more than it’s usual market value. Because of some recent zoning changes in my area, the land my house sits on has become much more valuable. No offer has yet been made, but potential purchasers have been expressing interest.
I’ve been anxious about this prospect. Sure, it’s a lot of money, but houses in Vancouver are expensive, and what will I replace my home with? As well, I’m an orphan, and as a result of having lost my family at a young age, my homes take on extra importance, as I have no other anchors. This house has a lot of loving labour put into it, and a lot of memories. It’s the home I created and shared with my ex partner of 14 years, and selling it will let go of the physical space of that history. The contract I signed three days ago, one week after casting my spell, says that if my price is met by a potential buyer, I will sell the house. I have declared to the forces of life that I will harvest this fruit if it is ripe.
This is the perilous nature of magic. Once I have cast a spell, I do not know exactly how it will fall, and I have consented to it’s completion. “She changes everything She touches, and everything She touches, changes”. This is particularly true of spells, for they give consent to the Divine to speed up the natural forces of causation in your life. A cast spell is like that William Hutchison Murray quote inspired by Goethe:
“the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
It is fall, when even the trees let go of what was once beautiful and full of life.
As witches, it is our job to make compost of it to nourish the new and the living.
So yesterday I set my intention. I was still struggling with it as of last night when I went to a free form dance class with some friends. I’d intended to dance up some energy and joy to support my intention, but had found out I’d misplaced a large amount of cash just before the class. I danced hopefulness and faith and by the end of the class felt better.
I got home and immediately found the cash in the first place I looked, for which I was very grateful and saw as part of the spell working.
This morning I got a big new project from an existing client. Harvest!
I wanted to write about this because it’s part of how prosperity magic works. You need to be mindful of what happens and -this is very important – see it all as part of the process of the spell working with you and your life.
Google ‘prosperity magic’ and you will find a lot of rhyming spells, and information about exactly what herb or stone to pair together with your working. I don’t know whether such things work. That’s not how I do magic.
I own a house in pricey Vancouver, and a successful business, both of which I came by through some freakishly good luck, or as we witches call it, intention and manifesting. Magic works.
Prosperity magic is straightforward and doesn’t need to be complicated.
Successful spell-casting combines a set intention, a symbolic action that reinforces the desired result, a practical feel for what is possible without straining the fabric of the universe too much, and the ability to sense which way the wind is blowing, magically speaking. We set our sail so that the winds of change blow us in roughly the right direction. If we know what the heart of the ideal outcome is, we can tell when we there.
When recruiting help from the energies of the universe, it helps to be realistic. Just like the old truism that you can only have two of the three qualities of fast, good and cheap at once, in magic you can often only have two of specific, fast and easy.
I’ve never found it helpful to be being incredibly specific about details of the things I need. I find it better to be specific only about those things that are truly critical. Maybe I just enjoy being surprised. Or maybe I have faith in the universe to give me what I need, if not always exactly what I wanted.
There is a kernel, at the heart, that is the most important thing about your goal. Holding fast to that and letting the rest go will help you obtain your goal more quickly and easily. This kernel is short and rings true. It contains nothing optional.
In my life, I’ve made some work choices that have affected my income. I chose to let go of a big client, and am now needing to replace that income. It has created a vacuum to draw in something else, and I’m trying to be mindful about what that is. I’m planning some magic to help bless this process and guide me to where the ideal outcome is.
Which way is the world flowing? Go with it.
When thinking about how to shape a spell, I first look at the time of year and time of month. We are at the harvest time of the year, reaching into the fallow, storytelling and bright community time of the year, the time where we keep one another warm, loved and fed. Fall (we are just past fall equinox at time of writing) is a time for harvest rather than planting. On a lunar level, I sit just before the first of the three days of the full moon, also a time of harvest and fruition.
The way I read it is, this is what way the large solar and lunar tides are flowing, toward harvesting or building upon something I’ve already developed. There is also a theme of that human community that comes in winter – filled with connection, music and story.
Knowing that, I can sort through my goals, not just for ones that fit those patterns, but also for ones that can be seen in that light, even if that’s not the way I normally look at them. Cleaning house, for example, can be seen either as removing mess ( a waning pattern) or creating order (a waxing or increasing pattern), depending on the time of month or year. In this way, many goals can be expressed in a way that suits the prevailing magical ‘weather’.
Know your intention
So what is my intention? To bring in money? To harvest what I have in terms of skills, networks and resources? To harvest a new way of using those skills, networks and resources? All I know is that the answer is to seek something that is already almost ripe, whether I have noticed it before or not. This leads me to the important thing, the statement of intention: my harvest basket is full and I live a life I love. I am holding on to the tiller.
So once the magical climate, and intention are set, the next step is to find a symbolic action that fits and reinforces the intention, in a way in keeping with the weather. This is setting the sail.
Some common symbolic actions that can be done in service of prosperity are along the themes of making space for wealth to flow in, blessing and taking good care of what you have to invite more, and affirming you have plenty, even enough to contribute and give away. Simple actions like mindfully housecleaning, repairing, clearing clutter by giving things away, preparing a good meal and eating it, or dancing, when done with an intention in mind, can be very effective spells in and of themselves.
Who are your magical allies? Are there specific Gods you connect with for guidance and support? Do you have ancestors who want to see their line prosper? Ancestors with relevant skills, qualities or experience? Or are the broad forces of nature your main allies – Mother Earth who feeds you, Mother Ocean who connects you, the force of Life that flows through you? Allies can be involved in many ways – the traditional prayer as supplication or asking for blessing and guidance, and if possible, a little push in the right direction.
Putting it all together
Magic doesn’t have to be complicated. I scale the level of ritual to what feels right. If the task feels very important and formal, I will do a full ritual with grounding, calling and casting. If I don’t have the energy for that or it doesn’t fit, I may go as simple as a symbolic action, such as cleaning my house while saying a chant out loud or in my head. I may plant a healthy, unlikely-to-fail plant outside my front path, light a candle with my intention written on it, or sing a blessing every time I climb the stairs (as I did when manifesting the down payment for the house I now live in).
In the current example, I will call on the force of Life, who I envision as a sacred Stag, and the force of Love, who I see and feel in many ways. I ask them to bless my harvest, to help me find and complete opportunities to fill my harvest basket. I will notice and celebrate everything that now comes to me, seeing it as evidence my spell is working and expressing gratitude.
Because creating music is what I love, I wrote and will sing a chant (read lyrics and hear recording below). The actual spell is still taking shape. Here’s what I have so far: singing combined with a action. That action will be listing and pursuing all existing talents, connections and resources in a spirit of harvest and then welcoming and celebrating everything that comes. Stay tuned for part 2 for how that takes shape.
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Life and Love
filled to brimming
warm and fed
Life and Love
is the harvest
I dance to where I’m led.
Life and love
Wit and Wisdom
web and wonder
wild and tame
a horn of plenty
harvest time is here.