I received a very good question in a comment today. It was regarding a spell to manifest money.
I thought it was worthy of sharing it in an article. My answer was quite long and I thought it might at the very least help others as well. For those of us who are experienced with magick, we have already had our “what works” and “what doesn’t” experiences. I think it is important to share what worked for us and what didn’t and why we believe it didn’t work.
I also included a true Story from my Past. I tell my stories because they include lessons that I have learned that I hope will help others too. Often, we don’t actually have to get burned to learn that the stove is hot. We can actually learn from the experience and advice of others.
First, I want to discuss that every spell is as different and creative as the person who creates it. On the WitchDigest App, we have a small quick reference for some corresponding herbs and stones to use for magick. When creating a spell it is important to go with what speaks to you.
Keep in mind that magick works through our own mind, focused with our own thoughts and senses. Through sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell our mind uses this information to trigger thoughts and feelings and to help us focus on what we intend to manifest.
Belief is a huge part of how our individual magick works. We use Sympathetic Magick to help us focus our thoughts, feelings, and intentions into the outcome and how we feel about what we desire will manifest accordingly.
When we have a “backfire” and our spell doesn’t manifest the way we imagined it would, we have to consider why it didn’t work. That is why Witches keep journals with spells in them often called Book of Shadows or Memoirs or plain spell books. It is important to ask and answer questions such as “what was the purpose of the spell”, “what is the expected outcome”, “did the spell work”, “what was the actual outcome”, “What was I feeling”, “what items did I use if anything was used”, and many other questions.
Experience is the biggest key and the outcomes of my spells may only work for me. I know I have helped loved ones with spells by creating half the spell and charging an item to be used as a charm or talisman but it required that the individual complete and activate the spell on his/her own. I also created the spell with them by asking a lot of questions to determine what type of symbolism works best for them as individuals.
Just like the smell of food. A type of food that makes one person’s mouth water may repulse another. We have conscious and subconscious responses to different information picked up by our senses. That is why one person will use lavender and a red candle to do a love spell and another will use a pink candle and rosemary.
We apply meanings to everything we do in magick. Every stone, every herb, every symbol means something. That is why so many people ask “what does it mean when…”. There may be a lot of superstition and old wives tales in different traditions of witchcraft because when we pass down our experiences to our children or students we are passing down what we learned from the experience of Witches before us as well as our own experiences and what works for us.
All that an experienced Witch can do, is pass down what works for that Witch and what they have heard worked for others.
When it comes to magick, it is my belief that spells are more effective if the person who needs it is the one who creates it. The best spell is the spell done for personal gain. That is because the more we have to gain the more desire and intention we put into the spell. There is a lot of intent that goes into the creation of spells.In fact, creating the spell is the beginning of doing the spell.
When it comes to magickal spells, I can give some suggestions that I may use with what works for me.
To attract resources such as money, maybe it isn’t money that has the value to me, it is what I want or need the money for. If facing homelessness, first, try instead of doing the spell with the intent of getting the money for rent, try doing a spell for what you really need which is a shelter, a home or the security of a residence. Choose the thought that flows best with your thoughts and desires.
As a Kitchen witch, I would bake some bread from scratch with 3 big pinches of Basil for prosperity and protection and 3 big pinches of Oregano for luck and protection then at the end of the baking time I will sprinkle it with a little cheese to help attract the basic needs to be met because, for me, cheese is the fulfilling of basic needs because it is made with milk (sorry Vegans not trying to be gross). A dessert could be added with fresh apples, cinnamon, and allspice for good luck and to increase the power of your spell. I would say an incantation or a chant over the food while I prepare it to charge it with my intent. Then, when it is ready, I will consume some of the bread and dessert and save a little back as an offering if I have a place to give the offering.
We are in the waning moon cycle. It would be a good time for banishing or letting go of something. Letting go of stress and anxiety about homelessness and the fear. I know because I have been homeless for a little while. Even when I was homeless, I was lucky because by chance we inherited a tent for shelter and food to eat and a way to prepare food. Was it luck or was it my spell? It was the best homeless experience possible.
A charm works for many people, also. If charms work for you, it is good to create a charm.
Here is my Story:
Magick works in basic mundane ways in my experience. When I was faced with being homeless, It was very sudden. We had just paid rent and bought food for the family my ex-husband and I was staying with (Also not my choice). They didn’t like my husband with good cause and threw him out and being the good wife I followed although I was welcome to stay.
We drove around for a while not really sure of what to do or where to go since we had no money left. I asked him to stop in a parking lot and give me a few minutes. I did a quick on the spot chant in my head while it appeared I was meditating.
We went to this little beach off of a river bank just across the border of the state we lived in. We pulled in and slept in the back of my ex-husband’s Pickup truck. It was extremely uncomfortable laying on those ridges in the back of a pickup truck. We obviously picked the wrong night to become homeless. There was a huge party on the beach that night and they didn’t quiet down until almost dawn. I might have gotten 2 hours of sleep that night.
The next day was a bit different. We got up and managed to scrounge through our belongings and found some “good morning” dishes and cast iron pans. That morning we shared the little bits of food we had and we also had some coffee and a camping coffee percolator pot. Oh, and some flavored creamer. We ate a good meal. Breakfast was on us and in return, someone had left a tent behind that we were welcomed to use. We happened to have a couple of sleeping bags. We met a whole lot of interesting travelers and a homeless family during that bought of homelessness. Winter was coming and we all needed shelter and I needed resources to find a job.
I sat by the fire without anything to do a physical spell with and no real privacy to work the spell. I had to be inconspicuous. I sat by the fire and chanted a spell in my head to find needed resources to get a job.
In a week we had enough money to pay for a hotel room. It had monthly rates and we ended up with enough money to pay for a month. Bam! I had a phone, a shower and access to public transportation to find a job. I also ended up with food. Once I got a job I was then able to afford one with a kitchenette and was now with the means for secure shelter with all the necessities to get back on my feet including a job.
I have to add that I also wore a charm bag to help attract good luck and prosperity.
In a small bag around my neck, I placed an aventurine that I charged with the intent of safe travel (being homeless, I felt travel fit well), prosperity and success, white sage and cedar for cleansing and protection. I only took it off to bathe in the river which I securely hid that bag nearby where it wouldn’t be found.
Magick works through our own desire, imagination, and Willpower with our intentions. Understanding how magick works on the mundane through the focus of our intent with those tools I mentioned, is a huge key for making your spells work for you.
How to create a spell is up to you. I like using rhyming chants because it flows better for me. Chanting until I feel it was enough for me to know and believe that everything is going to work out. That no matter what, I am going to be ok. It doesn’t matter what it is for. You can burn a green candle (color of American money) while you chant. You can burn a patchouli scented incense to help your mind focus on your intent while you chant. Keep your focus clear on exactly what it is you desire to manifest then let it go. Release it. As you chant you may feel the energy build up and that energy is what you will release. Know that your spell is going to work because what you truly believe, is what will manifest.
However you do the spell, know that it has a better chance to work if you create and write the spell yourself. Do some searches to find corresponding items that will work for you. If you are on a budget, there is a book titled Witchcraft on a Shoestring that might give you some ideas. I found a copy at my local library. Your local library is a good place to start your search. It is free books at your fingertips waiting to be borrowed just don’t forget to return the books so that others can use them too.
No, I am not giving an exact spell to use but I am giving you the secret of magick.
I wish you well on your journey.
In Perfect Love and Perfect Peace,
I want to get money by any means
I think everyone does. :p I recommend a book titled The science of getting rich by Wallace D. Wattles. If read with an open and receptive mind, it can change the way one thinks about money and magick. 🙂 Good luck on your trek to get money.
I know that the belief in Magical work is as important as the work itself. It is similar to the faith of a Christian in their own prayers. The Goddess and God will provide us with ceremonies and spells to reinforce our beliefs. The belief in the ceremony and or spell is the real Magick that helps Witches everywhere accomplish the object of the Magically iinclined effort.
How about stop doing “magick” altogether if you’re homeless? Perhaps… just maybe… this is probably karma? I had some “witch” who tried cursing me, then this bum fell on hard times which included homelessness. The universe is probably trying to send you a message. Maybe try getting a job?
Thank you for your input. I can see how it can seem like Magick is the culprit of life’s problems from a novice point of view. In our society here in the United States, the majority of the population are easily distracted by the hype and tools being used and fail to recognize the cause. This happens because the cause is usually underlying and the tools are out in plain view. Being homeless doesn’t have anything to do with using “magick”. Neither does Karma. What can affect one’s life is the intent, what the individual places their focus on, mental health issues and straight up lack of action, as well as everyday shit that happens in life, needs to be considered. Every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. I do believe there are consequences for every decision we make as well as every action we take. Consequences can be positive or negative even when done with good intentions. Unlike Christians, Witches, at least the experienced ones, understand how magick works and know when they screw up they will face the consequences and they are aware of what caused their situation. Unlike the general public, a Witch understands their choices and make their choices with the knowledge and understanding of consequences. Witches are held responsible for their actions, unlike religions that offer all kinds of ways to avoid accepting responsibility for one’s own actions and choices. The less experienced Magick users will learn from their mistakes as they learn how to effectively use magick. People are so worried about what others should and shouldn’t do that their own lives are out of control and it is usually those types that are the most judgemental ones. Afterall, if the person who tried to do a curse on you was looking at things from a healthy perspective, the magick would have been done with a positive intent which often leaves “Good” Karma for the person. I understand and appreciate the concept of Karma, however, I just relate it all to consequences and normal life lessons. If we did not ever experience adversity or hardship, we would never have the opportunity to grow from our lessons in our lives. The adversity like homelessness offers opportunities to grow and discover your strength you may not have known you have. If nothing else, you will have the opportunity to grow stronger and wiser from the adversity. It is a very “Abrahamic” way of looking at everything to believe that adversity is a “bad” thing. OH, and Christians use magick but they don’t realize it and they do it without actual conscious knowledge of what they are doing. Prayer is a form of magick. Everything I am speaking of in this comment is all about perspective and perception which is necessary for understanding Witchcraft and Magick. Adversity, healing from adversity, and transformation is all about shadow work in terms of Witchcraft. Bottom line, if you think Magick is bad then for you, it is bad and you probably shouldn’t use it. But for those who do understand magick and understand that magick is neither good nor bad, it is, in fact, neutral until intent is applied to it will have no problem learning from their magical mistakes. Oh, and when you are homeless it is the perfect time to do magick considering it costs nothing to use it. All the sympathetic stuff helps but isn’t necessary. So, cost is not an issue for a real Witch and too many Witches like myself, are not obsessed with money so, I don’t focus on attracting it. I focus on things that are important to me and politics and money and social issues aren’t my focus because they do nothing to enrich my life but if I focus on them, they will destroy everything that is important to me and that might actually cause me to become homeless. Where you place your focus is what you will manifest. That goes for anything you focus on. If you focus on the negative, you will manifest that negative to happen. Unfortunately, society, in general, can’t figure that out either. 🙁 So, to use magick or to not use magick is the question. That is a personal choice and a choice only you can make for yourself and never for someone else. We have this thing called free Will and you have the right and permission to use it or give it away. The choice is up to you. Freedom is a state of mind. No matter what laws get established or go into effect, no matter who is president and no matter what others believe, feel, or think, I will always do what I am going to do because I have free will and the ability to use it and I won’t give it up to anyone not even some Devil or God. If that statement triggers some uncomfortable fear in you it is only because you don’t have a good sense of right and wrong like I do. If you are afraid by that (not saying you are) it is only because if you make the decisions for your own life, you find you inadequate at making decisions in your life and your decisions are harmful to yourself and others. Do you see how what others do has nothing to do with you or me but only them (the person who is doing the action) and is not our concern what they choose to do in their lives? The most any of those things will cause is some constraint but some constraint isn’t a limitation it is simply an obstacle to work around or overcome.