Dave Lee's writings on Chaoism, magic and the Northern Tradition
Excerpts from Wealth Magick Workbook Dave Lee, 1994, 2005
INTRODUCTION: LUST FOR LIFE
Most people take money seriously, but would tell you that the only way to get more is to work harder. The bad news is that this is basically true: in the long term, magick represents the fine-tuning of one’s approach to money, not a guaranteed substitute for work.
Further, many magicians don't take money magick very seriously, believing it to be below their notice. Why go to all the trouble of doing magick to get something as worthless as money? Leaving aside for now the question of whether wealth and money are the same thing (they're not), the answer points to two basic drives: Insecurity, which is the negative motivation for money, and desire, which is the positive reason. The First Circuit trance is concerned with biosurvival; money is a set of tokens for that basic security. Therefore, it is important to you in proportion to how little you’ve got, which is to say how insecure you feel.
Money is more linked to insecurity, wealth to desire.
Desire is the drive to what has been called Blue Magick. In Pete Carroll's exposition of 8 Magicks (see Liber Kaos), Wealth Magick is attributed to Blue. The primary attribute of Blue Magick is desire: desire for possessions, desire for experience, desire for sex, desire for fame or recognition, desire for new talents, desire for magickal power - all of these things are the primary quality of desire acting upon your life. Blue connotes expansion, and so does desire. Blue magick is an expression of the magician's lust for life. Desire is the motive force behind growth. Without desire, nothing moves, nothing develops, nothing evolves. By desiring something, we expand the range of our world in our imagination. The art and science of bringing this expanded world into manifestation are the technologies of Blue Magick.
The techniques of Money Magick are quite different from the techniques that work best to enhance Wealth. The two approaches are reflected in the structure of this book.
WEALTH AND MONEY
It should not have to be said that money and wealth are not the same thing. However, people both poor and rich do mix them up, so I'll say it anyway: Money does not constitute wealth.
Naturally, if you are wealthy, you have sufficient money at any moment. Similarly, if you have a "large" sum of money, you can live a wealthy life if you want to. But the terms Money and Wealth are not interchangeable: the person who inherits or wins half a million could, with an enjoyable degree of effort, ensure a ready supply of money for the rest of any lifespan. Or blow it in no time at all.
Wealth does not consist of money; ultimately, it has only marginally to do with money at all. So what constitutes wealth?
Wealth is abundance where and when you want it. To elaborate, to be wealthy is to live your life the way you want to. The condition of wealth is the experience of confidence, relevance and abundant pleasure in one's material environment.
Money is a parameter, whose value is arbitrary and impersonal; Wealth is a skill, whose value is arbitrary, and personal.
Money is a Spirit, an elemental; Wealth is the attribute of a God.
OK, I've said all I'm going to say for a few chapters about the distinction between money and wealth. Now I'll get straight into what you want to read about: Magicks for Money.
MONEY AS A MAGICKAL OBJECT
Money has some curious properties. For a start, all similar banknotes are almost exactly identical, bar the serial number and degree of wear. Banknotes have weird pictures on them, rendered in such complex detail that they are relatively hard to forge. The British banknotes have little scenes from the lives of famous people on them. The US notes have the infamous Eye in the Pyramid glyph, beloved of conspiracy theorists.
Nearly everybody has money. It is almost as common an attribute as having two eyes or two legs. Money is an excellent object through which to work sorcery, which is the manipulation of symbolic objects to magickal effect.
THE NATURE OF THE MONEY SPIRIT
Let us return to viewing Money as a Spirit, something alive in our common inner worlds, something with its own magickal character. What are the attributes of this Money Spirit? It is often seen as mindless or nearly mindless; this gives rise to the popular image of Mammon, a force of blind and brutal greed. However, this image is judgmental, and too imprecise for our purposes. I think of the Money Spirit as being like the great Elemental Kings of the Enochian psychocosm, with their endless Names of howling and soughing vowels. A vast, impersonal elemental force, money flows and flashes down the circuits of communication systems, its true Name hidden in its countless billions upon billions of alphanumeric digits.
The Nature of Money is reproduction, movement. It withers if kept still; it loves to move. It is important that money changes hands, important that it reproduces by trade and investment. It has enormous power over people's lives, over the decisions they make, over the choices of how they spend their time. It is responsible for great motivation, great misery and great stupidity.
Having acquainted yourself with some features of the Money Spirit, you can investigate it further in your own inner worlds. The exploration of the spirits of things through trance work comes under Shamanism.
There are no doubt those who would object to my characterization of money as a spirit in the shamanic sense. In answer, I would point to the attitudes of an old Amazon Basin shaman I saw interviewed on a TV programme a few years ago. This old man had been displaced, along with other members of his tribe, when they refused to accept the violently-imposed Christianity of the loggers and their missionaries. They had set up a community together with other refugees from the clearance areas, and continued to practice their ancient ways.
Just before the occasion of the interview, the shaman's son had taken him into a town for the first time. They had ridden on a bus and gone to see a film at the cinema. The old man was tremendously excited by all this; he had lived all his life in the forest, and had learned the spirit songs of animals, plants, rivers, elemental forces. Suddenly he had been precipitated into an environment where he knew very few of the spirit songs. To him, a car or a cinema was as worthy a subject of a spirit quest as any creature or object he had been brought up with. He told the interviewer how he was performing his spirit vision quests to learn to sing the song of the car, and the song of the cinema ! Since these things were now in his mind, part of his mental environment, he saw no reason why they should not have songs, songs that would be his tools for improving his power relationships with them. Such an approach is far away from the guilt ridden anti-technology attitudes of new age "shamans", and is of the essence of the ancient current.
THE WEALTH MAGICK WORKBOOK
BUDDY, CAN YOU SPARE A PARADIGM?
INTRODUCTION: LUST FOR LIFE1
WEALTH AND MONEY
PART 1 : MONEY MAGICKS
MONEY TECH 1 : DISCS AND DESIRES
MONEY TECH 2 : STALKING THE MONEY SPIRIT
PART 2 : WEALTH MAGICK AGAIN
THE HIERARCHY OF FREEDOM
THE COST OF MONEY
ENCHANTING FOR POSSESSIONS
WEALTH MAGICK ILLUMINATION AND INVOCATION
PART 3 : THE BIG PICTURE
THE MONEY SPIRIT AND ECONOMICS
WEALTH AND TIME
THE PERCENTAGE BUDGET
WELL FORMED OUTCOMES
EVALUATION OF WEALTH AND MONEY MAGICK TECHNIQUES
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