Today I want to write about abundance, prosperity, lucre. It seems that everyone wants more money/opportunity/wealth but how many of us actually invite abundance into not just our lives, but our homes?
One of the first things that I ask people when we get on the subject of making money, keeping cash, and letting the good times roll–is–what is on your prosperity altar?
And often the reply is some version of “huh?” I work and teach in several different ceremonial traditions-and creating space in your physical dwelling for prosperity and abundance as you understand them is advised in all traditions I am familiar with and trained in.
If we cannot be bothered to dedicate a tiny bit of space to honoring the abundant good things in life, then we have already shut so many doors without every peeking to see what treasures might be behind them. What a terrible thing! So here are step by step instructions that can assist you in creating a beautiful space to honor abundance.
Choose the space–it may be a room, a corner of a room, a window ledge but choose a lovely space where you can honor abundance. In some traditions the direction East is associated with the element of Air and the season Spring-when all plants are beginning to sprout and grow and become, you guessed it, abundant! In other traditions East is associated with the strengthening of the sun (which of course rises in the East)-as the sun rises and gains in strength so may our fortunes. If you don’t have a place in the east where you can dedicate space then choose North-that direction is associated with the element of Earth and also auspicious for money making and all forms of manifestation.
Dedicate the space–I am not talking about performing some fancy ritual–I am talking about dedicating your space in order to set it apart from other areas of your home. Since we are working with the energy of abundance we want to set this space apart with items that help us attune to abundance. Now is the time to ask ourselves–what makes me feel rich? What makes me feel generous? What makes me feel stable, secure, and able to give and receive blessing? For some of us abundance is very strongly tied to the number of our bank accounts, but for others an ancient oak covered in moss and mushrooms is the strongest symbols of abundance. Personally, I like using pinterest to track my answers to the above questions.
Honor with Ceremony–Are you going to pray, burn candles, recite a specific mantra, or work with a lodestone or prosperity box? Is it essential to have certain stones, feathers, or elements represented at the altar? What types of ritual and ceremony speak to you? You can also get some ideas about your attitudes regarding wealth and abundance during an intuitive counseling session-so if you are really stuck on this, consider that. Traditionally these are some of the items you might find on an abundance altar:
- green or gold candles
- cash and coins
- oils to draw money and abundance
- herbs and roots to draw money and abundance
- figures of Deities/icons/ancestors that support you in your desire for an abundant life
- journals/books/magazines that assist you with planning and creating abundance
Invite your allies–In pretty much every religious tradition there are Saints, Gods, Goddesses, or Holy Figures that are associated with drawing wealth on every possible level (material, intellectual, spiritual, etc). Consider your tradition and the tradition(s) that resonate with you. Is there a figure that you believe might assist you in your endeavors to create more prosperity in your life? What about icons from history or popular culture? Anyone that just screams WEALTH! to you? And finally, consider your background and ancestors. With a little digging you are sure to uncover some truly remarkable individual who had financial savvy–it may be a good idea to invite them to the abundance altar!
Bless your projects–What are you working on? What project or idea or craft are you dedicated to that just thrills you? What amount of money would you like to be making? What forms of abundance do you most need in your life right now? An altar is not just a conversation piece or a pretty decoration. An altar is where we bring our hopes, dreams, fears, successes, and failures. It is where we go to seek blessings, to acknowledge blessings we have received, and in turn to bless ourselves and others. Show up at the altar, work at it and work with it on a daily basis. Consistent engagement in meaningful ceremony is everything.
And remember to ask…What needs to go? One of the areas that I think is not emphasized enough when we speak about abundance is what needs to be released and let go of? The title of this post is make space for abundance and of course in order to make space we must first get rid of stuff that does not attune us to whatever we are seeking. So just as I advised you to ask yourself–what does make you feel abundant it is also a good idea to find out what does NOT help you feel abundant? Identify that and then…move it on out!