One of the simplest ways to bring more money into one’s life is to take control of the money that is already there. To that end, I present the Pagan penny challenge as a means to do so in the coming year.
I’ve practiced that type of prosperity magic for many years, and the result is paying for things with what amounts to free money. This coming year, I’ve decided to tap into the power of pennies.
The idea is to set aside an increasing number of cents each day, starting with just one on the first of January. Each day after that the requirement goes up an additional cent: two cents on Jan. 2, a nickel on the 5th, dime on the tenth, all the way up to setting aside a full $3.65 on Dec. 31, 2017. That’s not even as much as what a lot of Americans spend on a single cup of coffee on the way to work. I can’t personally afford to drop five bucks on a fancy drink each day, but it’s still going to be a few months before I have even depleted the couches, change jars, and coins found while sweeping or just walking around.
In an effort to be more intentional and crafty in my pursuits, I made myself a money jar for this purpose. I’m sure it won’t fit the entire amount if I leave it as pennies, but money-changing can itself be a magical act: swap coins intended for prosperity with an equal sum, and prosperity ends up on both sides of the equation. The dollar bills now in the jar are now part of the spell, and the pennies I removed don’t lose that essence unless “money laundering” means something other than what I’ve been led to believe.
Money magic of this sort is not fast magic by any means. I’ve been saving to buy a fireplace insert for Hestia for three years now, and it’s probably going to be at least one more before that purchase can be made. I do not believe there is any value in borrowing money to make an offering, because an offering should represent one’s efforts, rather than a pledge to make that effort in the future. After all, “give a pledge, and ruin is near.”
The Pagan penny challenge will yield $667.95 by the end of the year. If you expect it will be substantially in coin at that time, start planning now to find a coin-counting machine that won’t take some of your savings during the service. When they are found in the lobbies of banks and credit unions, they are generally free of charge to account holders.
Finally, give some thought as to how this money should be used in your life. will it make you richer? Will it enrich you? Will it return to the couch from which is sprang? If the secret to magic is intent, then this is your chance to make a powerful spell. Don’t waste it.