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Money Folk Magic From Around the World

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Money Folk Magic From Around the World

Second only to love, money is always a popular goal for magical workings.

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For hundreds of years, people have used magic to bring abundance and wealth of one type or another into their lives. Let's look at some of the various customs involving money around the world.

In parts of the Ozarks, it is believed that you'll soon receive a letter with money in it if a honey bee buzzes around your head, according to Vance Randolph's Ozark Magic and Folklore. There is also a legend, in some parts of Missouri, that if you see bubbles in your coffee, if you can drink them all before they disappear, a large sum of money is coming your way.

There's a legend in some parts of Appalachia that if you burn onion peels rather than just throwing them away, you'll never be poor.

In Hoodoo, there are numerous potions and "tricks" designed to bring money into your life. Jim Haskins says in his book Voodoo and Hoodoo that burning green candles anointed with money-drawing incense works well, and if you own a business, money oil is a good way to increase your abundance.

The use of a lodestone is found in some magical traditions as a way to attract money. The lodestone is "fed" with magnetic sand that is drawn to it -- as money is drawn to your wallet. This practice has been dated back as far as the days of ancient Rome -- prostitutes figured out that carrying a lodestone as an amulet would attract the wealthier clients.

A practicing witch who asked to be identified as Eowynne says that in her family, which hails from Cornwall, England, there is an unusual custom involving babies and money. When a baby is six months old, she is given a large silver coin to hold onto. If the child is able to grasp the coin without dropping it, she'll have no trouble attracting money as an adult. If she drops the coin, then she'll have a hard time holding onto her cash when she grows up (important safety tip - if you're going to have a baby hold a coin, watch to make sure it doesn’t become a snack).

Russia is the home of a superstition that scattered money draws even more wealth. Leave coins lying around in various places around your home -- in drawers, under the bed, the back of the closet, etc. -- and even more abundance will come your way.

Carry a Buckeye nut in your pocket to bring money your way at the gaming table or at the races. Bay leaf, cinquefoil, Tonka bean, sunflower, and pennyroyal are also herbs associated with money magic.

In Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion, author Christopher Faraone describes how a combination of amulets and incantations would have been used to draw money -- as well as other things -- towards someone.

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