No two occultists will ever agree on the magickal source of money. Whilst ancient cultures have looked to our Sun to provide wealth and abundance to their communities whilst many magickal groups look instead to the Goddess and to the Sphere of Luna as a source of wealth and prosperity.
Others insist that it is the planet Jupiter that bestows wealth upon us and other sources suggest that the dynamic of wealth is firmly rooted in the Earth—both the element and the planet.
Into this mix of heady discussion has arrived Frater U D—one of Germany’s foremost magickians and writers on the occult arts.
Money Magic/em> starts off with a fairly philosophical appraisal of money, magick and the four elements. It then moves into a consideration of money and society before raising the somewhat contentious proposition that money is now ruled over by Mercury. It cites our current electronic banking system and its automated payment processing systems to support this theory.
In Part II of Money Magic, the author explores the magickal and esoteric significances of Mercury as well as the ritualistic process for invoking the God of the planet. Here it calls upon the type of magickal proceedure favored by ritual-based systems such as those used by the Golden Dawn.
Part three invokes the occult practices of Osman Austin Spare who developed a system of sigil magick which is increasingly finding favor in todays’ magickal world. The author provides insights into making your own money sigil and how to consecrate it.
Investigations into the psychology of money then follow before the book deviates from its focus upon Mercury to exposing the somewhat dastardly impact of Saturn. in our lives. It is, of course, Saturn that creates form and materialises energy on our physical plane and so plays an important part in making money.
Two more planets are then brought into consideration regarding money magick. These are Venus and Jupiter—planetary influences whom the author feels are instrumental in the pathway to abundance.
The book closes with a look at gambling and luck with a final commentary on magick, the magickian and money.
Whilst not overly rich with magickal instruction, Money Magic is an interesting commentary on the energy of money and its relationship to magick.
Translated from the author’s native language (German), it does sometimes read a little dryly and the author comes over as being a little pendanctic. However, one must not forget that this is a book on magick and most books on this subject suffer from these afflictions from time to time!
The argument that money is ruled by magick is not completely established and I feel that whilst Mercury rules commerce, financial transactions and the electronic world of communications that we all live in I did not fee, after reading this bookl that money is anything more than a part of the planets’ influence.
Despite this the book reveals some very interesting and insightful background to magick. It includes some practical advice for those readers wanting to engage with the practical side of money magick but in the main the reader is left to refine the core philosophy to their own requirements.
As a commentary on how to magickally align yourself with money’s core dynamics, Money Magic will be particularly enjoyed by those practicing Thelemic philosophy. Others might find it a little dry and—dare I say it—a little mercurial!