Since I wrote The Sorcerer's Secrets I have done a lot more thinking on the topic. I have now developed a full day Financial Sorcery Intensive that I launched at Soul Journey in Butler last weekend, and hope to bring to other locations soon. If I ever get the time to submit the required sample chapters, this will also be the topic of my third book with New Page Press.
Obviously the intensive and the book go into greater detail than I can on the blog, but since I was referenced in two posts, and I cannot resist jumping on a meme as it passes through the blog-go-round, I figured I will comment on Gordons original topic of why Abundance magic does not work out for a lot of people.
There are actually a number of flaws in how most people approach abundance magic, or as I like to call it, financial magic. I shall list Four that I find common:
1. The first is the one that Gordon mentioned: perspective. If you call up Tzadkiel and ask to be rich or wealthy (which i count as two separate things) he is going to look at you in the context of the whole world. If you make over 23k a year, you are in the top 10% income earners on earth. If bring in over 40K a year you are in the top 1% income earners on earth. Even if you are way below the poverty line in America you have access to a social safety net, clean free water, free libraries, homeless shelters, free clinics, etc. It's not a picnic. But compared to life making the median income in Nepal you are doing WAY better.
If however you call Tzadkiel and say: "Here is my realistic business plan that I want you to help me impliment so that I can increasy my income to seven figures within the next five years" Tzadkiel has a lot more to work with. Its not that you are too rich more magic to get you more. Its that you are asking for the wrong thing.
2. The second problem people have is unrealistic expectations. They want magic to work like it does in movies - it doesn't. In terms of practical magic you can altar probability and effect people's minds. That's it. The amount of power and realization you have determines how much you can do this. When I gave people in my course the assignment of stating a realistic yet difficult goal to achieve with magic, two of the first ten relied that they wanted to win millions in the Lottery so they would be wealthy for life. It seems like this would be simple to effect with magic because it is random, and maybe is you have mastered telekenesis and can get within site of the drawing it is. In terms of probability though its not easy.
While it varies state to state, on average your chance of winning the big pot in a Lottery is one in 18 million. Your chance of being struck by Lightning is one in 2,650,000. About 45 times more likely than you winning the lottery.If you drive 10 miles to buy a lottery ticket, its about 30 times more likely for you to die in a car accident on the way than it is for you to win the Lottery. Also, given the amount of people that say they want to win the lottery with magic, you have all the competing magic out there aimed at any given pot.
3. Third problem is Financial illiteracy. Let's say that you are the Uberarchmagus that day and manage to bring home several million. The whole reason that you want to win the big one is so that you never have to worry about money again, because you are a spiritual person and dont really like thinking about it. You are like most people who win. Turns out that 75% of people that win the big pots in the lottery end up in deeper debt than they started with just 7 years down the road. They never took the time to learn the laws of money - if they did, they would not have been so focused on the lottery.
This plays out in all money drawing magic. In my experience, drawing small sums works quite well. The problem is that people don't know what to do with money when they get it. If you want mammon to serve you, you must learn its behaviors. It is a spirit. It has likes and dislikes and protocols for being worked with. If you do not learn them, it will kick your ass.
4. Emergency magic is the fourth problem. I would bet that 90% of the money magic worked in the world is done to remedy a problem and maintain the status quo rather than build something new. It is really easy to enchant your way into keeping the same dead end job and slum apartment for the rest of your life. People say they want big things, but too often we focus on avoiding the necessary dissolutions of comfort that will eventually lead to bigger and better things. The last day job I held was one that I REALLY liked. It was easy, took me all around the area, and gave me oodles of free time. It was however not going to get me anywhere in the future. If I stayed for 20 years I would probably be in the same position because it was a position created specifically for me and outside the normal flow of positions in the company. When I got a heads up that it would be ending, I did nothing to prolong it because I knew I would be better off letting it go and building something better. I'll let you know how that turns out :-)
There are other reasons that financial magic doesn't work out for people as well: they don't do anything to move their "Set Point", they turn to much of their life over to spirits, they have anti-materialist leanings, they just have no gift for sorcery. The list could go on, but these four are the main reasons that so much financial magic fails. If you can avoid those you will be ready to work with the real secret of money magic.
What is the real secret of making money with magic?
It's knowing how to make money without magic!
The same rules apply. The same systems of generating income and limiting spending are used. The same balance sheets and income statements are examined. The same income generating assets are acquired. The difference is that magic will increase your chances of succeeding because you can improve probability and plant seeds in people's minds.