In Hoodoo the use of jars and containers for magic is very common. We create honey jars, sometimes called honey pots, for spells to sweeten people and situations or to draw things to us. We make blackstrap molasses jars to banish or even curse people (though some people will use dark molasses in jars to draw dark-skinned lovers). Money jars or money pots are a great way to use the idea of the container for drawing money to you. There are many different ways to do this depending on the tradition or even region that one is working within. Everyone puts a bit of their own twist on to it. For this I’m going to share with you the way that I have successfully made and worked with a money pot in the past. Hopefully this will help you create a magical money drawing pot of gold at the end of your very own rainbow!
What you’re going to need to get this started:
- A Pot, Bowl, of Jar – I prefer to use a cauldron with at least a 6″ opening or an earthen bowl. You’ll see as we go along with this that you want to be able to get to the contents with ease so it’s good to use something that will have a wide enough opening that you can see in and reach in. I’ve seen people try to do this with those cute ceramic jars that say things like “Ashes of Bad Customers” or “Rainy Day Golf Fund” and they just don’t work as well for this.
- A Large Lodestone – You can purchase one from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company.
- Lodestone Food – You can also purchase this from the Lucky Mojo Curio Company.
- Gold Sand or Gold Glitter – Sometimes you can come across gold sand online but gold glitter works well too. I’ve used glitter every time I’ve made these but I had a friend that used the sand and liked it.
- Money! – You need to have something to get the pot started. You can use change, paper money, or a mix of both. Use whatever you have on hand now.
The first thing you might want to do, if you feel drawn to do it, is decorate your pot, bowl, or jar. You can paint it green or gold, you can draw symbols that represent money on it like dollar signs, gold coins, or four leaf clovers, or if you work with a magical language you can paint or inscribe letters or words used to draw money on the pot.
Decide where you want to keep your money pot. If you are using this in your home you might want to keep it where you pay bills or by your front door. Most people have a place by their front door where they toss change at the end of the day. This would be a good place to put it because you’ll see it every day and it will be constant reminder to work with it. Wherever you’re going to put it you’ll want to leave it there so make sure you put it somewhere that it can remain indefinitely.
Next add your lodestone. If you happen to have some paper money to start your pot, lay that down face side up in the pot and place the lodestone on top of the face on the bill. If you don’t have paper money to start, no worries! Simply place the lodestone in the center of pot by itself. Next sprinkle a little lodestone food on it. It doesn’t need to be a lot, a few pinches will do. The lodestone draws things to you and it’s going to attract the things that it’s surrounded by which is why we’re going to have it here in the middle of the pot. It’s going to eventually be surrounded by money so it will help draw money to you.
The glitter goes in next. You’re going to sprinkle a layer of gold glitter along the bottom of the pot. The glitter does a few things. In general glitter is used in various Hoodoo workings because it acts as mini mirrors and reflects what we desire out into the Universe; they also reflect out the energy of our magical ingredients and objects toward the object of our desires as well. On a second level, within a spell like this, it acts on a symbolic level. We want to draw “gold” in the form of money and so by adding something gold to the pot we’re helping to attract money.
Remember, like attracts like! If you want to take that idea a step even further, you can purcahse 14k gold flakes and use them instead of the glitter. I know some people worry that using gold glitter would be like using fake gold and therefore attract “fake money” or money that isn’t going to last. I haven’t had that be the case, but you can experiment with differnt things and see what you find work for you.
Once you’ve got the lodestone in place and fed, and you have the gold sand or glitter covering the bottom, add any money that you have now. Even if it’s just a few pieces of change, that’s fine. Add the money and as you do explain to the pot that you want it to keep drawing money to you. Let it know that you want to be able to keep adding money to it. Toss it all into the pot. If you have any specific chants, prayers, or invocations for money that you like to use in money magic you can say them when you add money to the pot.
When you’re leaving the house stop and take a coin at random out of the pot. When you do, tell the pot why you’re taking it and that you want it to help attract more money to you to add to the pot. Place the coin somewhere on you so that you wont spend it or give it away (ladies, use your bra…gents, try tucking it in tongue of your shoe). As your day goes on pay attention and look for any found money. If you find coins in your path pick them up and add them to your pot at home. But, there’s a way to do this!
If you find a coin that’s heads up, pick it and thank it for finding it’s away to you. If it’s tails up, before you pick it up, turn it toward you three times. It will start tails, go heads up, then tails up, then end at heads up. Then you can pick it up. This process helps to “train” the found money to start coming to you heads up. Talk to it and tell it that you’re glad that you find it and that it found you and that you’re going to take it home and make it part of your pot.
Keep doing this with money that you find, adding money every day as you find it, and being sure to replace the coin that you take when you leave the house into the pot. If you have a day where you don’t leave the house or you come home without any money to add, simply take a pinch of gold sand or glitter and sprinkle around the inside of the pot. Once a week be sure to add some feed to your lodestone.
What the pot does is help to train money to find you. By working with picking up money and adding it to the pot you’re also helping to train money to come to you. Over time, when the pot becomes full, you can empty it, use the money or put it in the bank, and start again. It’s an ongoing thing.
I know some people might think “So, this is like a glorified piggy bank then, right? I’m just saving my loose change.” The energy of the pot will eventually start going beyond just loose change. You’ll find other opportunities for “found money” will come to you. The important thing is to be open to money coming to you in whatever way it needs to andto remain open minded about how it comes to you. This could mean money comes in the form of a gift, a job opportunity, an investment, anything! Being open to opportunity is one of the keys to ongoing magic like this. If you think in your mind that you’re just grabbing loose change then you aren’t giving it a chance to work in bigger ways for you. Don’t put limitations on your magic!
If you want to really get into the mode of attracting money, you can build a whole money altar around your money pot! Since I work a great deal with tarot on my altars I would including the Ace of Pentacles to draw on having money given to you and brought into your life, the 4 of Pentacles to symbolize wanting to hold on to your money, and the 9 of Pentacles to symbolize living in luxury without worry about money. The money pot can serve as a great altar focus for a place used to work to attract money to your home and your life.