Guest Author - Lori Phillips
How many times have you wished you could wave a wand and conjure up a pile of money? Blink your eyes like a genie and make a pot of gold appear? You don't have to be a sorcerer to summon up riches the easy way but you do have to believe in magic.
In his new book, "The Wizard's Way to Wealth - with benefit to all and harm to none," Ian Edwards reveals his secrets to doing just that. Edwards is a spirituality author, pagan chaplain and high-level mage who studied and trained in magickal arts from many different cultures. His travels through Hungary, Turkey, China, Japan, Babylon (in Iraq), Mauritius and Mexico introduced him to pre-Islamic magic, Voondun, Santaria, African ritual magick and non-mainstream Indian spirituality.
For those who erroneously lump all magickal arts into the same category of evil doings, you might need to learn more about magic practices to clear up some of your misconceptions so you don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Sometimes, labels get in the way. Because even though you might think of yourself as a religious person who relies upon Divinity to bring forth your "blessings," you are participating in similar "rituals" to conjure up your desires.
Practices of magic, which can be a religion, involve similar rituals and tools or tokens that merely affirm one's intentions and desires. Movies and fairytales focus on the type of practices that intend to bring harm, but most true magick practitioners take a vow to use their knowledge to bring benefits to mankind and nature with harm to none. They believe that they are invoking the power of nature or the universe rather than a man-like being called God. (To me, however, they are one and the same.)
With that said, I am an open-minded sort of soul so I read his book without any expectations, fully intending to try out some of his wealth-attracting spells. Before he handed over recipes, he set down a foundation of understanding for the beginner. The early chapters discuss some familiar-sounding principles about the powerful forces of intention and attraction. If you've heard of "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne or any of the wealth-manifesting proponents who followed, then the Law of Attraction will not be new but hearing Edwards explain it in his own way underscores that, whether you choose to "believe in" the LOA or not, it is a vital force to understand if you desire to employ magickal arts for wealth. Other not-so-new practices which have different labels for the same concept include creative visualization (focus--ie. know what it is you desire so well that you can "see" it in detail), hermetic connections in your environment (feng shui), and talisman magick (tokens and symbols). We all use tokens and symbols to attract feelings whether we recognize it or not. For example, do you carry a cross on your necklace? Sport a tattoo? Put up photographs? But Edwards will help you use them consciously.
He ventures into deeper magickal forests as he explains divination, which he defines as "becoming aware of the threads of the future in what is happening in the present." Have you ever heard a more beautiful explanation? Using case studies, some from his own life, Edwards illustrates how pendulum dowsing, runes, and tarot can be employed for practical purposes such as finding the right job, attracting your perfect mate, enhancing your job skills, acquiring a new car and even finding lost items.
I enjoyed his personal "recipes" for creating "wealth attractors" and magic charms. It all sounds so hocus-pocus until you break down individual ingredients and recognize why each one is spiritually potent. I only wish he included more than a few. How fun would it be to have a potion and spell book? Like non-cooks, non-mages need recipes! But this did inspire me to use my knowledge of the spiritual properties of plants, minerals and other ingredients that can be charged for creative potions of my own making. Give a girl a potion and you'll help her until the bottle is empty. Teach her to concoct her own potions and you'll turn her into a magickal miracle-worker for life.
The minor flaws of his book are easily overlooked. If you're a stickler for punctuation, you'll have to ignore the missing periods, and it could be better organized. Some important information seems to be buried in other chapters. Meditation, for example, is vital in magick work but doesn't have its own chapter. And you might wonder what a chapter on magic and memory has to do with wealth accumulation (he says it is to help with memorizing all your spells.) The chapters on luck and gambling put the book back on track and he finishes with some wise counsel on clearing out your negative beliefs about wealth that keep you from gaining it.
If you proceed with doubt, expecting nothing to happen, nothing will happen. But to all those who believe, all things are possible. My son, born with a curious interest in all things about magic and mages was charmed to read Edwards' book and is following some of his advice. But the important question is this: Do *you* believe? If so, wealth could appear before your eyes. It's on its way to me now.