Lugh © Mickie Mueller
All the perplexities, confusion and distresses in America arise, not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, as much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
— John Adams, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson
In order to heal the relationship between abundance and our art, it is crucial that we have a better understanding of what money really is. I did some research about this in the Autumn of 2007. It resonates even more deeply now for me, in the context of creative recovery. I hope this will be true for you, too.
From Sept., 2007:
Money exerts a deep emotional influence on who we are and what we believe we can or cannot have, including our social and geopolitical structures. According to some thoughtful observers, our long unwillingness to understand the emotional and spiritual effects of money on us may be at the heart of why we have come to know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Once upon a time, money was sacred, used only in connection with our relationship with the Divine. Before the banking systems and commerce of Egypt and Mesopotamia [which I discussed yesterday] and the promissory notes and records that represented actual wealth (primarily the grain stores), across much of northern Europe, the Celtic people were using metals for trade, including first copper, then gold and silver.
The earliest, and eventually, the finest of these objects were not for human use, but gifts to the Goddesses and Gods. That’s because gold and silver were considered literal aspects of Deity, specifically, the Sun and Moon. It is important to understand that these precious metals were not symbols or representatives of the Gods; they were an integral part of the Divine Immanence, and Presence in all things.
In her wise and beautiful book Money is Love, Barbara Wilder explains, “To understand this concept, imagine yourself as a member of a Neolithic village. Everything in your life depends on the reaping of a good harvest. The Sun must shine on the crops all summer long to ensure a good harvest. The God [for many, this would have been Lugh. -B.] who is the Sun, must be worshiped and revered to ensure a good harvest.
“Recently, gold has been discovered, and you, knowing that all things in the heavens and on the earth are one in the great cosmic dance, now hold a piece of gold in your hands. To you, this is not an inanimate object that shines and reflects the Sun’s light. This is a piece of the divine Sun itself. And the fact that you are holding a piece of [the] God in your hand means that you have a sacred responsibility. To do anything with this piece of the Divine but dedicate it back to the Sun God is unimaginable…”
Money as a sacred link between Heaven and Earth lasted well into Roman times. Then, of course, things began to change and I believe that is at the heart of why we find ourselves in our money difficulties today.
We’ll have lots more to discuss next week, but over this weekend, I suggest a money spell, if you haven’t already done one. Or do it again — the more regularly, the better. Gather all the symbols of money at your disposal – cash, coin, checks, plastic, bank statements, etc. Cast a circle or otherwise create sacred space as is your custom, and make a healing, cleansing ritual. Invite your favorite Gods and Goddesses of prosperity – Gaia, Lakshmi, the Dagda, and so on.
Let your intention be that all traces of residual fear, envy, negativity, and anxiety that these objects carry be cleared. You might smudge them, or bask them in the bright Summer sunlight. Then make a blessing upon them, so that their energy is clear, sacred, and loving. As you then spend, use, or store them, do so with heightened awareness – they are now restored with the sacred trust and power of their ancient meaning. They once again can represent the manifesting of Divine benevolence in our lives.
Again, more next week.