Out of the Broomcloset: It’s all in the timing

Out of the Broomcloset photo of candles, wine, and a clock
Out of the Broomcloset photo by Leon calafiore

Some of you may have a fond childhood memory of “How and Why” books, in which basic knowledge on various topics was laid out. Or, you might enjoy a series such as “How Stuff Works,” and the like. So, this time around, we’re going to tear down a simple spell, and explain not only the how, but the why, to a degree. Don’t worry, it will still function after we’re through. No magic will be harmed here.

So, what to do when past debt and debt to possibly come to have you sandwiched in an uncomfortable spot? There’s no financial advice to be found here; however, you might want to dabble with a money-drawing spell. Conveniently enough, there are some at hand. Here’s a simple one to utilize.

During a Waxing Moon, carve symbols of Mercury into a white candle, on his day, which is to be lit during an hour of Mercury, for seven days. Make offerings daily; when done, bury the residue.

All in all, a simple procedure, with a bit to unpack; the more you know, the better, as a network television station used to announce.

The Roman god Mercury, overseeing commerce and thievery (among other things) is certainly an apt one to concentrate one’s attention on, when asking for gain. Wednesday was his day, so that’s that.

Days that the Moon is waxing, or increasing, are easy to figure. However, weeks and days are funny things. Some cultures will measure a day from sunrise to sunrise, some from moonrise to moonrise, and how many of them you assemble into a larger unit of time is, well, variable. Rome used an 8/9 day week, and a 10-month year. What we know as January and February were just winter, until the start of the New Year in March. For us, it’s just Wednesday, Feb. 1, and 21, March 1 and 22 this year to begin this work.

The time of the correct hour(s) requires a bit of work. Take the number of minutes sunrise to sunset, and divide by 12, which will let you know the duration of a planetary hour (and the same is true for hours of the night). Each of the seven traditional planets take charge of an hour in sequence. Mercury, on a Wednesday, is in charge of sunrise and the 7th hour; after sundown, the 3rd and 10th. Or, you could spitball it, it’s an experiment, after all. Just record your results. Or, go to lunarium.co.uk to use their free calculator.

As for symbols, go as simple as you like, or not; just his name, or the little horned stick figure, a caduceus (a rod with figure-eight snakes, or the FTD logo, as you like). This is all a  modern substitute for small statuettes that would be on an altar. As for offerings, wine, olive oil, and crackers (particularly ones with rosemary, thyme, or sage) are fine, decent wages for the job being done.

Don’t use your best china (heresy, I know); paper plates and a to-go cup are just fine, the more biodegradable the better.

The other offering is incense; storax is particular to Mercury, but any spicy or woody scent should be acceptable. This particular ritual may be repeated as desired; keeping in mind that serendipity is involved. If you’ve ever gone magnet fishing, or metal detecting, the results of this “experimentum” are similar; it may attract cash (like a $20 dollar bill blown under a parked car), or something not so apparent (like a box, discarded in the trash, containing something worth selling).

It’s all in the timing, don’t you know. Good Fortune to you!