There is a saying that goes ‘money is the root evil,’ and it may be so, but many can not deny the fact that money brings joy and pleasure. Someone corrected me one day and said ‘The love of money is the root of all evil,’ and of course I think this is the truth (read this post). There are things that many people will do for money and of course with money, often times fame and power comes. The thing is, the search for money (especially for those who were not born into it) can be a very rough road and there are times when people want to take shortcuts to get to the top or to have more than or to acquire the power that they seek and desire.
Spirituality will come in very handy for those seeking material wealth or a quick leap to the top of the money tree. This is where money rituals becomes important, but many people who go into this type of practice or covenant often times do not understand or realize the repercussions that comes with it…
There is a difference between money ritual and money medicine. Money ritual is a ritual done to bring about money or to change a persons situation or circumstance where in which they will be more wealthy and prosperous. The word ritual here means ceremony, a spiritual ceremony that is done where the priest or priestess do whatever they do within the ceremony to change the life of that person. I once knew a woman who was very very wealthy, yet she was never happy. I know this sounds cliche, but then again everything comes with a balance. This is not to say that wealth brings unhappiness, but the way in which a person gets their wealth, is what determines how they live their lives and also their physical and emotional well being (this would make for a great intellectual spiritual topic).
When I met this woman, let’s call her Roxanne. She was a woman already in her fifties and had six children. The source of her wealth? I had no idea, this was never disclosed to me. It may have been real estate, but I’m not sure. I was intrigued at the fact that this woman wanted for nothing. She had houses and cars, cuban cigars (lol), whatever it was, she had it or could afford it. Yet, she quarreled almost everyday about something or the other and most of the time the arguments had to do with either her ex husband or her current boyfriend, and most especially, the problems she was having with her children.
All 6 children had a problem. And the problems that they had were a mother’s or a parent’s worst nightmare. Let me list them…
The first child, which at the time when I knew her, was in her 30’s, was said to be a prostitute. Now this is not the prostitute that stands on the corner of the street, this is the one that will sleep with anyone who said Hi to her. It became almost like a sickness. She was even accused quite often of seducing her mother’s boyfriends, which created a very horrible relationship between her and her mother. They lived like cats and dogs.
The second child was a boy. He was gay and he, too, was extremely promiscuous; and he also went after the mother’s boyfriends. However, she never tackled his subject or even spoke about it. This was something whispered among the family. It seemed, however, that she always wanted to make him especially, very happy, almost as if she were carrying a guilt for whatever reason. And so, she would invite random men to the house to live with her and then put them to stay in this son’s room. She was highly criticized within the family for this as the boy was very promiscuous.
The third child was a thief. Very talented boy in all areas of his life and although the mother gave him everything he wanted, it seemed that he could not help stealing. The kind of thief he was was hardcore. He robbed houses, he did carjacking, he also sold and stole (in and out of prison) drugs… But all these things he did not have to, because she provided all her children with anything they asked for.
The other three children (1 girl and 2 boys) all became drug addicts. The drugs were heroin and crystal meth. These were children who had the best education (she spen money pon har pitni dem), and she was devastated when she had to battle drugs with her children by constantly having to put them in drug rehab.
When it came to men, she had no problem getting them (money is very attractive), but they all ended up using her and the relationship while with them was always tumultuous. She cried everyday, or cussed everyday, and even if she smiled or laughed, it was just for a moment. Happiness was never a companion to her. One day she told a story to myself and my friend Mother Myrie. This was after I had given her consultation on some problems she was having in her personal life. She told us about a ritual she had done many years ago. The ritual involved her being buried and resurrected. While I can not go into details of what she told me, I knew as she described it, that this was a money ritual, and so I asked her if she knew what the ritual was for when it was being done?
She feigned ignorance, and told me that she had just gone to the obeah man and asked him to help her make her life better, and this was what he did. She said after the ritual was done, her life flourished. Mother Myrie, who had been quiet during the conversation, suddenly made an accusatory outburst.
“Yuh tek care ah yuh self an’ lef yuh pitni dem outta door.”
Meaning she left her children out in the cold, or she did not ask what the repercussions would be when she did the ritual. I remember her crying that day. She never answered Mother Myrie, except for saying she didn’t know. But as spiritualists, Mother Myrie and I looked at each other, silently acknowledging the foolishness of people.
This story is one of many and to be honest, this story is mild compared to others who have done rituals for money and have lost family members or some parts of themselves (for example, their anatomy – one man went impotent). The possibility of becoming a millionaire, billionaire, trillionaire, is very real when it comes to spirituality. Yet we ought to remember that everyone has their own destiny written in a contract before coming to this earth plane to live, and if it is not destined for a person to be wealthy and powerful, they can become wealthy and powerful if they find the right spiritualist to perform the ritual to make them so. But there are dire consequences to be paid, and often times, they may not even know (the spiritualist certainly will not tell them, and sometimes the spiritualists himself may not even know the consequence, other that there are consequences attached).
All over the world, on television, or in the news, international, or otherwise, there are stories of people or families who are wealthy, powerful, famous, loved or criticized. There may be situations, just like this, (when spirituality is spoken of, as in witchcraft or juju, black people are highlighted in the minds of many, but this is not entirely so) where in which we see a woman, famous or otherwise, who once lived an ordinary life like you and I, and then all of a sudden she marries a wealthy man, and her life begins to rise. And after years or months or marriage, she branches off without him, becoming on top of him while he dwindles down to nothing. This could be called a swap or swapping of destinies where in which the money ritual that she did in secrecy, worked in the way of her meeting wealth (the man) and taking his destiny, leaving him to be a shell of a person.
There are spiritual energies that the spiritualist can work with, pertaining what is demanded by the energy or deity, and given to them. They can allow, for example the woman above, to steal or suck the glory of any and all men, regardless of family, or friend, or lover, who comes around. This is not only a woman thing, it can also be reversed where a man does this to a woman. In Africa, we would say switching the person’s star. This may sound very weird to some of you, but this is very real in the world of spirituality, and it can be as simple as one sex act between a woman and a man, where either he pulls from her or she pulls from him and bam, the deed is done.
Or as simple as someone offering you a seat, and you accept. A swap has occurred unbeknownst to you.
I’m sure many of you reading this have witnessed situations where you have seen people striving in life, perhaps met up with someone or into a family, and all of a sudden that person becomes nothing, while those who entered his life, rises above him. Money rituals are practiced all over the world (white, black, and more), and many people who have acquired sudden wealth, thrones, power, or titles, may be apart of this practice. Often times before our eyes (media) and we just don’t know…
However, there are real repercussions to these practices because the Universe witnesses all.
Now, on the topic of money medicine. I use the term “medicine” because I practice African spirituality, and this is what we call anything that is to assist anyone spiritually, but many of us in the diaspora may just call it spiritual work. The difference between money ritual and money medicine is that the first will bring money like pouring rain, and it is extreme and although it works, the consequences are dire. But money medicines are preparations done to assist the person by unblocking their way and allowing their natural goodness, which may be already destined for them, to come. I will give you a short example.
A gentleman told me that he had gone to Nigeria, on one of his trips, and had a divination with a Babalawo where it came up that his way was blocked and things were tough for him financially. The oracle instructed the Babalawo to make medicines for this gentleman. The man was told to buy two chickens and bring them. He did so. The chickens were sacrificed to whatever deity, and then the animal was cleaned and boiled. It was put to dry on top of a zinc roof. Other things were then done, (but I won’t go too deep), and the animal was now prepared like a meal with the Babalawo’s chanting. The gentleman was now made to eat the chicken (these foods are prepared in special pots, etc.) except the bones. The bones were placed aside and those were then made into medicine to be used. The gentleman told me that when he returned, money became his best friend. He said that year he flourished that he was even able to buy several buildings. But this lasted for perhaps two years, and it dwindled down when the medicine he used finished.
Now the difference with this is that the oracle was the one that pointed out the problem the gentleman was going through and also gave the solution. There also can be times when a person sits before a Babalawo and requests some type of medicine to assist them financially or in their business, and regardless of what is asked, the priest has to consult the oracle, and the oracle will determine the type of medicine that is conducive to that person’s spirit.
Money medicine or doing preparations to assist yourself financially, is fine. In spirituality, persons can use candles or even the Bible if you’re knowledgeable, invoke certain deities of nature, or whatever. There are many things that can benefit us in life, but then there are the extreme as I told you above that can create havoc, sadness, sickness, confusion, or even death.
It’s a matter of choice.
But in all things, we must be wise.
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.