Thursday, August 4, 2011

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees - Or Does It?

Sure the economy concerns me, but probably not as much as it concern others. Why?

Because I know that money loves me. Money doesn’t just love me. It is obsessed with me. Money stalks me. It sits up at night trying to find ways to catch my eye and come home with me.

Okay. I know those statements are a little extreme, but I’ve read a lot of books about the secret to using positive affirmations to get what you want, and those are the ones that I have made up to help attract money.

I also collect 4-leaf clovers and acorns and other items that are supposed to attract prosperity and even painted one room in my house money green, using the color matching machine at the hardware store and a hundred dollar bill.

Oh yeah. And I’ve been saving money since I was 14 and I’m as frugal as a packrat.

Still, we all need to be concerned about our finances. So in addition to scrimping and saving and cutting out all the extras in life that we don’t really need, here is some info I gleaned around the internet for things that are supposed to help attract prosperity:  

Plants :
  • Money plant tree (Pachira Aquatica) is a houseplant that is said to attract wealth and prosperity, and bring good luck to those who have it. There are many places suitable for placing a money plant tree, however the most ideal places include areas where money is kept, such as cash registers and safe deposit boxes. Source
  • Jade Plant (Crassula ovata) (pictured) . The Jade plant is the ultimate symbol of prosperity for the Chinese. It's flat round leaves and compact shape makes it the Asian equivalent of a money tree. (Source)
  • Fruit Trees. Small orange, lemon or lime trees also contain money-drawing properties and are ideal to place in this sector. (Source)
  • Dead or withering plants: BAD for prosperity. Anything obviously decomposing is antithetical to the energy of prosperity and should be removed.(Source)
Herbs and Spices: (source)
  • Alfalfa – Known traditionally as the “good luck” herb.
  • Allspice –It is thought to attract business luck or success.
  • Bayberry – Bayberry candles or incense “bring luck to the home and puts money in the pocket.”
  • Basil – Soaking basil leaves in water for three days and then sprinkling the water at your business premises is thought to attract financial success.
  • Bay Leaves – Bay leaves increase intuition and are good if you are looking for a promotion or a job. Tuck some under your mattress or boil them and sprinkle the water around your home.
  • Chamomile – Washing your hands in chamomile tea is thought to bring gamblers luck. Drinking the tea is thought to bring luck and prosperity.
  • Cloves – Cloves can be burned on charcoal, tucked in a sachet or put in your purse to draw money. An ancient money and protection ritual is to stick an orange with the heads of cloves stuck on pins and hang it on a ribbon in the kitchen so your cupboards are never bare.
  • Cinnamon: A very handy kitchen spice that can be used “in a pinch” to bring quick money, it can be bought as incense or burned on charcoal or sprinkled in a cash register or wallet to bring business.
  • Citronella: The leaves are thought to be good for attracting business.
  • Five-Finger Grass (also known as Cinquefoil): This lemony grass can be burned, hid in a potpourri or carried on your person. It is the standard ingredient in most money drawing incenses.
  • Honeysuckle: The live and dried flowers are used to attract luck business and prosperity.
  • Juniper Berries: Associated with Jupiter, the berries of the juniper tree are said to attract luck, good fortune and business success.
  • Mint: All the mints (spearmint, peppermint) are used to attract good spirits and speed good fortune to the bearer.
  • Strawberry Leaves: Carried on the person and used to draw fortunate circumstances into a person’s life.
  • Squill Root: If you can find this, it is said to be one of the most powerful roots used to draw money to the bearer.
Feng Shui Elements for Prosperity (source)
  • Water is the main element that brings wealth to your home. Water should always be clear, moving and free flowing. Never let your water get stagnant. A fish tank is one way to stimulate your wealth areas. Make sure fish are healthy and strong and always keep the tank clean. A fountain is also a great way to keep your abundance flowing.
  • Enhance your wealth corners by hanging wind chimes, a mobile, or by hanging Chinese coins tied together with a red ribbon (if you do this make sure you use coins in the increments of 3, 6, or 8 with 8 being the most powerful money manifesting number).
  • Add some plants with round leaves to your home. This is another good way to enhance your wealth area, according to feng shui guidelines. If the plants have red or purple flowers that is even better.
  • Paint for prosperity. The best colors for the wealth area are green, red, purple, black and gold, with the most effective colors being red and green.
  • Make sure your plumbing is in good working order. A dripping faucet is symbolically and literally money going down the drain. You should also keep your drains plugged when not in use. This keeps money in your possession. You do not want to accumulate wealth then have it go down the drain.
  • Close toilet lids. You don’t want to flush your money down the toilet.
  • Incorporate feng shui elements outside your home, in your yard, to attract wealth and prosperity. A fountain can be placed in front of your home; the water should flow inward towards your home. Place a windmill, weathervane, or any moving, spinning object in the far left corner of your backyard to stimulate energy and attract wealth.
Now if you don’t believe in any of that hooey, you can always go bury some of your money in the backyard until things in the stock market decide to settle down again.

If you do decide to bury your money, make sure that you do it correctly. You need to make sure you use a container that won’t fall apart underground. Old-timers used to use mason jars, but I found something that looks like a better solution :

Although it might seem excessively paranoid to some, Burying your cash might be the most bulletproof way of hiding cash. Using cache tubes involves getting some 6″ to 8″ PVC drain tubing several feet long, with two threaded end caps. Your stash can be placed in several plastic baggies, and then the end caps can be epoxied in place, or sealed with extreme pressure wheel bearing grease, both of which are also available at your local hardware store. This type of tubing, made out of PVC,is strong enough to withstand most natural elements, such as corrosives, salts and water. All one has to do, is to use a common pot hole digger to create a good hole to bury the tube. If you are burying money, make sure it is wrapped in layers of zip lock bags and throw in a silica pack from the inside of vitamin or supplement containers to avoid mildew or similar smells. (Source)

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