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Musings of a Massachusetts Witch

September, 2010

Charging For Magickal Practices

Is it wrong to accept money for magickal items, services and teachings? Or is it a form of an energy exchange? Once upon a time humans bartered for what we needed and desired. We would exchange an item, such as a blanket, or loaf of bread, for a service provide by the village mid-wife or wise-woman. This was seen as an equitable exchange. Today, currency in the form of money, is an updated form of this long standing tradition.

When one offers a magickal service they have put time and personal energies into what they are offering. How can someone who feels the “call” to support their community with readings, energy healings or classes, without compensation in some form, support themselves or their families? Last time I checked it took money to rent a building or space, to provide electricity, and supplies for classes and services. It’s true that donations might cover a portion of this bill however, are you really comfortable with the thought that some of those Light Workers may be going home to pending evictions, no medical insurance and debt, while providing a service for you? Are you able to say that what they are doing is for “the greatest good” of all?

Consider this: the work that magickal practitioners do is no different than what other professionals do so, as we compensate the mundane professionals we should also compensate the magickal or spiritual workers. We don’t question and easily take into consideration that mundane professionals put their time, their effort and their expertise into their chosen careers. We understand that their fees or prices reflect this. Most mundane professionals deal with physical services, such as medical doctors, as well as mental services, such as psychologists. Money is simply a token for the energy transfer that takes place between the two willing individuals. Why is it more difficult to understand that spiritual work should be viewed similarly?

“Fairly take and fairly give” is part of the second line from the Wiccan Rede. It encourages Wiccans to give back that which we take – no matter where it is taken from. The quote clearly illustrates how our planet, our universe is held in perfect balance. Energy is constantly flowing – ever changing. There is never a void. Exchanging currency for a service whether mundane, magickal or spiritual in nature, aids in maintaining this perfect balance.

If a healing, a reading or other magickal item is given without recompense this creates an imbalance. The receiver may not value the service received or may feel that he/she is unable to accept it because they have given nothing in return. At this point the interaction may be associated with guilt. Is that really what the intention was when the interaction took place?

So, how much should a magickal practitioner or spiritual worker charge for their service? I believe it is really a personal decision but here are some questions to consider before setting a price: Are you able to live with your own price? Are you able to look yourself in the mirror and be comfortable with what your fee is? Does your price reflect your personal expertise? Do you accept the responsibility that is associated with the price you set?

In the end it comes down to your relationship with your Higher Self. Be truthful. Be honest. Be fair.