Creating a Simple Abundance Altar

Can a pantheist believe in the law of attraction? Sure! But it certainly isn’t required.

For pantheist pagans, I imagine there’s a greater chance of believing in things like the law of attraction, crystal healing, and reincarnation, but there’s no dogma within pantheism or even paganism that tells you which of these things to believe in, if any.

Pantheism and paganism are merely jumping off points that often intersect, so as a pantheist pagan, you may find yourself trying to develop your own practice that makes sense in terms of your unique worldview.

With that being said, I’ve been contemplating the law of attraction a lot lately. In my pagan practice, I perform rituals that might not necessarily make sense to a strict naturalistic pantheist, but that’s okay. Sometimes my own rituals don’t even make sense to my rational mind! But I always focus on the intention behind them and the type of energy I want to put out into the universe. Performing a ritual is a type of meditation for me—a way to ground and reconnect with myself.

What is the Law of Attraction?

In its most basic terms, the law of attraction suggests that our thoughts turn into tangible things at some point. If all we focus on are negative thoughts, we’ll be stuck in a funk indefinitely.

As someone who suffers from massive depressive disorder and anxiety, I’ve experienced this phenomenon myself too many times to count. If you’ve ever been there, you know how hard it is to get out of a depressive episode when the universe seems to be working against you.

The same can be said for positive thoughts. If we put out love and positive intentions, we’re more likely to see the good things in life. Maybe it’s just a mirror effect, but regardless of how or why it happens, the law of attraction makes sense. Cause and effect is a principle that exists in nature and even drives the entire scientific method, so why can’t a concept like karma exist?

Creating an Abundance Altar

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If you’ve been subscribed to my blog for some time, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been MIA for a while. I had good intentions for getting The Pantheist Pagan moved to a better blogging platform, but lack of finances kept me from moving forward with those plans. I was also dealing with depression, juggling work, and trying to build up another blog that has a bit of money coming in. I dropped the ball big time, and I let many of you down. For that, I apologize.

After some of you reached out to say how much this blog has meant to you, I knew now was the time for its relaunch. Since money was my original hurdle, I thought I’d write about creating an abundance and prosperity altar.

Gather Your Tools

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You can use pretty much anything to create an abundance altar as long as the items mean abundance and prosperity to you. This could mean gathering:

·       Coins

·       Dollar bills

·       Green crystals

·       Money-attracting herbs

·       Essential oils

·       Treasured trinkets

·       Tokens

·       Green or gold candles

·       Buddha figurines

For my altar, I used an athame to carve my intentions into a green candle. Words I chose were, “I attract money,” “abundance,” and “prosperity.” I also carved seven dollar signs around the candle since the number seven is considered a lucky number. I then rubbed the candle with some essential oil, cinnamon, and a dried tea blend that contained money-attracting herbs like alfalfa and sassafras (this part gets messy!)

Invite Money Into Your Life From Multiple Sources

Using parchment paper and a green pen, I listed 15 ways money can come into my life. These included things like:

·       Unexpected gifts or refund checks

·       Regular, consistent paychecks

·       Blog patrons and sponsors

·       Reduced bills and expenses

·       Lotto winnings

You get the idea. This step took a lot of thought since we never really consider all avenues through which money can enter our lives. After completing my list, I sprinkled some of the dried herbs over the paper and folded it toward me several times until the paper was small enough to fit in a drawstring bag.

After wrapping the parchment with a $2 bill, I put it in the bag along with a green stone, some resin, and a few coins.

Honestly, I made this ritual up as I went along. You don’t need to follow anyone’s process—just do whatever feels right for you. I didn’t even recite any incantations other than standing in front of my completed altar and telling the universe that I’m open to prosperity and abundance. This was the result:

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Whether there’s any magic involved in this ritual or not isn’t the point. Through setting my intentions, I’ve made myself more aware of how money can enter my life, and I’m more likely to look for it or take the necessary steps to obtain it.

Have you ever set up an abundance altar? What was the result? If you haven’t yet and want to try an abundance ritual, I hope this post has given you the inspiration needed to open yourself up to all the good things the universe has to offer!

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5 Ways to Celebrate Samhain for the Pantheist Pagan

Happy Samhain, folks! Or Halloween, if that’s what you prefer to call this day. I wish I could say I had a costume standing by and an event to go to tonight, but alas, I don’t, so I’ll be finding other ways to mark the day.

If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ve probably read about my first Samhain ritual three years ago. I can’t say that I’ve bumped up my ritual practice since then, although I do try to make it a point to honor my late grandparents on Samhain by lighting candles. None of the pagan holidays I’ve celebrated have been elaborate in any way, though they’ve all been meaningful. Sometimes it feels like my practical pantheist side is in a tug-of-war with my spiritual pagan self, so I never go all out with witchy celebrations, even though I’d love to.Read More »

Blessing Yourself with Love

If you’ve happened to click the link to my unrelated travel blog in the sidebar, you’ve probably noticed I try to be very body positive. This is an ongoing struggle for me since I was severely bullied in middle school for my appearance, but I’ve realized over the years just how important self-love is. We’re rarely happy with ourselves, and often find something to criticize when our loved ones don’t even notice the things that bother us the most when we look in the mirror.Read More »

A Note on Deity & A Daily Blessing

I mentioned in my last post that I was rewriting various pagan and/or Wiccan rituals to better fit my pantheist beliefs. For non-theists who also identify as pagan or who are simply trying to incorporate more spirituality into their lives via pagan practices, it can be difficult to overlook some of the language in many rituals and blessings. It may seem as if non-theistic pagans don’t exist, but there are more than you may realize, and how they approach the subject of deity is unique to each person.

When I first began learning about paganism after I had already identified as a pantheist, symbolism became a big deal for me. I started viewing the pagan idea of the Goddess as Mother Earth or Mother Nature, and the God as the mighty Universe, both equally destructive and mysterious as they are creative. What is Divine if not these unseen forces we experience during every moment of our lives?Read More »

Thirteen Goals of a Pantheist Pagan

I’ve been working on rewording certain rituals to make them fit my pantheist pagan beliefs, but one thing I’ve always liked is Wicca’s “Thirteen Goals of a Witch.” I’ve found that it aligns with my own intentions being on this spiritual path, but words like “Craft” and “Goddess and God” don’t fit in with most non-theistic pantheist beliefs. Personally, I have no problem with the terms and am starting to view deities as archetypes and aspects of the Divine Source or even my own higher self, and spellwork as yet another form of mediation. Whatever these ideas may be for you, my Thirteen Goals of a Pantheist Pagan should suit the majority of pantheists who are seeking a spiritual home in paganism.Read More »

Rededication

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this blog and let it fall by the wayside. I always have good intentions of maintaining a regular blog, but I always seem to fail miserably.

If you’ve found your way to this site and have been leaving comments in my prolonged absence, thank you! That encouragement is actually what brought me back, even though it’s taken a while. I guess I was surprised by the amount of interest a pantheist pagan blog would generate, and that’s amazing!

To catch up, I’m still pantheist, although my beliefs are hovering closer to dualism now than naturalistic/scientific pantheism. That is, I view Nature as consisting of both the physical and spiritual, and these two substances are connected. I never did complete the “year and a day” study I set out to do when I began this blog, so much of the last three years has been devoid of ritual and practice of any sort. At this year’s Midsummer (Litha), however, I felt a strong urge to incorporate ritual and daily practice in my life. It felt like starting all over again, back at the beginning when I wrote about my first experience with Samhain, only this time I felt more behind than ever.Read More »

Defining Belief

Labeling oneself with a religious belief or philosophy can be tricky, especially when there are so many preconceived notions of worldviews that fall outside the Abrahamic religions. I’ve found the words “pagan” and “pantheist” come to conversations already loaded with their own sets of misconceptions. Many times, I’ll use the term “atheist” to tell a friend what I believe, although “non-theist” resonates with me most since I have my own preconceived notions about the term “atheist,” mainly the idea of “anti-theism,” which is not what I’m about.

I was recently asked to describe my beliefs to a couple of old high school friends during a girls’ day out. I hadn’t realized, as I was fumbling through my definition, that explaining pantheism to a non-progressive Christian is only going to be met with a blank stare and the occasional creasing together of eyebrows. Laying my beliefs out on the table in such a way, and explaining my reasons for not believing in their god anymore, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the only reaction was one of accusation.Read More »