The Ordains: Part 8 – Pay What’s Due
This is the eighth entry in a series on a set of Pagan guidelines known as the Ordains. The Ordains, as we know them today, can be found in the works of Gerald Gardener. Maiden’s Circle uses a simplified version that has been edited and altered to reflect our core beliefs.
“Do not haggle over the price of your ritual tools..”
So far, the Ordains we’ve seen have offered us guidance for living a balanced, healthy, and truthful life. We’ve gone over some of the most important tenets that I try to follow in my own life, and that I believe to be useful for not only witches and Pagans, but for all people.
When the subject of money enters the conversation, however, people tend to gloss over it. For whatever reason, society prefers to think of money as a “necessary evil.” I certainly used to think of it that way. Although money is an integral and constant influence on the construction of human history, we still see it as something separate from the things that “matter.”
We don’t talk about it with our children, we disparage people who wish to monetize their talents, and we use language that perpetuates an eternal division between money and happiness.
Now, of course, I know money isn’t what brings people happiness. It has never been a source of motivation to me and—even though I no longer consider it an “evil”—it’s still a sticky subject for me. But the way our society speaks of money causes people to see it as taboo, instead of a simple energetic tool that can be used for healing as much as it has been for destruction.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve glossed over a conversation about money. Whether discussing salary for a job, payment for a service, or even the cost of food, I like to keep the cash conversations short and sweet. We get the pertinent information and we move on to more pleasant topics. Everyone I know is the same when it comes to talks about money. At this point, it seems like human nature (or, at least, Millennial nature?).
Because of this need to get through any money-related discussion as quickly as possible, I’ve never had the patience to haggle over anything.
Either I wanted it enough to pay asking price or I didn’t, which meant I didn’t need to get it.
While my relationship with money is steadily improving, I still feel that way about purchasing items, including my ritual tools. Never-mind that I’m great at spotting a budget (dollar store witchery is the way to go), but with the wealth of options available, why haggle? Why argue with someone about the perceived worth of their product? Be it handcrafted or factory-sourced.
True, there are those out there who take advantage of this guidance. Some sellers stick exorbitant prices on products that cost a fraction to make, especially in smaller locations where finding ritual tools can be difficult. Worse, still, many brands have taken the tools of our practice and mass-produced them with nothing more than greed in mind.
It’s frustrating to see something as benign as an etched wine glass, a few chime candles, stones, and a book, sold on store shelves for a hundred dollars. Don’t get me wrong, the right box might have some amazing tools, but there are certainly people who take advantage of this Law.
At the end of the day, I see no point arguing with those people.
The fact is that, unless the item is truly one-of-a-kind, I can probably find it elsewhere. We have no need to haggle in the age of the internet.
My ritual tools come from various sources. Some were gifted to me, others purchased at various places (dollar stores, Target, occult shops, etc.), and many were found. The way I look at it, the cost of a tool isn’t what makes it valuable. The meaning we attribute to our ritual tools, the love and care we give them—these things make them valuable.
I believe that, if the tool is meant to be ours, we will be shown a way to get it without asking others to lower the value they’ve put on their work and without stealing. What we’re meant to have is already ours, but we don’t always need the things we want.
Once I saw the difference and changed the way I looked at money, things began to change. More and more I’ve learned that there’s no need to haggle. Whatever I need, I’ll have.
How do you feel about haggling? Do you find yourself trying to get people to lower prices? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!
P.S. I’m in the process of starting a charity that offers aid to people who are homeless. Would you be interested in participating in a grassroots endeavor to create care packages for New York’s homeless?
I’d be creating and delivering bags of essentials including blankets, non-perishable food, feminine hygiene products, and more to help someone navigate life without a home. Homelessness can happen to anyone, so I want to do my part.
If you’re interested, email me here and I’ll let you know how you can help!
Lady Morgana Brighid HP MCCA
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