Increase Silver Money

Annoint a white candle with olive oil or verbena (van-van oil), and dedicate it to the Moon Goddess, Aradia.

On the first night of the waxing crescent Moon at the exact hour of midnight, light the white candle and carry it in your left hand. As it may be windy, put it in a candleholder with a chimney.

Carry some silver coins in your right hand and walk outside. You must be able to see the new waxing crescent Moon and stand in the rays of the moonlight.

As you lift your face to gaze upon the Moon, say:

	Salute mia Aradia,
	Gracious Goddess.
	Before all of Heaven
	And all of Earth,
	I bow before Thee.

At this point bow.

	Bless Thou me.
	O Giver of Life
	And Queen of Heaven,
	See how I turn the Silver
	Over and over in my hand

(Hold outstretched palm with Silver turned up toward the Moon.)

	Keep now
	Thine Ancient Promise,
	Unto all Thy children
	Who keep the turning of the Silver
	For a mighty increase.

(Turn the Silver over.)

	Lady Moon,
	Queen of Heaven,
	Granter of Abundance,
	Gracious Goddess.
	Ruler of the Sea,
	Bless Thou me.

Carry your candle back inside and extinguish the flame. Do this same ritual each night as the Crescent Moon waxes stronger, until the midnight hour of the first night of the Full Moon. On this night allow your candle to burn completely out. The Moon will be at its zenith of power and the height of its glory at midnight on the first night of the Full Moon.

Myth's notes:

Silver is metaphorically the metal of the moon. In most of the British Isles, it was customary for someone to turn a silver coin in the pocket, when she or he first saw the new cresecent moon, to "increase one's silver." In Somerset, England, folks bowed to the new moon and said:

	New Moon, New Moon, fust time I've seed 'ee, 
	Hope before the week's out I'll ha'summat gi'ad me.

The old Scottish custom involved turning a lucky coin in your hand three times over when the new moon was first visible. The concept is as the silver moon increases in size, the silver in your pocket or hand will do likewise. The above spell is clearly based on this Scottish/British folk custom. Aradia, as a moon Goddess, has become attached to the spell. Not entirely inappropriate, as Aradia also promises prosperity to her followers.

Lady Sheba wrote about a similar spell, "This is a very ancient ritual and I dearly love it; it is so pure and beautiful," in her The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, 1972, 1974, 2001 (p. 51). Thus Wiccan use of this material can be traced back to the 1970s.

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