In the soft light of the golden hour, a stately woman lifts her veil before an alter. She’s not praying. She’s invoking. This is a summons, not a plea from the powerless to the powerful. She knows without hesitation there will be favorable results, because she’s a willful participant.
Garbed and veiled in purest white and crowned by a wreath, the woman is pure because she is loving-hearted and sacred because she is alive. The majestic columns and rich tapestries of the inner courtyard mirror of her strength and abundance. Her confident stature suggests she accepts these as truths about her nature without needing them bestowed; this, however, cannot diminish the awe of whatever power she invokes. Devotion mingles with dignity as she looks, eyes wide, toward the statue on the upper alter.
Grapes and grape leaves overflow the table. These represent simple sustenance as well as the sumptuous pleasures of earth’s bounty, food and wine. This woman has no need to practice scarcity, impoverishment, shame or fear. Hers is a spiritual practice of enjoyment and celebration, abundance and trust.
As the Enchantress of Coins, we can imagine her honoring an anthropomorphized image of fruitfulness and productivity. She is in communion with this ideation, or this deity, because she retains a sense of wonderment. She is thankful for every breath and every bite. Whatever it is she deifies reflects an idealized image of nature’s cornucopia – and of herself.
Her ceremony is a ritual enactment of her connection to the earth and an acknowledgement of the wonderful and terrible experience of being alive. She participates with her entire being. Her body, breath and emotions radiate with the force of the invocation. The sensation of reverence impresses on her deepest self how she will direct her attitude, thoughts and actions as she moves forward from this moment.
In the journey through Coins, we’ve seen a broad view of wealth. What makes us prosperous is the presence of people and experiences that we value and that give meaning to our lives. Things are involved, providing and enhancing our experiences, but they do not have to have monetary value to have worth. Having physical wealth to hoard, worry about and protect can sometimes decrease our happiness, as the Four of Coins cautions.
As the zenith of the suit, the Enchantress of Coins reminds us again that wealth resides within the sensations of being alive – of living life with pleasure, a light heart and an easy laugh. She manifests the abundance of pleasure. This is not to say that physical things are unnecessary and that this Enchantress represents only the immaterial, because she does not. Leave that for the Enchantress of Cups. She is, fundamentally, an archetype of enjoying material abundance. These things can be expensive, like a trek across Europe, the simple costs of living, like a good meal, or free, like a sunset, our own bodies or – who knows – a trek across Europe.
The Enchantress of Coins does not luxuriate in the fruits of the earth because she is lucky. In fact, she unveils the formula for getting what we want. Though it’s not fool proof, or disaster proof, it can teach us how to orient our lives toward abundance.
Formula for Success
First is intention. The Enchantress counsels us to define what is important and focus on it intently. A friend used to advise, “Invoke early. Invoke often.” To clarify what we need, state it clearly and remind ourselves frequently is a superior idea.
The Enchantress of Coins understands this as the basis of ritual. In ritual we enact our aspirations, feel attainment even as we strive, and experience what we desire before its arrival. We balance sacrifice with celebration, and we remind ourselves of how we want to feel as we walk through the world.
Some rituals are given and some we create. They can be mundane or profound. The more we consciously approach rituals, the better use we make of them. Birthdays for children remind us of how they bring deep nourishment to our lives, despite the occasional tears and frequent frustrations.
Other rituals are embedded in tedium. When we treat our routines as chores rather than rituals, we’re likely to skip flossing or exercising as another boring task on the list of things we “should do.” When it’s a ritual, it’s an act of self-love. “I love my smile – it shines.” “I care for my body, and it cares for me.” Simple acts become reminders of our wealth and forays into the incredible sensations of being embodied. Making it a rituals says “thank you.”
Our intentions to manifest abundance do not supersede industriousness, of course. After intention, the second, critical step is to act. Rituals can be fuel for our intentions, but the objects of our desires do not (typically) magically materialize.
For her desires to take shape around her, the Enchantress of Coins puts her entire being into a desired outcome, applies intensified effort, and it takes shape around her. In her thoughts and actions, she commits herself to it fully.