Coins readily lend themselves to yes/no questions, which are often best avoided for divination, so I was willing to use one for these tests. Because I'm a little money obsessed anyway, the question I have been asking each morning is a simple one:
Will I have more cash in hand at the end of today?Count the cash at the beginning and the end of the day, and bam! an answer. Put the results for a selection of coins in a spread sheet, and after awhile I should be able to see if any of those coins are better at answering the question. Simple, testable process. Easy peasy.
My problem stems from having multiple money-focused activities going on at once. Today (yesterday, in some time zones), one of those came into conflict with my coin divination, and I think it won.
|Herm encircled by ribbons and wreath for Hermaia Agoraia.|
- decorating my herm (upright stone used as a shrine to Hermes), which somehow made it seem more phallic than ever;
- buying stocking stuffers for the people in my household;
- making some tasty no-cook mints as an offering to Hermes; and
- ensuring that my family's anonymous gift jar got to its recipient.
It's that last one -- the gift jar -- that screwed me up. You see, we've been putting cash in this jar for almost a year, a little at a time, whenever the mood strikes us. For me, whenever I had a stroke of luck or some extra change, it went into the jar, which was then wrapped up like a present and delivered.
So I have no clue how much money was in it. That didn't matter to me one whit -- I knew it was going to a family that could use the money -- until I started on this divination project. I chose my daily question because it's easy to measure how much cash goes in an out, if you just pay attention, but the jar defied that attention. I know cash left my possession today, but by the very design of the thing, I don't know how much. It's supposed to work that way, and it did.
So now I'm stuck, because I was clever. I know that if you don't understand that the results to divination, you can look for a sign or ask another question to clarify the result, but that still won't give me the dry, academic datum point that I was hoping for. I'm fairly certain there's a lesson in this, and absolutely sure that I deserve it, but the best thing that came of it was a topic to use for the letter "Y."
This post is part of the Pagan Blog Project, a yearlong exploration of spirituality. This specific post is brought to you by the letter Y.