I can’t believe this is our last week of complete focus on Oya in the Soul Path Tribe for a while. Before Isis completely takes centre stage, however, I wanted to end with speaking about how Oya’s position over the marketplace can have a dramatically positive effect on your shopping for magickal supplies.
Before I go any further, I want to clarify my definition of magickal supplies so that hopefully I won’t confuse you with the rest of my thoughts. Because I believe everything done with intent and emotion is a magickal action, absolutely everything you buy has the potential of being a magickal ingredient.
As an example, consider a lettuce.
If you go to your local supermarket and purchase lettuce with the intention of eating it but you have no feelings about it, you have performed a mundane action and the lettuce is merely an ingredient.
On the other hand, if you should go to that same supermarket and purchase that same lettuce with excitement because it’s going to improve your health, you’ve just performed a magickal act and the magickal properties of the lettuce are yours to use.
How Oya can help
In the vast majority of marketplaces in other parts the world, the vendors consider haggling good form. In fact, they would view a lack of attempting to bargain with disdain; in submitting without argument, you hand over your power.
In the West, the authorities have stripped us of our right to barter; the price you see stuck to an object is the price you pay. However, you don’t have to continue to give your power away. By acknowledging the marketplace as Oya’s domain, shopping with the intent to get the best price and thinking outside the box, you can retain your power and get your magickal supplies at the best cost. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Don’t get in a rut. Shop around. Just because your local retailers had the best deals once, it doesn’t mean they still do.
- Compare prices on every item. You might save yourself a lot of money by going to several stores or shopping online when possible.
- Unless there is an emergency, never pay a price your intuition feels is too high, even if it’s convenient. Exercise patience and get the best deal you can.
- For those of you lucky enough to live in places where coupons are plentiful, use them. This may be the closest to haggling you will get here in the West (I know I sure miss the abundance of coupons since I moved to the UK).
Remember an item, even a magickal one, is only worth the price you are willing to pay for it. Don’t allow greedy people to set that price; retain your power and rule the marketplace with Oya.