Two years ago I made a blog post about poverty thinking and how that can be a cause of impoverishment. I showed that on some level many people see the wealth of the world as being like a pie, and if you make your piece bigger, someone else will get a smaller piece. Not wanting to harm others, people with this mode of thinking settle for what they have. What I pointed out, however, is that when you make your piece bigger, the entire pie grows in size, increasing the wealth of everyone. Today, I think I would put it this way: As long as your means of obtaining wealth was ecological—by which I mean good for you, good for those around you, and good for your community and the world—your increased wealth helps everyone and should be encouraged.

I would quickly add to this that wealth comes in many forms and is not limited to money.

Recently I received an email from a young man who wanted to know how to use one technique from Modern Magick to win the lottery. My response to him brings up a lot of points, so if you’re interested in improving your wealth through magick, or just improving your magickal success, read on…

Sphere of Availability

Edward C. Peach was born in 1904. In 1961 he received a payment of $1000 as the result of an accident. Using a Hong Kong printer, he published his own book, The Art and Practice of Astral Projection. It remains one of the better books on the subject. Over the next two decades, using his pen name, “Ophiel,” Peach wrote seven more books ranging in quality from excellent to awful. He died in 1988.

One of Ophiel’s better books is The Art and Practice of Getting Material Things Through Creative Visualization. Yes, it’s a terrible name, but don’t let that keep you from reading the book.

In the book he discusses the concept of what he calls the “Sphere of Availability.” The concept behind it is simple: the universe will not provide you with something you cannot use. Even if you want a shiny new expensive car, if you are physically unable to drive and can’t afford to garage it, pay for fuel, insurance, and maintenance, your magick, by itself, is unlikely to help you get it. It’s outside of your sphere of availability.

Ophiel left it at that. If it’s outside of your Sphere of Availability, don’t try magick, such as creative visualization, to get it. Don’t waste your time.

Sometimes, people do, by chance, obtain something outside of their Sphere. For example, sometimes people win vast amounts of money in a lottery. Surprisingly frequently, people for whom that money is outside of the Sphere of Availability not only lose all that money, but it can destroy their family and other relationships. They end up in worse shape than before.

On the other hand, for some people poverty is outside the Sphere of Availability. One person like that is Donald Trump. He’s declared bankruptcy four times (costing his creditors billions of dollars). A year ago he was claiming to be worth $3.5 billion. It would seem like he can’t help making money.

The logical question, then, is simple: how do I move from having one Sphere of Availability to another?

Another Take on the Sphere of Availability

I like the concept of the Sphere of Availability, but I have a problem with it. It is simply one of the most un-magickal, anti-self-empowering concepts I can think of! It turns us into victims: You can’t get ahead because that’s outside of your Sphere of Availability. In my opinion, that’s utter garbage. There are many things we may be victims of, but we remain victims only if we choose to do so! I choose something else.

As I wrote, I like the idea of the Sphere of Availability, but I interpret it differently. I no longer think of it as a limitation. Rather, it’s a notification. If something is outside of my Sphere of Availability it’s not like a huge, limiting wall. Rather, it’s a notification that I have to change!

When I run into the Sphere it is a message that for some reason I’m not ready to obtain my goal. To do magick to obtain that goal, then, is a waste of time until I clear the issues that keep my goal out of my Sphere of Availability. So the Sphere doesn’t limit me, it guides me to discover what I need to do to obtain my magickal goals.

Sort of.

This is the real challenge with the Sphere. It tells you that there are issues you must resolve before obtaining your currently unavailable magickal goals, but it doesn’t tell you what those obstacles are. This is where such things as meditation and divination can really help. That’s one of the reasons I include both divination and meditation near the beginning of Modern Magick. Other possible causes may be things you need to learn about from earlier in this life or even from [the experience of] past lives.

The cause of a goal existing outside your Sphere of Availability
may be something you need to learn.

The cause of a goal existing outside your Sphere of Availability
may be something you need to un-learn.

When you eliminate the issues that put limitations on you—the cause of the current limits of your Sphere of Availability—the Sphere expands, allowing you to achieve more, learn more, and obtain more. This includes obtaining your magickal goals.

True Self-Empowerment

When you understand this concept, magick can really be a key to self-empowerment. If you do not achieve your magickal goal, and assuming you performed your magick correctly, the cause for the failure may be that the goal is outside your Sphere of Availability. Thus, lack of success in magick can lead you to discovering what in your past, in your mind, etc., is keeping you from getting ahead. This leads to the ancient precept, Gnothi Seauton, Greek for “Know Thyself.” The more you know about yourself and clear away unneeded beliefs and behaviors, the more empowered you become and the more you achieve your magickal goals.

And that is another secret for obtaining all kinds of true wealth. It also goes by another name:

The Great Work.


Written by Donald Michael Kraig
Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such ...