To be concerned about money seems so greedy, so base, and so without spiritual merit. It's almost embarrassing. Many of us feel as though it's somehow dirty, and that caring about it means overlooking what's really important in life.
Why *should* Pagans care about money?
There are many good answers. You probably have a few to offer.
I do, too.
* Careful stewardship of money translates into freedom: the freedom to make choices that enhance your spiritual life (like the pursuit of right livelihood), the freedom to care for your beloveds and children and freedom from financial stress (like relationship-killing fights over unpaid bills).
* Careful stewardship of money allows you to stand on your own two feet so that no one else need struggle to take care of you. It also lets you take care of others when appropriate, offering help to those who cannot help themselves.
* Careful stewardship of money allows you to escape the slavery of debt. It means that no person, company or institution has the right to compel you in any particular direction. It also frees you from resentment and shame: when you borrow money from others, you may find yourself trapped with well-meaning friends in a cycle of frustration, resentment and pain.
* Careful stewardship of money teaches you how to be powerful; it instructs you in maintaining control over your own destiny. It teaches you how to be wise, defering immediate gratification for future benefits a hundred times greater.
What about your reasons? Why should Pagans care about money?