According to Wikipedia, "in English, the word 'pig' can refer to two things: the animal and earthenware, which is used to make crockery. People often saved money in kitchen pots and jars made of pig, called "pig jars". By the 18th century, the term "pig jar" had evolved to "pig bank". As earthenware was supplanted by other materials, such as glass, plaster, and plastic, the name gradually began to refer specifically to the shape of the bank, instead of what was used to make it."
In the old days, folks didn't quite trust brick and mortar banks, which could be and often were robbed, and so they saved their money in these little banks such as these or jars buried in the backyard close to home where they can be protected and guarded. They were also often given to children to teach them the importance of saving for the future. These types of banks can be further divided into "still" banks and "mechanical ones," which are both decorative and perform a mechanical function when a coin is inserted.
In Hoodoo, and in Southern culture in general, the pig is considered a lucky animal especially in terms of money and finances. Pigs are very resilient, they can live off of "slop" and breed like rabbits! Many folks are known to consume pork on New Year's Day (along with other foods such as collard greens, black eyed, peas, and cornbread) to ensure wealth and prosperity in the new year.
For this reason, piggy banks can often be found on Money and Prosperity Altars to represent the accumulation and storing of monetary funds. In this day and age of electronic banking, credit/debit cards, few people keep cash in the home anymore and so it is not always easy or even convenient to have spare change to place in a piggy bank. To address this problem, the piggy bank can be "fixed" to act as a "container spell" or "voodoo doll" for your bank account.
How to "Fix" a Piggy Bank for Prosperity
- Piggy Bank
- Enough change in a variety of denominations to fill the bank
- Your Bank Account Information
- Two Dollar Bill
- Irish Moss
- Cinnamon Chips
- Red Thread
- Lodestone Grit
- Plantain Root
- Money Come to Me Oil
- Money Stay With Me Oil
- Wealthy Way Oil
- Incense Forms of #'s 11, 12, and 13
- Green Candle
Begin by marking a green candle with your name and dressing it with all three of the oils listed above. Next make up one incense cone each of Money Come to Me, Money Stay with Me, and Wealthy Way. Place the cones in the form of an upright triangle with the green candle in the center. Light the candle and incense and pray Psalm 23
Take a pen and write the success sigil ($$¢¢$$) in the four corners of the two dollar bill, and then sign your own name under the Secretary of the Treasury. In the center of the bill write your bank account number and under this write the name of your bank. Dress the four corners and center of the bill with the condition oils mentioned earlier and then pass it through the incense smoke and say the following prayer:
"With Gods's blessing and assistance may money flow to me now an always in a steady stream form sources known and unknown so that all my needs are met and more. In Jesus name. Amen"
With the two-dollar bill flat before you, place the Irish Moss, Cinnamon Chips, Chamomile, Plantain Root, and Lodestone on top and fold the bill into a small packet securing it with the red thread. Smoke the packet in the incense and dress the knot with the trio of oils as you repeat your prayer.
Place the packet in the Piggy Bank (you may have to do this from the bottom where there is usually a larger hole that is used removing the change). Next, slowly fill the piggy bank with your change and as you do you may repeat your prayer for a steady stream of money to flow into your bank account. If you desire you can designate each coin to represent money coming from a different source. For example you might say something like:
"With God's blessing and assistance, may money flow to me from....
- the North
- the South
- the East
- the West
- scratch off card winnings
- lucky dreams which provide winning lottery numbers
- my job
- my conjure business
- folks paying for tarot readings
- folks paying for setting-of-lights
- folks paying for doll-babies
- folks paying for mojo-bags
- residual income from my writings
- from new clients referred by old clients
- from repeat clients
- from generous tips
- from speaking engagements
- from personal appearances
and so forth and so on. It is good if you can expound on this theme and make your petitions specific to you, to your work, and to your life. When you are done, dress your little piggy with a combination of the oils already mentioned (just a tiny dab each) and polish him up so he looks all clean and shiny. Place the piggy bank on your money and success altar. If you desire, you may also give your little Piggy a name.
Above all, keep him clean and never take any money out of the piggy bank unless it is an emergency and you really need the funds. If you do, be sure to fill it back up as soon as possible. Remember this piggy bank represents your bank account and whatever you do to it, you do to your actual bank account so you always want to keep it full.