Though none of my sources on this subject have explicitly said so, I would give you these final bits of guidance on how to interpret the message behind the money you find:

  • Consider the currency’s design. Often, some famous person’s face is depicted on money. What is this person’s life-story? Sometimes, there’s a structure depicted on money, particularly paper currency; what is the history of this structure? Or there is a symbol on it, such as a crest or national symbol. What does this symbol suggest to you? It could be only one tiny element of the design which is significant, but it could be the whole reason you found that money.
  • What was on your mind when you found the money? Were there any pressing issues or worries going on in your life when you found the money? You may find the money was a specific response to your thoughts—an eerie experience when it happens, but think of it as a conversation with Them.
  • Though it is said to apply only to the twenty-five cent piece, do feel free to take into account where and under what circumstance you found the money, regardless of the denomination. In fact you should, for that is an important clue about the nature of the message being delivered. Did you find it on pavement? If so, was it on dry pavement or in a rain puddle? Did you find it on soft ground? If so, was it on grass, dirt, clay, mud, wood-chips, or gravel? Finding money on hard pavement suggests ‘this is the straight hard truth’ to me. Finding money on soft ground is a little more challenging, and may be sending one of two messages: either ‘the situation is still malleable’ or ‘finding your way forward may be harder to see, and opportunities harder to spot, so be extra-attentive.’
  • Both the numerological and Gematrian meanings assigned to the various numbers may be taken into account when deciphering the message behind found-money. For the Gematria numbers, see the lesson ‘Gematria-Dipping a Toe in.’

You’ll notice that I have focused on U.S. and European Union currency to the exclusion of other currencies in the world for this lesson, but translate the meanings as best you can to the currency you are most familiar with. The one-cent and 100-cent coin will have the same meaning across currencies. When in doubt, think of its numerological significance.

Omen-taking from money-finding is another one of those divination methods I categorize under ‘Artomancy’ because artomancy is divining from your environment, a type of divining-skill which calls for the ability to know when you’re getting a genuine omen, and when it’s just a pizza you ordered.  It’s a skill which eludes many. For most people the important thing is finding the money. Any deeper significance behind it goes right by them, because hey, free money! But even the lowest-value coins can convey an important message to us, if we’re open to receiving it.

The trick is in knowing when it’s a message. Sometimes, a penny is just a penny. Sometimes, a dollar is just a dollar. And sometimes, found money is Spirit speaking to you in a language which is eye-catching, clear and unmistakable. Now that you have familiarized yourself with the divinatory meaning behind found-money, you may find the Spirits more inclined to communicate with you in this delightful way. It’s certainly a more welcome omen than getting an itch in an inconvenient body-part you can’t immediately reach.


Complete the exercises in the PDF below:  

EXTRA CREDIT: Look at the photographs of the money in this lesson. On the back of the exercise sheet, write down what interpretation you would apply to the money depicted in each picture, as if you were finding it.