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The heck with the New Year – what you need, according to Cynthia Peden, is a new moon. Her start-up business, Moon Money, will bring you heaps of dough and other goodies, if only you believe. Cynthia made me promise I wouldn't reveal Moon Money's mystical secret, but she swears that its power – which draws lunar loot with the power of the moon and a simple silver coin – will transform our lives. As proof, she proffers photos of citrus, fabric samples and Rainforest Crunch that have come her way since pledging herself to this ages-old magic trick.
Cynthia and I start out at Durant's and end up at Starbucks, because we just can't stop talking about the man in the moon – who, she says, is a lady. A lady with peculiar powers and money to burn.
New Times:So. Moon Money?
Cynthia Peden: Yes. It's a tool to help us focus on the positive aspects of prosperity and abundance. Moon Money trains us to use the benefits of our natural world that bring us to greater prosperity. It's a force bigger than each of us as individuals, and it's dependent on the new moon and a silver coin, which, in combination, will attract greater wealth. I heard about it and put it in the form of a greeting card.
NT: This is sort of like an intergalactic ATM, and the silver is your PIN.
Peden: Yes. It could be intergalactic, because energy is everywhere. People say that the moon has no power, but it's able to lift up the ocean so many feet. So, obviously, lunar energy is very powerful.
NT: Where's your proof?
Peden: Here's an aura photograph of a charged Moon Money packet. It shows the energy surrounding the card. I reveal a technique in the Moon Money packet that charges or energizes any silver coin and makes it your connection to greater prosperity.
NT: For a price. Because you sell the secret to Moon Money's power along with a silver coin.
Peden: Yes. The secret of Moon Money is an old Polish folk tradition that's never been written down. The first month I did it myself was just unbelievable. I got a free trip to San Francisco. My neighbors brought me 17 pounds of potatoes. A friend of mine brought me nine cantaloupes! I found out later that nine is a very auspicious number. Either way, that's an awful lot of cantaloupes.
NT: How come you know about this, and the rest of us don't?
Peden: I found out about it at a new moon meditation. I thought, "This is fantastic; I'm going to tell everyone I know!" But no one had a silver coin, because they stopped issuing them in 1964, or they didn't have a calendar with moon dates on it. So I developed a greeting card with an insert that gives the moon dates and the secret of Moon Money. I made it simple. Look, I'm listed here in the Whole Life Yellow Pages. We're lucky because in Phoenix we have a whole lot of resources for holistic living.
NT: The first thing I opened to is this full-page ad for colon hydrotherapy.
Peden: I wonder if there's a message there.
NT: Touché, Cynthia. What's a new moon meditation?
Peden: It's a guided meditation, where you set an intention for a new beginning or set the tone for the rest of the month. It's like the resolutions you make on January 1, except you do this by lunar months, which are the true months. They involve two weeks of the moon growing in light and two weeks of it diminishing in light.
NT: Do I get my Moon Money back if this doesn't work?
Peden: I would give you your money back. But so far no one has asked.
NT: So the secret to Moon Money is infallible.
Peden: The moon's energy is always there, but are we accepting of good things? Will we follow this tradition every month, or not? It's up to us; we're fallible.
NT: If Moon Money really works, wouldn't everyone be wealthy?
Peden: No, because some people just make fun of me, or they could care less. But there's a place for everybody in this world, and I'm not forcing anyone to use Moon Money. I'm offering it at a very reasonable price.
NT: I read on your Web site about putting a silver coin in the window to attract wealth. I don't have a silver coin, but I do have a silver-plated paperweight of Fred Flintstone.
Peden: I would say that wouldn't work because Fred and the paperweight don't represent prosperity or abundance. You might just get more paper. Or some bedrock! We use a coin because it sends the message that your intention is to receive more money. It's not only cash; it's gifts, or more work, or your meals paid for, or discounts you weren't expecting. One month I got a free trip to the Caribbean on a Richard Simmons cruise. That was fantastic.
NT: Wow, Richard Simmons!
Peden: It was a gift from my mother, who doesn't usually give me very much. It was nine days, and I got to interact with Richard Simmons every day.