Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Money Types

Knowing your money type can help you recognize behavior patterns around money so you can change them and create a more supportive relationship with your money.

Think of the 8 Money Types as the Major Arcana of money Tarot. Each one represents an architype expressed consciously or unconsciously around money. They Money Types are the Innocent, the Victim, the Warrior, the Martyr, the Fool, the Creator/Artist, the Tyrant and the Magician. As we become aware of these energies and how they play out in our lives we can make peace with them, inviting some to play a larger role in our money life and asking others to stay away, at least until we decide when its time to come out and play.

The Innocent doesn't really want to know what is going on with her money, basically she sticks her head in the sand and pretends nothing is really happening, if she just ignores the problems they will just go away, won't they? Innocents don't like dealing with money because it is usually boring to do so, taking the time to nurture your money takes time away from doing the things she'd really rather be doing, and so the Innocent secretly dreams prince charming will sweep her off her feet and take care of all of life's details so she doesn't have to. But if she continues to ignore the writing on the wall long enough, she is bound to get hurt and the Innocent's very trusting demeanor will often give way to the Victim.

The Victim evades taking responsibility for all her money woes. As long as others are at fault, she will continue to be stuck in self-destructive patterns of blame, loss and hurt. Holding on to her story and being stuck in the past are all hallmarks of the Victim, and she will tell her story of woe to anyone who will listen, often bringing others down with them, in a misery likes company fashion. When the Victim does finally claims her own power and takes responsibility for the results in her life, she will become a powerful source for herself and for others to help them reclaim their own power source around money. That power transforms the Victim into the Warrior type.

The Warrior is confident, goal oriented and driven. She makes intelligent decisions and takes calculated risks with her money. Often, having learned the hard way, the Warrior wants to protect what she values and will do her due-diligence to avoid future pain resulting from making choices out of ignorance. Its not that the Warrior doesn't make mistakes, but she is calm and self assured knowing her power comes from within and she has the power to create her own reality. A Warrior does not try to control every outcome but she will endeavor to control what she can and try to help and protect others from making bad choices. If the Warrior doesn't recognize that she cannot control or protect everyone, and allow others to learn their own lesson, she will end up becoming the Martyr, taking care of everyone else's needs and resenting it.

The Martyr will often give until she is completely depleated, it is very important to practice self care when being good stewards of our money. So that we have enough and are overflowing and then we can be good examples to others on how to live without the need to control others. So many women live with this Martyr energy, taking care of everyone else while neglecting themselves. While she means well, living a balanced life is the lesson for the Martyr. Otherwise, something is bound to snap and the Fool is unleashed.

Watch out, the Fool doesn't care anymore for the past, she lives in the present moment. Yes she knows how to make money, but as the saying goes " A fool and her money are soon parted". While a fool is the life of the party, loved for her generosity and ability to have a good time, and shopping sprees, the drama for her and those who live with her can be a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Learning to temper that wild Fool with balance is the lesson for her.

The Creator/Artist often has a love/hate relationship with money. While she loves the freedom money can bring her, she often hates to do the mundane work necessary to bring about the money needed for a secure life. The Creator/Artists possesses the key to turn her creative abilities into money making endeavors when she finally changes her beliefs that money isn't spiritual. When she balances her spiritual and material lives, she will benefit from her amazing creative abilities to create money too.

The Tyrant, has finally learned to amass a huge fortune, only to fear losing it, so she becomes secretive and controlling in her attempt to keep what she has. Unfortunately, she will often get what she fears and the very act of protecting her wealth is what leads her to making bad decisions, fearing risk and living a life of lack in spite of all the abundance she can enjoy, if only she could learn to trust the Magician in her.

The Magician is what we all strive for, conscious and balanced, the Magician's self worth is not tied to her net worth. She understands that money flows and the cycle of money is similar to breathing, what comes in, will eventually go out, but it will come back again. Staying in peace and spiritual awareness of this law is the Magician's gift. Knowing that at different times, different energies will play out, knowing when its appropriate to temper our Fool energy with a little Warrior keeps us in balance, she will never want to completely lose her Innocence, but keeping her eyes open so she can make sound decisions for herself and her family. Not all decisions will turn out well, but rather let the Victim take over, she picks herself up, dusts herself off, and learns the lessons to make better and better choices, always trusting her instincts and knowing her power source is within, fear does not paralyze her as she continues to moves into her Warrior Magician.

Awareness of which Money Types play out in your life is the first step toward a healthy
relationship with your money. Alecia Caine holds Grow Your Money Chi Support Groups at A Place of Peace Thursday nights at 6:30.