From Fool to Money Magician

From Fool to Money Magician


The Magician, An original card from the tarot deck of Jean Dodal of Lyon, a classic “Marseilles” deck. The deck dates from 1701-1715. Image uploaded by Fuzzypeg via Wikimedia Commons.

This post contains my most recent musings about money as part of RAISING CLARITY’s work–specifically these “Healing Power of Moving Money” workshops we’ve been doing. What do they mean? To me, specifically? They amaze me.

Today’s post takes one step beyond this recent post. You might find something useful to you in its self-sharing and exploratory spirit. I hope you do!

The Healing Power of Moving Money workshops put people directly in their money Magician selves by its background assumption: everyone can observe their own behavior with regard to money, everyone has the detachment needed to do this, and do it easily.

This may surprise you, but I have found it to be true! And the entire workshop is structured around this assumption, helping people observe themselves in relationship with money using several different teaching/learning methods and calling on several different kinds of intelligence to anchor learning in different people and different aspects of the individual.

I didn’t even realize this is what the workshop was doing at first because I am so attuned to the oddness of being a money coach, fund raising consultant and money writer as a person with a a strong money Fool self! I was more worried about the workshop being structured around money “flow” using watery metaphors and affirming the importance of outflow, which is the Fool’s primary direction of money movement (if we think of each archetype in its relationship to flow).

This workshop, then, “looks”  like me: I don’t realize what a money Magician I am until I look in the background of my life and life-experience with money: manifestation everywhere. Someone is taking care of me. And that Someone is my higher self, my money Magician

Detachment is profound ground for healing scarcity-minded or weak or silly or unhappy or unhealthy money behaviors. (Or all of the above.) Detachment may be the only Magician quality a person can manifest when we first start out healing our relationship with money—but it’s a great start, that self-honesty. It engenders self-trust.

Detachment allows us to do self-training, too—to construct a self-education and self-development plan with money and follow it through.

Everyone has some of each money archetype. There is always a quality we have therefore to build upon to strengthen the healthy types of Magician, Warrior and Creator/Artist. (We can easily notice this when we overemphasize our negative money-related qualities. What we focus on, we become.)

To stop being a Victim or a Fool, for example, we can start by focusing on (especially in action and decisionmaking) at least one of the qualities that make a Magician:

  • Trusting
  • Loving
  • Detached
  • Financially balanced
  • Transforms reality
  • Spiritual
  • Confidently
  • Conscious
  • Wise
  • Optimistic
  • Tells the truth
  • Vibrant
  • Powerful
  • Generous
  • Open to flow
  • Successful.*

Or perhaps manifestation is not your trouble, but holding onto something long enough to make it fruitful is.(Or you are great helping others have money but poor at bringing it to yourself.) You might need to strengthen the Warrior in yourself:

  • Rescuer
  • Disciplined
  • Wise
  • Financially successful
  • Powerful
  • Goal-oriented
  • Calculating
  • Generous
  • Discerning
  • Competitive
  • Loyal
  • Cautious.

*No one of these taken in isolation makes you a Magician! It is the combination that makes us Magicians. All descriptors courtesy of the Money Coaching Institute,  and can be found there on their website, or in the book Money Magic by Deborah L. Price. Deborah’s descriptors form the best portrait of what a real Magician actually looks like that I have ever seen.

  • Laurie Harrington
    Posted at 11:44h, 20 April Reply

    This is very interesting, especially the characteristic or virtue, I would say, of detachment you mention as being needed to manage money well. As you know, I have a Catholic background and education. One of the curious things I always noticed when we read the lives and works of the great mystics was that they were often brilliant money managers. It did strike me that this was probably true because they felt removed from it and could be entirely objective in ways most of us can’t.

    • Beth
      Posted at 15:39h, 20 April Reply

      Wow, Laurie. That is TOTALLY fascinating. I had no idea. I bet you are right!

  • Ian
    Posted at 16:50h, 20 April Reply

    Detachment, is very useful. KEY I use it. But two prerequisites are useful (Necessary) for effective detachment, I feel.

    One is a confidence that it makes good business sense; and a feeling of “the knowledge,” that you have a “backstop,” … if you calculated wrong. So, you can re-coup without crushing all your resources. (Absolute Fear has been removed)

    I made and lost lots of money, but I was confident that the risks were thought through and I could draw from somewhere if needed to reset my game.

    At 1st it was a real source of funds, then it became the knowledge I had enough magic to flip very little into anything.

    ONCE, I lost my magic, when I was crushed beyond anything imaginable. Had no backup and froze.

    It takes awhile to get back on that horse after some falls. But I’m back and have found my magic one again.

    • Beth
      Posted at 17:08h, 20 April Reply

      This is very interesting, Ian. I am very interested in this “magic,” it does seem like an actual ingredient to me sometimes. Part of me feels we should strive even to be detached from confidence and that “knowledge” you refer to. Another part of me is very very glad you testify as someone who has (unlike me) made a lot and lost a lot and done that several times that it DOES make good business sense to be detached and not have absolute fear.

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