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How to Make Money the Feminine Way.


If you hang in the personal development woo-woo circles that I do (and you likely do since you’re reading this), there’s a lot of talk about masculine and feminine energy.

While there are tomes written on this, here’s the quick and dirty version as I see it:

Masculine and feminine energy are alive in each of us. Women and men have both of these energies.  Neither type of energy belongs exclusively to males or females.

Masculine energy has to do with getting things done. It’s linear. It’s outwardly focused. It’s rational. It’s about producing.

Feminine energy has to do with being. It’s non-linear. It’s inwardly focused. It’s emotional. It’s about receiving.

Neither one of these is bad or good. Awareness of which energy we’re running our lives from can be really helpful, especially if we want to avoid feeling burned out, or, on the other end of the spectrum, stagnant or directionless.

I’ve always associated making money with masculine energy. You know, getting out there and making sh*t happen. Working hard. Bringing home ze bacon.

But the more I delve into dismantling our cultural assumptions about money, the more I can see bringing our feminine energy to the table, as well.

Anything we do requires bringing both our masculine and feminine energy to the table. What I’ve noticed is that we’ve been trained to operate from our masculine energy more often than our feminine energy in terms of making money.

Why is this? Our culture applauds production, results, and hard work.

There is a place for all of these things in every pursuit.

But we often forget about receiving, enjoying the process, and incorporating ease and flow.

As I’ve begun to move through the world more from my feminine energy so that I’m not so obsessed with doing and producing, I’ve been noodling on how to make money in a feminine way.

There are two types of income that seem inherently “feminine energy” to me: passive income and residual income.

We’ll talk more about residual income in a future post. Today I want to focus on passive income.

You earn passive income when your money is working for you instead of you working for your money. {Tweet it!}


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How does this work? You invest your money in real estate, businesses, and paper assets such as stocks and bonds. Your money works for you as these assets appreciate in value, and you have your time free to do whatever it is that sets your heart on fire.

Though we may think of the financial world and imagine men in suits, it doesn’t mean that the only option for making money, and even big money, is by operating only from our masculine energy.

If you want to be able to relax more and untie the amount of money you’re able to make from the amount of hours and energy you’re able to spend making it, it’s time to learn how to invest.

Investing and allowing your money to work for you is an inherently feminine energy way of making money.

Where do you start?

I’m not a master investor. But I know that in order to build the kind of wealth I’d like to build, I need to at least become a savvy investor.

Here’s what we can all do to learn more and implement what we’re learning:

  • Find a great financial planner. Interview a minimum of three. Find one who is fee-based. Find someone you really, really like and trust. He or she will help you get organized and figure out how much money you could be investing.
  • Learn the language. All of the money jargon is not as complicated as financial publications and CSPAN would have us believe. When you come across a word or concept you don’t understand, look it up. Ask someone to explain it to you. If you truly understand it you should be able to explain it to an 8 year old. If the person you ask to explain it to you can’t make it that simple, then they don’t really understand it either. Once you’ve learned the language, reading your investment statements, The Wall Street Journal, or anything else regarding money will be so much easier. And remember, ease comes from feminine energy.
  • Get support. One of the tendencies of the feminine is to “tend and befriend.” The feminine loves support, nurturing, and community. The Lone Wolf archetype is more masculine. I’m taking my friend Barbara Stanny’s One Year To Wealth* course this year to learn to become a wealth builder and savvy investor. In 12 steps (one per month) we’ll learn to make money the feminine way, as smart investors. You can learn more about this course HERE.



How do you feel about making money with feminine energy? How do you feel about becoming an investor? If you already consider yourself a savvy investor and wealth builder, how did you learn how? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

P.S. Have you joined the #MoneyLoveChallenge yet? It’s a free, 21-day adventure in creating a more loving relationship with your money. The challenge is already rocking, and it’s not too late to join in on the fun. Join the challenge here.

P.P.S. Want to learn more about more fully accessing your feminine energy?  My dear friend and colleague Tami Lynn Kent wrote such an enlightening Babysitter Blog Post while I was on my maternity leave.  Have a read!

* I am a proud affiliate of the One Year to Wealth course because I so deeply believe in the importance of learning to become a savvy investor. I also trust and believe in Barbara Stanny and her work. If you choose to sign up for the course through my link I may be financially compensated.


  • I love this post!! And I think the reminder that balance is so important, there are some exquisite energy medicine practices for being a feminine container for creating wealth, but then you need to engage your masculine energy to physically manifest that wealth you have conjured.

    I am in a place where I would love to start investing again. But I would love to find ways of investing ethically, some of the Green Funds I looked into included companies that do huge environmental and social damage but ticked the boxes when it came to being called ‘Green’ if you have any ideas Kate on investing with integrity, I would love to hear them!

    Catherine x o

    • Kate Northrup

      Hi Catherine! I will see what I can dig up on conscious investing and put a post together for the future. I’m right there with you – out investing is a prayer for what we want more of!

  • Thank you for this post, Kate. I was just talking to my accountability partner about needing to structure my ecourse and future products so that they are ultimately sources of passive income. My motivation is so that I can tune in more deeply to my kids and my creativity while still receiving income from previous investments of hard work. To read here, that I am aligning with my deep desire to design a life that supports my femininity (and all that it encompasses) is quite affirmative :)

  • Jennifer

    Kate – great post. Do you or any of your readers have any advice to a monthly financial magazine that also recaps previous month markets, stocks, etc. I would never get to the WSJ everyday and it would be such a waste for a paper/online subscription but maybe a monthly publication or more techy version for market highlights you might know of?

  • Sojourner

    The above commenter asked for resources about conscious investing, of which there are many. My concern with the post occupies a similar space. I would like to invite the author (and readers) to consider that the passive income strategies mentioned, are in many (most) cases destructive. The entire structure of the stock market and real estate investing derives from patriarchal visions of prosperity and what it means to be human. In the United States, no “investor” in “property” does so without trespassing on the rights of the original people of this land; if it’s unpalatable to think that far back in time (or that deep into a conveniently out-of-sight present), one need only consider how the financial crisis of the late 2000s was caused by subprime mortgages that preyed on poor, elderly and people of color. There are alternatives: land trusts, coops, the commons. These are models that deserve more development and more energy. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time researching Socially Responsible Investments and supposedly ethical investment possibilities, but I remain uncomfortable with this “kindler, gentler” wing of what is overall a corrupt and destructive regime of money, power and privilege.

    To the original question of “making money with feminine energy” I offer this resource:

  • Hey Kate, I can’t tell you what a massive turnaround I’ve had since recently diving into your work. It’s like whoa :) I read your Mom’s book about 20 years ago, and it changed my life in big ways. Now you’re doing the same. So cool!

    Regarding your awesome post here: I wonder how you feel about investing in quite small ways; like if there’s only $50 or $100 to spare? Is this silly/possible or even worth it? This article mentions some ideas, but I’m still curious to hear your thoughts:

    Anyway thank you for showing me a path to self love and realization in the very last place I ever thought I’d find it – money! You’re an absolute goddess, thank you! xx

    • Kate Northrup

      I’m so glad you’re finding this info helpful Jen! I think any amount is a good amount. When we train ourselves to be smart with $50 then we’ll be smarter when we have $50,000. Start where you are for sure!

  • Kate, I love how you discussed money as being “masculine” and “feminine”. I was aware of these concepts before, but never wondered, “Am I making money in a masculine way or feminine way”. This has given me a lot to think about! Thank you!

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