by Robert Wilkinson
Many in our world are re-thinking their long-range options in life due to explosive forces beyond anyone's control currently sweeping our societies. While many will continue to keep doing what they do best, loving it, and getting fairly well paid for doing their thing, many more are imagining doing something else for a variety of reasons. Whether or not we're comfortable, today's article may help us help ourselves or another to move beyond the uncertainty (or dread!) of having to find something else to do.
A while ago I did a two part series on different elements to consider when trying to move into a new job, a new career, or even a new life. While tripping through my archives, I stumbled on those articles again, and realized they may be of use to current readers who never got to read them the first time. I've only made a few edits for readability, and added a little here and there to elaborate on the point I'm making.
Rather than just link to the original, I'll reprint it here since the original comment stream got very lengthy. Of course, if you're so inclined, please check out the original comments since they have some interesting insights into the subject.
Without further ado, here's "Finding A New Job, Career, or Life – Part 1"
A dear friend asked via email “Don’t know if this is outside the scope of what you want to do at the Aquarius Papers, but if you ever felt like doing a piece on where to begin looking/planning for a new career/life change - you'd have at least one person interested in reading it. I guess it would have to be a pretty general type of thing, but l think a lot of people have a hard time just getting started/oriented.” I started thinking, and believe this is a great idea, so let’s begin our quest of exploring how to move into new jobs, careers, and lives.
Since this is an open-ended article series, with lots to consider and many parts to the equation, I’ll try to offer both astrological and practical considerations and approaches. It is certainly a universal issue, since shifting jobs, careers, or any other major life change can occur at any point, for a variety of reasons.
Initially, I believe one needs a view of something more desirable and appropriate, so you’ve got a prize to keep your eye on. In a future article I’ll offer specific astrological factors for each sign, since vision is conditioned by who you think you are relative to your world. That's conditioned by which sign is on which house, and which planets occupy which sector of our maps, public or private, in the hemisphere of self or not-self.
Knowing that whatever is worth doing will probably require some degree of time and effort, we must assess our skills, specializations, inclinations, likes, prejudices, and willingness to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes. Thus finding time to research the larger possibilities is important, since we don’t know much about that which we haven’t done.
It is more important to be open than closed when seeking a new job or life. It helps to assume an attitude that “we don’t know” rather than we do, since emptiness can be filled, whereas closed windows and doors don’t let much in. This can open us to possibilities that could lead us in the direction of our highest good. It doesn’t matter how many doors you’ve knocked on, or how many times you’ve been rejected. Eventually you’ll find the right door with the right people, but only if you’re open to the unusual.
One reminder, though – if it’s not true for us, we’ll never be able to hang on to it for very long. Maybe we’ll learn for awhile, but eventually we’ll move on. Whether we can incorporate the old into the new is up to individual circumstances. And we’ll always have the opportunity to learn new skills and understandings that will help us in our next job, profession, or chapter of life.
It should be a joyous thing we move into, something that can provide us a maximum possible growth in ways that will naturally improve us. That would imply that if we wouldn’t love the adventure of learning about what we’re shifting to, we probably shouldn’t go there. Here being open to different functions within a profession, or different methods to do what you’re already good at can also open doors.
To maintain the love of doing something and not burning out too quickly, or feeling too much weight too fast, try not to lumber anything down with excess expectations too soon. Don’t resist or overlook perfectly good opportunities because they don’t conform to your prejudices and expectations.
You wouldn’t plant corn expecting it to look like anything like corn until a few months down the road. Try that approach with a new hobby, a new attitude, a new job, a new professional direction, or any new life initiative. Take it easy at first, try to get a sense of the larger “lay of the land,” and be creative is embracing new skills and perspectives that will ease the way into the new life.
A proper sense of time helps, so try to create a timeline where you can see when things should be set into motion, and when they should stand accomplished. This will help you craft a plan, so that you don’t waste time spinning your wheels or getting frustrated because you’re not able to grow grapes in a battle zone.
Remember that there is no failure, only the realization that you’re in motion and haven’t found what you’re looking for. That’s also why you can’t allow frustration, negativity, or impatience tempt you to “push the river,” since it never works.
So to sum this one up, I believe cultivating an attitude of openness, willingness, positivity, and perseverance is a good way to start getting in shape to embrace a new job, profession, or life.
© Copyright 2006, 2009 Robert Wilkinson
(Original article published April 11, 2006)