by Robert Wilkinson
Recently a client wrote me that they were having a hard time in searching for a job and not getting the results they wanted. What follows are some themes to keep in mind if you’re looking for new work.
I first gave this to you three years ago. I rewrote it for readability and edited out things that were no longer applicable since times have changed since then.
First, we have to figure out which planet function within us is creating frustration. We have all the planets within us, and each gets frustrated in a certain way when we’re not getting what we want as fast as we’d like it to show up.
When we get discouraged by the slow pace, or get frustrated when we don’t find what we want as soon as we would like, we’re learning how to change how our Saturn functions. If we get frustrated by a lack of ability to coordinate different parts of our personality so they work together to bring us some kind of job or procession we can live with, we're learning how to change our Mercury function. And if we get aggravated or misfire in sharp or blunt ways, we’re learning to change our Mars function.
A huge misunderstanding of astrology involves how the planets work in our lives. No planet makes us fail, or frustrates our efforts, or creates discouraging feelings and attitudes. We, and only we, do these things.
When we do not attain at least some small measure of what we know we need so we can live our lives more fully, it's usually due to one of two things. The first is that it is not part of our Dharma. If we’re efforting toward something that is not appropriate to our evolution, then it will not happen.
The second is far more common. This is when something in our subconscious mind is blocking our self-conscious mind from seeing clearly where our higher and better interests are. Eliminate the block, and either we shall see what we need to do, or we will be led to circumstances that are perfect for our present transitional state.
These kinds of blockages usually are a result of fear, uncertainty, avoidance, or a sense that we will fail if we try to do that work. When we eliminate these, then usually we become very clear about what to do and how to do it.
Our Saturn function symbolizes all those kinds of blocks. Saturn is what we fear and why, which is why it’s also associated with what we avoid. Saturn is uncertainty through a lack of clarity about who we are and who we aren’t. Saturn represents our self-imposed limitations that set us up for “failure” and associated discouragement.
So Saturn does seem to be involved in much that frustrates us. Because Saturn is associated with fear, it is also related to any sense we may have of being "enslaved" by circumstances, as well as the binding forces of nature and time, since these impose limitations whether we like them or not. You can find more about why we are often bound by circumstances in the articles Saturn - Binding Force, Timekeeper, and Guardian of the Ring Pass Not, with part two covering Saturn, Dharma, Destiny, and the Ring Pass Not Pt. 2 and part three focusing on Saturn, Dharma, the Ring Pass Not and Overcoming Limitations
The problem with getting frustrated when searching for a new job, (or new profession, or new relationship, or new whatever) is that pessimism breeds pessimism. A pattern created is a pattern set into motion until something changes the trajectory of that pattern. That's why it's important when we feel most frustrated to change the energy into determination that one way or another we will not allow our inner doubts and fears to drive our vehicle of personality into ditches of discouragement.
No planet "destroys" a work sector, or any other life area. All planets challenge us to think outside our perceptual limitations according to their nature and what they symbolize. And while patience is always one of Saturn's virtues, it must also be united with an organized plan and tremendous persistence in calculating the object you would attain dominion over.
We often do our best and still feel like we're running into brick walls. If it's happening to many, then we really can't take it personally as it's part of the larger field of endeavor we're all swimming in. That’s why we have to see the larger context of our search.
However, if our striving hasn't worked, then we need to examine if we're fishing for trout in a bass pond. In other words, striving for work isn't enough. What is not sought in the right way will not be found, but seeking in "the right way" won't bring us what we want if we're looking where there is nothing to find.
There is always some kind of work we can do somewhere. However, as I briefly mentioned earlier, a major factor in trying to find new anything is that we really shouldn't be doing what our inner nature knows isn't good for us, or which would divert our best energies into a ditch. Then we have to open to doing other jobs we could possibly do that are outside of our previous conceptions which could lead us into unexpected productive directions and contacts.
Even the smallest lead into the "right action" will yield momentum quickly. Also remember that just because the planets indicate new beginnings, it may take some time before we get the perspective that helps us see that in fact something was happening even if at the time we thought nothing was happening.
Often if we simply jump into "the exchanging flow," as Rumi put it, we find something that could lead us into bigger things. If we don't know exactly where a new type of work is leading us, all we have to do is keep it simple, straightforward, and pleasant.
Another thing to keep in mind is that we live in times when a work horse is more needed than a show horse across many fields, given the larger real world conditions. A gentle determination is most valuable right now so don't be afraid to offer what wisdom and skills you have as you search with agreeable persistence.
Many times our frustration at the pace of things shows us how to be less fixed while seeing how to take initiative in balanced, planned ways. This is the Libra function in our charts acting as a balance to the desire for direct and immediate action in Aries. It’s also useful to remember that Libra is where we confront the karmic consequences for past actions and inactions, and generate future consequences for current actions and inactions. To express a healthy Libra energy, find a balanced view, be willing to get a plan and execute it rhythmically across time, and remember that we must always find a greater diversity of interests lest we become one trick wonders.
When we're frustrated in our search for a new job, or a new sense of purpose, it may be a signal to sacrifice the lesser to embrace our Sacred Self, and grow beyond old limitations. Then we must step back from stress and see how to align our life with a greater destiny through making some basic personal decisions, and decide we will find something to break free of the inertia no matter what. Then all that's left is to just do it!
In any case, there is always something in our world we can do where we can make money and either polish old skills or cultivate new ones. We must stop being discouraged at the “nine hundred and ninety-nine ways not to build a light bulb,” and focus on the several perfect ways that we could invent a new set of job skills or find our way to the stream that will lead to the river that leads to the ocean.
In the immortal words of "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba, "I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down...." Resolve that you will not let the past discourage the present, and move forward. We can always find something if we open and stay open.
I speak from experience, since I was in the same boat in the mid-80s. In my case, an 8 hour low paying temp word processing gig led me straight into becoming a television producer, director, and editor for 6 years. Many doors open as we embrace seeing possibilities with new eyes and a gentle pleasant determination that will not yield until it finds the object of its search.
Life is virtually infinite in its possibilities, and our growth as Souls learning how to navigate the material existence is equally infinite. All we have to do is get out of our own way, open to that which we've not known up to now, and be willing to get back into learning mode so that we can apply those realizations in skillful ways.
Being bummed out and discouraged may feel natural, but they won't get the job done, as it were. There are plenty of jobs to do where we could make money, have some fun, and be part of the exchanging flow. It all leads us toward our spiritual home. All we have to do is find the groove and move in that direction. Once we're in our groove, what's not to like?
© Copyright 2011, 2014 Robert Wilkinson