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It Ain't Easy: Pagan and Unemployed

Author: Deborah Castellano
Posted: May 29th. 2011
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So, I'm sure I'm far from alone in being the only Pagan here who has had her company close down or been the party who was downsized in this economy. I loved my last job. Loved, loved, loved it. It was a small company... just me and the bosslady, who was not often a pain in the butt. I had my own little office, my hours were awesome, my pay was great, I had a window where I could watch the adventures of Fat Squirrel and see natural light, I got to feel productive and organized and like a capable problem solver. I would have stayed there until bosslady retired and then probably taken it over as I was learning more and more and taking on more responsibilities. After four years of contentment, it was gone.

Don't you feel like you should just be able to magic your way into a job toute suite and it will be perfect and wonderful because you're a Pagan (darn it!) and this is supposed to be our bag? Failing that, shouldn't we all have the same self starter spirit that led us to Paganism to start our own start up companies and/or write books and/or really write that book finally?

I don't know about you, but I feel like my whole world has been ripped out from under me and like any kind of workplace stability will never be in my reach again. I'm tired, I'm stressed and I don't know what my future really holds for me so that means I'm not sleeping well and I feel paralyzed with fear and anxiety which isn't what I would call conducive to doing magic or start new ventures. That doesn't mean it has to always feel like that (or, conversely, that it will never feel like that, bad days est bad days, after all) .

Your Pagan Guide to Dealing With Unemployment

1. Rebel. Yep. When I finally was laid off, I felt like I had no control over anything at all in my life. What did you do as a teenager when you felt that way? When The Man (the PTO, your parents, teachers, whoever could tell you what to do) tried to keep you down you would say, Oh heeeeeellllllllllllll no! I will show you! So . . .show them. Personally, I bleached and dyed streaks of purple in my hair like I always wanted to do as a teenager but was forbidden to. It was a complete pain and it took me all day but man was I pleased with myself. Just doing that small forbidden thing that I could never do as I've worked since I was sixteen made me happy. Potential rebellion: a piercing in a non noticable place, a henna tat in a very noticeable place, ice cream for dinner, staying up all night blasting music and reading trashy magazines, whatever won't keep you from future employment and is legal and you can afford.

2. Mantra. I suck at mediation. I was explaining that to a coworker once about a part of a DVD that said let your mind become a distant observer and he laughed and said, I can see your brain shutting that down like a steel gate and a solid No. If you suck at meditation to begin with as well and don't have a meditation practice (and I know, lots of people will disagree with this) honestly Buddhist “empty your mind” type mediation is not really a great thing to be messing with right now. There's lots of distressing thoughts lurking under there which I suppose you could deal with as you may be a more ascended being than I am, but right now you're likely anxious and probably unhappy. I think you have enough on your plate without looking to shake up your internal ant farm even more. However, mantra is a great middle ground because it still relaxes your mind and in the Hindu practice it builds up your checking account in your metaphysical bank account that means favors will be more likely to be granted. It would be nice to have one of our checking accounts accumulating, right? You can make up your own mantra, you can use mala beads or not, it's up to you, you're captain of your own ship. Shiva may be a good deity to look into if you want a new deity to mantra to, find an audio file online of His mantra so you say it correctly. No one likes to have their name mispronounced and then be asked for a favor.

3. Exercise. Many basic gyms are now available for a low start up fee and cost less than $40 a month. I belong to one that's about half a mile from my house that I am currently half-heartedly going to, so it works out. While I am a lazy slag and don't often actually make it there, when I do, it makes such a difference for me, I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. You would think that would make me a total gym rat but see: lazy slag. Still, it's good for me and it's good for you. Find a deal on a local dance class, break out your yoga mat and DVD or yoga deck, go roller-skating or do something totally crazy, take a walk. It's free and you have the time.

4. Little magics everywhere. Magic isn't, well, a magical fix. What it does do however is increase your odds of success and it can be an edge, so try to use that edge by doing a bunch of small workings. Get some desert roses to bring more prosperity into your home. Start a honey jar working with a petition paper in it with the specs on the job that would be right for you. Make (tea) light and water offerings to your deities so they know you're still doing your best to maintain relationships with Them even in these difficult times. When you go to a job interview, dust your hands with Crown of Success powder so that you'll be successful and be viewed by your potential boss shaking your hand as successful.

Finally, an easy working that I learned from Momma Starr's Old Style Conjure podcast is to take a shot glass, a quarter and a teaspoon of sugar and fill it with water and mix it together while praying over it for the kind of prosperity you need in your life. I put a mirror under mine to magnify the effect. I can't attribute it solely to magic, hard work is needed too but so far through hard work and magic, I've always had my mortgage paid, enough food to eat, gas to put in my car, heat and air conditioning and television and internet. I'm very grateful for these things as they make my life nice for me and I make sure to thank my gods often for these things.

Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

Copyright: 2011 Copyright, Deborah Castellano


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