Let me ask you, how do you see a career occultist? Do you see her as someone who gets up and does sun salutations, writing in her dream diary over herbal tea and an organic scone, sauntering through a field with an animal companion as she chooses herbs to harvest while wearing something fabulous and floaty, coming home to her gorgeous dedicated workshop for afternoon sketching for new designs? Because . . .if so, you’re going to be greatly disappointed as to what’s actually the job.
From Heather Awen at Adventures in Animism: “Dancing in the Ashes of the New Age.”
A friend recently said to me that she’s going to go for it and do some really hard things to make her dreams of working to improve children’s lives a reality. She said that she had to believe the Goddess would provide for her. I used to believe that. I want to believe that, but I don’t anymore. I asked her to explain this, not to be a bitch, but because I was hoping she’d be able to convince me that the Goddess works this way. . . . . How did the Goddess decide who to provide for? So why should I trust that “we always get what we need” when clearly the facts say that we don’t?
Both are about facing some facts of mundane life and a balance between willing, affirming, etc., and actually doing.
At Pantheon, Star Foster is talking about an ancient philosopher who could help sort these questions out: Epictetus.
So as I sit here worrying How am I to live? and How do I cope with this huge change in my life? I am finding my answers in Epictetus.
He lived from 55-135 CE. He was at first a slave — an educated slave, as some were, but still a slave. That ought to give him a certain amount of street cred, don’t you think, when it comes to knowing what you can change and what you cannot?