How to be a Witch with a Job

How to be anything with a job is more the question, isn’t it? Unless you’re at your dream job and the 8-10 hours you spend at work are totally fulfilling or furthering your life’s passion, work gets in the way of living life. Though, there is the glorious notion of getting paid, and that’s enough to keep most of us going back day after day. I’m no different. I’ve always believed that a typical 40+hour work week at a job is not good for one’s health, and still hold onto the idea of freelancing my way through life. I’m working on starting that now, getting a couple of different books into the editing process for publication and looking at alternative ways to make money doing things I love (like going to festivals or flea markets and reading tarot cards for others) but none of these things have convinced me to give up my day job just yet. And likely, they won’t for several more years. I have very real bills to pay, and there are very real consequences for failing to do so.

So this is my reality, and the reality many others also experience. We work way too many hours to make ends meet, and there are dozens of other things we also want to do and be. I want to be a fulltime writer. I also want to be a fulltime Wiccan and witch. I want to run my own animal clinic, and I want to get through the books on my To Read shelf. Since life has forced me to do these things part-time, it’s especially important to protect the time and energy that do go into those identities.

So how do you balance being an active witch and having the time and energy to practice around the time responsibilities of work? Of course, the answer will be different for everyone and there is no magic answer that I can give you. But there are ways to make your daily—the wake up to a screeching alarm, go groggy to work, watch the clock tick the minutes by, go home and crash on the couch because you’re too exhausted to do anything else—life magical.

  • Find magick in small things

The little things that make you smile, the quiet moments that offer a temporary sense of peace. They say happiness is in recognizing the everyday things that make you smile, rather than having some grand scheme of joy.

  • Always have a project

No matter if it’s going to take a week or a month, you should always have something within the Craft that you’re working toward. A book you’ve been meaning to read, learning to scry or perpetually practicing your tarot cards. Always have something that the ready for that spare half hour.

  • 15 Minutes a Day Rule

Along with always having a project, you need to set aside dedicated time for it. Recently, I’ve started practicing the 15 minute a day rule. This was originally an idea to keep me writing, but I’m expanding the idea into my practice. Set a timer on yourself. Work on your project.

  • Take time to meditate/work a spell

This is something I need to be better about myself. I know the benefits of taking a few minutes to meditate or practice yoga, and yet when things get crazy this is the first thing that falls by the wayside. Yet, this quiet time should never be sacrificed. Those who practice regularly know how unbalance you can become if you don’t take care of yourself.

  • Take care of yourself

This doesn’t have to be magickal, but the results can factor into the rest of your activities. Avoid stress, get lots of sleep and avoid processed foods. Go out for a walk (well, maybe not a long one, given how cold it is out) and get a pet (or three… *sheepish grin*). Don’t work so much overtime and make memories with your family and friends. Understand that each day is one day you will never get back so you need to make the most of it. There’s no place for negativity in that kind of timetable.

  • Write a spell for everything

Spells are our prayers, and we should be in constant awe of the world and the people around us. For each problem we encounter, our own attitudes and perspectives can change everything. And the things that we don’t need a spell to fix, we should have a spell to be thankful for.

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About Ayslyn'sCorner

I am an eclectic Pagan bordering on atheist who has made her way through a number of different spiritual spaces. You might wonder what a person self-identifying as an atheist has to discuss in a religion/spiritual context – and, well, so do I. That’s one of the things I aim to explore on Ayslyn's Corner. Check out Ayslyn's Corner at http://www.ayslynscorner.wordpress.com Check out Invisible Ink Blog at http://www.whitneycarter.wordpress.com Check out wombs in rebellion at http://wombsinrebellion.wordpress.com/
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12 Responses to How to be a Witch with a Job

  1. I think you should call this how to be a witch in the real world 🙂 Job or not we all have responsibilities and no matter how much I dream about living in a cottage being a “full time” witch I have a family and yes a job and all the other real life things and the points you laid out are perfect for how to be an actual full time witch. Love it!

  2. Lunapo says:

    Reblogged this on Biblebelt Witch and commented:
    This is a thought I have myself very very often. Until lately, I was the person who loved and thrived at work. Lately, I have become a disgruntled employee. I’ve seen the ugly side of people within the workplace and…well…I don’t have the tact to put these thoughts down as nicely and eloquently as Ayslyn can.

    • Thank you Lunapo, and I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems at work… No matter what you do to try and distance or cleanse yourself, workplace woes are the hardest to get rid of. I hope things work out better for you in the near future.

  3. byronycoffin says:

    Ayslyn,
    What an interesting post. I am sorry that you find your job so mundane but that is life. I am going to tell you the other side of the story. I am on american’s version of social security for people with disability. I have been since age twenty one, and I’ve gotten a lot of nothing done each and every day. that is because I’ve been in so much pain. I’m doing a lot of things now however because come to find out someone put a curse on me. A psychic attack. It sucked all my energy out of me and I couldn’t do anything at all and I went to bed at five pm. fighting the curse. Now the thing my mentor said was that I got the curse from someone who is non-magical because no one would risk their Karma on someone just for fun. I was so tired I couldn’t tie my shoes. It was really hard on me and my sister. She thought I was just being lazy and didn’t want to do anything as far as house work went and she is wrong. I am so unhappy, even though i fixed the curse and salted and saged and incensed and took everything bad out of my air space and took a shower to make sure none of it stuck on me in the interim. I’m so happy now that everything is going better already. I’ve gotten a housecleaning, a ritual bath, and today my Aunt Dixie called today and that was a blessing. My sister is yelling at me because I told the new neighbors about my goddess pile. I had the pile at the foot of the edge of the balcony. I am so sorry that this is so long I will try to keep it to a dull minimum in the future. Brightest Blessings. Kristen Coffin.

    • Kristin, thank you for sharing your experiences. How terrible it must have been to be on the receiving end of a curse! I am glad that you have managed to direct the energies elsewhere and regain your health and happiness. Health and happiness are both things we all strive for after all, which was kind of the point I was going for here. Thanks, as always, for reading. Stay in the Mother’s light.

  4. LC Aisling says:

    Hi!
    Your blog has been nominated for Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

    With best,
    L6mmeleht

  5. Lana says:

    you have an interesting blog, and wow, a young to question and leave the faith. It took me much longer to question my parents.

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