Crafting a Way Forward: When Career Planning Meets… Everything Else in Life

The word "CAREER" circled in red, surrounded by "EDUCATION", "VISION", "SKILLS", "INTERESTS", "VALUES", and "GOALS", with arrows going from each word to "CAREER" in the middle


Perhaps you already know, but in case you don’t: I dabble in astrology. In fact, at one point, I wanted to have an astrology career as a side hustle. (Confession: I still consider it.) I certainly have (woefully underutilized) clairvoyant tendencies and I am also rather committed to identifying and understanding patterns in the world. Astrology presents an opportunity for me to delve into both those aspects of myself. NB: Astrology isn’t doesn’t require clairvoyant gifting but it certainly can be complemented by use of such abilities.

Purple square with astrology wheel as the backdrop to a golden Gemini symbol

Source: Lucien Holm

That said, I currently don’t get much more involved than checking my weekly forecasts every so often, meditating at the new and full moons, and getting a reading once or twice a year. Part of my moon meditation involves reading up on relevant themes, as relayed by some professional astrologers I’ve come to appreciate. As it turns out, this month’s full moon has proved rather poignant for me.
[Insert rant about my ‘academic existential crisis’ + continued pondering about my professional direction + questions about which geographic locations are best for me and my temperament.] Then some people said some things on Twitter and I got all in my feels again:

Without getting into the weeds, for the sake of the uninitiated,* I just wanted to share a couple of things that jumped out at me as I read Chani Nicholas’ full moon horoscopes last night:
Heal your professional self-image. Refuse to compare yourself with anyone else in the working world. You have absolute permission to make up a career that has never been heard of before and that may never be done again. Believe me when I say this. The world is waiting with baited breath for the thing that you do in the way that only you can do it.
Step back and take note of all that has grown in your life… What have you learned about security and the stifling nature of playing it safe? … Balance between inspiration and integrating the facts. Balance your need to go beyond the realm of what you’ve known and your need to perfect what you’ve already learned.


Take the notion of dollars out of the deal and let’s just strip it down to this question: What skills do you posses that you have come to appreciate most? How has your own ability to value them increased your belief in them? How has appreciating this part of yourself allowed you to learn more about what you are actually capable of doing?
You have the right to be happy. You have the right to take a moment to feel that happy. You have a right to share that happy. Do so with the ones that are willing to receive it and reflect it.
So yeah, I happened to read those things after I had done my meditation (I save horoscopes for afterward). As it turned out, my meditation was a request for clarity about my career trajectory as I slowly approach the end of my doctoral studies. Let that marinate for a moment…
I’m going to be updating my “Hire Me” page relatively soon (and maybe writing a Part 2 to this post) but for now, we dance!

*For my fellow astrology buffs: I read for all the major (inner) planets of my chart (Sun in Gemini, Ascendant in Leo, and Moon in Libra. I also read for Cancer because my Venus & Mercury reside there.
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