Witchcraft gets romanticized a whole lot. Just look at my picture of the Charmedsisters. They’re off solving problems in mid drift tops living in a huge house, learning about love and sisterhood. My first reaction is much like yours, it can be summed up as sigh. But. If it wasn’t for Charmed, my mother and I would be locked in the same stalemate we had been locked in since I was 22. Charmed made modern Witchcraft accessible to my mom and made her less afraid of whatever I was doing.
Romantic witchcraft isn’t reserved for non-Pagans though. In Paganism, being able to be a career Witch/Occult Shop Owner/Pagan Writer/Special Shaman Who Talks to Ponies/Whatever has become the dreamy eyed ideal. And why shouldn’t it be? There’s enough of us now to actually support career minded people who want to support themselves off their Craft. I know a few people who I’m incredibly jealous of who are doing that very thing. It’s not exactly a new concept, communities generally supported an occultist who lived on the fringe of society/in the weird house at the end of the block for ages.
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.
I mean, yes, that can be part of it and sure, no one likes to work for a jerky boss and it’s the new American dream to support yourself doing something you love. But frankly that image? Has not been part of my experience in the last year I’ve been diligently working on becoming a career Occultist. If you’re smart though, that’s what everyone else will think you’re doing because selling an enviable lifestyle has been the cornerstone of marketing since marketing began.
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