Careers for New Agers and Other Cosmic Types [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Blythe Camenson
eBook Category: Business
eBook Description: Careers for New Agers and Other Cosmic Types takes an enticing look at the possibilities and training requirements for dozens of jobs. The book provides expert advice on how readers can put their New Age ideals into practice in the career of their dreams.
eBook Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies/VGM Career Books, Published: 2002
Fictionwise Release Date: September 2002
Inspirational Careers in an Expanding Field
"This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, Age of Aquarius," or so the song lyrics from the musical Hair proclaim. Fact is, no one really knows when the so-called New Age -- the Age of Aquarius -- dawned, or when it will end.
The composers of Hair thought it began "when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars." British astrologer Nicholas Campion gives his own opinion in his book The Great Year: Astrology, Millenarianism, and History in the Western Tradition: "It is the shift of the constellations that forms the astronomical basis for the twentieth-century 'New Age' belief in the coming Age of Aquarius, expected to begin when the Sun rises in the constellation Aquarius at the vernal equinox."
When's that? This same astrologer conducted extensive of research trying to answer that question. He found fifty-nine different opinions on when the beginning of the New Age is -- from the year 1457 all the way up to the year 3550.
So, maybe the real New Age didn't start in the late sixties or early seventies, as so many of us thought. Maybe it hasn't even started yet and we're still in the Age of Pisces. But something started about three decades ago and is persisting now.
Most "New Agers" are hard pressed to provide a definition for the term New Age. Some believe the New Age movement began as an offshoot of the hippie days; others think that it could be a by-product of that time but that it developed on its own, independently.
Some feel the New Age will be a period of greater self-knowledge with a focus on the improvement of the world for all who dwell here. (But, as one astrologer dryly said, "On the other hand... knowing Aquarians, I would think there will be millions of started and unfinished projects by the time we are ready to roll into the Age of Capricorn."
Some cynics feel that the term New Age is synonymous with radical thinking; others brand New Agers as far-out flakes. For the purpose of this book, we'll consider New Age to be anything slightly alternative to the well-established mainstream. This covers communications -- with and without the benefit of electronic means -- alternative medicine and health, merchandising, teaching, spirituality, and the paranormal.
What Makes a New Ager?
To answer this, we must first understand that the whole isn't always equal to the sum of its parts. An interest -- whether passing or fervent -- in New Age subjects doesn't necessarily mean a person is a New Ager and only that. Just because you check your horoscope every morning doesn't mean you'd visit a Chinese herbalist to cure your stomach ulcer. And though you might have arranged the furniture in your home based on Feng Shui principles, you have no intention of calling a psychic to help you invest your recent inheritance.
Having said that, there probably are some people who embrace every aspect of New Age, who reject mainstream ideas and practices entirely for the nontraditional every time.
How far into the realm of New Age you've stepped doesn't really matter, though. If you're reading this book, chances are you like the idea of turning your avocation into a vocation. Even a foothold in one interest area could be translated to a viable career -- a light but lucrative livelihood. These careers appeal to spiritual students who want more adventure in their lives. Such livelihoods are often profitable and gratifying, generating and sustaining a positive, uplifting attitude in both practitioners and clients. We all have to earn a living. So why not do it in a field we love?
The Employment Outlook
In a capitalistic society, one where profit and the bottom line reign supreme, New Age is not just a funky approach to life that old folks patiently tolerate in the young. Early hippies might have eschewed the never-ending quest for the almighty dollar, but today's New Agers aren't as impractical. Business folks and entrepreneurs have long known that where there is an interest, there is a dollar sign, too.
Astrology columns and books, psychic hot lines, metaphysical bookstores, health food stores, and a variety of New Age services and service providers, such as Feng Shui and alternative medicine consultants, abound. Any average American town today is likely to have someone offering psychic reading and astrology classes, past-life regression workshops, and healing lectures. Someone's offering something that is wanted -- and making money from it. That's nothing to be ashamed of.
It's the tried-and-true principle of supply and demand. There are needs out there and people willing to provide for those needs. If enough people want little doohickeys in the shape of pyramids or need pouches of crystals for whatever metaphysical purpose, there is no reason someone shouldn't be on the other end, manufacturing and selling this merchandise -- and for a profit.
Similarly, it's the people seeking psychic readings or answers from the stars who keep psychic readers in business. It's a relationship grounded in history and not restricted only to New Age. It's how society has sustained itself over time.
The conclusion? The employment outlook will continue to be good -- way into the next age -- the Age of Capricorn.
Heaven-Sent Jobs for New Agers
A glance through the table of contents will give you an overview of some of the possibilities. The options don't end here, though, and a dedicated career investigator will undoubtedly cover additional job alternatives. Here are just a few to get you started.
This covers everything from astrologer and tarot card reader to a "for entertainment purposes only" psychic on a phone hot line.
Mind and Body
This is a huge field, covering nontraditional approaches for the most part, such as acupuncture, armomatherapy, reflexology, Rolfing, Reiki, herbology, hypnotherapy, past life regression, and much more.
Although the methods of communicating covered in this section are along the lines of the traditional -- print, Internet, and so forth -- the topics covered are not necessarily so. Closely related to the self-help field, metaphysics has spawned many how-to volumes. These are written by writers, edited by editors, and published by publishers. In addition, there are New Age magazines, newsletters, and other sorts of publications, all needing experienced writers and editors who are in the know.
Throughout this book, in addition to career specifics, you'll find firsthand accounts from real people working in the actual professions. What better way to learn about a calling than straight from the medium's mouth (so to speak).
Do You Have the Necessary Qualifications?
New Age careers range from those that require licensing to those that cannot be legally defined. Each field has its own requirements, and these are covered in the chapters ahead.
It is most important that the New Age enthusiast carry that enthusiasm into his or her work. New Age is almost synonymous with upbeat, positive attitudes. Needless to say, an open mind and a caring attitude will add to your qualifications for most New Age endeavors.
Salaries can range from the modest to the glamorous. Some publications, for example, don't pay their freelance writers very much. But psychic hot lines, on the other hand, can charge hefty hourly fees; so do acupuncturists and other alternative medicine providers.
New Agers do not need to undervalue their products and services. Just as in any field, business savvy -- knowing how to make money -- is important here. With many of the professions covered in this book, the New Age entrepreneur is free to set his or her own fee schedule.
The Job Hunt
For those of you not wanting to start out in your own businesses, let your fingers do the walking -- through the Yellow Pages and across your keyboard -- as you conduct your on-line searches. Search words such as jobs and the name of the field that interests you, such as New Age publishing, will bring hundreds and thousands of website listings to your screen.
For More Information
At the end of most chapters and in the Appendix, you will find resources for further information: professional associations you can contact, reference books to consult, and training programs in which you can enroll.
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