Finding Your Vocation Or Calling In Life

A man was telling me about hp he grew up being told he had a calling in life.  He was taught that he had a vocation and he believed this.  Because he believed this, he sought to discover what his calling might be. This is very different than growing up being told you should be what you want to be.

I am not advocating either approach, but if I were  personally given a choice, I would opt to be raised with the belief my life had a meaningful purpose, and to have been encouraged to find out what that purpose was.

There’s nothing more satisfying than finding your true calling in life. This is why I think it’s worth making an effort to ascertain what you’re designed to do.

Astrologically, Liz Greene gives sees the Sun as the indicator or a person’s vocation (Apollo’s Chariot : The Astrological Sun) I agree, but I think Jupiter is involved as well, because each of us is part of larger picture.

Have you found your calling in life?


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Finding Your Vocation Or Calling In Life — 20 Comments

  1. No I’m still trying to put it all together. I was a young overwhelmed Mom first.I would love to know why I’m always thrown into the role of leader, reluctantly so. This pattern follows me in whatever situations or opportunites I experience.I guess I am still waiting to strike gold in this way. Any tips? I am Leo Sun with Jupiter close to MC in Taurus.

  2. Yes! Jupiter gives an interesting flavor to this, and I agree with that. I think people flounder when they don’t trust their instincts in combination with learning about the world around them. If you don’t leave yourself room to learn, make mistakes, you will lose the buoyancy / resilience that makes or breaks a vocational pursuit.

  3. What a serendipitous post:-) I’ve just returned home from the employment office after not having been able to work for the last 5 years, so I’m asking myself this very question. However, after 10 years of college, 2 degrees, and over 20 jobs, most of which were not in my area of study, I’m still at a loss.
    My Gemini Sun is conjunct Jupiter, oppose Neptune, square Moon, sextile Saturn and trine Pluto…..maybe all those aspects are what’s making it so difficult to find the one thing? I believe Gemini is jack-of-all-trades kind of energy, so that makes sense, and i have a Capricorn MC, so I’m very willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears, I guess I just need some direction?

  4. I just got accepted onto a new job, hopefully all goes well with the pre-employment checks, in Domicilary Care (caring for people in their homes). I think after all of this time I think I’ve found my calling. Nursing next, after a year maybe 2.

    I was on the receiving end of ‘you must do’ which in truth fucks you up cause that isn’t your dream but anothers. And with that note I was gonna disagree with the Jupiter thing but then now it makes sense.

  5. Interesting idea about Jupiter’s influence on one’s calling. I’ve never figured out what my calling is….despite that my watery Cancer Sun yearns for one. I could just never pick one thing and follow it. My Jupiter is in Gemini — which functions as a bit (or a lot) as a dabbler/dilettante…which would support your idea about Jupiter’s influence. Also, my sun and moon are square which adds another layer of complexity and conflict.

    I’d be interested in knowing if anyone on this board with a Sun/Moon square in their natal chart feels they’ve found their calling. Anyone?

  6. I love this topic.
    “Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.” Willa Cather

    I’ve met a few people in my life that knew exactly what they wanted to do with their lives and went for it. One old boyfriend actually had an outrageous list of all the things he was going to do – and he did it. As for me, I’ve been all over the place and have done many different things – with no lists or maps!
    My Gemini sun is in a wide trine to my Jupiter in Libra. I love being creative and working with my hands. I applied and was accepted into a short professional training program that starts this summer and I even got some tuition assistance to go along with it.This is encouraging and has given me hope that the deciding committee saw a glimmer of talent and drive. I’ve got a lot of prep work to do and now I really need to focus and make lists. I don’t know if this is my calling but sure hope it is.

  7. Elsa you are too good on these blogs! Talk about good content for having us to read. Who asks these questions? Cause no one dare ask in every day life, at least not in my circle.
    To answer your question I was told I am here to write and communicate something that will help others. Like be a mentor. And I can see that. We’ll only time will. Its all about Gemini.

  8. No, I’m totally frickin’ lost in that regard. I see people like my brother, who was born an engineer. He just had to earn the diploma to prove it. I see people like Elsa who are so in the right place and blazing a trail that it awes me. I stand amazed at people like this because they are most decidedly honoring their purpose. I don’t want to get to the end of my life having never discovered my calling but that seems to be where I’m headed and it bugs me to no end.

  9. Probably. For me, it’s more about how I live my life, than vocational status. I’m one of ‘those weirdos’. I know that probably will be received as bonkers but it is a ‘sociological fact’ that not everyone is defined by their vocation. I’d say I’m defined by my way of life if that makes any sense. There are certain things that I needed to do and I got em done. And how do I know where to go, what I need to do? It feels right.

  10. I’m raising my kids to find their path, follow their passions, dream big, think a lot, and remain individuals. A lot of the reasons I homeschool them are in that sentence ;)
    My oldest son’s chart looks destined for greatness. I’ve told him that it may mean he’s going to be a great dad or something that simple, but it could very well mean much more. I provide the inspiration, he determines the calling :)

  11. Nope, still looking. I have an idea of what I want, but no effing clue as to how to make it fit into a life where you get a regular paycheck and health insurance. I can’t live off a man to get those things, so it has to be realistic.

  12. I don’t know. I was raised by my parents to be what I want and to learn what I am talented for or interested in. I had to choose because I had more different things I was interested in. I studied for the happiness of knowledge not for a living. Then I made my degree.
    I don’t know if I am destined to do what I do now but it seems right to be involved with people, to have young one’s around, to share and discuss things and have some freedom.

  13. Elsa, you’ve inspired me to write my mission statement. Not really a vocation, but I am on a mission. Heck, need something to get me out of my cave. :D

  14. NO ANd, not sure why it is so hard! I did spend the first half of my life living the shoulds and know I am done with that! However, what to do!? I don’t know. I am Libra Sun, Scorpio MH, and Leo Jupiter in the 7th or 8th house (depends on the house system). I have a sun/moon trine

  15. Thinking about jupiter ruled sag people I knew/know. They do seem very directed. But I can’t hop on or be forced onto their train or I crash. Gotta stay connected to my own passion about life or die. Jupiter takes up alot of space as I suppose it ‘should’. Conjunct my sun so . . . . well, there just isn’t room for me. Boo hoo hoo! So I take a lesson from those sag’s and make my own space.

  16. Hmmmm. I wonder if that is why the last two sag women I considered friending in my ‘real life’ nagged me to no end about what I should be doing. An unhappy sag is not a good thing???

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