I usually like to be sparked by someone or something else in order to write. I'm kind of reactive that way, and it's a failing I'm trying to get over by requiring a post every day during Lent (and I'm down one). Today, my interest was sparked by The Unlikely Mage and his ongoing series of Money Magic postings regarding trying to improve his situation.
It's been fun to read, as I'm currently reading other stuff that basically ignores the magic and the intersection between the magician and his material wealth. Magical Knowledge I definitely reacts poorly to the idea of using magic to improve your material lot, seeing the exercise of magical power as a spiritual endeavor. "The Secret Practices of the Sufis" obliquely addresses the Islamic concept of Maktub, or fate (It is written). So, it's nice to see someone working their will in opposition to the stars and currents around them.
I heard an anecdote about one magician who swore he was star-crossed. So he did a very long working, where he negated his birth chart, and chose another one. I think it took three years. After that working, however, he was a different person. The changing of his stars had a marked effect on his personality and his outward opportunities.
Personally, I'm more drawn to the romantic hero, who tries in spite of the fact that he'll probably fail. So, in my magical studies, I tend to side more with the Rufus Opuses, the Jason Millers, and the Unlikely Mages rather than more fatalistic magicians. I think we should struggle against fate, even if we're doomed. Dylan Thomas, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Zack de la Rocha are the poets of people who do not accept reality as they find it, but rather try to change it for the better, even if only in their area, even if only for a while.
As a gnostic, I truly align myself against the fates, for in my cosmology, the fates conspire to keep me from God. They force choices between meditation and driving to work, between study and meetings, between all that God would like for us, and the best the world can provide. And, in the end, the fates, the 7 archons and 12 watchers above, who set the stage and the daily ticks of the clock, are the ones who send the divine spark back into the murk that is the world.
And that injustice can not stand. So I applaud those mages who struggle against their fate. If you know of others, please mention them in the comments. I'm sure there are numerous ones out there.