Are you an artist or writer struggling to get your ideas, visions and dreams onto the canvas or the page? Even if you have a regular job, making art can be the perfect vehicle for emotional turmoil -- exactly the release you need. But if you're craving art-making and can't seem to get started, it can be more frustrating than fulfilling. That's where the Moon comes in!
Tuning in to the Moon to fuel intuition and connect to your body is always healthy and can be extremely fruitful, but you probably didn't know that you can use lunar energy as an adjunct to your calendar. Think of it as your iCal in the sky! It's especially potent and useful for projects that require you to tap in to your emotions and subconscious thoughts -- where the best art is made.
Moon cycles work in two ways: for monthly planning, in two-week chunks, and also for planning ahead, looking toward six months from now for longer-term goals. Starting with a more immediate focus, find out when the next new Moon takes place (the next one is on November 3, and it's a solar eclipse to boot!) and mark it on your calendar. This is your moment of initiation -- new beginnings, planting seeds.
Make sure you carve out a few hours during those days for an "artist's date" to borrow a concept from Julia Cameron's incredible book The Artist's Way. (You may want to pick up a copy in the meantime, too!) The new Moon continues to be potent three days after it is exact, but the energy is more available beforehand, and in the hours leading up to the exact new Moon -- that's why it's a good idea to note the exact moment in your time zone.
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If you're a visual artist, use the three days before and after the next new Moon to sketch out what you'd like to create next. If you're a writer or filmmaker, use the new Moon window to test your ideas out on paper, even if you're just free writing in your journal. If you're a musician, jot down some notes toward your next song or jam on your instrument, freestyle. It's not about finishing a masterpiece -- it's just about getting started at this stage.
The next date to note is the First Quarter Moon, the second phase of the lunar cycle. By this time you should have made a bit more progress on your concept --- if you're a writer, perhaps you've written an outline about your next story, or sent a few pitches to magazine. If you're a painter, maybe by now you've set up your workspace and begun putting paint on the canvas. This moment is about bringing to life those initial seeds of consciousness from the new Moon phase.
Next is the emotionally potent full Moon, which is often a very intensely emotional time -- a moment of release. Like the new Moon, it's even more powerful during the three days leading up to it, and worthwhile to note the exact time of the lunation. You may even want to do a kind of releasing ritual on the day of the full Moon, to let go of any negative energy or fear you've held onto since you first initiated your project. By now, you know what your art looks and feels like -- it's come fully to life.
It's not always possible to entirely finish a piece of art, big or small, in the short four-week lunar cycle, but by the time of the Last Quarter Moon, you're back in a phase of rebirth and review -- and it all begins again at the next new Moon. So if you need more time to finish -- start the process all over again in the following month. The companion piece to this article will look at six-month and one-year lunar cycles -- 7with a focus on using eclipses.
Marjorie Orr has an M.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Philosophy from Glasgow University, and was a current affairs journalist, award-winning BBC TV documentary producer and then a psychotherapist. She has a worldwide following for her astrology... read more