Mooncreativity
Western Astrology

Creativity and the Moon: Using the Lunar Cycles to Plan Your Projects



by Stefanie Weiss October 30, 2013 07:27 PM EST
Creativity and the Moon: Using the Lunar Cycles to Plan Your Projects Getty Images
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.

Share a free sample Friends and Lovers. Are you two best friends and lovers? Try a free sample of this powerful reading today!

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.
 
Find your path to fulfillment with a Free Psychic Reading. Call 1-800-749-5790 right now!
 
Can't get enough astrology? Icon fb Like us on Facebook!
 
you may also be interested in...
The Stars This Week: November 17-23, 2014
The Stars This Week: November 10-16, 2014
The Stars This Week: November 3-9, 2014
The Stars This Week: October 27 - November 2, 2014
Monthly Summary for October 2014
Monthly Summary for September 2014
Monthly Summary for August 2014
Monthly Summary for July 2014

Astrology On the Go

ASTROLOGY NEWSLETTERS

Wake Up to Your Horoscope
in Your Inbox

Start your day with a dose of the cosmos -- get your daily horoscope delivered straight to your email!

related articles
 
Living Out Our Dreams as Neptune Goes Direct in Pisces
Living Out Our Dreams as Neptune Goes Direct in Pisces

Since Neptune (the planet of illusion, dissolution and delusion) has been in its home sign of Pisces... read more »

 
Fashion Must-Haves by Sign
Fashion Must-Haves by Sign

Learn how to rock the look that's perfect for your sign by learning the secrets of dressing and... read more »

 
Emotions Run Deep as the Sun Trines Neptune
Emotions Run Deep as the Sun Trines Neptune

The end of October brings a number of major astrological events, but there is one that shines above... read more »

 
New astro forecast sheep 300x250

featured bloggers


Kosmic Kelly


Kosmic Kelly
A full-time astrologer and writer since 2002, Kelly offers astrology chart consults to individuals, couples and families around the globe. You can read Kelly's columns, articles and horoscopes in a variety of international magazines, including the... read more

Astrology.com videos
3891540091001
3891537876001
3891537871001
3891540090001
3891540095001
3891554755001
3891553335001
3891554765001
3891554769001
3891554769001
3891553343001
3891555671001
3891553347001
ast:div-chinese:vid:asdhlovescope
Today's Cosmic Calendar
 
Today's Planetary Forecast

Do you need some celestial reinforcement to enhance your problem-solving skills? Help is on the way in the form of the... read more »

 
The Stars This Week!
 
The Stars This Week

A New Journey! This is a week marked by endings and beginnings. First, a powerful conjunction of the Sun and Saturn in... read more »