Archive for Creativity

MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 2/13/2017

Theme, 7 of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health and wealth. Seven is a number of action or being aware of action. This week, keep your eyes on your creative prize. That is, tend to your creative projects. Although they may be coming along nicely, now is not the time to expect them to come to fruition on their own. They still must be nurtured and guarded.

Focus, Knight of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. The Knight is the champion, the one who has what is necessary to do the job of serving and protecting. Ask yourself how you are the passionate, fiery champion for your creative work.

Action, 5 of Coins. Back in the element of Earth, you can see the woman with her hand outstretched seeking alms/aid, when right behind her is the possibility of a level of help or aid that is better than she can imagine. Look around you this week for where help is available to you that you are not receiving or aware of. Move from passive victim to active seeker.

Gift, Queen of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. The Queen is the mistress of Air and, not only does she take no guff from anyone, but she knows how to get her point across, sharply and with intelligence. One of the sources of aid or help in your circle might be someone who can offer that skill to you in order to help you communicate better about your creative work. Be prepared to receive it.

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Empathy, the least comfortable of human emotions.
~Frances Gray Patton~

An important technique of fiction writing is Deep POV (Point of View). This technique uses the third person point of view in such a way that the reader feels as if she is inside the person’s head—or heart—for that scene.

Which means, as you read, page after page goes by, the words disappear, and you feel as if you’ve experienced what the character experienced. Tears, pounding heart, knotted stomach are signs that the writer has done her job with deep POV.

Why does that matter? Because, as Lisa Cron in her book, Story Genius, writes, “just like life, story is emotion based…In a story, if we’re not feeling, we’re not reading. It is emotion, rather than logic, that telegraphs meaning…”

To tap into that level of emotional connection, the writer has to know her characters, and, whether villain, sidekick, or heroine, she has to empathize with them.

Remember Darth Vader from Star Wars? Do you think George Lucas had some empathy for this character who was doomed to live his life behind that mask, knowing he had once been admired and even loved?

Empathy gives creative power in other forms of art, as well. Painting, music, dance, and theater all convey either pure emotion or use story as a vehicle for emotion.

Yes, you can connect mentally to the structure, design, composition, use of color, contrast, etc, but in order to really have an impact, the emotion—and therefore the empathy—has to be there.

Think of Michelangelo’s “Pieta”, the power of the grieving mother in that piece. Think of Picasso’s “Guernica” and the horror and anger and even despair there. Think of the dark emotions of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. The power of those works arises out of the creator’s empathy.

Empathy is defined as the ability to sense other people’s emotions or to share and understand another person’s emotions and experiences.

To truly reach depth and understanding in your creative work, you need empathy.

Empathy—often a hero’s greatest challenge—is also crucial to a successful, meaningful life.

How you use empathy—in your life and work—matters.

MONDAY TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/30/2017

Theme, 6 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. See how the Knight moves from the left (past) to the right (future)? This week ride forward on your past creative successes–of any kind. Let them carry you confidently into the future.

Focus, Page of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition and creativity. The Page is messenger. See how he holds that Cup as if it is precious? This week, ask yourself how you are holding your creative work for yourself and others. How are you relaying the sacred, intuitive aspect of your work?

Action, The Sun. This Major Arcana card is near the end of the Fool’s journey. Here is the Sun, a source of vital energy, of life, the star that all planets revolve around. This week, shine your creative light brightly. Illuminate the power of your work–and your creative successes–for others. Draw them to you with the power of your work.

Gift, 7 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Here a burglar tries to enter your mind, steal your confidence and your trust in your creative ideas. The gift this week is one of awareness and understanding that allows you to shut the window (and the door) on those who would steal from you in one way or another.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/23/2017

Theme, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. Four is a number of stability. This card is often called the wedding card. I call it the commitment card. Note how everything inside is lush and beautiful and everything outside is not. This week, be aware of when and how you are committed to your creative work…in spite of family, work, community. Note where your commitment is tested.

Focus, The Moon. A Major Arcana card, represents dreams, intuition, and emotions. This week, ask, “What are my dreams telling me? What is my intuition trying to convey to me about my creative work?”

Action, Page of Wands. Wands again, with its energetic associations of passion and vitality. The Page of Wands is the one who carries the passionate, active energy of youth. The Page is also the messenger. So this week, be a passionate, energetic, enthusiastic messenger for your creative work. Don’t be shy or falsely humble.

Gift, Knight of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams and intuition. So, in your Moon focus this week, also be aware of others in your environment who want to be of service to you and your creative work. Might be a critique partner, a gallery owner, and editor–someone who wants to help you get your work out into the world.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/16/2016

Theme, Knight of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, wealth, anything physical. The knight is the one who has the training and resources to serve and protect. But in order to do that, he must return to the castle in order to rest, eat, and train before serving again. This week, be aware of the physical demands of your creative work. Pay attention to your need for sleep, healthy food and exercise.

Focus, High Priestess. This Major Arcana card returns to ask you, “What are the mysteries of your work that you need access to or can share with others? How do you access your source of deep wisdom and inspiration for your work? How do you connect with it?

Action, Page of Coins. Still in the element of Earth, this Page wants you to physically engage with your audience. See that Coin she is holding out? That is you, sharing your work, not by talking about it but by bringing it out into the world for people to see. Whether at an exhibit, a performance, or words on a page, get it out there.

Gift, Faith. This Major Arcana card shows the representative of the four major religions praying. This week, look for the gift of time and space for that deep connection to inspiration and wisdom within your work. Be ready to receive it that divine gift.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/9/2017

Theme, High Priestess. This card is numbered 2 in the Major Arcana and speaks to the idea of bringing awareness to the deeper mysteries of the unconscious. This week, look for opportunities to share your own creative process with others and thereby support and encourage them in their creativity.

Focus, 4 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, work. Four is a number of stability which creatively can suggest commitment. There is no development or depth of creativity without commitment. This week, ask yourself, “How committed am I to my creative work?”

Action, Ace of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, wealth, any thing in the physical realm. The Ace is the beginning, the seed, holding all potential and possibility. This week, make an investment in your creative work, whether in the purchase of resources, registering for a class, or even just spending time in your studio. Make an investment to that Ace, that seed will grow into its full potential.

Gift, 3 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition, and creativity. After you’ve made the commitment and the investments, then receive the gift of celebration. Celebrate your creative gifts.

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MONDAY TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 1/2/2017

Theme, 10 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, and work. Ten is a number of preparing to begin again. This week, the first of the New Year, finish up and let go of old projects, or work that has sat around and probably will never be finished because you’ve lost interest in it, or because your work has taken a new direction. Time to let go of those “should” projects.

Focus, 6 of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, and wealth. Six is a number of imbalance in the tarot. The division of resources is unequal here. What do you need to do this week to bring balance into your creative resources? Are you leaving your creative work begging for more of your time and energy?

Action, The Hermit. From the Major Arcana, the Hermit speaks of the need for time alone in order to receive vision and direction for our creative work and thereby light the way for other creatives to follow their creative visions.

Gift, 2 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. This week, receive the gift of intuitive insight that allows you to quiet the mind chatter and make choices and decisions that bring you into right relationship with your creative work.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 12/19/2016

Theme, Knight of Coins. Coins is the element of Earth in the realm of home, health, wealth, and anything physical. The Knight is the one who trains and acquires equipment and other resources in order to serve the realm. This week, think about how you serve your creativity with hard work, and how it serves you in return.

Focus, 4 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuitions and creativity. Four is usually a number of stability, but in this case, there is a sense of dissatisfaction with that stability, a desire to stop working and reach for the next shiny object instead. With so many projects at hand, where do you need to put not just your focus but your emotional investment as well?

Action, 7 of Cups. Because this card, this 7 in the realm of the heart and creativity, tells you to focus, to disregard all those other distractions, to not go reaching for the bright, shiny object, but instead give your energy to something that has significance and serves a purpose.

Gift, 10 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career and work. The gift is that you will stop feeling burdened and weighed down if you focus and complete something this week. Completion can bring great satisfaction and a sense of freedom. Receive that gift.

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MONDAY TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 12/12/2016

Theme, 9 of Swords. Swords is the element of Air in the realm of mind, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and communication. Nine is a number signifying completion or ending. At the end of the day, as you lie sleeping, are you in the sacred realm of dreams, or are you letting your mind magnify worries and concerns? This week, look for where you need to put those fears to rest so you can let your dreams guide you.

Focus, 8 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition, creativity. What do you need to let go of in order to pursue that dream or creative vision represented by the Pisces Full Moon? What is no longer emotionally or creatively satisfying to you and only holds you down?

Action, Queen of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of Spirit, creativity, career, work. Don’t be shy about who you are and what you do this week. Be fierce. Be passionate. You are the Mistress/Master of creativity, after all.

Gift, The Moon. When you make room for and move toward your creative dreams with passion and determination, the gifts of insight, intuition, and inspiration are yours. Be ready to receive them, especially with this week’s Full Moon in Gemini.

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MONDAY’S TAROT MESSAGE FROM THE MUSE, 12/5/2016

Theme, 3 of Cups. Cups is the element of Water in the realm of heart, emotions, dreams, intuition, creativity. Three is a number of creativity and making.This week, look for opportunities to celebrate your creative work, by yourself or with others. Celebrate with dance, music, wine, joy.

Focus, The Fool. The Fool begins the Major Arcana of the tarot, what is called The Fool’s Journey. This week, ask yourself where you need to take a leap of faith, trust your instincts and risk something for or in your creative work.

Action, 10 of Wands. Wands is the element of Fire in the realm of spirit, creativity, career, work. Ten is a tipping point from ending back to beginning again. This week, let go of projects that are done so that you can leap into the new work. No sense worrying about whether they are perfect or not. Let them go and feel the relief.

Gift, Queen of Wands. Again in the fiery realm of Wands and creativity. The Queen is the master/mistress of the element. So be the Queen of Wands in your creative work this week. Or, if you are challenged to do that, then look for someone in your environment who can role model for you or aid you in acknowledging your power and gifts.

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