Creativity is the intrinsic power that is possessed by all human beings in some form or another, whether its writing fiction, sculpting, painting, dance, song, poetry, music, cooking or play, everyone has their own little piece of magick they can evoke. To be creative is to tap into the imagination and to channel the realms of the unconscious to bring it to life in the waking world in some way shape or form. The Two cards that pop up for me that are intrinsically linked to the creative process are the Moon and the Sun cards of the major arcana.
The Moon card is connected with the shadowy realms of fantasy and illusion, the twisting turning upside down world of dreams. In the Moon card we can connect with the archetype of the Artist, channeling the powers of the Muse to produce works that are born of the realms of the deep unconscious. The Artist, who teeters on the edges of sanity, between madness and genius courts deep emotional states, often linked with depression, anxiety and outright madness. In processing this material expressed through painting, sculpture, fiction, poems or music we connect with the energies of the tortured artist, whose alchemical tears catalyze transformation as they are poured into to great works of art that are admired or puzzled over by others. In my own experience the melancholy of depressive states has been a source of some of my most beautiful poetry, a dark beauty that gleams in the night, just like the moon. The act of expressing the self through art of some kind can act as a sort of catharsis, a releasing of endarkened visions and delusional states that arise from the depths through the frantic scribbles of the pen by candlelight or the long brushstroke filled night where the eyes of monsters appear enfleshed on canv
The Sun card connects us with joy, happiness, positivity and play as our natural state of being. This state of being is connected with the revelation on the journey through the major arcana when the Fool encounters the Sun as the wild child who revels in nature in pure joy and innocence. It is revealed that the Divine child we have been searching for is within us, as it always has been from the beginning, for while we grow and mature the Child remains always.
In working with the Sun card we can tap into the archetype of the Child in its multifaceted forms as the Divine child, the innocent child, the eternal child, the magickal child and the nature child as sources for our creative expression. For me the nature child is a source of great wonder and awe that helps to get my creative juices flowing. Taking time to allow this nature child part of myself who revels in the sunshine at the height of great trees, marvels at the power of waterfalls, is in awe at the way moss grows on a rock in a cold pool is a potent way for me to connect with my creativity. Connecting with this nature child by spending time in the wild restores my sense of playfulness and potent presence in the moment that is lost in the hum drum of adult responsibility and a skyscraper tiered life. Similarly the magickal child who remembers that the world is peopled and named as familiar is also an amazing source of joy and inspiration for me. Taking time to reconnect with this magickal child who still believes in fairies, who names stuffed animals is a source of go lightheartedness that fuels my passion inspired outbursts of poetic joy.
The Sun and the Moon, the Conscious and the Unconscious, the world of waking and the worlds of dreaming can also be a source for your own creative nourishment. If you are in need of inspiration you might wish to pull one of these cards at random and imagine yourself in the environment of the card, notice what thoughts, feelings and images arise for you as use these as a source for your creativity.
Another way you can connect with these cards for inspiration is to work with them experientialy. Start by shuffling the deck and then turn the cards over one by one until you come across either the Sun card or the Moon card. If you draw the Sun card perhaps you spend a day doing things that you loved to do when you were a child, or you take yourself out for a day in nature, spend some time playing with animals or play a game of some sort to help evoke a sense of lightheartedness. If you draw the moon card perhaps you could spend some time over the coming days moon gazing, paying close attention to your dreams, read some Romantic poetry or do a ritual under the full moon where you scry into a mirror under the darkness of the night with only the moon and the stars as your companions.
Tarot can also be a great way that you can check in with your creative process. In a simple way we can look at three card spreads to see the past, present and possible futures of our works which can be helpful if we are losing our way or perhaps trying to decide if the work involved is worth our time and effort. We can use more complex spreads such as the Celtic Cross or Tree of life style spreads to assess our creative process, discover blocks and boundaries, find allies & beneficial energies to assist us. Using correspondences within the suits we can look for indications of timing to see how long it will be until we are able to manifest our creativity into concrete form. I would love to hear of ways you have used the Tarot for your own creativity or checking in with your creative process and wish you all the best in your magickal manifestations, whatever they may be. May your wildest dreams come true
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music we connect with the energies of the tortured artist, whose alchemical tears catalyze transformation as of some of my most beautiful poetry, a dark beauty that gleams in the night, just like the moon. The act of expressing the self through art of some kind can act as a sort of catharsis, a releasing of endarkened visions and delusional states that arise from the depths through the frantic scribbles of the pen by candlelight or the long brushstroke filled night where the eyes of monstered appear enfleshed on canvas.