[Image credit: Pinterest]
The following ritual coincides with the themes of this Sagittarius Full Moon and lunar eclipse in Gemini, as well as other planetary placements occurring right now. Please remember when working with shadow energy that deep, and sometimes ancient traumas, can arise. As my dear friend Sarah Richards Graba once said, don’t go anywhere you can’t come back from. My hope is this ritual helps you to explore yourself and your creativity in an expansive way. May it feed you, may it hold you.
Blessed full moon, dear ones.
Unseen MagicCollect your (creative) tools. Create your collective circle. Find a quiet place, ideally one that gives you the warm and fuzzies. That makes you feel safe. Tell yourself: I feel safe.
Place your items around you and call in those you’d like to protect you during this work. This can be ancestors, friends, loved ones, gods, and it can also be elements, such as lighting a candle in honor of Sagittarius’ adventurous fire.
Close your eyes and count backwards from 26, the date of this illuminous event. Take a deep breath with each number, and begin to check into your body. Send love and attention to the tight or nervous places. Send gratitude to the places that are grounding you.
Once you reach zero, ask yourself these questions: where do my beliefs come from, especially the ones about myself? Where were they built? Who helped build them?
Try to imagine the location, the temple that created your beliefs. Maybe it’s a home, a church, a school, a city, a sanctuary. If you’re having difficulty finding a location to explore, construct one to your liking.
Who is in this place? How do they move within it? How do you move around them?
What items are in this place? Old photos? Trinkets? Your grandmother’s necklace? Identify the things that have been collected.
What object do you gravitate to naturally? Choose this item. Hold it in your hand. Examine it. What message does this object give you about your beliefs, about the beliefs you have of yourself?
Now take this object to one of the people here. Ask them the same questions: What message does this object give me about my beliefs, about the beliefs you have of me?
Listen carefully. Don’t cling to the answer. Not all ancestors or people in our lives have our best interest at heart. Simply notice where the two messages, the one from the object and the one from the person intersect, collide, or deviate.
Thank the person for the message. Take a deep breath, and find the door. Yes, there is a door here. You notice it is unlike other doors. It is a portal, it is magic, it is made so only you can go through it.
Open the door and step through. You're now in the same space as before, but inversed, inverted. The unseen aspects of the space are now visible to you, like the upside down. Like the veil has lifted.
What can you see now that you could see before? Now that the people are gone, what space has been made?
Now that you're in this place, without performance, without confusion, take the object and place it in your belly. Ask it once more: What is the true message you have for me? About my beliefs, about the beliefs I have of myself, without shame, without guilt.
Listen carefully. When complete, thank the object and remove it from your body. You don't need the extra weight. Set it down on a special place in this room. Know you can always come back to it, to this place of the unseen.
When you’re ready, start to wiggle your fingers and toes. Check in with your senses to help you return to your circle. What do you hear? What do you smell? What do you taste? What do you feel?
Open your eyes and grab your creative materials. Document the places, the messages, the people, in any way that first comes to mind. The first thought is the best thought.
Trust your instincts. You are full of unseen magic.
[Image credit: Karen Light]
When is it time to keep ahold of an idea and see it through and when is it time to detach and let go?
I thought I finished a painting. Then, a week later, I painted over the whole thing and basically started from scratch.
I found the flow state here and there, but mostly hit a lot of bumps in the road. There is this “click” that happens when a piece is finished and I heard nothing. I couldn’t figure it out. So, eventually, after a lot of trying, I decided to just not finish it for now and move on.
Perhaps you are a parent or you have worked with/been around lots of kids like I have. If so, bring to mind a teenager. There is an outcome that you really want for them and you try to steer them down paths that will lead them to it. But they are on to you, resisting and rejecting every suggestion you make.
You could continue this power struggle (Who hasn’t tried this many times before?!) or you could take a deep breath and let go. You could ask them what they want and how they want to get there. Then, you might start to see things clicking in their minds. Your genuine curiosity and willingness to let go was all it took for them to do the work on their own.
Ever have that experience? Well this is sort of what happened with my painting.
I detached from what I needed it to be. I didn’t even need it to be finished! In fact, I went into my studio to clean everything up and reset the space for a new project.
As I cleaned up, my painting suddenly started telling me what it wanted. (Actually, it was probably doing this the whole time, but I wasn’t open to hearing its ideas since I was so attached to my own…) What it wanted was so strong that I stopped cleaning, got out some paint again and it practically finished itself!
It wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be, but it clicked! I felt quite satisfied as I enjoyed the surprising path and destination. After all, much of the point of making art for me is to be brought to new places!
Are you banging your head against the wall trying to get into the flow or make something work? Are you constantly trying to figure it out versus enjoying the process? If so, you can watch this short video to help you determine if you need to detach and steps to help you let go.
What new and exciting places might your creativity bring you to if you detach and get curious?
Karen Light is an Artist/Illustrator and a Creative Coach at Studio Light Illustration. She is passionate about healing and nurturing the creative spirit. Empowered creatives change their worlds as well as the world and have a lot of fun doing it! Bring your creativity out to play with us during our next Creative Wisdom Doodle-Shop! Want a more individualized approach? Fill out the Creative Journey Roadmap Assessment.
© 2019-2021 collective.aporia