Dark of the Moon
Dark of the Moon
Plant a seed tonight
Dark of the Moon
What we envision
Will come to be by the Full Moon’s light.
The New Moon is traditionally the time for planting the seeds of a new intention, a dream, or beginning a new project. How perfect that we start our Artist’s Way journey in earnest today!
Last week, I mentioned that the two fundamental tools, according to Julia Cameron, for the recovery of our Artist Selves are the morning pages and the artist date. The basic idea of this is that morning pages are the releasing and letting go, a download of all the junk that rattles around in our heads. The artist date is the gathering in, the upload of ideas and inspiration.
This happens, in Witchy terms, by inviting our Younger Self (the unconscious mind, or the pre-verbal, innocent, child-like part of ourselves) to play dates filled with art, creative people and projects, and other enriching experiences that delight us.
I am now convinced that the artist date, which seems perhaps frivolous compared to the strict discipline of morning pages, is just as important. Maybe even more so. As Julia notes, if we don’t spend quality time nurturing our creative selves, going out on “dates” to keep our spark burning brightly, how can we really expect to have a high-quality relationship with that inner part of ourselves?
“Your artist is a child,” she writes. “Time with a parent matters more than monies spent. A visit to a great junk store, a solo trip to the beach, an old movie seen alone together, a visit to an aquarium or art gallery – these cost time, not money. Remember, it is the time commitment that is sacred.”
This is all about filling our well. “Art,” Julia explains, “is an image-using system. In order to create we draw from our inner well…As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them – to restock the trout pond, so to speak. I call this process filling the well.
“Filling the well involves the active pursuit of images to refresh our artistic reservoirs. Art is born in attention, its midwife is detail…”
Now here’s the hard part, especially for people (like me) that flirt with workaholism and too many obligations. “In filling the well,” Julia tells us, “think magic. Think delight. Think fun. Do not think duty. Do not do what you should do – spiritual sit-ups like reading a dull but recommended text. Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.”
I know, I know. Sounds so easy and fun. But for some of us, scheduling personal, private fun is amazingly difficult. But I am thinking together, we can support and inspire one another. Speaking just for me, I guess this means I will have to be accountable to you, won’t I?
So. Are you ready for this journey? I will mention again that, while the main text will be Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, the extent to which you want to go strictly “by the book,” or not, is up to you. I will be adding other voices, other resources, and other guidance as we explore our own worlds of creative recovery, healing, and awakening.
Today, for the New Moon, I invite you to make a commitment to your own Inner Artist, who I know is closely watching to see if your Talking Self/Grownup/Conscious Self is really serious about this.
Let the Dark of the New Moon in mystical, imaginative, intuitive Pisces be the fertile place where we plant this seed of our promise to ourselves: