Queen of Clouds – © Osho Zen Tarot
Cruella Deville, Cruella Deville,
If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.
To see her is to get a sudden chill…
Cruella, Cruella, Cruella Deville
— 101 Dalmatians, Walt Disney Productions
As you probably know, when the Moon is full, it is in the sign opposite the Sun sign of that time. So, as we are in the Pisces Sun time, tonight’s Full Moon is in earthy Virgo.
The Full Moon is the time to release your intentions and desires that you planted at the New Moon. Certainly, we need the wishes of illuminated souls to be manifesting at this time. As astrologer Lynn Hayes writes, “This is likely to be a fairly powerful event because the opposition of the Sun to the Moon that creates the Full Moon is aligned with the opposition of Saturn to Uranus, illuminating the conflict between the old ways (Saturn) and the new (Uranus).
“The harder Saturn tries to hold onto the status quo, the more impulsive and reckless the Uranian influence becomes, and vice versa…Additionally, the Moon is conjunct Saturn, so the harsh realities of our world will weigh heavily upon each of us on this Full Moon.”
So if you’re feeling a little shaky here at the beginning of our creativity journey, perhaps some of it is from the alignment of the planets right now. This week, as we continue to recover our sense of safety as artists and creators, we will be conjuring antidotes and cures for our fears.
Because now that we’ve spent a little time naming and exploring our fears, we can, as we started to last week, weave the spells of healing: by turning negativity to affirmation. Instead of “I have no talent,” and other ways that we, as Julia writes, “easily, without embarrassment bludgeon ourselves,” we can turn our words around to empower ourselves: “I am rich with creative ideas and energy,” or, “I have a wealth of untapped artistic talent.”
Notice, at this point, the way your inner critic reacts to this. “Sure, sure, isn’t that sooooo sweet and nice. Affirmations! What a cliché! We don’t really believe it, though, do we? We know it’s just empty words,” and so on. My, my, how nasty our inner “Censor” can be!
“It’s as though our entire collective unconscious sat up late nights watching Walt Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmations and practicing Cruella DeVille’s delivery for scathing indictments.”
Affirmations quite often trigger inner ridicule, vicious objections, and lots of resistance, from making you feel hokey for trying, to seriously sabotaging your confidence.
This is normal. This is good information. These “blurts,” as Julia calls them, that come from the ugly claws inside your psyche, will challenge your tentative recovery. But they contain the essence of your core negative beliefs.
That means they hold a magic key to your freedom. So as you write your affirmations, pay close attention to the resistances that come up: “Oh, you are so stupid! Do you really think you can change at your age?” “Who are you kidding?” “What an ego trip!” “Write??? You can’t even spell!” and so forth.
Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at how to turn your inner critic into a blessing in disguise.