How Astrology Helps My Writing Practice

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In November 2019, I decided to write a fiction novel for Nanowrimo. I had attempted the challenge many times; always burning out, quitting and failing. This go around I wanted to experiment and have fun with it. For each of my characters , I would use an astrological archetype. I had one character based on the Sun’s symbolism, another on Mercury, and the plot of the story followed the cycles of the Zodiac. Not only did I win Nanowrimo, but the process was fluid and easy.

As an astrologer, I do a lot of writing about the planetary transits and how they influence individuals on Earth. Through honing my writing practice, I learned how astrology and its archetypes can help all writers, not just astrologers. It has helped me gauge my moods and energy levels and inspired the characters within my stories.

The zodiac is the story of creation

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the word astrology. We think of horoscopes or sun signs, and often our preconceived notions flood in. We write it off and think it’s just some mystical tool for love stuck young girls. However, the story of the Zodiac is so much more.

The Zodiac represents the creation process.

With Aries, we have the initiation. Taurus comes next and creates a foundation. Gemini spreads the message, and Cancer nurtures the creation. We can jump to Aquarius, which is about doing it for the greater good, and Pisces, where everything comes back to oneness. We don’t have to live our lives as if astrology is science or reality, but we can appreciate the Zodiac story as a whole.

As writers, we are storytellers. Whether we share our experiences or write a fairy tale, we are creating with our words. Astrology is a language, and practicing this method of expression can bring depth to our work.

Each zodiac sign is a chapter in the book that is Astrology. By learning the archetypes and themes, we discover how this ancient story unfolds. From this place, we can weave webs with our own words.

Reading makes us better writers. We receive inspiration and invite the muse to lead us. The story of the Zodiac as a whole and its themes offer a narrative that can excite and entice us. The invitation is to move beyond seeing each of the Zodiac signs as separate and appreciate how they come together.

The moon and our moods

The Lunar cycle is like a roller coaster. There are highs and lows, twists, and turns.

For centuries, people have believed that the Moon affects human behavior. The word lunacy derives from the Latin lunaticus, meaning “moonstruck,” and both the Greek philosopher Aristotle and the Roman naturalist Pliny, the Elder believed that madness and epilepsy were caused by the Moon. -BBC

If the Moon influences us as humans, then we have a seat on this roller coaster ride. When we know the turns, drops, and inclines, the journey becomes less stressful.

As we learn how our moods shift throughout the Lunar cycle, we can plan our writing practice.

During a New Moon, energy levels are low.

It is the beginning of a new journey as the Moon tucks away from the sky. We cannot see the Moon shining at night, and in a sense, we are invited to hide away from the world.

A New Moon is a great time to take solace and even a step back from our projects. It’s not a time when we will have the energy to push to hit deadlines (unless we have to).

It’s a time of new beginnings and imagining. It is ideal for drafting new ideas and dreams of what you want to write next. It’s not about finishing. Instead, it’s about getting started.

The Full Moon occurs at the peak of the cycle.

This is when the Moon is shining, and we can do the same. A Full Moon is a great time to hit publish, pitch yourself, or ride the wave of creativity as far as possible.

Being a writer takes emotion. When we infuse feelings into our words, our readers respond. The Moon is linked to our feelings; as we develop a relationship with this celestial body, we build our emotional intelligence. We have more to pour into our work from this place, and readers have more to drink up.

Connecting to the lunar cycle isn’t complicated.

It’s as simple as marking New Moons and Full Moons on your calendar and noticing how you feel during those times. When we cultivate an awareness of our feelings, we become in tune with ourselves. Since we are the ones creating, our work benefits from this connection.

Knowing ourselves

Astrology is a tool for self-awareness. It can help you to understand who you are and what makes you tick. It’s not that the planets are doing anything to us, but they are currents of energy flowing all around us. If we choose to, we can dance in time to the celestial beat.

A clock ticking is not pushing anything on us. It tells us what time it is, and from there, we can choose what actions to take. Astrology offers timing that we can choose to follow.

Every area of our lives benefits from learning our characteristics and emotional cycles. We see underlying themes playing out across our lives and become active players in creating our experiences.

For writers, our work is often our entire life. The deeper we know ourselves, the better our work becomes. Self-awareness is a huge part of being a writer. It can get lonely out there, plus we have all sorts of stories and musings spinning through our heads on any given day.

Astrology gives us a far-out vantage point. It provides us with space from ourselves before jumping back in and taking action. It’s like checking the weather forecast upon dressing for the day. If we know it’s going to rain, we can create a dryer future.

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