by Lucy H. Pearce.
Today's topic is Creative Inheritance. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
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December 11th: The Creative Process.
Since becoming a mother, I have often considered the concept of creativity. For me, motherhood and creativity go hand in hand, not least it was because creating a whole person that made me re-think my lifelong conviction that I was just not a creative person. So I was very excited to hear of The Rainbow Way, a book combining these two passions and inspiring me to live them both more deeply
The Sun is one of the key indicators of creativity in the natal chart. The zodiac sign Leo, and the fifth house, share the same energy resonance, and it is these areas of the chart which describe how we manifest our inherent creativity. The fifth house, of course, also describes children and how we relate to them, another inidication of the link between child-bearing and creativity. However the Moon has at least as much to say about creative inheritance, as the planet describing our past, our roots, and also of course motherhood, how we nurture and are nurtured. Our Moon placement shows how we nurture and nourish all of our creations, be they children, paintings or cakes. The kind of mother we are, is also the kind of creatirix we are.
I have Saturn in the fifth house, not the easiest placement for letting creativity flow. Growing up, I didn't think of myself as a creative person, and 'creating' meant creating a fuss in our house. So I blocked my creativity, feeling that I would never be good enough to create, that I lacked the natural talent. But as astrological cliche would have it, Saturn is also where we can achieve mastery, and find our inner authority. Our Saturn placement can describe what we are resisting, and for most of my life I was as insistent that I was not maternal, and was never having children, as I was that I was not a creative person. But it turns out giving birth is something I flow into quite naturally, and one of the many revelations it brings tells me that perhaps I can create after all. Saturn is the planet of the senex, of age - I was thirty five when I birthed my first child, and thirty nine when the second came along. Like so many, becoming a mother, creating a person, didn't just reawaken my creativity, it gave me more confidence in it. Saturn in fifth demands hard work and persistence in the creative realm, and so now I try to use this energy more positively - carving out time to work on creative projects, practising skills over and over.
My Moon is in Leo, ruled by the Sun, so this ought to be a fairly creative placement in itself. Leo is the inner child, seeking unique forms of self-expression. My own mother sews and knits and does all sorts of creative things, although when I was a child at least she saw these as practical skills rather than something artistic. She taught me to sew (although she never did get me knitting!), and whenever we are together now we craft. I have also discovered a literal creative inheritance in the months since my second child was born. My Mum gifted me a beautiful sewing box which belonged to my Aunt, filled with a rainbow of threads. Another aunt passed on embroidery thread and fabric in every colour under the sun, and then there are my Dad's drawing pastels just daring me to use them.
The Sun shows our creativity as the way that we express our unique self, the person we are becoming. The Moon describes our inheritance, where we come from and the emotional resources we carry within. These are not separate areas of ourselves, just as our creative self is not something we only get out of a box when the children are asleep. All of the amazing and inspiring women taking part in this blog carnival are combining their Moon and their Sun energies to grow as a mother and as an individual - and even more importantly, they are teaching their children to do the same.
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud celebrates her creative fairy godmothers, and gives thanks for the creative blessings that each has gifted her.
- In 'From Trash To Treasure: Christmas Decoration' Laura from Authentic Parenting shares fond memories crafting with her mom and a little project her mom did recently.
- Lucy Pierce from Soulskin Musings celebrates the rich creative inheritance of her mother's poetic soul and artful ways.
- Is thinking differently a curse or a gift? Zoie at TouchstoneZ susses out whether her family legacy might hinder or encourage creativity.
- Dawn Collins at TheBarefootHome Dawn thinks we're all born with a creative inheritance from the mother we all share…Mother Nature.
- Licia Berry at Illumined Arts looks at the creative inheritance passed on by our ancestral lineage, discovered through sexuality and the Sacred Feminine within in "Sexuality and the Sacred Feminine"
- Alex at The Art of Birth explores the nature of creativity.
- Handcrafts are prayers, that's what Corina from PatchScrap learned from grandmother.
- Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine retraces her creative inheritance from her childhood and all the way back to the 19th Century.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak says "I have always known my creative inheritance and it is so very important for my children to know theirs."
- Becky at Raising Loveliness reflects on her experiences of creativity.
- Creative Inheritance is a Beautiful Thing, says Aimee at Creativeflutters and discusses where her creativity comes from and what influences in her family have helped her on her artistic journey.
- Georgie at Visual Toast shares her creative inheritance.
- Esther at Nurture Workshop expresses the gift of a creative mind and the doors that are waiting to be opened for those who are willing to explore.
- Whitney Freya at Creatively Fit is inspired by the sacred spark within each of us, a spark that transcends time and is infinitely creative.
- Denise at It Begins with a Verse looks back at her family's creative inheritance.
- Womansart shares her reflections on creative inheritance.
- Lys at Stars and Spirals looks at the creative inheritance as described by the astrological chart, drawing on her personal journey into motherhood and reawakened creativity.
- Biromums wrote poems about their creative inheritance.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb reflects on the various artists within her family and how it has shaped her identity and what impression she wishes to leave her own children.
- Marit's Paper World shares her creative inheritance.
- Lucy at Capture by Lucy reflects on her experiences of creativity.
- Knitting blankets and the inner landscape--my mother's life's work, writes Nicki from Just Like Play.
- Something Sacred - Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From writes about how the creativity of the women in her family has influenced her.
- Mamma Bloom at Breathe and Bloom writes about her creative inheritance.
- Mama is Inspired shares how she loved to make holiday ornaments as a child, and now is continuing that tradition with her own child.
- Ali Baker is a creative mama to twin girls who reignited her creative energy and sense of who she used to be by just doing it and creating whatever needs to be created in an imperfect way.
- KatyStuff hopes inheritance is a long way off, but, when the day comes her woodworker father has already said he is comforted by knowing his work is in so many homes.
- Jasmine at Brown Eyed Girl realizes that the creativity she craves for so deeply may actually be something that runs deeper than just her imagination.
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares her creative journey.
- Rising on the Road shares her experiences at Finding Life in a Death.