The Energies of August – 2017

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then wen you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”
~ Hugh MacLeod

 

Hello, Lovelies :)

Suddenly, here we are at August. There’s change in the air. There’s a fresh breeze blowing. Creativity and curiosity are guiding forces for us this month. It’s a month for connecting with our emotions and for all forms of healing.

There is much to enjoy in August!

 

Cards for the Month:

I’ve chosen two cards for August for you: one from the Osho Zen Tarot Deck, and one from Colette Baron-Reid’s Wisdom of the Oracle. Please note I don’t use these cards in the conventional way, but rather as a stimulus for channelled information.

Here is what I have received from each card:

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” 
~ Jalaluddin Rumi

August is a masterfully creative month that suits all kinds of projects and artistic or innovative ventures. It’s a month of inspired action and of magical connections. You don’t need to see the whole way ahead – sometimes it’s enough just to begin, even though you can only see the first or the next step. You’ll be able to create a solid foundation that you can build on over future months.

If you’ve ever yearned to have a creative hobby, or to make money from a creative interest this is a great month to start or launch!

You’re reminded to do whatever you can to ease stress and bring your life back into balance this month. It’s the perfect month for feeling your feelings and working on emotional healing. If you’ve ever thought about finding a counsellor or therapist, or working on relationship issues around a partner or family member this is a very supportive energy for inviting understanding and forgiveness, for creating perspective and for being able to move on.

August is also a great month for reconnecting with our inner child, or with the children in our lives. Make space for art, make space for music, make space for inspiration. Watch your self-talk and be sure to speak of what you want and want to become, rather than what you don’t want or don’t like. Words have power, and speaking these things draws them to you,so choose wisely!

 

The second card I’ve chosen is Higher Power. It speaks to the flow and emotional satisfaction that come from tuning in to our heart and intuition, and allowing ourselves to be guided in our lives and with our art.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” 
― Vincent van Gogh

In August we can call in our Angels, our Guides and all other Muses to help us with our art. That art might be the work we want to do in the world, or the energies within us that need to be expressed as a project or a business. At a fundamental level it can be as simple as our art being the way we live, so that our life becomes the canvas.

Everything will work better with an injection of love this month. When we bring care and passion to our daily lives, when we devote time and thoughtfulness to all we do, our output can be elevated from pedestrian to something so much more.

August helps us find ways to connect with others in ways that truly reach them emotionally. That’s a powerful thing for any artist. It’s a powerful thing for anyone.

Higher Power assures us of a month of inspiration, flow, breakthroughs, progress and good news.

 

Best crystals this month?

Nephrite Jade and Carnelian

Nephrite Jade is a stone that supports heart-centred living and emotional expression in life and in art.

Image from www.gemrockauctions.com

Carnelian energises and grounds the physical body and aids all forms of healing. Great for overcoming exhaustion and burnout.

Image from http://crystalhealingshop.com

 

Essential oils to support your journey?

Each of the following oils will work beautifully on their own for you this month, but they also make a delicious combination for diffusing. The essential oils you will find helpful in August are Rosemary, Lavender, Jasmine, and Bergamot. Rosemary helps us to make good decisions and to problem-solve, Lavender keeps us in flow and relaxed, Jasmine opens us to intuition and spiritual guidance, and Bergamot gifts us optimism, creativity and a sense of gratitude for our lives and the world around us. To diffuse add 2 or three drops of each oil to your room or personal diffuser. You can find the oils here.

 

Remember to make time for yourself and your art in August. Break out of your normal routine, engage your curiosity, live from your heart and create some calm amidst the chaos.

August has the power to transform you. Be open to healing and to seeking help to heal. So much growth is possible for you this month if you only embrace these energies and opportunities. I’m holding space for you to blossom amidst all of this month’s gentle benevolence.

Lots of love, Nicole❤ xoxo

How a Garden Can Teach You To Be More Creative

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“Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.”  ~ Author Unknown

Gardening is a seasonal thing.  There are tasks to do in every season, but Summer tasks can’t be easily undertaken in Winter and Winter tasks aren’t so suited to the Spring.

What does this have to do with creativity you may ask?

Why, my dear friend, everything!  Creativity has its seasons too, and once you begin to understand that you don’t need to fight against nature, you can begin to work with flow and rhythm. All creative projects follow a similar path to the seasons.  Recognising what season you’re in is the first step!

Winter

Winter is the time for rest.  It’s a dark, quiet place with the occasional storm or blizzard. But it’s from the darkness that our ideas come.  Winter is not a doing time. It’s a thinking time, a planning time, a snuggling up under the doona with a book time. You can’t force anything to grow in Winter, but it doesn’t stop you dreaming about Spring, or the harvest you’ll make come Summer.

If you are in a cold hard place creatively then treat yourself kindly.  Don’t panic.  The seasons always change. And as they do, you’ll change with them.  In the meantime, go clean out your kitchen cupboards or have a cup of tea and flick through a garden catalogue to inspire you. If inspiration does strike, well it’s fine to buy a few packets of seed, attend a class on composting, or sketch out some designs. But don’t even try to plant anything.  The garden’s not ready yet and anything you plant won’t survive and thrive in such inhospitable conditions.

Ice on a barren winter garden.

Ice on a barren winter garden. Time for dreaming, planning and getting ready for Spring.

Spring

Spring is work time!  It’s the season for setting out solid foundations. You set out your beds, dig some good compost through them, and plant out all your tender seedlings. If you only have a loose plan so far, Spring is the time where we firm up the details.  It’s also where we get the supplies we need if we didn’t take care of that in Winter. Good ideas are like those tender seedlings – they need special care.  There are some good ideas about that here: Protecting a Good Idea.

Every day or so you’ll need to come back to your garden and do some work; fertilising, weeding, watering, trailing tendrils of climbers up the trellis you have created for them.  You’ll be able to enjoy some early harvest, but mostly Spring is about setting a solid foundation for what’s to come. Get into good gardening habits. and keep learning and practicing!

Getting your garden beds ready to plant out for Spring!

There’s work to be done! Getting your garden beds ready to plant out for Spring…

Summer

A Summer garden provides a bountiful harvest.  Everything grows quickly and easily, although vigorous plants may need extra staking, and you’ll still be doing the usual jobs – feeding, weeding, tending, watering.

Some of your produce may need to be rejected or written off – a bug might get into your tomato, or a bird might eat all of your figs.  That’s the nature of gardens – they are never 100% perfection.  Gardens are always a work in progress.

The crop you had high hopes for might fail to thrive, but the butter beans you poked into the soil as an afterthought might take off in spectacular fashion providing you with never-ending buckets of delight.  Share your harvest and enjoy!

So much to harvest! Image from www.getintogardening.co.uk

So much to harvest! Image from www.getintogardening.co.uk

Autumn

In Autumn we collect seed and put it away for next spring.  There are different jobs to do now.  We’re still tending our vegetable patch, and there is still harvest, but we are spending more time mending, tidying and getting the most out of our crops. We bottle and put away produce to keep us going through winter. It’s also where we review what worked and what didn’t and what we’ll do differently next time.

Autumn is a season where we may call in some help. You might let the chooks into the garden to eat up all the slugs and grasshoppers.  You’ll start pulling out the failing plants, and a neighbour may come with a rotary hoe to churn the old plants back into the soul, nourishing your beds for next spring. You might thumb through some books to find out why your beets rotted in the ground, and how you can prevent that next time, or whether you should even be planting beets at all. You’ll feed and mulch and look after that soil so it’s ready for another productive year.

Letting the chooks (chickens for you non-Australians) into the end of season Autumn Garden.

Letting the chooks (chickens for you non-Australians) into the end of season Autumn Garden.

Creativity, like gardening, has its seasons.  Of course, you could be like some modern manufacturers and grow all your tomatoes in a hot house at maximum yield year round. That’s very productive, I’ll give you that.  But I bet you won’t be able to taste the Summer sun in those fruit, or the tang of a late frost. Seasons give their own magic to gardens and to art.  Bless ♥ xx

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PS: This post is part of my 2013 Creative Challenge Project.  If you’d like to read more, visit these posts:

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