breaking through the blank canvas (or empty studio space)

Attention, attention! Listen up, this is an important one:

According to the wise and intuitive astrologer Simone Butler

(I’ve bolded the key points in case any of you zone out from astro lingo)

"The August 17 Leo New Moon (8:54 a.m. PDT/ 11:54 a.m. EST) is perfect for reclaiming our creativity. As the Sun and Moon join in heart-centered, imaginative Leo, they’re stabilized by a sextile from Mars and Saturn in harmonious Libra. This brings clarity and decision-making ability to both projects and relationships. Saturn loves structure and commitment; Mars favors action. And Leo is the lion-hearted courage to take a risk, break out of old ruts and try something new. Any habits instigated at this New Moon stand a better-than-average chance of sticking. And, with no significant retrogrades through September, the only thing holding us back is our fear."

I couldn’t be more thrilled. AND it happens to be on a Friday :)

I encourage you to read the rest of Simone’s awesome article, which happens to mention another one of my inspirations, Julia Cameron.

I’m not sure about you, but for me this feels like the perfect message to be receiving at this time.

It just so happens that this Friday, the day of the new moon, I’ll be facing an empty studio to work on a dance and storytelling project that has been in the works for awhile but long neglected – til now. And the truth is, I’m terrified. I think there’s been a subconscious development happening, but it’s time to bring it to the surface since I’m set to perform on Monday. (hello, deadlines!)

Whether or not you have a specific project in the works, you can use this time to make extra space for your creative voice in whatever way feels good – or terrifying. Set intentions, make a commitment, do a dance, write a poem. Just do something special to mark this occasion because it will have a powerful impact on your creative life.

And if you’re not sure how to start, or if you are terrified of open spaces like me, watch this video to learn a technique I’ve adopted for beginning to work in an empty, open space:

Let me know what you think in the comment box below – and please share your techniques for starting new creative projects or facing a blank page. I could certainly use more suggestions and I know many others out there could, too!

just do it,

jess