How relocating immediately enhances your creativity…
By now you all know how passionate I am about relocating as a method of helping you live the life you were always meant to live. After three recent trips back to my beloved Italy, I am now more passionate than ever about this aspect of astrology.
My first trip to Sardinia in late April was not particularly planned. It was more a case of – well Portugal is not going to work out the way I had planned, so there’s always Italy to go back to. I have a strong Moon line flowing right along the west coast of both Corsica and Sardinia. In Alghero, I was only 30 miles from this line, the Moon trines my Midheaven – so I knew I would feel right at home the moment I arrived there.
And I did.
But let’s not forget that this trip was not planned in advance – it was more a case of – well I’ll see where I end up and take it from there. The ferry from Genoa arrived at Porto Torres and after ten minutes walking around at 7am in the morning, I went back to the bus stop and took the first bus outta there – which was to Alghero. Where I immediately fell in love with this beautiful town. A harbour, a sandy beach, walled ramparts, cafes, cafes, an art shop and boats!!!
How simple our lives can be, if only we let that be the case!
Two days later a trip to the well stocked art shop had me painting again. Watercolours are so cool for that as they take up so little space. You really, really can paint as you walk around. And in Italy, no one bats an eye. You are actually respectfully left alone. Which in turn makes it easier.
I had the same experience in Cannigione and again at an even deeper level when back in my beloved Lucca in August, where my favourite art shop in the whole world is located – Biagioni’s. And yes, seven years later they remembered me!
So being in a supportive art environment is also extra helpful. It’s not crucial but it sure does help. Like the kind staff member talking me through which paint brushes were the best for watercolours, and whether the artists quality Schmincke watercolours boxed set were worth the price.
My mercury lines…
I then relocated six days later (!) to attend a weekend oil painting workshop with the legendary Padraig McCaul in Mulranny, Mayo – something I had waited ten years for. Boy, was it worth the wait! I learnt so, so much from this master craftsman.
I have a strong Mercury line on the West Coast of Ireland as Mercury septiles my IC just twenty miles away. A septile represents an internal manifestation of divine inspiration which then gets expressed through creativity. The IC is Latin for home and roots, symbolising a feeling of being able to be creatively at home there. I have always loved Galway and Mayo and this is why.
My other Mercury line intersects with my Pluto line off the South West coast of Ireland, just thirty miles out to sea from where I live. As Mercury is my chart ruler, this is particularly significant.
These seemingly insignificant minor aspects are why I am so passionate about identifying creativity as an underlying reason for relocation as to me they always seem like angels whispering on your shoulder in the new location saying – “go, go write dear soul” or else “go – go paint my love”.
My creativity flowed so much while in Mayo that I painted five paintings in a day and a quarter. I was up at 7am every morning and also started my next book!
This blog is to help illustrate how easy it can be to let your creativity flow. And once again, baby steps add up. Two water colour sketches a day are far better than none. Writing a draft outline of a short play or a few poems are better than none.
Being away from the day today distractions of home life is also crucial. There is a reason why so many famous writers in their time have had to flee to solitude to write – for unlike painting and photography, writing is largely a solitary vocation. Seamus Heaney, the Irish Nobel Prize winner for literature once referred to how his home in Sandymount became like trying to work in a travel agency as his fame increased! So he bought himself a modest cottage in Wicklow where he fled to write. WB Yeats had Thoor Ballylee in Sligo. Roddy Doyle, writer of the Commitments, also had a place to escape to in central Dublin.
If you lack a peaceful space to write from at home, libraries are a great resource. A wonderful combination of being left along whilst in company. I have soulful memories of dreaming my way through the day in the Provincetown Library on Cape Cod where the seaview was so stunning it was actually often hard to concentrate!
So while we prepare to relocate to enhance our creativity there are always baby steps we can take at home to help us in our process. Buying a desk we really love. Second hand is fine – painting it can be part of your creative process! I also swear by a backless swing type stool as they offer great back support and flexibility of movement while working.
Six session packages
As I wrote in several recent social media posts, I will be moving to six session packages in November, so if you would like to avail of single sessions before then, you can book on either of the links below.