Ray Bradbury once said, “Quantity produces quality, if you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”
At a recent meeting of creative minds, the balance between wanting something and actively working toward that goal was a topic of heated discussion. Examples of people who want to be a writer or artist but wouldn’t commit to the work were shared and discussed. We all have ideas and plans to bring us happiness and make us millions but the actual follow through with these plans is the hard part. Our lives are busy, we have long commutes and a list of excuses for doing what we truly want to do.
Many ideas and creative solutions are found by peeking under mossy rocks and digging a little deeper. For this article I consulted The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards for insight into how you, gentle reader, can work toward your goal of being a writer, painter or entrepreneur. I drew three cards and interpreted their positions as challenge, advice, and outcome.
Challenge: Education Card – This card shows a woman sitting near a foggy ocean with a faerie coming out of her book. A stork sits in front of her watching her read and maybe hoping she’ll take notice. There is a waxing moon in the sky and there are clouds in the sky in part of the card but blue sky in the back. The woman seems oblivious to the stork and faerie but comfortable in her spot next to the ocean. Storks are said to bring luck. The quote from the book describing this card says, Life is filled with lessons. Be teachable. Wisdom comes from participating in life, not just reading about it.
Advice: Come Together Card – This card shows two giraffes with their heads pointed up and chins touching. Above the giraffes are a progression of three hearts going from small to big. Each heart has a crown in the middle of it. Sitting on top of the biggest heart is a pelican looking quite proud of itself. The book describing this card says love needs to be shared. On the path to discover the nature of this emotion and all of its forms. Time to create partnerships. Giraffes in some African cultures signify grace and beauty.
Outcome: Making a Choice (path splits) This card shows a cobblestone path in the sky with a little blue bird sitting off to the right of the path. The path splits into two possibilities one has green grass and a prairie-like setting and the other has purple skies and a crack in the ground with purple mountains in the background. In both choices a bird comes out of the door but different types of birds. One has a butterfly and the other has a sparky birds flying into the door way and the other has them flying out. The bird that flies out of the purple door is a butterfly signifying a metamorphosis. The Book says, You are required to come to a decision now. Trust your intuition and take responsibility for your actions.
I have my own interpretation of the reading, but I sought outside advice (come together) from my friend and fellow tarot expert, Jaymi. We start the discovering process by educating ourselves and going beyond our comfort zones. It is not easy to sit down and work on our craft every day but it is necessary and gets us out of our ruts. It also teaches us that maybe this is not the way we want to go and change our direction. The advice of the cards is a reminder to gather our support network and find ways to get information for our challenges. The card is telling us to recognize our contribution to the discussion and also how to lend our voices to the chorus. The outcome card ties it all together reminding us to keep walking down our paths and perfecting our crafts. Grow, learn, make choices. To quote Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try.”
I have expounded on this topic a great deal here and here and encourage you to read these posts and lend your voice to the conversation. How do YOU find creative ways to reach your goals? What type of tools do you or could you use? Tarot card? Tea leaves? Expert advice from your cat? I’d love to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment before the spammers try to sell me a Golden Ticket.