Write and Release: Full moon ritual for writers Dec '21

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Teneice Durrant, creator of Tenth Fox Tarot, will mark each full moon with a tarot reading, ritual for releasing creative blocks, and writing exercise. Writers, look back and forward.

Cold Moon: The Winter Solstice

The last Full Moon of 2021 is called the Cold Moon and ushers in the beginning of winter. This full moon is in Gemini, the twins, and brings to mind both looking back at the past and hoping for the future.

With how utterly exhausting this year has been, we may be tempted to metaphorically burn everything down and start new in 2022. But there are little nuggets of gold in the past that we can dust off and carry with us. The writing prompt for this full moon is inspired by the First Full Moon writing ritual from The Spirit Almanac. As always, this exercise can apply to one of your characters or yourself. 

Writing exercise

Think back over the fall season (or the last three months of writing this character) and make a list of all the words that come to mind. No matter if it seems silly or dark or insignificant, write the words and leave a lot of space between words. What were your days like? Your relationships? What did you watch on TV? Read? Set your timer for ten minutes and get into the flow. Just write it out until the time runs out. 

What words come to the forefront? What themes do you see? 

Now think about the future. Imagine doing this exercise on the vernal equinox. What words do you want to carry forward into the new season? Which words do you want to elevate or transform?

As you write out this new set of words, do you see a theme you can take with you into the new year? Or perhaps a new story idea or two that you want to develop further?

Until next time, find my tarot podcast at anchor.fm/tenthfox.

What did you think of Teneice's offering for this month? Will you try the exercise and see where your writing takes you? Share with us in the comments.

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