This month the full moon is in Capricorn, free of eclipses and shaking off the last vestiges of Mercury Retrograde. Finally, it’s summer and the world is opening back up. We’re ready (we think) to re-enter the world (fully vaxxed or masked), but something or someone has us tethered like a ball to a chain.
This full moon in Capricorn may have you feeling pulled between two runaway horses. The equal-but-opposite energy keeps you full of tension and exactly in the same place. The vibes of this Full Moon may be tricking you into embracing Capricorn’s stubborn, work horse energy.
Let me be clear: you cannot solve this dilemma by working harder.
It’s time to cut the rope.
You may be tethered to a person, but more likely for my writers, it’s a story idea, a poem, or a character that must be released.
Think of this as a much gentler way to “kill your darlings.”
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Guided writing exercise
Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and draw a horizontal line. Attach the left side of the line to whatever you need to release from your life: the story, the character, the plot, the toxic friend that you haven’t spoken to in years but still feel the feels about how they left your life. Write a word or two, or draw a small symbol or image, to represent what needs to be released.
Next, put yourself on the right. Draw a little stick figure.
Now imagine the thing on the left moving to the left, trying to get off the page. And imagine yourself on the right, trying to reach the right side of the page. Feel the tension increase between you. You are pulling and pulling, stretching the line, trying to reach the right side of the page. Pull until you can’t imagine taking another step.
Now imagine not a pair of scissors, but a sword of fire slicing straight through the rope between you and the thing that is holding you back. Imagine that thing propelling off the page into the far reaches of the nether world. You have cauterized this connection. This means it can never reattach. This connection is completely severed and you can move forward unburdened by the weight and expectations of this old idea.
For a writer’s reading and a video of a cord severing ritual check out:
See you next month!
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