Big Magic ~ 12 Inspiring Quotes for Creatives

Elizabeth Gilbert is utterly honest, open, blunt and inspiring in her latest book, Big Magic. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Just because creativity is mystical doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be demystified—especially if it means liberating artists from the confines of their own grandiosity, panic and ego.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“You must keep calling out in the dark woods for your own big magic.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“We must risk delight. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” ~ Jack Gilbert

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“You are already creatively legitimate by nature of your mere existence here among us.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“We are all just beginners here, and we shall all die beginners.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“I have a right to collaborate with creativity, because I myself am a product and a consequence of creation.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“I am a child of God, just like anyone else. I am a constituent of the universe. I have invisible spirit benefactors who believe in me and who labor alongside me.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Full Moon Blessings in Cancer Christmas day 2015

Astrology by Mathilde

     Time to Nourish, Love and Nurture one another!

This is the last full Moon of the year. It’s at 3 degrees of Cancer.

Cancer is about our sense of belonging, family, home, our comfort zone and security. It accentuates preserving our family ties. Cancer is ruled by the Moon which represents our emotional attachments, our ability to be receptive and sensitive. It is important to be aware of our deepest needs at this time.

Full Moon is when the moon is opposite the sun , in this case Cancer and Capricorn . These two signs represent the primal archetype of father (Capricorn) and mother (Cancer). Capricorn represents our public life, our profession and cancer represents our personal life, family and home, emotional needs. Are these two areas in harmony in our life or are they at cross purposes?

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12 Spirit Animals for 2016


Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power through the Ways of the Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Toward the end of each calendar year, I like to pull 12 cards for the new year, one for every month. This year, this month actually, I managed to lose my Tarot cards. Cannot find them anywhere since my last trip to the beach… And the other two decks I had (Osho and Angel cards) have been dispersed by me (I gave some to friends as gifts, others to people as business cards) and by my lovely, curious daughter.

Left with no complete deck of my own at the moment, I borrowed my friend’s wonderful spirit animal cards and drew the following dozen:

January ~ Rabbit: Fear

“Write your fears down and be willing to feel them. Breathe into them and feel them running through your body into Mother Earth.”

February ~ Bear: Introspection

Enter the Dream Lodge, the space of inner knowing and silence.

March ~ Snake: Transmutation

“This medicine teaches on a personal level that you are a universal being.”

April ~ Hummingbird: Joy

Love with an open heart.

May ~ Dog: Loyalty

Have I been loyal and true to my goals?

June ~ Lynx: Secrets

Look for omens. Be honest.

July ~ Buffalo: Prayer & Abundance

Be humble and ask Spirit for help. Be grateful for all that is received.

August ~ Owl: Deception

“Pay attention. The truth always brings further enlightenment.”

September ~ Ant: Patience

Trust… good things are coming from your devoted efforts.

October ~ Mountain Lion: Leadership

Cultivate the ability to lead without insisting that others follow.

November ~ Spider: Weaving

“The most important message from Spider is that you are an infinite being who will continue to weave the patterns of life and living throughout time. Do not fail to see the expansiveness of the eternal plan.”

December ~ Porcupine: Innocence

Open your heart to things that gave you joy as a child. Honor the playfulness of spirit…

How to Live in Tune with the Moon & Mayan Calendar


The period between the new moon and the full moon is the waxing time, and the two weeks between the full moon and the new moon is the waning time. So, each four weeks, there is the week of the new moon or dark moon, the waxing week, the full moon week, and the waning week.

Generally, the new moon is a time for planting seeds, setting intentions, and beginning new projects or new phases of an existing project. It is a period when we are endowed with increased attention, pep, social energy and the capacity to perform.

Two weeks later, the full moon energy generates an increase in self-awareness, focus, solitary energy and the ability to see things from a clearer vantage point.

The week after the full moon is a time for celebrations, reward-driven learning and revision or editing of our plans and manuscripts.


The week prior to the new moon is less reflective and a better time to focus on structural tasks such as organizing, cleaning and simplifying your living space.

Thanks to living in the heart of the Mayan highlands here in Guatemala, I’ve been inspired by the wisdom of the Maya. The Mayan Calendar, which is an ancient lunar system with incredible intricacies that offers illuminating wisdom regarding the energies of each day as well as our unique personalities.

Tuesday marked the beginning of a new trecena (cycle of 13 days) and the day is 1 Water. Wednesday was 2 Dog, Thursday 3 Monkey, Friday 4 Road, and so on.

In The Book of Destiny, Carlos Barrios writes that the water sign (Toj/Muluc in Mayan language), “means Tojil, the Sun God, atonement, offering, payment. It is the fire of the spirit of Ajaw, Heart of Sky and Heart of Earth. It is the raindrop, the start of communication from higher life. This day lifts us up to the same level as the supreme deity so that we can be judged benevolently. It reconciles us with life and brings hope.”

Let’s take a look at the recommended activities for each day in the cycle of 13, based on its number tone:

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