"I trust the dirt. I don't trust diamonds and gold." —Eartha Kitt
If you think of your intention as a seed, and it is, and you follow the farmers' way, you'll want to wait till the moon starts waxing again, up to 72 hours after the darkest phase, to set that intention, to plant that seed.
I am writing this as we approach the New Moon in Aries, the first new moon after the Spring Equinox. This marks the start of the astrological year which falls, in North America, on April 11th at 10:30 pm EDT. In case you don’t know, that’s because Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. It may be the best time of the year to set intentions and plant seeds.
When you plant a seed, it has to germinate. What happens when that seed starts germinating? It has to push through dirt before it finds the light of day. You also have to push through dirt as you develop new ideas, intentions, habits, and creative work.
I learned this concept at my first professional coaching training 15 years ago and it's always stuck with me because I've found that it's mostly true. It's good to keep in mind when you're in the start up phase of just about anything.
Getting back to creative work is a tricky thing. It’s not unlike planting a garden. If you’re a gardener, you’ll know that not every seed germinates, not every seed that germinates makes it into a full grown plant, and even seeds that grow and flourish can fall to mold or burn or rot or bugs. So it is with creative ideas and intentions. But just because every one won’t flower or bear fruit does not mean that you shouldn’t plant and water and nurture the thing. You never know what’s going to happen (which is a bit of a thrill) but nothing’s going to happen if you don’t start in the first place.
When we're at creative work, that dirt will show up as distractions, interruptions, self-doubt and just about anything that might possibly throw you off track. In fact, those varieties of dirt are designed to force you to grow, to transform your thoughts, and to strengthen your will and resolve. The dirt will make or break your intention and can help that seed of an idea to strengthen and transform itself in ways you may not have originally considered.
I was planning to share with you the ridiculous list of dirty distractions that have presented themselves as I’ve recently plunged back into work. I'll spare you the list save one item: I had to track a possum who took up residence in the crawl space above the ceiling of my apartment. I’m sure that any of you who have struck out on any new project or adventure (an that's probably all of you) have lists of your own.
Distractions are a part of the process and every time I am interrupted, I have to sit myself back down and find my way back to whatever I’d been in the middle of before whatever the uproar was had started. Sometimes I feel as though I am always getting back to work and being distracted and getting back to work again.
Once I post this, I plan to get real dirt under my fingernails. It's time to set up my patio garden. I don't have seeds this year, just a bunch of flowers and herbs that are already started. That’s fine with me because I have plenty of metaphorical, creative seeds that are pushing through dirt as I write this.
The trees are flowering and putting out leaves. Loblolly pine pollen is ALL OVER EVERYTHING. I can't wait to set my plants in the dirt, give them water and sun, and watch the garden grow.
Once my patio garden is potted and set out, I’ll return to the seedlings of my rejuvenated coaching and creative practices to help them reach through the dirt for sun and fresh air. And then I might take a nap to sleep off the pollen.
What are you bringing to life now? What are your intentions? Seriously, Let me know in a comment below.
Imagine your seeds in full bloom. It will help to keep that image in mind as you push through the dirt.
Happy Astrological New Year.