49 | Creative Prompts: Omens

This post is part of an ongoing series exploring the everyday applications of The 64 Arts.

As we wrap up this relatively brief foray into omens and related topics–let’s face it, you know whether you buy into superstitions, omens, etc. or not and it’s not my goal to convince you–we’ve come to my favorite part of each Art, the creative prompts.

See, what I said above is true: I’m not here to convince you one way or another. But my goal with this series is to encourage us all to live more creative lives. And that means approaching topics in creative ways. So here we go!

1. Have your chart done.

Chart? You mean astrology? Yeppers!

Now, you might be wondering why I believe (as friends have opined) that clouds of gas hundreds of thousands of light years away have any bearing whatsoever on my day to day life. Let me quote Guggenheim Grotto:

It’s not that I do or don’t believe
It’s that I just don’t not believe
In god and aliens and love at first sight…

And astrology. Some folks have said that since the Moon can affect the tides, and we’re made up largely of water, it’s not impossible that celestial events affect our pedestrian existence. And then there’s the point I read about how we’re not who we are because of where the stars were when we were born, but that we were born when and where we were in relation to the stars because of who we are. I tend to really like that last bit, because it puts astrology in the same light as reading Tarot and other forms of “divination:” a tool for reflection, meditation, and insight.

For instance, Mercury is about to go retrograde on September 18, which signifies an increase in technical issues, computer problems, and communication upsets. Now, most people see this as a prediction of doom, gloom, and general miserableness for 3 weeks. I prefer to see it as a reminder to be more careful with what I say, not to jump to conclusions, give people the benefit of the doubt, take my time, and backup my computer data. See, it’s all about perspective.

But I digress.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to have your chart done. Not just your sun sign, but the whole shebang. While you can pay people to do these for you, I’ve found a really fabulous resource in astro.com and if you know the time and place of your birth you can generate your entire chart and look up all the bits and pieces to explain it. And if you’d like some very down-to-earth astrological advice, I suggest heading over to MysticMedusa.com. I’ve especially enjoyed her “Style Your Ascendant” series (your ascendant being your “rising sign” and the sign other people initially perceive you as; for instance, I’m sun/moon Taurus with Virgo rising, so most people’s first impressions of me fit the Virgo mold more so than Taurus).

2. Grab your crayons and destress with this coloring page I made you.

See, one of the many “side effects” of paying attention to superstitions, omens, astrology and more could be a propensity towards worrying. Worrying leads to stress and stress leads to all kinds of other bad things. Not to mention, stress can bring about a lot of those things we’re already worrying about, or seem to, self-fulfilling prophecy style. Apparently the simple act of coloring can be very therapeutic (who knew? Oh, right, I did–it’s been a sure-fire way to bust through a creative block for ages).

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Just click the pdf link here jvanderbeek_omens_coloringbookpage to download a full-size version.

And if you have watercolor pencils (or my Portable Plein Air kit, now available on etsy) you can absolutely print this out on watercolor paper and have even more fun with it!

3. Writing prompt: Hindsight is 20/20.

Sure, omens are all about portents of the future, but what about the past? Once a chapter of our lives has come to a close, it’s far easier to see the signposts along the way that we may have missed or brushed off as nothing in the moment. What can we learn about trusting our gut and our intuition by examining the past?

Along the lines of ‘those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it,’ take an experience from your past (or a friend’s or family member’s past, if that’s what comes to mind more easily–we can learn from other’s mistakes just as much as our own!) and write about lessons learned and ways it can be applied in the future. Or draw something, collage something, create something from it. Anything goes, medium is up to you.

In my comic book, Rings on Her Fingers, I talked about the different signs and omens I ignored leading up to my first marriage (which, by virtue of calling it the first one, I’m sure you can guess that it didn’t last–not really a spoiler there). Case in point:

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If you choose to do one, two, or all of these prompts, I’d love to see what comes out of it. Leave a comment here with a link or tag me (@scrapsoflife) on twitter or instagram!

22 thoughts on “49 | Creative Prompts: Omens

  1. Logan Can says:

    I have never had my chart mapped. I’ve never even heard to do this. I will say that I read my horoscope last weekend and it was dead on. So weird! Maybe there is something to it?

    1. Scraps says:

      It IS a lot to keep track of, which is why a lot of horoscopes only focus on the sun sign. But the site I linked to, Mystic Medusa, really has a great way of breaking it down.

  2. Jeanine says:

    I have never really paid much attention to astrology. But I think I may be somewhat interested now. A few friends of mine are really into it , and it sounds pretty neat. Never been mapped myself.

    1. Scraps says:

      I think of it as a tool, just like anything else, to more deeply understand myself. Doing a birth chart is one way of learning about the different things like aspects and houses because when we learn something that directly relates to us (instead of learning by rote) it sticks better 🙂

    1. Scraps says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the Omens coloring sheet. And, you know, I’ve been coloring in the regular old kids coloring books available everywhere and they work just as well for de-stressing!

    1. Scraps says:

      Most people I know have something in them that reflects their sun sign, except my husband. He is nothing like the typical Pisces, so I suspect more going on with his chart than meets the eye. If only he’ll ever remember to ask his mom for his time of birth I could figure it out, lol!

  3. natashavip says:

    I know my sign but haven’t had a chart mapped. I’ve had my palm read before and it could have been scary if I wasn’t in a great place mentally.

    1. Scraps says:

      Good point about palmistry and about being in good head-space for any of this. I’ve had mine done once and it was about 50/50 as far as accuracy goes. My husband’s session was far more on point, he says.

  4. WholeFoodBellies says:

    Ooh definitely interested in the colouring, I have heard lots of good things about its de-stressing abilities, and my sister swears by it! Thanks for the great printable 🙂

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