While the Sagittarius Full Moon on June 2 revealed the dichotomy between the truth of our smaller stories and the integrity of our bigger themes, this Gemini New Moon asks us to take a fresh look once again at our stories…
After all, our bigger themes are woven out of these bits and pieces. However, sometimes these microcosms become confusing, or grow so large that they obscure our overall theme.
Gemini energy has to do with the intellect–so thought and communication are its biggest archetypal themes.
Gemini energy is also mutable. As such, it can get stuck in a loop. When we allow our minds to become mired in obsessive thinking–or we become confused by details that seemingly have no larger purpose–often we do ourselves a disservice.
If we want to communicate to others the messages burning deeply inside our hearts and minds, we must first gain clarity about the context of these messages in order to fit them into our overall theme.
I liken Gemini energy run amuck to a dog chasing its tail…or perhaps similar to the chicken and egg question: Which comes first? The big picture or the small?
Do you identify your overarching umbrella theme and then write your stories around that theme? Or do you begin to see the pattern emerge as you preserve your stories in writing?
Aye, there’s the rub! The answer? It depends!
The Devil Is In the Details!
There’s another saying that the Devil is in the details…while this is more the mantra for your editor than for you the author, it serves as a reminder that without the details there is no story.
“I’m like the painter with his nose to the canvas, fussing over details. Gazing from a distance, the reader sees the big picture.” ~ Steven Saylor
However, information devoid of purpose becomes distraction, and many a story can become bogged down when an author becomes too myopic to see her bigger theme.
Information that serves a purpose becomes useful. Knowledge is power, they say, and I wholeheartedly concur!
Every story has a purpose because it makes up the details of your life. If you are writing memoir, then each story is a window into the circumstances that fashioned you into who you are today.
Ditto for self-help manuscripts. Fiction? Well, you must know intimately the details of your characters’ lives even if those details don’t go into print in their totality.
“Many are called; few are chosen; many have talent,
few have the character that can realize the talent.
Character is a mystery, and it is individual.”
~ James Hillman
In other words: Know who you (or your characters) are, because who you are today is what qualifies to you share your stories with others in the first place!
This Gemini New Moon calls us to revisit our stories with an eye toward stitching each tale together seamlessly into what will become the broad tapestry of the story of a life…
New Moons are about intention setting, and this one’s no different! So set your intention now: I will illustrate my larger theme by organizing my smaller stories into a mosaic that–when viewed by my reader–will move her in the most profound of ways!
In the end, that’s what storytelling is all about. The narrative that makes up a life to which others can relate and from whom others can learn…