Aries: March 21 – April 19th
Look to the greats for inspiration.
Read more poetry. Listen to more music. Watch more films. You don’t always have to be physically working on your craft in order to be productive. An important part of the creative process is looking at finished projects and seeing how they were pieced together. Let the most compelling artists of our generation inspire you to take your own creativity to a new level.
Taurus: April 20th – May 20th
Give yourself permission to daydream.
Instead of picking up your phone the second you become bored, settle into the silence. Let yourself stare into nothingness and daydream instead of trying to fill every second of your day with activity. Become comfortable doing absolutely nothing. When your mind wanders, you will come up with some of your most creative ideas.
Gemini: May 21st – June 20th
Play soothing nature sounds.
When you are trying to concentrate, cars swooshing passed outside and children screaming next door are going to become distractions. Instead of playing background music where you will risk getting lost in the lyrics, play soothing sounds of the ocean or birds or rain. Pick familiar sounds that you are easily able to drown out so you can focus on what is inside of your head, not what is happening in the outside world around you.
Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd
Set aside time dedicated to creating.
If you only have a few minutes to yourself before rushing around to finish the rest of your chores for the week, you are going to feel rushed. You are going to feel stifled. You are not going to do your best work when you are multitasking. You need to reach a calm state of mind. That is why you need to rearrange your schedule. Find time to be creative. Ten minutes per day is not nearly enough.
Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd
Keep a journal.
Instead of stuffing your emotions into the dark void in your chest, release them onto paper. Scribble down your thoughts every morning without worrying about correct grammar or punctuation. Also make sure you write down any dreams you have overnight, no matter how nonsensical they sound. When you are struggling to feel creative, read through your thoughts in search of ideas. There is bound to be a gem amongst your own words.
Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd
Spend time with children.
Stop thinking so logically. Stop using your adult brain. Spend more time alongside the children in your family. Play make-believe games with them. Ask them to tell you stories. Let them remind you what it feels like to speak without restraints, to think without reality tampering with your ideas. In order to tap into your creativity, you need to tap into your inner child.
Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd
Find a mentor.
Search for someone who makes a living in the field you are interested in pursuing. Ask them questions. Monitor their process. See if they have any useful advice for young creatives. Just make sure you aren’t aspiring to become a copycat version of them. Never forget the best thing about working in a creative field is that it is best to be unique, to develop your own voice. Become inspired by your mentor, but do not imitate your mentor.
Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st
Collaborate with a close friend.
If you wanted to get fit, you would find a gym buddy to motivate you to work out on your lazy days — so if you want to tap into your creativity, you should find someone who has the same end goal. Search for a friend who has been trying to get into a new routine and promise each other you will check in on each other’s progress. You could even work on a project together. If you are collaborating as a team, then you will have extra incentive to work hard, because you won’t only be letting yourself down if you slack, you would also be letting them down.
Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st
Set deadlines for yourself.
Creativity can strike at odd hours, which is why you might be waiting for that bolt of brilliance to hit you. However, if you keep waiting around for inspiration, you are never going to get anything finished. You have to be strict with yourself. Set deadlines. Force yourself to do the work. Do not keep putting off projects until the perfect moment. Be creative today, right now, right this minute.
Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th
Spend more time outside of your own home.
Taking a walk through nature or driving to a party on the other side of town might feel like procrastinating, but exploration is an important part of the creative process. The more you socialize and the more you experience, the more ideas you will have. If you isolate yourself, if you barely allow yourself to live, you will not have much to express. You need to give yourself the freedom to explore. It will lead to creative genius.
Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th
Take a class.
Learning should never cease. Even if you have already earned your degree, there are libraries and community centers that hold classes for adults. If you sign up for a (free!) course where you can pursue your creative passions, you will meet likeminded people who will inspire you and push you to reach your full potential. They could even teach you tips that will unlock places inside yourself you never realized existed.
Pisces: February 19th – March 20th
Monitor your social media use.
You become distracted easily, which causes your creativity to suffer. In order to clear your mind, you are going to have to put down your phone, turn off your notifications, and lock yourself in an empty room free of interruptions. You might even want to consider disconnecting from your WiFi. You can research details for your short story later. You can upload pictures of your artwork later. For a few hours, your only goal is to create.