Humans are creative beings. But why? I've always been interested in what makes us artists. What drives us and inspires us to use our imaginations? I've explored music and creativity and now I'm wondering if some part of that ingrained motivation to create has less to do with biology and more to do with Astrology.
"As the Sun travels through the stars, it brings out the character of each zodiac sign, giving each person unique artistic abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Each sun sign has its own creative focus, style, and aims to draw different artistic techniques, tools, and materials." (Source)
I'm new to this kind of study of self. Naturally, I looked it up.
This video is short and sweet and gives a quick history lesson, too.
Check it out to find out why I am focusing on the Hellenistic system in this post.
AND... the suffix ology does mean the study of... which combined with the historical uses and multicultural aspects of using the stars as signs, leads me towards keeping an open mind about linking Astrology and the science of creativity.
After all, Albert Einstein did say:
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."
While researching for this post I came across several descriptions of creativity models; my teacher friends will recognize some of these.
- Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences: body, spacial, mathematical, lingusitic, intrapersonal, interpersonal, musical and naturalistic smarts/creativity
- Bloom's Taxonomy: a gradient of creativity starting low at just having knowledge but not doing anything with it all the way up to synthesis and evaluation, which is creative thinking ability to make and judge
- Cognitive, Emotional, Deliberate and Spontaneous creativity work together
- Convergent and Divergent thinking are both needed, which I might argue are each used for different types of creativity
Instead, I'll just tell you if these descriptors about Geminis match me and if I think they have any connections to the four creativity models listed above. Keep in mind that Gemini individuals are really made of two minds (twins)--right away I am thinking that divergent thinking will be involved.
My Art Style
My duality should be a strength lending me to balance two lives and two personalities, think of this as life versus art. Finding this balance allows me to find artistic pursuits blended with other work. If I do not find balance, conflicting ideas can scatter my mind. (Source)
TRUE. In my case this could combine linguistic and intrapersonal intelligences with cognitive and spontaneous creativity. I do a lot of work on the fly and tend to make odd connections.
Creativity and Well-Being
I nurture my creativity with...*drumroll*....Words and more words. I'm happiest when I write down my favorite stories and am even happier to tell them to you! (Source)
TRUE. When I find a great story to share with my students or friends, my appreciation of the art is high (see Bloom's Taxonomy above) because I have to find a way to explain why I've placed that literary piece at the top of my list. Also, hello, I write stories and that takes me to the top of Bloom hierarchy. By bringing together all the elements of story telling I am also using convergent thinking.
I have an inquisitive, active, outwardly focused relationship with the world. I am objective. Travel and education are my friends. I need to get out into the world and mix it up, so a style that is up-beat and expressive, while letting me move and multi-task is essential. Accessories help be express my personality. (Source)
SORTA? This is me when I was younger. My friends and I would make regular visits to a huge Goodwill store and search for the most unique items we could. A favorite was an old, wool army jacket which I thought was fashionable, yet had a flare of grunge-this was the mid 90's near Seattle. Come to find out just this year that my dad (a Viet Nam vet) found it very disrespectful but let me try my style anyway. Now, I like the odd top or two and I have a thing for jewelry. Hubby bought me a lovely, large, armoire-like box. This has got to be intrapersonal intelligence and deliberate creativity.
I am drawn to and represented by cheerful shades of yellow.
TRUE. I've been contemplating painting a wall in my home yellow and think the most beautiful building I ever saw was plastered in a buttery-golden clay. I read that yellow relates to learning and works with the left/logical side of the brain where it stimulates our mentality and perception, and inspires thought and curiosity. This is all about divergent and emotional thinking.
The Moon Made Me Do It
MEH. Personally, I'd have to pay attention to see if this one works out. However, I can say I've witnessed how a whole school can go a little nuts-o on the day of a full moon.
Your type of creativity is dependent not just on your sign, but also your element. Geminis are AIR people who are creative with words and relationships. They love writing, listening to and collecting info, and going on the internet to study things. (Is this me or what?) They love to plan and are great directors. (I am a bit bossy.) They need someone to bounce ideas off of-their creativity requires partnership. (Hello writing group!) They love to take classes and go on retreats, and they love teaching. (Hold the phone!) (Source)
FREAKY TRUE! This pulls together parts of all four of the creativity models.
I think I better stop here. I'm starting to get a little weirded out. Follow some of the links above and let me know if YOUR Astrological sign and element are in line with your creativity style.