©January 2011 by Fabienne Lopez
Sloth is defined as spiritual and/or actual laziness. But is more than mere laziness, it is also apathy. Originally, apathy comes from the Latin word acedia, from Greek akedia, literally meaning “absence of caring”.
In astrology, the Moon is the planet associated with Sloth. Generally, a dysfunctional Moon by house, sign or aspect tends towards a lack of energy, indecisiveness, moodiness and, of course, sloth.
Apathy can kill creativity. In the same way, a moon that is not nourished, nurtured, supported or taken care of can lead you to feel a lack of emotions, feelings and a general sense of aliveness.
And without a feeling of being alive, there is no creativity spark.
How does sloth manifest in your creativity? Mostly by:
Putting off working regularly on your creativity, or doing only partially or not doing anything at all.
Not putting in the time to learn fundamental techniques and skills. You want to improve your writing, dance or painting, but still you feel only apathy when it is time to put in the necessary effort to obtain better results.
Or always putting your creativity time as the last thing to get around doing, at the bottom of every other “urgent” task in your daily to-do list.
How do you get around the feelings generated by the absence of your creative passion, the excitement of trying out a new idea or getting excited by a new endeavor?
I think the answer is comes from what Elizabeth Gilbert said at the 2009 TED conference: “Your part in the creative process is to show up”.
Every day. Apathy or no apathy. Whether you care or not. Just show up. Eventually something with come up.