7 Sins of Creativity – Envy

©January 2011 by Fabienne Lopez

mercury and sinWe are getting close to the end of the 7 sins. If you’re just tuning in, make sure to check out Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth and Wrath.

Now, let’s turn our attention to Envy. Wikipedia describes Envy (Latin, invidia) as a desire to possess something that someone else has. Generally a skill, talent or ability.

We become envious when we resent that another person has something we perceive lacking in ourselves.

As creative people, there will always be artists whose work we envy. Painters, sculptors, writers whose ideas we wish we had, whom we think are better than us.

Envy strikes when we look at a particular work that we wish we had come up with the idea for.

Envy may start with a sort of self-love, because I want something to supposedly better myself. But when I am envious, I am not loving my creativity. I am not grateful for, or happy in, what I am expressing.

The sin is deadly, because it will not let me reveal my creative self.

Astrologically, envy is associated with the planet Mercury. Mercury symbolizes the power of communication, one’s own mental competence. Envy is rooted in the belief that we are not creative, that we are not capable of coming up with unique ideas, desires and goals as creative people do. It’s the conviction that “I will never be that good!”. A difficult Mercury in our chart, either by sign or aspect, could lend itself to bursts of envy if we doubted we could adequately express our creative potential.

Underlying the envy, there is an admiration displayed for the other person’s talent and capabilities, a wanting to emulate and develop those same qualities.

envy the 6th sinI believe that what are asking for when “envying” another person’s work is help in the form of a sounding board, a supporting structure, an intellectual match that would foster our own development as creative beings.

At least that’s my own reaction when I found myself envious of someone’s  creative production. For those who know me, they are aware that I am a big fan of paranormal romance novels.  I am always wishing that I could come up with an idea for a series of books and also get past the idea that “I never, ever can write a romance novel”.

How about you? Is there admiration in your envy? Whose work have you been envious lately?

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About Fabienne Lopez

Astrologer, Blogger, Life-Coach. My mission is to help you discover, develop and nurture your creativity no matter what transit you are going through.
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3 Responses to 7 Sins of Creativity – Envy

  1. Gian Paul says:

    Hi Fabienne, excellent reading, your “opus magna”. Even before having read the 7th and still outstanding one! Where do you put vanity? Which planet goes with that one? Or is it not really a sin – or at least not related to creativity?

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      Hi Gian Paul:

      Thanks! I am blushing! As to your question, yes vanity is a sin and it pertains to the sin of pride, which in turn is ruled by the sun. Pride is considered the mother of all sins and where from all the other 6 sins originated from.
      That’s why I left it for my last post, tomorrow.

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