Fashion Astrology: searching a source of inspiration
In this article we will talk about the role of inspiration sources in the creative process. In a previous article Fashion Astrology: how to increase creativity? we found that the creativity in the broadest sense is available to almost everyone. Anyone who has ever experienced the joy of creation, not trade a condition for anything else. But what preceded this mysterious and exciting process? What serves the catalyst that creates in us an irresistible desire to do? This is a special state called inspiration. It is like the air we need in any business, both in daily work and in art. Thanks to the inspiration any creation of human hands can be a real masterpiece. Some people believe that the inspiration is a unique trait that is given from birth. Others believe that the inspiration is just a move to the planned target.
According to the description of the encyclopedia, inspiration is a state of highest pitch, in which all the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual powers of man are combined into a single unit for creative problem solving. It is characterized by the greatest ease and lightness of thought, brightness and fullness of images, clarity and depth of experience. Man in a state of creative inspiration feels like in a stream, he is not always able to analyze his actions.
In the language of astrology the planet Neptune is responsible for inspiring. Key words that we use in the description of inspiration are: the flow and the air. These definitions are in good agreement with the astrological symbolism of Neptune. Stream is an indication of the underwater world. The legends and stories presented Neptune as a lord of the world’s oceans. It creates a subtle mood, enhances sensitivity and sensibility, carries into the world of dreams and fantasies. Air is a part of the ghost of the subtle world, created under the influence of Neptune. Inspiration creates a special space where the artist lives. Sometimes it blurs the lines with reality. Neptune does not recognize any mental spiritual limitations. The impossible becomes possible. If Neptune in individual horoscope has harmonious aspects, the person is able to capture the subtle electromagnetic waves from a variety of external factors. In this case, we can say that inspiration comes directly from the cosmos.
Inspiration is closely related to insight, a sudden understanding of how it can be a way to solve the problem or issue. This is the effect of the planet Uranus. It acts in unexpected and in eccentric ways, breaking the established notions and offering completely new solutions. At a time when Uranus in the horoscope activates, a person begins to realize that he is face to face with a new force, which leads him into a hitherto unknown way. Therefore, people with a dedicated Uranus differ from the total weight of other people for their original approaches, innovative ideas, extravagant behavior, unusual actions to the embodiment of their plans into reality. It is a way for the elite, for singles.
Inspiration comes to us from poetry, music, painting, and other tangible or intangible sources. For every man his source of inspiration is very individual. It depends on the position of Neptune in the birth chart and its aspects to other planets: such as Venus, Mercury, Uranus.
Sources of inspiration for designers
Let’s try to find out where designers get their inspiration? Let’s start with foreign designers. For example, Dries Van Noten for many years, inspired by the culture of India. Sensual and sexy images of Emanuel Ungaro was inspired by the influence of good music. For Gianfranco Ferre an inexhaustible source of inspiration was the culture of the East, especially China, India and Japan. Travel to distant lands is a real luxury and a source of new ideas for Matthew Williamson. Roberto Cavalli immodestly declares: «I love women, all women». His wife Eva, a former Miss Universe, helps the designer to work and inspires him to create new collections.
Russian designers are also talking about their sources of inspiration. The creative duo Borodulin’s for several years, inspired by the elements of Russian folk costumes and ancient monastery murals that have migrated to the linen cloth in the fashion collections. Dmitry Loginov (Arsenicum) in the collection Autumn-Winter 2013/2014 uses the theme of Space and the infinite Universe. In design constructive lines reflected phases of Moon.
More often designers mention their impressions of distant travels as a source of inspiration. It is not surprising, because a change of scenery always effects positively on creativity and leaves no one indifferent sensitive heart of the artist. But there are other aspects of such movements. From the point of view of astrology, while long-distance travel is changing the coordinate system of astrological houses. How is this reflected in real life? The planets in the birth chart which are in a particular astrological House, when moving to shift to another house, or another field of activity.
Whether we like it or not, during the trip our thoughts, feelings and actions are changing dramatically. I liked this confession: returning from a trip, we can not go back to ourselves, because we have a new unique experience. In the context of the theme of creativity such approach looks logical: going on a journey, specify a creative task, and upon return immediately proceed to implement it. So, do not sit at home, pack your bags at the first opportunity. After all, travel is a great incentive for personal growth and creativity. This technique is used in birthday travel planning. Details can be found on the consultation of astrologer Veronica Tkachenko.
I would put in the first place a very different source of inspiration — love, the most beautiful of all that exist on Earth. It’s hard to overestimate the driving force that love gives us. Over the centuries and millennia it has inspired people to create unique masterpieces and works of art. Do not talk about it, waiting for it with bated breath and take as the most expensive gift. I am not going to lay out this topic on the shelves. When we dissect love, it ceases to exist. Let it live in our hearts as long as possible and illuminate our path!
Nature with its infinite variations, the diverse forms of plant and animal life is an endless source of inspiration for many artists and creators. Communing with nature always causes a grateful response in our hearts and brings new creative forces. When we are happy, we are looking at the stars in the sky. When we are unhappy, we cry out to the heavens. It’s the age-old human quality: to seek support from higher powers, which are stronger and wiser than us. And Cosmos always was such an inexhaustible source.
Working with sources of inspiration
Universe theme, Zodiac signs, astrological symbols and symbols of the Eastern horoscope does not lose its relevance for many centuries and even millennia. For young designers starting point is the sign of the Zodiac, the date or year of birth. This is such a household mysticism, not supported by a deep knowledge. Unfortunately, it often ends up on this matter. Prominent designers use all the wealth of associations of space. But unfortunately, due to a lack of professional expertise in the field they are often limited by conventional interpretations of this endless theme.
Our aim is to give correct guidance to our designers were able to correctly use the astronomical and astrological knowledge. One of the first attempts in this direction was the article by Veronica Tkachenko Astrological symbols and Zodiac signs in designer creativity. Further studies of astrological symbolism and methods of its reflection in fashionable clothes allowed to make the creative process more manageable, and work with sources of inspiration — the more clear and structured. So we are starting a new series of articles «Working with sources of inspiration». We will consider not only the astrological symbols, but also other interesting things and phenomena. Follow our publications on the website Fashion-Astrology.com!