Oracle of the Day: Metamorphosis

Go with the changes in life.  Photo Credit: Meli Halstead

Go with the changes in life.
Photo Credit: Meli Halstead

Central theme of your writing piece for the day:

Three main features jump out with the Metamorphosis card, all which are equally important.  The yellow butterfly suggests transformative events are underway, or might already be here.  Hmmm, I wonder what that could be…  The pair of pink flamingos with their feathers, as if almost in a dance, call for honesty and authenticity.  And, the strong pink hues within the clouds and the flamingos are all indicators of love.

Writing Focus:

Mention the word change, and in some folks — panic sets in.  How dare anyone shake up the rhythm of their life — even if it’s kind of warped or in severe need of repair!  The butterfly hums and assures you that the transformation you bring upon your characters do not have to be traumatic.  You can allow your characters to experience subtle changes which allow them to gradually transition into their new events, roles, scenes, stresses, and more.

Subtlety might not be your thing.  No, not you. Who the hell has time for that kind of nonsense anyways?  Life isn’t kind, life throws all sorts of crazy curve balls at folks. Why should characters be spared?  In this case, it’s safe to say that the metamorphosis can and will certainly bring the dance and oomph back into your passages.

Whatever your decision is – the tortoise or the hare — life is not static and change is inevitable.  Metamorphosis allows people to grow and evolve into new people.  Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

I Dare You To Take Action Prompt:

When you write, the words take a life onto its own.  You create people, worlds, dialogue, feelings, and so much more.  The rich tapestry of your creation is a living, breathing entity — in the minds of those who read it.  Each time you write, you become transformed as an author.  You go out in search of dialogue snippets, take photos of a scene to be included in your piece, you try different foods to get a handle of how to describe what your characters eat at meal times, and the list of experiences are endless.

Have your character change in a transformative way, like that of a butterfly, but dance through the scenes of life like that of a flamingo. One specific example comes to mind is a book that I recently read by Sharon Draper — Copper Sun.  Amari, a 15 year old girl was stolen from her village and sold into slavery.  At first, she was happy with her family, but soon her world changed and she was whisked away into an unfamiliar world.  One she had to learn how to survive if she was ever going to see freedom again.

In the book Copper Sun, the transformation was apparent.  Amari did not undergo one change, she went through several bouts of metamorphosis.   Her life changed, her perception about people changed — some good, some bad.  She went from one world — her village in Africa — to another, America.

Your intuition speaks to you the loudest.  Take a moment and listen to the different ways you can include elements of metamorphosis into your story.

I’d love to hear how this oracle has enhanced your writing.  Leave a comment and enrich the lives of our other readers.  Pay your experiences forward.

Meli Halstead is a kickass teacher who likes to help writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

Wondering where in the world I got this amazing card? It is part of the wonderful deck The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid.  You can visit her shop here. *I am not an affiliate in any way. I bought the card deck because they were AWESOME!*

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