Poets, bards, master craftsmen, magicians, and visionaries alike credited the Muses for fanning the fires of creativity and whispering the inspired words (or notes, or images) that would find their way into expression.
The Greeks told of Nine Muse Goddesses, and our ancient ancestors in other cultures and traditions told of and invoked their Muses, too.
They knew that when they invoked the Muse or other archetype, they were inviting specific energies and aspects of their own higher Selves into expression.
Each also lamented those times when the Muse seemed to be on vacation, throwing the cycle of creativity into its fallow, regenerative phase.
Who among us doesn't know the dreaded Writer's Block or creative dry spell, where inspiration seems to have gone the way of the Dodo?
And just in case you're wondering ...
You don't have to consider yourself to be a poet or musician, bard or visionary in order to allow the possibility that each of us has our Muse. You included.
In fact, each person (and perhaps animal and plant for all I know) has a unique combination of gifts, experience, and purpose that our Muses (and other inner-helpers or Spirit Allies) would inspire into expression.
Two of my Muses are Polyhymnia and Urania, the Muses of sacred sound and song (or chant-mantra, in my case) and Urania of the Stars ... astrology, astronomy and other celestial inspirations. Calliope calls for my attention, too, by stirring the poetic heart and soul into expression.
These Muses join forces with other inner-helpers and Spirit Allies to remind me of the Power of the Word and to keep me on path (which is sometimes, I'm sure, an exasperating job for them!).
So what about you? Who's your Muse ... or Muses?
There are a few ways to find out and then cultivate a more active relationship with your Muse.
• Just Ask. I know, it's insanely obvious but often overlooked when it comes to our inner-helpers and Spirit Allies, including our Muses. Call out (ask!), and then pay attention for the response. It might come in dream, meditation, or through a message your receive as you go about your day.
• Chart It. See where the Muses show up in your astro-blueprint ... your natal chart. There are Muses assigned to specific 'inspiration gates' during the zodiac year, including one or two that govern your birth date.
• Intend and Intuit. Check out the Muses and see which one calls to you, and then invoke and work with her in a playful experiment and creative adventure.
It's the perfect time to cultivate a relationship with your Muse to help to fan the fires of renewed or fresh inspiration, intuition, and creativity -- just what we need during these shapeshifting Transformation Times.
To explore and activate your inner-guides & Spirit Allies, invoke your Muse, or to track the pattern in the Chaos of Now, join the Academy of the Divine Feminine or schedule an individual Muse Session or two with me and we'll invoke the Muse together.
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Happy adventuring, and lots of Love in the meanwhile.
Image Credits: Minerva and The Muses, by Jacques Stella (1596), the Musee du Louvre; The Muses Urania and Calliope, by Simon Vouet (1634); and The Dance of Apollo with the Muses, by Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi