Long ago, there was a sisterhood of Goddesses who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song, stage, writing, traditional music, and dance. They were known as the Muses.
The Muses were the nine daughters of Zues and Mnemosyne (the Goddess of memory). Sometimes they are referred to as water nymphs, having been born from the four scared springs on Helicon which flowed from the ground after Pegasus, the winged horse, stamped his hooves on the ground.
The Muses were nine beautiful young women who were the Goddesses of the inspiration of Science, Literature and the Arts. They were the source in the ancient culture of orally related knowledge in poetic lyrics and myths. The Muses were considered to be the personification of knowledge and the arts- especially Dance, Literature and Music, who remembered all things that had come to pass.
In this current new age of enlightenment (the Age of Aquarius), the gifts of the Muses are more valuable and needed more than they have been since ancient times. As this age of feminine power and wisdom continues to grow and flourish, we need to call on the power and majesty of what has come before, and what has sadly been forgotten. The Muses are as alive today as they were in ancient Greece. Their essence still resides in the outer realms of the universe itself. Look to these beautiful Goddesses to inspire you to achieve and all that you are seeking….
Calliope was the Muse of Epic Poetry. She was said to be the wisest, most assertive, and the Goddess of eloquence. Calliope is usually depicted with a writing tablet in her hand, carrying a roll of paper, carrying a book, or wearing a gold crown.
Clio was the patron of history, and inventor of historical and heroic poetry. She is usually depicted with an open scroll or seated by a set of books.
Erato was the Muse of Lyric Poetry- especially love and erotic poetry. She is usually depicted with a wreath of myrtle and roses, holding a Cithara (lyre), or holding a golden arrow.
Euterpe was the Muse of music. Euterpe entertained the Gods on Mount Olympus. She inspired poets, authors and dramatists. She was in charge of joy and pleasure, and is usually depicted holding or playing an Aulos (double flute).
Polyhymnia is the somber and beautiful one. She was the Muse of Sacred Hymn, Sacred Poetry, and of Eloquence. She is shown in pictures as a serious woman usually in a position of meditation or thoughtfulness, sometimes with a finger to her mouth in thought, wearing long robes. Polyhymnia features in Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy.
Melepomene was initially the Muse of Singing but later became the Muse of Tragedy. She is usually depicted with a “tragic mask” and wearing the boots traditionally worn by tragic actors, or holding a knife or sword in one hand and the tragic mask in the other. To create beautiful lyrical phrases it was traditional to call on Melpomene for inspiration.
Terpsichore was the Muse of Dance and the Dramatic Chorus. She is usually depicted sitting down or standing while holding a lyre.
Thalia is the Muse of Comedy and Idyllic Poetry. She is usually depicted crowned with ivy and holding a comic mask, or holding a shepherd’s staff.
Urania is the Muse of Astronomy and Astronomical Writings. She is said to be able to tell the future by the arrangement of the stars. Urania is usually depicted dressed in a cloak embroidered with stars, with her eyes and attention focused on the Heavens, and a celestial globe which she is pointing to with a rod.