Any of you remember the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the nine muses of myth? Here are their respective fields of museness: epic poetry, history, love poetry and lyric art, music, tragedy, hymns, dance, comedy, and astronomy.
Are you a person who creates in one of those areas?
Do you think there are muses for other creative activities?
What about the muse of Fatherhood?
How about a muse for bricklayers?
Perhaps each person has a muse specialized for whatever they choose to do with their life?
I’ll vote for that last one without denying all the other possibilities :-)
It’s been said the muse is a shape-shifter. Which could mean, for a creative writer, the muse plays the part of all the characters inhabiting the author’s head.
Then there’s the issue of whether the muse is really “in” the head. Can’t the heart abide a muse’s process? Couldn’t a muse hang out on one’s shoulder?
My muse has been with me since I was born. She made me do things as a child that my mother wondered at and my father abhorred.
I worked hard in my twenties to make her proactively real. It’s a process called Active Imagination…
She’s changed her name many times and she usually, of late, speaks to me without using words.
Her latest command was to be more attentive to this blog–make it shine…
Since I know the task isn’t just on my shoulders–she doesn’t issue commands that she doesn’t help me with–I feel I can make the effort.
I do hope that small percentage of my readers who leave comments will let me, and her, know how we’re doing…
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