Happy New Beginnings.
New Solar Year. New Lunar Year. New Moon. New vision. New beginnings. New adventures. New mindset.
New Moment … In this moment, I begin anew.
Any time we begin anew — or want (or need) to stir new inspiration and meaning into what’s already underway — it’s a fine time to invoke our Muses.
From time immemorial, we have invoked the Muses, or spent our time waiting and praying for The Muse’s visit.
Poets, bards, master craftsmen, magicians, priestesses, and visionaries alike credited the Muses for fanning the fires of vision, imagination, dream, and creativity, and for whispering the inspired words (or notes, or images, or ideas) 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.
Others invoked Divine Inspiration by way of Bhrìghde, Freyja, Luke, and other patron saints and way-illuminators of the crafts and creative arts, of vision and inspiration, and of new beginnings.
They knew that when they invoked the Muse or other archetypal energies, they were inviting specific energies and aspects of their own higher Selves — and the greater intelligence of Life — 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, creative dry spell, or “inspiration drought,” where inspiration, imagination, and enthusiasm seem to have gone the way of the Dodo?
That said, particularly in the more commercialized “busy-do” culture, we’re not conditioned into or taught the Wisdom of the fallow cycle … that it’s like the inbreath, a replenishment of the well, which we do best by allowing.
And just in case you’re wondering …
You don’t have to consider yourself to be a poet or musician, bard or visionary by birth and calling in order to allow the possibility that each of us has our Muse(s). 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.
“Lift but a stone, and an angel stirs,” mused George MacLeod.
Two of my Muses are Polyhymnia and Urania, the Muses of sacred sound, song, chant, mantra; 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- and outer-forces and allies to remind me of the Power of the Word and the Power of the Imagination — both of which can be easily distracted, dispersed, and otherwise frittered away.
They also help keep me mindful and discerning of my focus, attention, and energy at least much if not all of the time. (This 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 astrological-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.
• Intending, Intuiting … and Paying Attention. 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. What we focus on and appreciate stirs alive and appreciates! Don’t forget to watch and listen for the clues that will lead you.
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 shape-shifting Transformation Times.
(And if you doubt these are transformation times think back to the 1930s and the 1960s, when Uranus and Pluto were doing their thing as they’ve been in recent years.)
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Wishing you fresh inspiration, a sense of renewed vision, and the momentum that comes with those!
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