Is One of the Ancient 9 Your Personal Creative Muse?

I sometimes wonder which — if any — of the muses speaks to me.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readOct 23, 2021

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The Nine Muses by Carlos Dorrien. Photo by Murray “MJ” Blehart.

The muse is upon me! I have this awesome idea to create this amazing thing!

Okay, this is not true. But it’s a statement I’ve heard — and even said — before. Having a muse is like having an invisible angel of inspiration for creation.

As far as I know, the idea comes from the Greek mythology of the 9 Muses of Antiquity. Each of these goddesses brings inspiration. Like patron saints, they have those whom they “look out” for.

If you are unfamiliar with them, these are the 9 muses:

  • Calliope — Muse of Epic Poetry
  • Clio — Muse of History
  • Euterpe — Muse of Music
  • Polyhymnia — Muse of Sacred Poetry
  • Urania — Muse of Astronomy
  • Erato — Muse of Love Poetry
  • Thalia — Muse of Comedy
  • Melpomene — Muse of Tragedy
  • Terpsichore — Muse of Dance

Many of these nine have familiar elements still with us today. Erato is eroticism, Thalia and Melpomene are the masks of comedy and tragedy, and Urania is easily associated with astronomy and the planet Uranus.

The 9 muses were considered the great inspirers of the arts. When they smiled upon you, your creativity would know no bounds.

Inspiration can come from lots of different places. And whether the muses serve you — or not — where can you turn to be inspired and find your muse?

Where do you turn for inspiration?

One of the best things about the internet is that it’s an endless resource for inspiration.

True, it’s often abused and overloaded with uninspiring crap — but we can move past that in search of the good stuff.

I love Pinterest for this reason. I can go and find tons of inspiring images to spark my creativity.

An image I came across on Pinterest inspired an idea for sci-fi that evolved into my forthcoming Savagespace series. It was one image that sparked a question in my mind —…

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com