Welcome one, welcome all!
And bravo once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Sacred Trees and Wood
After sinking our roots into Tree Magick, it’s time to plant ourselves in the spotlight for what is sure to be a truly inspirational show
The challenge this week was inspired by @Garnet, is timed to a historical event happening over the next few days, and is…
Your Magickal Muse
You may be familiar with the term “muse”- it is often used to refer to a source (be it a person, situation, force, idea, or something else) that brings about inspiration and creativity for the one who experiences it.
But did you also know that a muse can refer to a deity as well? A muse to the ancient Greeks was a goddess- or more specifically, the Nine Muse Goddesses
Picture from Wikimedia Commons: Apollo and the Nine Muses
This challenge aligns with the ancient Greek Festival of the Muses. The Festival was a celebration particularly enjoyed by artists, performers, writers, crafters, and creative folks of all kinds- this festival is all about YOU!
During the festival, the Nine Muse Goddesses were revered above all other deities. These nine goddesses are daughters of Zeus and each represent a different creative talent or artistic area.
For the challenge this week, you are free to work with a muse or area that the muses represent or you are welcome to explore your own magickal muse!
Whatever you choose, it’s all about finding and working with your muse in magick this week
So are you ready? The curtain is rising and it’s…
Art by Julie Bell: Pegasus Befriends the Muses
This challenge is all about inspiration and creativity- how you choose to channel and express that is up to you!
To help you get started, here is a brief introduction to the Nine Muse Goddesses and the magickal areas they represent.
Note that there is a lot of contradictory information about the muses and who is in charge of what- please use the following as just a simple guideline!
Please also be aware that you do not have to work with one of the nine muses nor do you have to work with one of the magickal areas they represent if you do not want to!
You are very welcome to explore your own magickal muse- be creative with how you pursue the challenge this week!
Ourania/Urania - Muse of Astrology & Astronomy
Ourania is a goddess of the stars and the celestial heavens. She is credited with invented astronomy, and watches over all those who explores the starry realms. Learn more about Ourania.
Work with Ourania this week by exploring astrology, Zodiac Magick, Moon Magick, or Solar Magick.
Erato - Muse of Love & Sex
Lovely Erato is a goddess of love, beauty, and sex. She resides over poems of a romantic or erotic nature. Learn more about Erato.
To call upon Erato, pursue Love spells or Sex Magick this week.
Terpsichore - Muse of Dance
Terpsichore is the muse of dance- she is an exceptionally creative and expressive muse to work with for those who like to move. Learn more about Terpsichore.
Celebrate Terpsichore by letting loose to the music! Consider exploring witchy tunes, writing your own, or giving a ritual dance a try.
Clio - Muse of History
Clio is a muse of writing, records, and history. She is a protector of all those who look back on past times and may guide the hand of those who write. Learn more about Clio.
Polymnia - Muse of Sacred Poetry
Polymnia is a beautiful yet mysterious deity with ties to religion and spirituality. She is often depicted with a lyre, and is a symbol of poems, hymns, and chants. Learn more about Polymnia.
For Polymnia this week, explore your musical side and perhaps give ritual dancing a try!
Thalia - Muse of Comedy
Thalia is a fun and bright muse of comedy. Her name refers to “flourishing” and she is a symbol of unbrindedled joy. Learn more about Thalia.
For Thalia, choose magick of a fun nature that makes you happy and brings smiles. You might pursue self-love work or spells for Abundance and Happiness.
Melpomene - Muse of Tragedy
To Thalia’s light is Melpomene’s shadow. She protects the world of tragedy and reminds of the need for balance in our lives- without shadow, there can be no light. Some say she is the mother of Sirens. Learn more about Melpomene.
For Melpomene this week, you might consider sinking into Shadow Work or doing reflective Journalling.
Euterpe - Muse of Music
Euterpe is a muse of music, songs, and instruments. She also goes by the name “Giver of Delight”, as well as being associated with communication and language. Learn more about Euterpe.
For Euterpe, you might create a musical chant, do a musical meditation, or explore fun witchy music.
Calliope - Muse of Justice and Heroes
Calliope is called the “Chief Muse” or the “Mother of All Muses”. She accompanied heroes and protects great works of poetry. She is a symbol of justice, elegance, and honor. Learn more about Calliope.
For Calliope, you may consider working spells for Justice or Strength.
Does your inspiration come from somewhere else? Is there another area or aspect of magick that you like to use to channel your creativity?
A challenge about creativity and self-expression should allow for just those things- feel free to be free as you explore the theme of magickal muses this week!
Art by TeraSArt on DeviantArt: The Muses
Click here for notes about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.
To participate in the challenge, please share:
Your magickal muse this week- be it one of the muse Goddesses, another deity, a source of inspiration, etc.
How you used that creativity/inspiration in your magickal practice
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new thread in the forums.
Note : If you choose to create a new thread, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post so that I can easily find it- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, January 25th at 7:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time)
( 2022-01-25T12:00:00Z )
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
Picture from Winning the Business: Which of the Nine Muses Guides You?
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
Art by Unknown, Picture from The 8 Percent
The mind of witch is something sublime,
When inspiration strikes- how bright they shine!
So let your talents bloom and grow,
Don’t hold back- let magickal creativity flow!
- The Nine Muses of the Greek Mythology by Greek Myths & Greek Mythology.