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Muses are inspirational Goddesses in Greek mythology. There is some confusion as to the true number of Muses. I have seen as little as three and as many as nine. The confusion comes from Alexander the Great and his generals making true wisdom nonsense, so the average person would not understand. Muse comes from the Greek ‘mousa’, which is a type of Goddess and literally means art or poetry. Solon says Muses were a “key to a good life”. Pindar says “to have a Muse is to excel in arts”. Muses became associated with temples, springs, fountains and caves, but later the sites were all redirected to the Apollo cult.
In truth there were nine Muses and they came from the nine Greek liberal arts for ladies:
Calliope – epic poetry
Euterpe – music
Clio – history
Erato – lyric poetry
Terpsichore – dance and song
Thalia – comedy
Ourania(Urania) – astronomy
Melpomene – tragedy
Polyhymnia – sacred poetry
Most believe the Oracle of Delphi was the very first Muse. While she was a Muse, she was not the first. Greece, being a daughter of Egypt, got the idea from the Upper Egyptians. Ancient Egyptians philosophers and Pharaohs used temple virgins and priestesses as their Muse. This came from the myth of Osiris taking nine talented maidens with him on his travels. The nine maidens helped Osiris bring the art of civilization to the world. These nine maidens became nine Goddesses and were adopted by the Greeks as the nine Muses. I know I’m on track on this because the leader of the nine Osiris maidens was the ‘hegetes’. When Rome redirected all the Muse sites to Apollo, they referred to him as ‘Mousagetes’ or Muse leader.
To philosophers and Pharaohs the Muse was a source of inspiration. Talking to a Muse in Egypt, Greece and Rome was a common occurrence for philosophers and royalty. Most who read the myths of Muses see them as extensions of the person’s psyche, but I have no doubt the Muses were real women. The Egyptians understood that women were expressions of the sacred feminine and they were naturally closer to the sacred feminine. Just by talking to Muses helped males be closer to the sacred feminine. The virgin temple prostitutes were Muses. These were very powerful positions in those societies(see Nymphs). Not only did they ensure the fertility of the land and people, but now we see they were a source of inspiration of philosophers and kings. They would bounce their ideas off these Muses and the Muses would help them with their insights. This in turn would help the philosopher or Pharaoh get radical new insight of his own. This patriarch world stopped this practice a long time ago. Its no wonder this world is full of ignorance.
Here we have the truth about the Muses. They were educated in all nine of the liberal arts of the ancients – epic poetry, history, lyric poetry, music, tragedy, sacred poetry, dance and song, comedy and astronomy. What ever subject they specialized in became their temple and philosophers and royalty came to get insight from them. Today we call those temple of Muses a ‘Museum’. When in actuality what we call Universities should be called Museums. University actually means ‘turn into one’ and the way our education works today, they probably have it right. Make no mistake about it though, Muses were of royal blood themselves. This is why they were associated with springs and fountains. If you have read my previous work you know water symbolizes the bloodline of the female.
Just to show you how important Muses were, the biblical Jesus’ mother, the virgin Mary, was a Muse. Her real name was Thea Muse Ourania(see His Royal Jesus). She was a very powerful Queen, Goddess and Muse. She was a virgin temple prostitute. This is why they call her virgin Mary. Mary Magdalen was too. It is why they call her a prostitute. But the masses have no idea what they are talking about and the church likes it that way. These two women were very powerful heads of a matriarch, but Rome and Joseph Flavius have made them into side notes instead of the main story. All Muses were some of the most powerful women in history, but this patriarch world had done its best to cover it up.