Choose a Muse

Everyone needs a Muse, a companion for their thoughts, a guiding spirit, an inspirer and encourager. Some people choose their Muse from amongst their friends or relations. Others have a secret Muse that exists in their own thoughts to support them as they work and play. The word ‘Museum’ actually means ‘Place where the Muses are worshipped’.

Choosing a Muse is a unique Adventure, which starts with a discussion of what your special interests are, what you would like to achieve, how your Muse might help you, and what other duties you think your Muse may need to perform.

If you muse about something, you think about it carefully. We will spend time musing about who might be your Muse, to support you as you work on all your projects, both creative and practical.

The first Muses came from Ancient Greek mythology. They were:
Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry
Clio, the Muse of history
Erato, the Muse of lyric poetry
Euterpe, the Muse of music
Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy
Polyhymnia, the Muse of sacred poetry
Terpsichore, the Muse of dance and chorus
Thalia, the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry
Urania, the Muse of astronomy

The American writer Steve Lovelace defines some modern Muses as:
Caracaxa, the Muse of quotes, tweets and jokes
Techne, the Muse of painting, photography and film
Iconophilia, the Muse of graphic design, calligraphy and typography
Polysteles, the Muse of sculpture, architecture and engineering
Zoe, the Muse of biology, gardening and science
Euphrenia, the Muse of psychology and anthropology
Abaxia, the Muse of mathematics, logic and computers
Alexia, the Muse of leadership and politics
Emporia, the Muse of business, commerce and economics

Your Muse might come from one of these lists, or you may create an entirely new one, specially designed to inspire and help you with what you feel are your most important challenges.

During Choose a Muse, we will decide on your Muse, write down their characteristics and draw a picture of them. We will then have a special Music Tea (the Ancient Greek word Mousike originally meant anything over which the Muses presided) including delicious Greek cakes to honour your newly-chosen Muse.