I have many brothers, and girls, you have many sisters. That may not be what you were taught in school, unless you went to a very enlightened establishment.
If you did not go to a very enlightened establishment, you may be asking even now, "Wot th' bleedin' 'ell is a MUSE?" Or words to that effect.
All of humanity shares a Collective Unconscious.
Which means that each of us is about as unconscious as the next, save for the collectors (of BMW's and other toys), and those who blow their own trumpets, they are more so.
It also means that all of us are linked at a basic level, like the basements in a block of townhouses.
Down here in the basement are Archetypes, images and personifications of age-old, universal ideas -- like Birth, Death, and Very Good Beer.
Which means we Archetypes control the heating vents and the water pipes and also the power switches.
Muses are Archetypal figures who stimulate various forms of creative writing. We each have a specialty. My Assignment is nurturing Comedy. For I am Thalia in male form!
Definition of Comedy
The Greeks defined Comedy as any story with a happy ending. In the Twenty-First Century and this, the third Millenium, it's any humorous entertainment (and some that are only trying) (and some that are very trying).
I encourage both happy endings and humour. I especially encourage parody, satire, and essex-girl jokes.
You can guess what drew my attention away from Ireland.
Usually we are pretty subtle about our Musing, but every few centuries or so we all of us, men & women alike, need to party. A lot of the people I love are active here and when I am not out in the real world, this is where I choose to do it. And so I mingle here with the crowd in chess.com or wherever, and try to be just a little more overt than I have in days gone by.
The Family Circle
Most people who recognize the term Muse think of them as Nine:
Mneme, under the name Mnemosyne, was the mother of the Nine Muses, according to Pierus. Zeus was the father. Zeus's wife was named Hera, and, as in mortal lives, this may be why we don't hear much more about Mnemosyne.
The Muses can bestow the gift of talent and insight. They can also revoke their blessings. One story says that a singer and poet named Thamyris challenged the Muses. He mocked them and made light of their skills. For his insolence, Thamyris was maimed and lost his memory. He could no longer remember his songs, his poems, or where he left his drinking jug.
The moral of this story is left as an exercise for you the reader.
The Muses are also called the Graces, as they are when they attend the festivals on Olympus and entertain and inspire the other gods with their wit and charm.
Apollo puts aside his bow and plays the lyre as the Graces join in the dance of the immortals.
All of the Archetypes have many different physical manifestations. Some of the Goddess renderings I'm especially fond of, are those of Jonathon Bowser and to the right here I stand before you in my female form.
As of my earthly appearance, I am 6'0", well-built with a 44" chest and a 34" waist, Bohemian-featured, with come-to-bed eyes and locks of distinguished greying hair that has been known, occasionally, to be braided.
I have developed a fondness for Fosters Lager, the Australian amber nectar (the food of this god), and pretty chess-players, and I can go through quite a lot of both of these. . . Just letting you know.
Thalia in the male form M8ed