I don’t actually have a muse, but I know many creative people do… do have a specific person, thing, idea, place which offers inspiration. In mythology, the original Muses were nine goddesses who symbolized different arts and sciences:

  • Calliope – epic poetry
  • Clio – history
  • Euterpe – music, song, elegiac Poetry
  • Erato – lyric poetry
  • Melpomene – tragedy
  • Polyhymnia – hymns
  • Terpsichore – dance
  • Thalia – comedy
  • Urania – astronomy

Recently, while burrowing in the book section of a charity shop, I came across a little book, barely more than a booklet which I bought. It’s called ‘Stones from the Muse – Runes for the Creative Journey’. it’s by Emily Herman and Jennifer Jacobson, and originally it had a set of twenty double-sided stones, similar to rune stones, which a creative person could use to stimulate thought and help get over a difficult beginning, a muddy middle or an elusive ending.

The twenty runes which I don’t have, but which I guess I could easily make if I wanted, are:

  1. window signifying vision
  2. seed signifying ideas
  3. mask signifying fear
  4. knapsack signifying play
  5. tool signifying action
  6. whirlwind signifying chaos
  7. gavel signifying judgement
  8. arrow signifying vulnerability
  9. clock signifying organisation
  10. X signifying failure
  11. egg signifying potential
  12. blank signifying silence
  13. moon signifying dream time
  14. amulet signifying honour
  15. scale signifying balance
  16. tadpole signifying transformation
  17. cup signifying recharge
  18. lens signifying revision
  19. ribbon signifying celebration
  20. gate signifying marketing

I think this is an intriguing idea… either to use these suggestions, or to come up with some of your own, a manageable amount of ‘stones’ and maybe a personal aspect to the choice.

Herman and Jacobson’s book guide anyone using their runes through various processes… but you could work out your own way of using them.

I might try it with my creative writing group… or I might use the idea in one of my stories!

If you are interested in the book, here’s a link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0684839555

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