On Saturday Corby and I took a day-long workshop called "Courting the Inner Muse," with my old friend Willow Kelly and her partner Crow, who are visiting from Virginia. Besides working with two visiting teachers, we shared the experience with Reclaiming Witches from what appears to be a thriving North Bay Reclaiming community. I guess, technically, since we live in the North Bay, this could become our home community.
During the invocation to the divine at the beginning of the day, I could only remember five of the nine names, so I repeated those five over and over again. Thalia, Urania, Erato, Calliope, Polyhymnia. I know they heard me. I revere the other four as much. So to reinforce the work we did Saturday, and to put a spell for inspiration out into the world, I solicit the influence and aid of the Helicon Nine.
Daughters of Zeus and the Titan Mnemosyne, I call to you in your home high on Mount Helicon
Chief muse, Calliope (beautiful voice), may your writing tablet become my laptop. Bestow eloquence to my public speech. Grant me serenity and good judgment.
Erato (passionate or lovely), muse of mimicry and erotic poetry, I appeal to your favor of crows like me. May the song played upon your lyre bring pleasure.
Thalia (festive or flourishing), fill my life with laughter.
Urania (mountain queen), mistress of the celestial, may my path follow your stars. May I know when to keep silent and when to speak.
Polyhymnia (many songs), grant me the ability to remember sacred songs and to compose new ones in praise of all that is holy.
Clio (proclaimer), speak through the books I read and write, may the lore I pass on by true to our history and informative to those who listen.
Euterpe (rejoicing well or pleasure giver), manifest in me through harmonica, frame drum, soprano recorder, and voice.
Melpomene (songstress), may I speak fluently and convincingly of serious matters.
Terpsichore (rejoicing in the dance or whirling), may I move with your grace; may my voice sing in harmony and fullness with other voices.