On today that witnesses the celestial marriage of the Divine Hermaph-rodite* between Magnificence and Thought, we publish the Foreword to an essay we’re engaged on devoted to the Muses: solely “the belief of magnificence will save the world”.
“The Muses have a really excessive, certainly distinctive, place within the divine hierarchy. They’re referred to as daughters of Zeus, born of Mnemosyne, the Goddess of reminiscence; however this isn’t all, for they, and so they alone, bear, like the daddy of the Gods himself, the appellation of Olympians, an appellation by which males used to honour the Gods usually, however – not less than initially – no God specifically, aside from Zeus and the Muses.” 
ACADEMY OF THE MUSES
There are areas, sounds and lights which are invisible and silent to the senses.
Of those worlds we desires to sing.
And the Muse is our Mannequin to invoke and the primary Beacon to comply with.
The wrath of Peleus’ son… O Goddess, sing !
“The literature and tradition of your complete West … begin within the first verse of the Iliad by invoking the Muse; to start with, then, is the very best, sacred voice of the mousiké. … Its significance within the cosmic order is crucial: it fulfils the excellent glory of the divine work of creation and represents its soul.” (WFO)
The Muse sings and dances the Music of the Spheres: the Muses “guard the key of a sacred dimension that exceeds extraordinary life. They’re like a flowing fluid, they’re like water, not solely as a result of water is the precept of life, but in addition as a result of water is the thoughts itself: nonetheless, crystal-clear water that, like a mountain lake, displays the concepts and types of thought, or water that ripples and churns, threatening and gloomy, within the altering whirlwind of feelings.
The Muses are psychological waters, superior and celestial waters, through which the photographs of the world and of being seem. … The voice of the divine maidens doesn’t merely have fun what has been created, however instructions it and, in commanding it, adorns it: it endows it with which means and wonder. The phrase will not be a complement that’s added to what exists, however an influence that fulfils the world and makes it’s in all its splendour. By announcing and singing the issues that inhabit the universe, the voice of the Muses offers them substance and worth.” 
The Muse is the Daughter of the Cosmic Thoughts, she is the Trainer of sound knowledge and the Mom of rebirth to greater resonances: “The function that marks the character of each being is a word-song with its personal intonation and pitch. Due to this fact he who is aware of the sound-word of every factor and is aware of the best way to perceive its music additionally possesses the elemental data to behave upon actuality and to switch it: the data of the phrase is the key energy of a sound that turns into motion, transferring and reworking, at will, each present datum. The very physique of the gods is interwoven with metres and songs. It follows that he who has excellent mastery of that sound knowledge can, in flip, ascend to heaven: with the appropriate rhythm and the appropriate track, one can remodel one’s transient nature and develop into immortal.” (DSM)
To penetrate the thriller of the Muses one should due to this fact “start by questioning what their title encompasses. … ‘Μούσα’ (Muse) is alleged to derive from a phrase of Lydian origin, móus or ‘supply’: the goddesses with the marvellous voice would, to all intents and functions, have the character of ‘aquatic’ creatures, just like the Naiads, the nymphs that inhabit fountains and riverbanks (Vatican Mythographs 3,8,22). However Muse may be linked to the basis from which phrases similar to manthánein, ‘to be taught’, mnéme, ‘reminiscence’, or mens, ‘thoughts’ derive: the maidens of Olympus and Mount Helicon could be, from this viewpoint, powers of thought. Plato, for his half, believed that the title incorporates the identical which means because the verb mósthai, ‘to aspire’, ‘to need’, ‘to hunt’ (Cratylus 406 a): the Muse could be the very craving for data, the strain of the search, the need for fact and the trail that results in it. Diodorus Siculus, providing an additional cue, suggests a juxtaposition to the sphere of the mysteries (Historic Library 4.7): Muse is alleged to derive from múein, ‘to provoke’, as a result of – in an analogous technique to the Eleusinian rituals – the Muses preside over a sacred initiation, giving mortals entry to a better and completely different type of data, opening as much as them the way in which to essentially the most lovely and admirable issues. … their energy extends not solely to essentially the most lovely conceptions of thought, but in addition to the symphonic interweaving of all of the issues which are within the universe (Iamblichus, Lifetime of Pythagoras). 
For, in accordance with Pythagoras, the character of cosmos additionally has its personal music and sound. … That’s the reason, in accordance with Pythagoras, the Muses aren’t solely divine maidens singing within the abode of Zeus, however the very voice of planets and stars. And it’s in the direction of such celestial melody that every one human music ought to try, with a view to be in symphonic accord with the Hyperborean mild  of Apollo and the synchronous dance of the daughters of Reminiscence. From the mushy glow of the paradise of the North, in addition to from the terse splendour of Olympus, the infallible archer, accompanied by the Muses, beckons and factors the way in which as much as the celebs, in order that people could harmonise with the divine rhythm of cosmic order.” (DSM)
The Muses train us the best way to navigate the Waters of Life on a Path of Magnificence, on the sunshine however indestructible sailboat of a lofty, smiling and solemn Thought, propelled by the fiery want for Fact.
To such an ascending spiral to the sacred Temple of Concord we give the platonic Title  of:
Academy of the Muses
I pray Reminiscence and her daughters
to grant me a contented end result
for blind are the minds
of males who with out the Muses
search the profound path of knowledge.
(Pindar, Paeans 7 b)
As we start our journey on this Corridor of heavenly Knowledge, allow us to invoke them with Dante, Supreme Poet:
O Muses, O excessive genius, now help me !
O reminiscence, that didst write down what I noticed,
Right here thy the Aristocracy shall be manifest !
(Inferno – canto II, 7-9)
O YE, who in some fairly little boat,
Wanting to hear, have been following
Behind my ship, that singing sails alongside,
Flip again to look once more upon your shores;
Don’t put out to sea, lest peradventure,
In shedding me, you would possibly yourselves be misplaced.
The ocean I sail has by no means but been handed;
Minerva breathes, and pilots me Apollo,
And Muses 9 level out to me the Bears.
(Paradiso – Canto II, 1-9) 
* Heliocentric conjunction of Mercury/Hermes and Venus/Aphrodite on the initiatory starting of Aries.
 Excerpt from Walter Friedrich Otto (WFO), “” (The Muses. And the divine origin of speech and track)
 From: Davide Susanetti (DSM), “Luce delle Muse – La sapienza greca e la magia della parola” (Mild of the Muses. Greek knowledge and the magic of the phrase)
 “… Pythagoras was additionally the primary that suggested them to construct a temple to the Muses, so that they may protect the present harmony. For he noticed that every one these divinities have been referred to as by one widespread title, [the Muses,], that they subsisted along with one another, particularly rejoiced in widespread honors, and in brief, that there was at all times one and the identical choir of the Muses. He likewise farther noticed, that they comprehended in themselves symphony, concord, rhythm, and all issues which procure harmony. In addition they evince that their energy doesn’t alone lengthen to essentially the most lovely theorems, however likewise to the symphony and concord of issues.” (Iamblichus “Lifetime of Pythagoras)
 “Absolutely the North, which basically coincides with the axis of the pole and with the pivot of celestial rotation, the area of the Hyperboreans, utterly inaccessible to extraordinary mortals, is the house of the solar and of life: the place that, inside the confines of the world, represents the best tangency with the upper airplane of being. Apollo’s distant house is, to all intents and functions, an emblem of that invisible and secret centre on which rely and to that are linked, by obligatory affect and validation, the sacred centres in any other case seen on the earth inhabited by people. The Hyperborean pole is the supply that feeds and sustains the ‘navel’ of Delphi in addition to the golden Delos. From that North, it’s mentioned, presents have been periodically despatched … knowledge uninterruptedly transmitted from a light-weight and dimension of a superior nature. Image of a residing custom based exactly by advantage of that unending bond with its invisible ‘pole’.
… Every time, to journey to these ends of the world, Apollo climbs right into a chariot drawn by white swans [the bird that symbolises the Soul, the Solar Angel, and its eternity], flying by the methods of the air. After which, when it’s time to return, it’s at all times these admirable birds, akin to the god’s singing and photo voltaic nature, that lead him again to the Greek land, to his sanctuaries and the cities expensive to him.” (DSM)
 “Plato selected because the headquarters of his college a spot shaded by tall bushes, simply exterior the Sacred Gate of Athens: a grove consecrated to the hero Academus. There he erected a sanctuary in honour of the Muses. The Platonic Academy was based as a thíasos devoted to the divine maidens.” (DSM)
 Mentions of the Muses within the Divine Comedy
Muses: Inferno II, 7 | Purgatorio 1, 8; XXII, 102; (Virgins) XXIX, 37;
Calliope: Purgatorio I, 9 | Urania: Purgatorio XXIX, 41 | Clio: Purgatorio XXII, 58 | Polyhymnia Paradiso XXIII, 56.