The Ninth Day of Christmas

The nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne were Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia and Urania. These ladies, collectively were the Muses and, in order governed the creation of the arts of epic poetry, history, flutes and lyric poetry, comedy and pastoral poetry, tragedy, dance, love poetry, sacred poetry and astronomy. These goddesses were the inspiration of all works of literature, science and the arts. They were also known for their dancing and revelry, often with strong sexually charged association. They were, after all, of the gods and their appetites matched.

Human celebration has included dance for as long as we have celebrated, and as any parent can attest, spontaneous dance is one of the earliest forms of celebration we each exhibit in our lives. It would be unthinkable to have a twelve day celebration of love with out the Muses putting in an appearance, and what better way for a muse to attend a love party than in dance.

Take some time to celebrate your joy this year, whatever source you can find it in and turn it into a dance. If it’s been a while since you permitted yourself the abandon of this most basic and primal of human expressions, it’s time to relearn the wonderful benefits it brings to you, body and soul.

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

My True love gave to Me,

Nine ladies Dancing.


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