Each Muse Project finisher gets a coin similar to the one above to remind them of their accomplishment. These coins have a significant meaning to those who are engrossed in the creative process as artists, musicians, entrprenreurs and writers.
PEGASUS AND THE MUSES
Water is symbolic of the subconcsious mind, the source of artistic creativity and inspiration. Pegasus, though a flying horse, was the son of Poseidon, God of the sea. The genesis of the Muses originates in the seemingly random act of Pegasus kicking a hole in the side of Mt. Helicon, a sacred mountain in Greece. The fresh waters of the Hippocrene (horse fountain) Spring poured from the hole in the side of the mountain. Several water nymphs emerged from the Spring, we now call them the 9 Muses. The Muses were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The Muses were goddesses of science and art who inspired creative endeavors.
In 750 BC, Hesiod the poet, travelled to Mt. Helicon and saw the Muses singing and dancing at the top of the mountain. They gave him a laurel and breathed life into his poetry. Hesiod is considered the first written poet in the Western tradition. Hesiod means "He who emits the voice".
It's interesting to note that the word muse is also a verb meaning "to be absorbed in thought". I once heard someone say, "it's important to notice what you think about when there's nothing else to think about." That subject is often your personal muse, and following that muse is generally a good idea if you want to feel more connected with yourself and be happier in life.
Athena was the goddess and mascot of Athens. The Parthenon used to house an enormous statue of her in its inner chamber. She personified both feminine and masculine energies and qualities. She was also the Goddess of wisdom, warfare and the arts which relate directly to the three aesthetic ideals of Truth, Virtue & Beauty. All art begins with TRUTH (lasting ideas, authenticity and sincerity); VIRTUE (truth in action or goodness. Warfare is often used as a metaphore for truth in action); and BEAUTY which is the result of truth intentionally put into action. A desire for harmony, unity, balance, peace, wholeness & and happiness in life—all forms of beauty—has been the drive and desire of humankind since the beginning of time. To put it simply: Truth x Action = Beauty. These are the principles that underpin all the arts and humanities. The greeks understood this and this is why Athena was so important to them.