A woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
Now, when I say "the muse..." I do not mean a Greek goddess of inspiration, per se, although it is the same idea. It's a feeling, a connection to a sort of magic, something both within and outside of me. It fuels me to create. It is essence, itself. A universal essence, if you will.
Put another way... "the muse" is inspiration itself, or the urge to create, embodied in the tangible and intangible. And this vibe, this feeling, this magic is not static. It isn't one person, one place, or one thing. It is being drawn to and filled up with meaning by people, places, or ideas. "The muse" can have me on a car drive, looping around a water view, gazing out at bridges at night. It can also have me hovering around a particular person or people, because they make me buzz. It can be a painting in a museum, a song on the radio, a series of clouds in a pure blue sky. It can be an older man on a street corner feeding a kitten. It can be anything, anyone, at any time...at that is why it's si magical and exciting. That is why my eyes, my heart, my sense are always open. Because you never know where it is, when it will present itself.
So if you here me say, "thank you muse..." don't get a Greek-god-complex about it. It is not a direct thank you, but a blanket thank you, to magic of a universe that sent something beautiful and meaningful through you... to me.
My muse has been urging me toward New Orleans lately, so that is my next adventure. Over a month away, but I will tell you all about what I find there.