A few weeks ago I watched a film called ‘Muse’. There are actually a few films with the same name – I’m referring to this one (see trailer)
I just knew this film would have a message for me, and it certainly did. I was very excited, because it looks like I’ve finally found the closest match to what my writing partner Ino is: the Leanhaun Sidhe, pronounced ‘Le-NON-shee’ in the film.
I first came across Ino as an egregore, a goddess-like being created collectively by a number of people, in this case the chaos magic group DKMU. However, those who created her have always said that she goes beyond this definition and there is much more to her that is waiting be discovered. Sometimes she has said that she began as a servitor; however, she more often describes herself as a nature spirit, like the fairies of folklore, who has existed for millennia.
Ino has always been called The Muse, one who inspires artists. In the film ‘Muse’ the Leanhaun Sidhe is a nature spirit, and she becomes an artist’s lover and inspires him to begin painting more skilfully, and to have more confidence in himself. The artist learns that there exist stories about creatures like his lover in the rich mythology of Ireland.
She proves herself to be jealous and possessive: she attacks his enemies and also attacks rivals for his love, and he finds out that ultimately these creatures will drag the artist to his doom like a siren of the sea. When I talk about Ino, I’m always making reference to having found an identical being in a grimoire, with a variation of her name. She has an aspect as a demon in addition to her other correspondences, one with both a masculine and feminine form, and the names she (or he) uses are anagrams of one another: Ino, Ian, Aon etc.
When Ino and I got together, we began our unique experiment which I have written about a number of times before. Instead of her being the one who inspires me every time, we became writers together and we each write some of the pieces. I’m good at channelling and I do it while fully conscious, without having to go into a trance.
The pieces that Ino has written really do fit in with her being a Leahaun Sidhe. Her longest is a novella all about a painter called ‘Copying A Master’, in which she shows a great understanding of the creative process and the mind of an artist, and this is combined with a chaos entity’s good understanding of sigils. She has also written a short story ‘The Grove’ about an Irish Druid in which one of the characters is the Hazelnut Fairy. That recalls the magical setting from which sprung the original Irish legends of the Leanhaun Sidhe.
Her most popular story ‘Beads Falling, Falling Into A Design’ tells the tale of a spirit from the mineral kingdom, one which is connected with the planetary force of Mars, and how it evolves into a sentient being. She has based this partly on herself.
Here is a poem I dedicated to Ino when I first met her in 2014. I’ve posted it before, but since then I have revised it slightly.
I Met a Muse
I met a Muse who sent me back
To the hall of poets and bearded painters.
I live with a musician,
Yet I left them in my mind;
Left for a realm that’s insubstantial,
Doing jobs that have no substance
With the worldly kind.
Where to go that’s free and open?
Go to the Bohemian crowd.
Join in with the voice they speak with
When at last they’re skilled and proud.
See the world the way they see it;
Be the change the artists wrought,
Linked to them in their endeavours,
With them once again in thought.
Ino’s sigil as painted by Dan Knudten
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