“See no evil, hear no evil, do no evil.”
Primary virtue: Innocence
Fear: Loss of innocence
Big5: Reserved, Open, Agreeable, Unconscientious
The Muse / Innocence
The muse is a character of innocence and purity, beloved for being free spirited, naive, and kind. They reflect our innermost values and feelings and our inhibited self and what we would do if we let go of our control and allowed ourselves to be vulnerable. Muses tend to act as catalysts, making people more free and reminding people of who they are.
People who encounter the muse archetype tend to be smitten by their creative energy and artistic side and feel often as if they have been born anew and “been given a new chance at life.” Because of this, muses tend to be taken in by others. Muses often lack the necessary skills to survive life on their own. They tend to struggle with self-reliance and independence and are often depicted as clumsy. They are often shy and unsure of themselves, but always open to make new friends when offered a chance.
For a muse, it’s important to hold on to your innocence. You have this drive to act in accordance with your innermost beliefs and truths and desire to avoid losing your purity. The muse is honest and speaks their mind, ignoring taboos and things other people avoid. By not knowing rules and cultural norms, by not seeing, or focusing on evil or people’s darkness, you can move freely and uninhibited. You want to see the best in everyone, even if that occasionally leads you to be manipulated or deceived. The hope is that everyone can change.
The muse fears losing innocence, doing something impure or forgetting who they are. Muses fear that in losing their innocence, they will be shunned by the community, rejected by loved ones, and forced out in the cold to fend for themselves. So the muse will stave of doubts and instincts they have about a person or situation, choosing to settle for how they want to see the world.
By remaining ignorant, the muse can more easily live in accordance with their ideals. Muses are here able to do things most people would not dare, by simply discarding or choosing not to acknowledge their fears and moving forward as if they weren’t there. This makes the muse a catalyst of change, new experiences, and new situations, as well as self-expression, artistic prowess, and good character.
When emotionally unstable, the muse feels at a loss, as doubt and their instincts bubble up, clouding their decisions and making them unsure about what to do. What if life isn’t the fairy tale I thought it would be? What if people aren’t as good as I thought? This bubbling pessimism can be difficult for the usually innocent muse, and is perceived as a threat against their very self. Do I choose to remain ignorant or to not see what is going on, or do I have to accept a harsh truth?