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The Muses Urania and CalliopeSymbolized By:

  • Dressed in a cloak embroidered with stars
  • A globe in her left hand and a peg in the right
  • Her foot on a turtle
  • Symbol of silence
  • She keeps her eyes and attention focused on the Heavens
Primary Role(s):

Noted For:

  • Urania was able to tell the future by the position of the stars
  • Universal Love and the Holy Spirit
  • Dearest to her are those who are most concerned with philosophy and the heavens
  • Her name, Urania, has been used to name astronomical observatories such as the Urania in Berlin, Vienna, Zurich and Antwerp and Uraniborg on the island of Hven
  • Urania was considered the Muse for Christian poets during the Renaissance. Urania is the "heavenly muse" invoked in John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost

Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos.

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-- Ambrose Bierce

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