|John Collier, Priestess of Delphi, 1891|
|Aegeus consults the Pythia, Kylix by the Kodros Painter, ca. 440 − 430 B.C.E.|
People from all over the ancient world flocked to ask the oracle questions and seek guidance about issues ranging from when to attack an enemy, where to erect a town and whom to choose for a leader. The Pythia was thought to be possessed by the god Apollo and her utterances were translated by the temple's priests. Sometimes her words were misunderstood, with grave consequences, such as in the case of the Lydian king, Croesus. After offering the oracle a sacrifice of multiple cattle and gold bricks, Croesus asked if he should attack the Persian army. The oracle's response was: if he were to cross a river, "Croesus will destroy a great empire." Croesus did attack, and suffered a brutal defeat, never realizing that the empire that would be destroyed was his own. The most notable utterances of the Delphic oracle are engraved at the site: Know Thyself, and Nothing in Excess.
Personally, I believe this is a sacred site. I have traveled to Delphi on more than one occasion - and on the last trip, with my daughter,
I experienced a powerful connection with this place and the small round building, the Temple of Athena Pronaos, in particular.
Ley lines are supposedly invisible energy pathways in the earth's crust that pass underneath certain places thought of as power points, such as Stonehenge on the Wiltshire Plain in England, and Sedona, Arizona, among others. Ley lines also exist in Greece and one passes directly underneath Delphi. Coincidence and pure speculation, or something more to it? You decide.
For now, I am dreaming of my next trip to Delphi, and I am hoping the prediction is that it is soon.