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powers restored, to see beyond and manifest freely. For most, the process involves healing to see clearly through the maze of information the brain processes from the moment we enter the physical, until we leave, when clarity comes to some, but not all. We look to prophets and prophecies to peer into the future and foretell what is to happen. There have always been famous seers in the past, present, and perhaps those sending us messages from a future/parallel timeline running simultaneously with our program. It is through their visions that one can piece together the patterns of our reality and where they are all going. To that end we are programmed to question, quest and find the truth. The program has always created prophets and magicians (wizards) to invoke that part of our soul experience which knows this is all illusion. We visit psychics, mediums, shaman, tribal elders, gurus, renown teachers, to gain insights. This propels us in the 21st century as we sense a movement of consciousness that is peeking sending us plummeting into truth and reality at Zero Point. Thursdays July 5, 2007, the History Channel aired "Decoding the Past - Doomsday 2012: The End of Days" which mentioned Sibly at Delphi, who allegedly is one of the ancient prophets who accurately predicted many important events, far into the future, including 2012. Many people believed her visions were 'a gas' The word Sibyl comes (via Latin) from the Greek word Sibylla, meaning Prophetess. The earlier oracular seeresses known as the sibyls of antiquity, "who admittedly are known only through legend" prophesied at certain holy sites, probably all of pre-Indo-European origin, under the divine influence of a deity, originally one of the chthonic earth-goddesses. Later in antiquity, sibyls wandered from place to place. Homer seems to have been unaware of a Sibyl. "Frenzied women from whose lips the god speaks are recorded very much earlier in the Near East, as in Mari in the second millennium and in Assyria in the first millennium". The first Greek writer, so far as we know, who mentions a sibyl is Heraclitus, in the fifth century BC: 'The Sibyl, with frenzied mouth uttering things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaches to a thousand years with her voice by aid of the god.' (Heraclitus, fragment 12) Until the literary elaborations of Roman writers, sibyls are not identified by a personal name, but by names that refer to the location of their temenos, or shrine. In Pausanias, Description of Greece, the first Sibyl at Delphi was of great importance in antiquity, and was thought to have been given the name "sibyl" by the Libyans. Plato speaks of only one Sibyl, but in the course of time the number increased to 9, with a tenth, the Tiburtine Sibyl added by the Romans.
Pausanias claimed that the Sibyl was "born between man and goddess. located in a plateau on the side of Mount Parnassus. though her name was Herophile. and should be treated as separate figures. the Erythraean and the Cumaean. quoting from a lost work of Varro. Herakles. Later. the Sibyl was visited by Herakles after he slew his wife and children in a fit induced by Hera. Of them. . The Sibyl sat on the Sibylline Rock. who passed the oracle to Themis. daughter of sea monsters and an immortal nymph". daughter of sea monsters and an immortal nymph". Not all the Sibyls in the following list were securely identified with an oracular shrine. who is traditionally known as the third Sibyl. There are various names for the Sibyl: Pythia. Delphic Sibyl The Delphic Sibyl was a legendary figure who gave prophecies in the sacred precinct of Apollo at Delphi. Pausanias claimed that the Sibyl was "born between man and goddess. meaning "prophetess". Cadmus. and in the vague and shifting Christian picture there is some overlap. a Greek colony. She sang her predictions. located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. daughter of sea monsters and an immortal nymph". There were many Sibyls in the ancient world. who gave prophecies at the Delphic Oracle. The Delphic Sibyl has sometimes been confused with the Pythia. namely Marpessus in the Troad and Erythrse. The Delphic Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi. Others said she was sister or daughter to Apollo. who passed the oracle to Thetis. who passed it to Phoebe. The Oracle told him as penance he was required to carry out twelve tasks set by his arch-enemy. who passed it to Phoebe. 1st century BC) these 10 sibyls were those who follow. Others said she was sister or daughter to Apollo. Others said she was sister or daughter to Apollo. Oedipus. The Delphic Sibyl was not involved in the operation of the Delphic Oracle and should be considered distinct from the Pythia. ORACLE OF DELPHI The first oracle at Delphi was commonly known as Sibyl. which she received from Gaia. Still others claimed the Sibyl received her powers from Gaia originally. According to legend. who passed the oracle to Themis. who passed it to Phoebe. breathing in vapors from the ground1 and gaining her often puzzling predictions from that. Pausanias claimed that the Sybil was "born between man and goddess. the priestess of Apollo.According to Lactantius' Divine Institutions (4th century AD. The two are not identical. "Sibyl" became a title given to whichever priestess manned the oracle at the time. Two places claimed to be the birthplace of this Sibyl. The word sibyl comes (via Latin) from the ancient Greek word (sibulla). Eurystheus. Perseus and Xuthus. Orestes. Herophile and Delphica. who had become King in his stead. Still others claimed the Sybil received her powers from Gaia originally. She lived on Mount Parnassus and was believed by many to be a prophet. who were said to be Aegeus. Still others claimed the Sibyl received her powers from Gaia originally. but the Delphic Sibyl was among the most renowned because of the famous receivers of her advice. the three most famous sibyls throughout their long career were the Delphic.
these refer to Plutarch's observation that the Pythia's oracular powers appeared to be linked to vapors from the Castalian Spring that surrounded her. or be preceded by a visit to. of course.g. (de Boer et al. Inhalation of ethylene in an enclosed space might well have exposed the Sibyl to sufficiently high concentrations of the narcotic gas to induce a euphoric or trance-like state. In 2001 evidence of the presence of ethylene. was found in the temple's local geology and nearby springs. She also was respected by the semiHellenic countries around the Greek world. you will destroy a great empire. visited Claros and Delos. see e. together with the observation that sessions of prophesy would either take place in. here for a popular science coverage) Other archaeologists believe that the oracle also inhaled fumes of burning bay leaves.The temple to Apollo at Delphi was built by Trophonius and Agamedes. lingered for a time at Samos. in the destruction of his own empire).According to legend.Delphic Oracle's Lips May Have Been Loosened by Gas Vapors August 14. and even Egypt. This claim is related to one of the most famous mottos of Delphi. and . as no evidence for them could be found. However. and died in the Troad. and it seems plausible that these emitted in ancient times light hydrocarbon gases from bituminous limestone which do have an intoxicating effect. recent geological research indicates that the site of the oracle shows young geological faults. Croesus of Lydia consulted Delphi before attacking Persia. which Socrates said he learned there. "in wrath with her brother Apollo". 2001 .so the then standard opinion in geology . the oracle (perhaps bribed) declared that the god would no longer speak there. The oracle is also said to have proclaimed Socrates the wisest man in Greece.D. In the 3rd century A. to which Socrates said that if so. archeologists were convinced that these vapours are only a myth. the founding of colonies. National Geographic . and according to Herodotus received the answer "if you do. Geology 29 (2001) pp. an enclosed chamber at the base of the temple. after surviving nine generations of men.gaseous emissions from rock only occur in conjunction with volcanic activity. Science and the Sibyl There have been occasional attempts to find a scientific explanation for the Sibyl's behaviour." Croesus found the response favorable and attacked. this was because he alone was aware of his own ignorance. Gnothi Seauton: "know thyself". the Sibyl came from the Troad to Delphi before the Trojan War. and so forth. After her death.. It has been suggested that these vapors may have been hallucinogenic gases. such as Lydia. Another famous motto of Delphi is Meden Agan: "nothing in excess". and was utterly overthrown (resulting. Most commonly. Caria. 707. and was consulted before all major undertakings: wars.. This oracle exerted considerable influence across the country. it was said that she became a wandering voice that still brought to the ears of men tidings of the future wrapped in dark enigmas. a potential hallucinogen. Fault Lines After investigating the site.
"Ethylene inhalation is a serious contender for explaining the trance and behavior of the Pythia. Her answers could determine when farmers planted their fields or when an empire declared war.The oracle of Delphi in Greece was the telephone psychic of ancient times: People came from all over Europe to call on the Pythia at Mount Parnassus to have their questions about the future answered. The study also found evidence of hallucinogenic gases rising from a nearby spring and preserved within the temple rock. a classics professor at The George Washington University in Washington. 381. below the site. Greece sits at the confluence of three tectonic plates. From 70 to 100 million years ago. "Combined with social expectations. to A.C. De Boer conducted an analysis of these hydrocarbon gases in spring water near the site of the Delphi temple. French geologists surveyed the oracle's shrine and found no evidence of a chasm or rising gases. D. Connecticut. enclosed . "Indeed. however. a woman in a confined space could be induced to spout off oracles. was the medium through which the god Apollo spoke. The shifting of these plates continually stretches and uplifts the area.D." said De Boer. the Pythia derived her prophecies in a small." said Jelle De Boer. has failed to satisfy scientists. Interactions of major faults make rock more permeable and create passages through which ground water and gases can travel and rise. a geologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The Pythia.Their conclusion was aggregated by a modern misconception that vapors and gases could only be produced by volcanic activity. They dismissed the traditional explanation as a myth. "Plutarch made the right observation. which is riddled with faults. The faults are heated by adjacent rocks and the hydrocarbon deposits stored in them are vaporized. About every 100 years a major earthquake rattles the faults. a priest at the Temple of Apollo." Several years ago. Other accounts suggested the vapors may have come from a chasm in the ground." According to traditional explanations. a four-year study of the area in the vicinity of the shrine is causing archaeologists and other authorities to revisit the notion that intoxicating fumes loosened the lips of the Pythia. reveals that two faults intersect directly below the Delphic temple. In 1927. De Boer and his colleagues discovered a second fault. Now.According to legend. reported in the August issue of Geology. This traditional explanation. attributed Pythia's prophetic powers to vapors. These gases mix with ground water and emerge around springs. which has a sweet smell and produces a narcotic effect described as a floating or disembodied euphoria. the limestone bedrock underlying the oracle's site lay below sea level. which runs north to south. Greek researchers found a fault running east to west beneath the oracle's temple. a role filled by different women from about 1400 B. and therefore interact with each other." said Diane Harris-Cline. and co-author of the study. "Those two faults do cross each other.The study. enriched with hydrocarbon deposits. there were gases that came through the fractures. He found that one is ethylene. Plutarch.C.
Modern Delphi The modern Delphi or Delfi or Delfoi is situated west of the archaeological site. Waning Power The power of the Delphic oracle fluctuated and eventually lost favor as Christianity became the dominant religion of the land. they won a famous battle at Salamis. The main street is two-ways. The Athenians had previously been given the advice by the oracle to put their faith in their "wooden walls" taking this advice to mean their navy." she said. is a large number of votive statues.76 meters. It consisted of 20 Doric columns arranged with an exterior diamater of 14. with 10 Corinthian columns in the interior. making it the most popular site at Delphi for tourists to take photographs. Another example among the ancient Greeks is the belief in Poseidon as the god of the sea and earthquakes. who had ammassed great wealth from their silver and gold mines and so they dedicated the Siphnian Treasury. It is passed by a major highway linking Amfissa along with Itea and Arachova. she could have been exposed to concentrations of the narcotic gas that were strong enough to induce a trance-like state. Another impressive treasury that exists on the site was dedicated by the city of Siphnos. The most impressive is the now-restored Treasury of Athens. Treasuries From the entrance of the site.500 years ago with ritual activities at these special places. Delphi also has a school.The work by De Boer and his colleagues is an example of modern science helping archaeologists understand how ancient peoples lived. Moreover. as tradition says. De Boer said that if the Pythia went to the chamber once a month. modern science associates the two with tectonic movement deep under the sea.possibly because the absence of a major earthquake failed to keep Earth's narcotic juices flowing. The Tholos at the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia The Tholos at the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia is a circular building that was constructed between 380 and 360 B. said De Boer. ancient legend suggests that the concentration of the vapors became weaker . The communities include Chrysso which in ancient times was Crissa. the water that helped transport the gases to the Delphic temple is tapped and siphoned above the temple to supply the modern town of Delphi. The Tholos is located approximately a half-mile (800 m) from the main ruins at Delphi. and numerous treasuries. Three of the Doric colums have been restored.C. a lyceum and a square (plateia). continuing up the slope almost to the temple itself. According to Harris-Cline. . built to commemorate the Athenians' victory at the Battle of Marathon.chamber in the basement of the temple. These were built by the various states those overseas as well as those on the mainland to commemorate victories and to thank the oracle for advice important to those victories. "Our scientific techniques are just beginning to detect the natural phenomena which the Greeks celebrated and appreciated 2. Today.
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