Another aspect of Pisces is as prophetess through her connection with the divine breath. The Pythia at the oracle at Delphi, was originally sacred to Gaia the earth goddess and guarded by serpents, notice the snakes on her headdress.The Oracle is traced back to the 14thC BCE when the goddesses Themis and Phoebe were the original priestess. There was a close connection between Delphi and the Minoans of Crete during the Mycaenean period (1600-1100BCE). The Pythia sat on a tripod over a fissure in the rock, where it is believed gas escaped which induced her trancelike state. Acording to Herodotus she delivered her prophecies in poetry (dactylic hexameters). Later writers claimed her prophecies had to be translated by a male priest, but no contemporary writers mention this.
The shrine was taken over in the 8thC BCE by Apollo and his male priests who killed Gaia's twin serpents and entwined them in the caduceus. Henceforth men controlled the shrine and women were forbdiden to consult the oracle. The Pythia remained though, and was consulted by Kings and leaders throughout the Classical world until it was destroyed by Christian Emperor Theodosius in CE390.
The frenzy of shamanic prophecy can be confused with madness, but it has roots deep in the numinous realms.
Pisces lives in these misty regions transmitting through poetry, dance and images messages from the divine. The structure of a temple complex allowed these women to dance with spirits in a safe, controlled environment. Today, women's shamanic practices can provide these boundaries for safe exploration of the sacred realms, while immersion in the creative arts will release and express these powerful energies.
I will be teaching Goddess Astrology in Greece this summer (May 13th-15th) in @greekastrologytarot a few places remain. If you are interested see link in bio or elisabethbrookmagicalherbalism.com.
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