The Delphic Oracle II: The Scribe

In our last communication, we discussed how the Pythia of Delphi embodied aspects of the Divine Feminine. We now turn our attention to her collaborator, the scribe, who in this paradigm represents the Divine Masculine.

On the days in which the Pythia gave her oracles, she received assistance from male priests. These “officiants” performed various functions. They led the Pythia, her face veiled in purple, to begin her purification rites. As she bathed naked in a nearby spring, and drank holy water, they would sprinkle the temple floor with holy water. In addition to their various temple duties, these priests performed sacrifices at festivals dedicated to Apollo. They were also involved in the organization of the Pythian Games, one of the four “Panhellenic” games of Ancient Greece.

Their most important function was to interpret the utterances of the Pythia in her frenzied trance state and turn them into poetic verse called dactylic hexameter. As a scribe, they performed the sacred act of interpreting Truth. Those who sought the Delphic Oracle’s council, even heads of state, were not adept mystics, and could not have fully understood the enigmatic prophecies without the scribe’s poetic translation.

The Oracle at Delphi (1880) by Camillo Miola

There are scholars who argue that the Pythia spoke intelligibly, giving the poetic hexameters in her own voice. Our question to them is in whose reality did this occur? There are timelines in which the Pythia spoke clearly and poetically, and others in which her utterances were what you would call gobbledygook. In truth, she spoke in a divine language tuned to a very high frequency, similar to that which some amongst you know as Light Language.

In our quiet estimation, this debate about whether or not a male priest interpreted her vocalizations speaks volumes about the human tendency to think in rigid, linear terms. As we have explained before, all Truths contain a spectrum of energy. If one insists that there was no male scribe at the Oracular temple, then our answer would be to contemplate the truth in broader terms. The Oracle at Delphi was well documented in antiquity, by such luminaries as Socrates, Plato, Euripides, Herodotus, Ovid, Aristotle, Plutarch, and even Shakespeare. Are they not male scribes? In energetic terms, it is the same as if they were there. They attracted the same understanding as the male priests of Delphi, channeled the same energy. (Interestingly, Plutarch once served as a Delphic priest.) The skeptic may cite differences in their scholarly accounts that depict The Oracle at Delphi. We remind the skeptic of the spectrum of energy, and also that this was interpreted through their own filters.

The male scribe embodied many traits of the Divine Masculine. As overseers of the Oracle, they were responsible and protective. In interpreting high-frequency utterances and turning them into elegant verse, they used their gifts of logic and reason. They were also grounded, understanding that they had to maintain a lower dimensional vibration than that achieved by the Pythia in her ecstatic state. Like her, they pledged an oath of loyalty to Apollo. They documented the prophecies with great clarity. They also were a stabilizing force for the Pythia, whose Oracle sessions left her exhausted.

In our next communication, we shall explore together the third element of The Oracle at Delphi.

With all of our love,

We are The Oracle

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