“The worship of Apollo included the establishment and maintenance of places of prophecy by means of which the gods could communicate with mankind and reveal futility to such as deserved the boon. … While Christian authors have tried to prove that oracular revelations were delivered by the Devil for the purpose of misleading humanity, they have not dared to attack the theory of oracles, because of the repeated references to it in their own sacred writings. …
“The most famous oracles of antiquity were those of Delphi, Dodona, Trophonius, and Latona, of which the talking oak trees of Dodona were the oldest. … It is known that many of the caves and fissures set aside by the Greeks were sacred long before the rise of Greek culture.” ~Manly P. Hall
Oracles and Prophecies
Christian writers certainly cannot criticize the basic idea of oracles when they often talk of prophecy, which is just another name for the same thing. As far back as we can go in available writings and legends, we find references to oracles, prophets, soothsayers, and so on. Shamans and witch doctors were often valued as much for their ability to predict events as for their ability to heal the sick and wounded.
When we made a group trip to Greece in 2009, we made sure that the oracular sites of Delphi and Dodona were included (at the time, almost no one was visiting Dodona). We did this not just as a history lesson, but because we believe such oracles were genuine spiritual people.
Today, scientists and materialists laugh at this. The Oracle of Delphi is labeled a drug addict whose predictions come from hallucinations. Remember that this oracle, more properly called the Pythia, was the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, not some carnival fortune teller. Other argue that her predictions came true only because they were so vague and hidden in riddles, or poetic and allegorical language. To some extent, that is true—but with good reason. The purpose of the Oracle at Delphi, as at other places and other times, was to aid the spiritual student in developing their spiritual abilities. So when kings and generals came to them asking questions about winning a war, or getting elected, they could not refuse to answer, but they also could not truly use their gift for such purposes. Therefore, they gave those cryptic answers we are all familiar with. If we knew what answers they gave to questions from spiritual students, we would see quite a difference. Continue reading “Ancient Oracles of the Sun Gods”