Pythia, would fulfill certain rituals before she initiated herself into her spiritual role of prophetess: bathe, purify in the Castalian waters; dress in ceremonial robes; sit upon a tripod in the temple; inhale vapors arising from a chasm; fall into a state of trance; channel Apollo’s words. This is how I write. Of the rituals and potions; clouded memories and ecstatic states; unintelligible utterings, riddles and rhymes; of the momentary madness; alas, knowledge and wisdom arise.
I count the grains of sand on the beach and measure the sea.
I understand the speech of the mute and I hear the voiceless.
One of the holiest sites of ancient
A most sacred and holy spot devoted to Gaea, the Earth Mother;
Of the many prophesies, advice, warnings and words of wisdom received from the Oracle; the most familiar, valuable and significant of these is: Know ThySelf.
In these words live truth, freedom, peace and understanding.