Delphi Oracle Site is Highlight of Ancient Greece Tour
One of the most important sacred sites on earth is the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in Greece. For hundreds of years kings and peasants would make the pilgrimage to Mount Parnassus to seek advice from the Oracle at Delphi. Now, Body Mind Spirit Journeys has announced a “Sacred Odyssey into the Heart of Ancient Greece” that will be led by Phil Cousineau, author of “The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred.”
In the book, Cousineau reminds us of the story about rich King Croesus, the mighty ruler of Lydia who asked the Oracle whether he should march on Persia. Her reply was “If Croesus crosses the river Aly a mighty empire will fall.” Croesus did march and was defeated. “In his haste and hubris,” Cousineau wrote, “he forgot to ask which empire” would fall.
As tour leader, Phil Cousineau will encourage participants on the guided group tour to prepare for their pilgrimage by considering what question they might ask the Oracle if she were still there.
The Delphi site, built to honor Gaia, the earth Goddess, was not located where it is by accident. The sages who selected the location said there was an abundance of “plenum,” a mysterious substance, bubbling up from the ground there. So reports James A. Swan in his book “The Power of Place.” We wonder if the plenum can still be detected at Delphi today.
The dates of the tour are June 12 through 22, 2012, and other important sites on the itinerary include Athens, Olympia — the site of the original Olympic Games — and the island of Santorini (which many people believe is the remains of the lost world of Atlantis).
There will also be an optional tour extension to Crete, featuring an excursion to the palace of Knossos, home of the legendary Minotaur, June 20 through 25th.
To see all of the details for this tour, please visit this link to the Sacred Sites of Greece Tour.