Since ancient times, man chose to erect the temples of the gods he worshipped in special places that emitted large amounts of discreet energy. This energy, stemming from the depths of the earth can be felt by the ‘psyche’ of man, raising feelings of joy, sadness, meditation, reflection, contact with the ‘divine’ element and ultimately, therapeutic energy of mental or physical healing.
For this reason, these focal sites of ‘power’ were chosen by the ancients to build the temples of their gods. Inspiring awe, these energy sites have something special about them, exuding an enigmatic mystery.
Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, beneath the Castalian Spring, the center of the earth, the ‘Omphalos’ (Navel of Earth), site of energy elements and magnetic flows. The Greek god Apollo is connected with the site by his epithet “the Delphinian”, as according to the legend he first came to Delphi in the shape of a dolphin, carrying Cretan priests on his back.
Apollo spoke through his oracle: the sibyl or priestess of the oracle at Delphi was known as the Pythia; she sat on a tripod seat over an opening in the earth and would fall into a trance, allowing Apollo to possess her spirit, in which state of ‘Theia Mania’ (‘divine madness’, a term used by Plato) she prophesied and her ravings were transformed by the priests of the temple into elegant hexameters.
The Delphic Oracle exerted great influence throughout Hellenic culture, as people consulted her on everything from important matters of public policy to personal affairs. She responded to the questions of citizens, foreigners, kings, and philosophers on issues of political impact, war, duty, crime, laws—even personal issues.
For centuries, divine messages were transmitted at the oracle of Delphi. Is it possible that the spiritual experience still lives on for the thousands who visit this sacred place still today? Located at only 180km from Athens, a day trip will serve as an answer.
A unique scenery known for the Orthodox Monasteries perched high atop huge rocks seemingly ‘suspended in mid-air’, as the meaning of the Greek name ‘Μετέωρα’ implies. This impressive geological phenomenon of nature has inspired ascetic and eremitic monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church to erect 24 Monasteries from the 11th century onwards, despite of incredible difficulties, built under impossible conditions.
This UNESCO has declared Meteora as a World Heritage Site, belonging not only to Greece, but to humanity, as a unique harmonious matching of man-made architecture and of a masterpiece of natural geological beauty.
Visitors to the Monasteries of Meteora feel awe and excitement before this holy land where the divine element and devoutness permeate the atmosphere in an emotional way, where the feeling of being close to heaven is omnipresent.
[…] that I must sleep with my mother, and that I would bring to light a brood unbearable for men to see, and that I must be the slayer of the father who sired me.Prophecy for Oedipus by the Orace of Delphi, Oedipus the King By Sophocles, 820Kithairon or Cithaeron, a mountain range in central Greece, is connected to a plethora of mythological traditions, the two most important being the myth of how Hercules killed the Lion of Kithairon and also the drama of King Oedipus, an ancient tragedy by Sophocles.
Mount Cithearon was also a sacred place for ancient Greeks, a place where God Dionysus carried out his dances with the Maenads, his female worshippers, who experienced divine ecstasy during the religious ritual activities.
All the above places were considered to be sacred sites for ancient Greeks.
Today, they all emit an atmosphere of energy and vitality, where visitors can benefit from a sense of psyche and spirit renaissance.