BECOMING A SEE-ER
This coming May 20-29, 2010 I will once again lead a group of people on a spiritual journey to Greece.
It will be my fourth journey in Greece, and my second leading a group there. Last summer I also had the privilege of co-leading a trip to the Australian Outback with Linda Marson, founder of Spiritual Adventure Tours, and my co-facilitator for next May’s journey. You can see the details and sign up information on the website.
A common thread runs through all this travel, like the rope Ariadne gave Theseus to guide him in the dark depths of the labyrinth (see below). We go not just to look, but to see. Through archaeological guidance, through re-telling the myths, through finding their meaning in our own lives—and through using the Tarot to guide us, as individuals and as a group—we change and become something different than what we were. We learn to see sacred the places, and ourselves, in a whole new way.
The theme of this trip is Initiation As An Oracle Through The Sacred Sites. We will develop our own Seeing, through the temples, the landscapes, the sea, and our own work with Tarot, both individually and as a group.
I have written on this blog of the previous Greek journey, especially in the entry The Opening To Apollo.
So much happened on that trip, from astonishing omens—like the four tornadoes that appeared on the sea when we arrived in Crete—to the overnight healing ritual we did to Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. And there were things that simply cannot be written about, but only experienced. I have taken enough sacred journeys to know with certainty that this trip too will be something you will never forget.
The itinerary for the journey is so exciting I only wish we were leaving tomorrow—though late May is in fact a wonderful time in Greece, before the summer heat, with wildflowers everywhere.
We begin in Athens, where a new and dynamic Acropolis Museum has just opened. Athens is the city of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, and we will invoke her guidance as we set out.
First stop, Delphi, the site of the great Oracle, with the mountain of the nine Muses rising behind it. Delphi was home to Gaia, the Goddess of the Earth, Apollo, God of the Sun, and Dionysus, God of Ecstasy (more on Dionysus below). The ancients called Delphi “the center of the world,” and there is no more magical place on Earth.
From Delphi we go to Olympia, home of the original Olympic Games, and site of a massive temple to Zeus. The ancients described all events, past and present, as contained within “the mind of Zeus,.” Here we will open our own minds to the possibility of seeing beyond our limitations.
From Olympia we return to Athens and the port of Piraeus to head out for the islands. We go for two nights to Mikonos, known for its beauty—and its nightlife. Besides having some time for fun we go there for a very special reason, Mikonos’s closeness to the sacred island of Delos. Delos was the birthplace of Artemis, Goddess of the Moon, and her brother Apollo, God of the Sun. No one lives on Delos, there are no hotels, the whole island is a sacred sanctuary. As well as walking the land and seeing its wonders, we will awaken our own lunar and solar energies.
Our final stop before we return home is Naxos, largest of the Cycladic Islands. There are no large temples here (though we will visit a site of strange prehistoric statues), but in the world of myth something very important happened on Naxos.
To understand it we need to know a little of the story of the labyrinth. Ariadne, princess of Crete, helped the Athenian prince, Theseus, kill the monstrous Minotaur hidden in the center of the labyrinth. Ariadne then fled with Theseus but when they came to Naxos he cruelly abandoned her. And there Dionysus, the God of Ecstasy came to her and joined with her in a sacred marriage, so that she was raised from mortal to divine. There are many mysteries around this story, far too many to describe here. On Naxos we will follow some of the lines, through the myth, through the land and sea, and through our own oracular initiation.
This will be an incredible journey filled with wonders. Space is limited, so sign up early.
Please note: since Spiritual Adventure Tours is an Australian company the price quoted is in Australian dollars. With the exchange rate the price becomes very favorable to Americans.
See you in Greece!