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Apollo and the Pythia: the Oracle of Delphi

A comprehensive analysis!


1.“I count the grains of sand on the beach and measure the sea; I understand the speech of the dumb and hear the voiceless.”

The Pythia

  1. “Tell the king, the fair-wrought house has fallen. No shelter has Apollo, nor sacred laurel leaves; The fountains now are silent; the voice is stilled.”

Pythia’s last oracular reply

John Collier, John Collier, “Priestess of Delphi”

In an extraordinary poem “Archaic Torso of Apollo,” Reiner Maria Rilke is faced with the ultimate mystery of divinity. A torso of the Greek sun god reveals to him his own inner God image – that elusive, transcendent centre of the psyche, which, like the mysterious centre of a mandala, or our inner galactic rotational centre, attracts, magnetizes and organizes all of our psychological processes. Jung called it the Self. The last line of the poem – “You must change your life” – echoes the famous inscription “Know Thyself” from the…

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Written by Jude Cowell

September 9, 2015 at 3:09 am

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  1. Excellent post, dear Jude.. All my best wishes to you. Aquileana 😉



    September 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

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