Goddess Pilgrimage to Delphi, Eleusis and Athens
Tuesday 4th June – Monday 10th June, 2019
With Kathy Jones, Priestess of Avalon
Assisted by Iona Jones
On this inspiring Goddess Pilgrimage we will journey to some of the most ancient and sacred places of the Goddess in the ancient Greek world. We will be following ancient pathways from Athens to the ancient site where the Oracle of Delphi had a home for nearly 2000 years. We will be searching for and reclaiming our personal connection to the ancient Oracle of the Earth Mother Ge, and Gaia, and to the inspiring Muses.
Our journey begins in Athens with two nights’ stay in a comfortable hotel in the centre of the city near to the ancient sacred sites. We will visit the rocky heights of the Parthenon with its great Temple to Athena, Virgin Goddess of Wisdom, Civilisation, Law, Justice, Peace, the Arts, Weaving and all Crafts. Athena was originally the parthenogenic daughter of Metis, who is Wisdom, before patriarchal times when she was said to have been swallowed by Zeus, and birthed from his head.
We will visit the Acropolis Museum, which contains a feast of original Goddess statues and imagery. We will visit the Kerameikos, where the mystai who were attending the Eleusinian Mysteries gathered to begin walking the 14 mile Sacred Way to Eleusis.
On the third day we travel to the sacred site of Eleusis where the Eleusinian Mysteries were celebrated annually from 1,600 BCE to 392 CE. The large ceremonial site includes the actual place where Kore or Persephone descended in the Underworld, and where Her mother Demeter wept for Her on the Mirthless Rock. Initiation into the Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone was believed to unite the pilgrim with Goddess and to bring powers and rewards in the afterlife. Although celebrated for nearly 2,000 years the Secret at the Heart of the Mysteries was never revealed to those who had not taken the journey.
From Eleusis we drive through the hills and mountains to sacred Delphi, home of the ancient Oracle. Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern day town situated high above the valley of Phocis on the southwestern spur of the beautiful high Mount Parnassus, which in winter is a premier Greek ski resort. Delphi is a powerful earth energy site built on a wide ledge on the mountainside, its large ancient temples now ruined by the effects of earthquakes – Gaia reminding all of who really rules in this land of mountains and earth. She is very present here in the high rock walls that rise above the Temple ruins.
The earliest Oracles in Greece were Priestess Sybils who spoke directly for the Earth Mother Ge or Gaia, from deep inside caves within Her body, the Earth. They embodied the Nymphs and Muses who inspired the people. At Delphi the Priestess Oracle spoke for Ge in trance, sitting on a high rocky outcrop, or above a crack in the volcanic rock from which intoxicating gases emerged. In classical times male Gods took over the ancient places of the Goddess and at Delphi the Sun God Apollo symbolically killed the chthonic Python or Earth Serpent and claimed the Oracle for himself. Throughout classical times travellers came from far and wide to consult the Pythia, the Priestess of the Oracle, whose mumbled words were then ‘translated’ by Apollonian Priests, affecting the course of politics, wars and ordinary human lives.
Staying in Delphi for 3 nights, we will explore the Temple ruins and surroundings, and the Museum. We will perform ceremonies on the land, connecting to the ancient Goddesses, to the Oracle Priestesses, to Athena, Gaia and Ge. We will bless ourselves with the Sacred Waters of the Castellian Spring. There will also be time to relax, for contemplation, remembering, and to visit the shops, to wine and dine in the many lovely cafes in the town.
A highlight of our pilgrimage will be a visit to the Sacred Korykion Cave of the Oracle, high in the mountains, the place where the original Oracle of Ge, of the Muses was heard. This extraordinary natural sacred place is remote and off the beaten track. Here we will open our hearts and minds to hear Her words of inspiration for us.
From Delphi we will return on Sunday 9th June to a hotel near to Athens airport, for those returning home on Monday 10th June.
Your Pilgrimage is led by Kathy Jones, who is a Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of Goddess. She has led several Goddess Pilgrimages to Delphi in previous years. Kathy is Founder, Creative Director and Temple Weaver of Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Goddess Hall and Goddess House. She is Founder of Glastonbury Goddess Conference and is the Motherworld Initiator. She lives on the Isle of Avalon in Glastonbury. She is a ceremonialist, teacher, writer, wounded healer, initiator, Temple Melissa and sacred dramatist. She is the author of many acclaimed Goddess books. Kathy offers with other dedicated Priestesses a three-Spiral Training to become a Priestess or Priest of Avalon, and other Goddess and Soul Healing trainings.
Kathy is assisted on this Pilgrimage by her daughter Iona Jones, who is in charge of practical arrangements.
Iona Jones is a Priestess of Rhiannon, and is training to become Priestess of Avalon and Goddess Luminary. Iona is part of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple Weddings team and works as a massage therapist and House Weaver at Goddess House Healing Temple in Glastonbury.