In 2001 my husband Darryl and I did the Grand Tour and spent six months travelling through Western Europe and Scandinavia. A highlight of our journey was reaching Greece and my beloved muses. While we were in Greece we sought out numerous sanctuaries and the Tholos at Epidaurus was a highlight.
During this tour make sure to visit some of the magical, mystical, healing places of the world.
“I am in a subterranean building of confusingly complicated design, through which a stream of water flows”
The legend of the Hesperides is an example from the ancient world of the relation between trees and serpents. In one legend the serpent Ladon winds itself around the tree which bears the golden apples of Hesperide
One of the most remarkable buildings of Asclepieia, in Ancient Greece, was a circular building with a labyrinthine basement, called the Tholos, or place of the altar, of sacrifice. In the Tholos at Pergamum, the labyrinthine lower storied had an artificial stream of running water through it. Here the healing power of dreams was clearly understood. Asclepieia usually appeared in the dream of the patient, conveying a message of healing. Today, when you carefully pick your way among the ruins that archeologists have carefully uncovered, there is little evidence of the stream. However, Epidaurus retains its healing essence. A tranquil sanctuary, Epidaurus is a restorative place to dream, to lie and mentally retrace the path pilgrims followed.
Try the following guided imagery.
After a perilous journey by ship… you undertake an arduous climb, within a group, riding on donkey back. The journey involves a painstaking five mile mountain trek.. Eventually you come into a place of great beauty. A sacred grove of pine trees marks the boundary…a serpent is climbing up a tree.. it guards the entrance to this sacred place. Harmless snakes climb everywhere. After dismounting you walk towards a pool of clear blue water… there are figures standing nearby. One explains that it is prescribed that you will bathe to free your soul from the contamination of the modern world… It is said that this bath will enable you to dream without restriction and that the dream will restore your creativity. After removing your clothing you slide into the warm water, luxuriating in it. Purified you put on soft robes. Freshly robed you are ready to enter the Epidaurian Tholos…said to be one of the most beautiful round buildings in the whole of Greece. The mythical musician Thaletas is playing on the flute. At the altar you pay homage to Asklepios, leaving a sacrifice on the altar. A woman leads you through a doorway, down winding stairs, to a labyrinthine basement where prayers are being said. There is a stream of water. You can hear it trickling over stones. You cup your hands, reach into the waters and drink. A sleeping draught has been administered. You lie on the floor. As you slip into the world of sleep a voice speaks to you, asking what you seek… what you are prepared to relinquish.
Begin writing. Do not worry about grammar or spelling. Just write for twenty minutes about your journey. Carefully record your time within the ancient Tholos here on the Island of the Temple People.
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The Island of the Temple people is a part of the Lemurian Archipelago and can only be reached under the steerage of Captain Wilder on the Calabar. As a part of the journey to find the elixir of creativity and the Heroine’s Journey, travellers spend time working on the Calabar. The ship usually calls in at the Isle of Ancestors, White Owl Island and the City of Ladies. Make sure to listen to hear the Captains call so that you know when the Calabar is leaving the port again OR linger as long as you like and use your wings to return to your favourite Lemurian hideaways.
On the Island of the Temple People there is a stilll, deep pond. It is in the mountain tops and is believed to be the place where the First People resided. This is the home of the original ones and is the place where it is possible to connect with the ultimate fertility - nature’s ability to produce life spontaneously.
The Calabar usually arrives in time for the Fertility Rituals which include personally choreographed dances like the one Enchanteur is leading here.
The Island of the Temple People is also home to the Cave of the Ancients, the Lemurian Elders. It is a long journey to reach the cave but those who arrive are richly rewarded. Time spent on the Island of the Temple People is therapeutic so make sure to benefit from healers here.
Carnival is celebrated on the Island of the Temple People regulary. The celebration continues to grow with the arrival of new pilgrims, some of whom chooose to take up permanent residence on the island. Colourful artistic floats, grotesque masks and dance companies of all ages and sexes parade the streets of the town and the main villages throughout the five days. A spontaneous carnival is organised after sunset in the villages. Hundreds of people walk up and down the main street dressed in comically distorted figures and the most imaginative and creative costumes and masks to conceal their identity.
In the centre of each geometric
Stands the stone, fat-bellied woman,
Gaze, worship and adore
For this She is all goddesses
Then watch as lithe and girlish maidens
Sway their hips,
And from their lips observe them
Chant and whisper ancient prayers;
On paving stones first laid
Ask each maid
To throw her gift of clover
Taken from a shadowed grove
At dawn; then have them kneel
On each neolithic slab
Bow heads and honour
Long dead bones,
Lay down ephemera eternal
Of flint and treasured gifts,
Guarded as they are by giant
Boulders at the door
Let them sprinkle fine grey soil
Sip spring water from a bowl
And lastly cover all
With layers of fertile blackened ash.
See them, like nymphs almost in trance
Toward the sun,
See how they dance
Inside three pair of apsides
Where lies a carved and sculpted
One by one have them acknowledge
With caress of hands on stone
All of time,
What is now,
What is to come,
And what has gone.
The Woodcutter by Carol Abel
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