As a follow up to my previous post on divination I wanted to make a clarification on my thoughts about oracles. There are a lot of people who profess to be pythias or oracles of some flavor or another, self-determined oracles if you will. However, I do not think that such a claim is possible because of what defines an oracle. An oracle is a station that is identified with a specific oracular cult center of a god who is associated with said oracle. The oracle is simultaneously the place and is extended through the mortal servant of the god who has risen to the station and has been selected to serve as a living extension of the function of the place and the influence of the god. Therefore without recognized centers to said god, there can be no oracle….and in the case of Pythias, without reinstitution of Pythos and the temple of Apollon at Delphi, the sacred center of the world, there can be no Pythia either. This typically goes for Sybils too which were likewise associated with very specific places. Therefore people who are calling themselves oracles or pythias, without this acknowledged structural center, can be, at best, categorized as some kind of seer or diviner as I spoke of before.
Can there be some kind of modern oracle? I don’t see any liklihood of such an eventuality rising to be honest. Not without the prerequisites mentioned above. Beyond that I am curious if a community at large, even a small intimate community of say enough members for a small town or village, could agree upon selecting a person to serve as an oracle if said structure is present. It is all well and good to be inspired by the gods…it is in fact a joy…..but certain titles require more than self-authorization and are dealing with a lot more than an inspired connection which one might enjoy. An oracle cannot be self-made, and it is dubius if one will ever rise in our life-times, if ever. Meanwhile the gods of prophecy are still at work, but they are helping people with their own visions of their own future and the pratical divination which they may undertake for themselves in order to inspire their personal growth. I am not convinced that we even need a re-establishment of oracles to be honest as many worshipers are interested enough to methods of divination to do for themselves. This may be the intended path of the future…not isolated oracles declaring the pronouncements of the gods in imperfect organized systems, but people taking a person investment with the gods and going on their own roads of discovery. The oracles in their function became obsolete and withered away.
“Tell to the king that the cavern hall is fallen to decay; Apollon has no chapel left, no prophesying bay, No talking spring. The stream is that dry that had so much to say.”
So it is up to us to find a new talking spring. Yet in one oracle we can infer some meaning of the spring where an oracle tasted of the blood of a sacrificed goat. The speaking spring is more than just water on the ground, its fluid nature is invested in life and can be tapped into. And so I content myself with my own small divinations that let me peer to some small degree into my own journey. I have no need of an oracle. I have found my own spring within…and we all possess it, it is just our choice if we decide we want to drink from it or not.