Next Friday, October 11 marks the Puanepsia festival for Apollon, along with the final oracular session of the season. As I’ve mentioned before, this is also essentially the end of my Delphic-style oracles. I will continue to do one session per year on the Manteia in February (once annually is how the tradition began), but otherwise I will be switching to a different type of oracular work under the auspices of Apollon. More information will be forthcoming, but I’m not quite ready to share yet. Suffice to say, though, it will not be the sort where I open it up to questions the way I do now.
I have been doing these oracles for seven years now. They are one of the few religious obligations that I have never backed out of or even delayed no matter what the reason. From Anthesterion to Puanepsion each year, I have done these on the seventh of the lunar month without fail. I have learned so much from this work, which is why I suspect that Apollon is pushing me to change now, so I can deepen my understanding of oracular trance by using it in a different context, with both old and new techniques. I also expect it will show me a different side of the god Himself. While I am ready to move forward, I am also sad to leave behind a practice I have spent so many years building (including the relationships I forged with spirits who do not really have a place in this new work). However, I have learned to go where They lead me. I am excited and nervous about the future, about the new challenges I will face, and how far I will have to move from my comfort zone, and about how this change mirrors larger changes in my spiritual life and my position in regards to both human and spirit communities.
Anyway, if you have a question for my final session, I am not limiting the slots this time. Read the Oracles page first if you haven’t already, then you can send me an email with your question. As always, donations appreciated but not required.