Her titles are many: The Moon Incarnate. Moon Being. Most Holy, High Priestess, Seer and Oracle.
And her most secret title: Minos of Kaphtor, which is used only by the fully initiated.
She has magnificent red hair, setting her apart from her countrymen, and she is so beautiful it’s almost scary.
But oracles on Kaphtor (Crete) burn out early, from the smoke, the bull’s blood, the serpent venom and other concoctions they use to see the future.
She has not yet chosen her successor. She knows she should. But she puts it off. Her eye keeps turning to Aridela, who is the subject of so many frightening prophecies, and who has caused her many sleepless nights.
Perhaps if she makes Aridela her heir, that will somehow protect the child.
It’s worth a try.
“Collier-priestess of Delphi” by John Collier – Art Gallery of South Australia Website Webpage PictureOld source . Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Collier-priestess_of_Delphi.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Collier-priestess_of_Delphi.jpg
“Lilith (John Collier painting)” by John Collier – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lilith_(John_Collier_painting).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lilith_(John_Collier_painting).jpg
Posted on October 15, 2011, in Themiste and tagged ancient prophecies, crete, io, keeper of the prophecies, labyrinth, oracle, priestess, serpents, the year-god's daughter, virgin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.