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The Oracle of Phyton

Gromyko Semper
The Oracle of Python(Lilith)
Mixed media with Scrying Mirror on canvas board

commissioned by Paul Orsi


The Pythia (Greek: Πυθία; IPA pɪθiːɑː), commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi, was the priestess at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. The Pythia was widely credited for her prophecies inspired by Apollo. The Delphic oracle was established in the 8th century BC.The last recorded response was given in AD 393, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered pagan temples to cease operation. During this period the Delphic Oracle was the most prestigious and authoritative oracle in the Greek world. The oracle is one of the best-documented religious institutions of the classical Greek world. Writers who mention the oracle include Aeschylus, Aristotle, Clement of Alexandria, Diodorus, Diogenes, Euripides, Herodotus, Julian, Justin, Livy, Lucan, Ovid, Pausanias, Pindar, Plato, Plutarch, Sophocles, Strabo, Thucydides, and Xenophon.
The name 'Pythia' derived from Pytho, which in myth was the original name of Delphi. The Greeks derived this place name from the verb, pythein (πύθειν, "to rot"), which refers to the decomposition of the body of the monstrous Python after she was slain by Apollo. One common view has been that the Pythia delivered oracles in a frenzied state induced by vapors rising from a chasm in the rock, and that she spoke gibberish which priests reshaped into the enigmatic prophecies preserved in Greek literature.
This picture has been challenged by scholars such as Joseph Fontenrose and Lisa Maurizio, who argue that the ancient sources uniformly represent the Pythia speaking intelligibly, and giving prophecies in her own voice. Recent geological investigations have shown that gas emissions from a geologic chasm in the earth could have inspired the Delphic Oracle to "connect with the divine." Some researchers suggest the possibility that ethylene gas caused the Pythia's state of inspiration. However, Lehoux arguesthat ethylene is "impossible" and benzene is "crucially underdetermined." Others argue instead that methane might have been the gas emitted from the chasm, or CO2 and H2S, arguing that the chasm itself might have been a seismic ground rupture.

Pythians therefore are somewhat akin to the annunaki,to which Lilith is presumably their Ancestor.

The Anunnaki (also transcribed as: Anunna, Anunnaku, Ananaki and other variations) are a group of Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian deities. The name is variously written "da-nuna", "da-nuna-ke4-ne", or "da-nun-na", meaning something to the effect of those who from heaven came to earth A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology (NY: Routledge, 1998), p. 7</ref> or 'princely offspring'. Their relation to the group of gods known as the Igigi is unclear — at times the names are used synonymously but in the Atra-Hasis flood myth they have to work for the Anunnaki, rebelling after 40 days and replaced by the creation of humans.
Jeremy Black and Anthony Green offer a slightly different perspective on the Igigi and the Anunnaki, writing that "lgigu or Igigi is a term introduced in the Old Babylonian Period as a name for the (ten) "great gods". While it sometimes kept that sense in later periods, from Middle Babylonian times on it is generally used to refer to the gods of heaven collectively, just as the term Anunnakku (Anuna) was later used to refer to the gods of the underworld. In the Epic of Creation, it is said that there are 300 lgigu of heaven."
The Anunnaki appear in the Babylonian creation myth, Enuma Elish. In the late version magnifying Marduk, after the creation of mankind, Marduk divides the Anunnaki and assigns them to their proper stations, three hundred in heaven, three hundred on the earth. In gratitude, the Anunnaki, the "Great Gods", built Esagila, the splendid: "They raised high the head of Esagila equaling Apsu. Having built a stage-tower as high as Apsu, they set up in it an abode for Marduk, Enlil, Ea." Then they built their own shrines.
According to later Babylonian myth, the Anunnaki were the children of Anu and Ki, brother and sister gods, themselves the children of Anshar and Kishar (Skypivot and Earthpivot, the Celestial poles), who in turn were the children of Lahamu and Lahmu ("the muddy ones"), names given to the gatekeepers of the Abzu temple at Eridu, the site at which the creation was thought to have occurred. Finally, Lahamu and Lahmu were the children of Tiamat (Goddess of the Ocean) and Abzu (God of Fresh Water).

Lilith (Hebrew: לילית; lilit, or lilith) is a character in Jewish mythology, found earliest in the Babylonian Talmud, who is generally thought to be related to a class of female demons Līlīṯu in Mesopotamian texts. However, Lowell K. Handy (1997) notes, "Very little information has been found relating to the Akkadian and Babylonian view of these demons. Two sources of information previously used to define Lilith are both suspect." The two problematic sources are the Gilgamesh appendix and the Arslan Tash amulets, which are discussed below.
The Jews regarded Lilith as evil. According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was forced by three angels to swear she would not harm mothers and children that wore amulets having the names of those three angels (Sanvi, Sansanvi, and Semangelaf)
In Jewish folklore, from the 8th–10th centuries Alphabet of Ben Sira onwards, Lilith becomes Adam's first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam's ribs. The legend was greatly developed during the Middle Ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar and Jewish mysticism. In the 13th Century writings of Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob ha-Cohen, for example, Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she mated with archangel Samael.The resulting Lilith legend is still commonly used as source material in modern Western culture, literature, occultism, fantasy, and horror.
(Excerpt from The Hebrew Myths by Robert Graves and Raphael Patai (New York: Doubleday, 1964), pp 65-69.)

(a) Having decided to give Adam a helpmeet lest he should be alone of his kind, God put him into a deep sleep, removed one of his ribs, formed it into a woman, and closed up the wound, Adam awoke and said: 'This being shall be named "Woman", because she has been taken out o f man. A man and a woman shall be one flesh.' The title he gave her was Eve, 'the Mother of All Living''. [1]

(b) Some say that God created man and woman in His own image on the Sixth Day, giving them charge over the world; [2] but that Eve did not yet exist. Now, God had set Adam to name every beast, bird and other living thing. When they passed before him in pairs, male and female, Adam-being already like a twenty-year-old man-felt jealous of their loves, and though he tried coupling with each female in turn, found no satisfaction in the act. He therefore cried: 'Every creature but I has a proper matel', and prayed God would remedy this injustice. [3]

(c) God then formed Lilith, the first woman, just as He had formed Adam, except that He used filth and sediment instead of pure dust. From Adam's union with this demoness, and with another like her named Naamah, Tubal Cain's sister, sprang Asmodeus and innumerable demons that still plague mankind. Many generations later, Lilith and Naamah came to Solomon's judgement seat, disguised as harlots of Jerusalem'. [4]

(d) Adam and Lilith never found peace together; for when he wished to lie with her, she took offence at the recumbent posture he demanded. 'Why must I lie beneath you?' she asked. 'I also was made from dust, and am therefore your equal.' Because Adam tried to compel her obedience by force, Lilith, in a rage, uttered the magic name of God, rose into the air and left him.

Adam complained to God: 'I have been deserted by my helpmeet' God at once sent the angels Senoy, Sansenoy and Semangelof to fetch Lilith back. They found her beside the Red Sea, a region abounding in lascivious demons, to whom she bore lilim at the rate of more than one hundred a day. 'Return to Adam without delay,' the angels said, `or we will drown you!' Lilith asked: `How can I return to Adam and live like an honest housewife, after my stay beside the Red Sea?? 'It will be death to refuse!' they answered. `How can I die,' Lilith asked again, `when God has ordered me to take charge of all newborn children: boys up to the eighth day of life, that of circumcision; girls up to the twentieth day. None the less, if ever I see your three names or likenesses displayed in an amulet above a newborn child, I promise to spare it.' To this they agreed; but God punished Lilith by making one hundred of her demon children perish daily; [5] and if she could not destroy a human infant, because of the angelic amulet, she would spitefully turn against her own. [6]

(e) Some say that Lilith ruled as queen in Zmargad, and again in Sheba; and was the demoness who destroyed job's sons. [7] Yet she escaped the curse of death which overtook Adam, since they had parted long before the Fall. Lilith and Naamah not only strangle infants but also seduce dreaming men, any one of whom, sleeping alone, may become their victim. [8]

(f) Undismayed by His failure to give Adam a suitable helpmeet, God tried again, and let him watch while he built up a woman's anatomy: using bones, tissues, muscles, blood and glandular secretions, then covering the whole with skin and adding tufts of hair in places. The sight caused Adam such disgust that even when this woman, the First Eve, stood there in her full beauty, he felt an invincible repugnance. God knew that He had failed once more, and took the First Eve away. Where she went, nobody knows for certain. [9]

(g) God tried a third time, and acted more circumspectly. Having taken a rib from Adam's side in his sleep, He formed it into a woman; then plaited her hair and adorned her, like a bride, with twenty-four pieces of jewellery, before waking him. Adam was entranced. [10]

(h) Some say that God created Eve not from Adam's rib, but from a tail ending in a sting which had been part of his body. God cut this off, and the stump-now a useless coccyx-is still carried by Adam's descendants. [11]

(i) Others say that God's original thought had been to create two human beings, male and female; but instead He designed a single one with a male face looking forward, and a female face looking back. Again He changed His mind, removed Adam's backward-looking face, and built a woman's body for it. [12]

(j) Still others hold that Adam was originally created as an androgyne of male and female bodies joined back to back. Since this posture made locomotion difficult, and conversation awkward, God divided the androgyne and gave each half a new rear. These separate beings He placed in Eden, forbidding them to couple. [13]

Notes on sources:

1. Genesis II. 18-25; III. 20.

2. Genesis I. 26-28.

3. Gen. Rab. 17.4; B. Yebamot 632.

4. Yalqut Reubeni ad. Gen. II. 21; IV. 8.

5. Alpha Beta diBen Sira, 47; Gaster, MGWJ, 29 (1880), 553 ff.

6. Num. Rab. 16.25.

7. Targum ad job 1. 15.

8. B. Shabbat 151b; Ginzberg, LJ, V. 147-48.

9. Gen. Rab. 158, 163-64; Mid. Abkir 133, 135; Abot diR. Nathan 24; B. Sanhedrin 39a.

10. Gen. II. 21-22; Gen. Rab. 161.

11. Gen. Rab. 134; B. Erubin 18a.

12. B. Erubin 18a.

13. Gen. Rab. 55; Lev. Rab. 14.1: Abot diR. Nathan 1.8; B. Berakhot 61a; B. Erubin 18a; Tanhuma Tazri'a 1; Yalchut Gen. 20; Tanh. Buber iii.33; Mid. Tehillim 139, 529.

A Scrying Mirror in the head of Lilith denotes he Oracular Powers,which could be used by any occultist to his/her wishes, but ussualy for "Scrying",(also called seeing or peeping) a magic practice that involves seeing things psychically in a medium, usually for purposes of obtaining spiritual visions and less often for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The most common media used are reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future. Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic mind, the devil, or the subconscious.
Although scrying is most commonly done with a crystal ball, it may also be performed using any smooth surface, such as a bowl of liquid, a pond, or a crystal.
Scrying is actively used by many cultures and belief systems and is not limited to one tradition or ideology. As of 2009, Ganzfeld experiments, a sensory deprivation experiment inspired by scrying, provides the best known experimental setting for detecting psi abilities in the laboratory. Like other aspects of divination and parapsychology, scrying is not supported by mainstream science as a method of predicting the future or otherwise seeing events that are not physically observable.

The visions that scryers say they see may come from variations in the medium. If the medium is water (hydromancy), then the visions may come from the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool. If the medium is a crystal ball, the visions may come from the tiny inclusions, web-like faults, or the cloudy glow within the ball under low light (e.g., candlelight).
One method of scrying using a crystal ball involves a self-induced trance. Initially, the medium serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this stage is achieved, the scryer begins a free association with the perceived images suggested. The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is done with the intent of deepening the trance state, in this trance the scryer hears his own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement of a final and desired end stage in which rich visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the medium itself, or directly within the mind's eye of the scryer, something like an inner movie. This process reputedly allows the scryer to "see" relevant events or images within the chosen medium.
One of the most famous scryers in history, lived in the 16th century and was known as Nostradamus. He used a bowl of water or a "magic mirror" to "see" the future in it, while he was in trance.

The Shahnameh, a historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid or Jaam-e Jam, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of the esoteric sciences for observing all of the seven layers of the universe. The cup contained an elixir of immortality.

In the late 1820s, Joseph Smith, Jr. founded the Latter Day Saint movement based in part on what was said to be the miraculous information obtained from the reflections of seer stones. Smith had at least three separate stones, including his favorite, a brown stone he found during excavation of a neighbor's well. He initially used these stones in various treasure-digging quests in the early 1820s, placing the stone in the bottom of his hat and putting his face in the hat to read what he believed were the miraculous reflections from the stone.[1] Smith also said that he had access to a separate set of spectacles composed of seer stones, which he called the Urim and Thummim. He believed that, through these stones, he could translate the plates that are the stated source of the Book of Mormon.

there are several processes that can be achieved using a scrying mirror,and this link could give us a good idea on it:[link]

Inscribed in the mirror,and painted in ground white pigment derived from powdered limestone and mixed with glue are "runic" inscriptions.

They are actually Armenen runes.
The Armanen runes are still used today in occultist and national socialist currents of Germanic neopaganism.
After World War II, Karl Spiesberger reformed the system, removing the racist aspects of the Listian, Marbyan and Kummerian rune work and placing the whole system in a "pansophical", or eclectic, context. In recent times Karl Hans Welz,Stephe n E. Flowers, Adolf Schleipfer, Larry E. Camp and Victor Ordell L. Kasen[citation needed] have all furthered the effort to remove any racist connotations previously espoused by pre-war Armanen rune masters.
In German-speaking countries, the Armanen Runes have been influential among rune-occultists. According to Stephen E. Flowers they are better known even than the historical Elder Futhark:
"The personal force of List and that of his extensive and influential Armanen Orden was able to shape the runic theories of German magicians...from that time to the present day. [...] the Armanen system of 1955 had become almost 'traditional' in German circles"

The Armanen runes are also having a significant impact in English language occultist literature

they are read as follows:
FA (f, v)
Exoteric meaning: Changes, new beginnings, growth, change of residence, travel, animals, mobile possessions, fire.
Esoteric meaning: Original fire, creative father principle, guidance, Father-God principle.
Potential negative trends: Set-backs, failures, destruction, blockage.

UR (u, w)
Exoteric meaning: That which is permanent, that which lasts, good fortune, money, physician, medical help, healing powers.
Esoteric meaning: Original cause, origin, root of all material and cosmic phenomena, contact with the transcendent, contact with the dead, life after physical death, Mother-God, Creative Mother Principle.
Potential negative trends: Instability, bad influence, disease, ignorance.

THORN (th, d)
Exoteric meaning: Will to act, setting of goal, power to become.
Esoteric meaning: Return, new emergence from what's apparently old and dried-up, formative power of the seed.
Potential negative trends: Demonic influence, damage, deception, perishing, enemies.

OS (o)
Exoteric meaning: Speech, talk, discussion, successful as a speaker, mouth, breath that evolves, uterus.
Esoteric Meaning: Idea of that which is given, idea of that which is evolving.
Potential negative trends: Ill fortune, failure of the work, negative suggestions, misuse of knowledge and wisdom.

RIT (r)
Exoteric meaning: Right, order, the judge, advice, salvation, money.
Esoteric meaning: Original law, that which flows away, religious feeling, ritual action.
Potential negative trends: Injustice, lawlessness, violent act, black magic practice.

KA (k, g, ch, q)
Exoteric meaning: Art, capability, artist, genius, being favored, procreation, the child, force, that which is established.
Esoteric meaning: Female principle in the universe, as executive power of balancing justice.
Potential negative trends: Refused procreation, injustice, decay, incapability.

Exoteric meaning: That which cares and maintains, protects, and preserves; that which is motherly; wisdom, harmony, salvation, blessing, protects from hail and fire.
Esoteric meaning: Eternal change, caring and maintaining principle in the universe, Higher Self, God in us.
Potential negative trends: Exposed to ill fortune, not protected, bad weather, destruction by storm, hail and fire.

NOD (n)
Exoteric meaning: That which can not be averted, separation, stress, karmic debt, karmic need, but with outlook for change of karma, banishing ill fortune by means of accepting karma and karmic law.
Esoteric meaning: The decision of the Norns, karma paid-for, cause-effect relations. Capability to restructure karma.
Potential negative trends: No hope for change, exposed to fate because of revolt against karmic determination, unavoidable fall and decline, ultimate negation.

IS (i)
Exoteric meaning: Positivity, activity, will, self-domination, influence, personal power, magical power, power to banish evil.
Esoteric meaning: Unity in the universe, duration, magical powers, action in the cosmos.
Potential negative trends: Passivity, lack of will, being dominated, medium and mediumistic activity.

AR (a)
Exoteric meaning: All that which is beautiful and Sun-like, change to good, virtues, honor, glory, rewarding work.
Esoteric meaning: Completion, light, Divine spirit, Sun.
Potential negative trends: Ugly, sterility, vice, change for evil, shame.

SIG (s, z)
Exoteric meaning: Victory, success, gain, successful fight, achieved goal, school.
Esoteric meaning: Salvation by light, inspiration, soul.
Potential negative trends: Destructive light, lightning, hopeless, fight, defeat, failure, exploitation, blocked soul powers.

TYR (t, d)
Exoteric meaning: Beginning, creation, excitation, power, success, wisdom, duties fulfilled, art of concealment and hiding.
Esoteric meaning: Rebirth into the light - life of the soul.
Potential negative trends: Perverted beginnings, tarnished beginnings, falsified knowledge, failures, dying.

BAR (b, p)
Exoteric meaning: Becoming, birth, being projected, help in birth, son, bread, song, fountain, mountains.
Esoteric meaning: Meaning of life on this planet, in this world.
Potential negative trends: Not-becoming, perverted birth, miscarriage, lost son, bitter bread, death-bed.

LAF (l)
Exoteric meaning: Life, experience, test, temptations by life-circumstances, water, sea, good management.
Esoteric meaning: Test of life. School of the lives. Relations.
Potential negative trends: Succumb to temptation, deception by mate, downfall, emptiness, corpse.

MAN (m)
Exoteric meaning: Man, increase, masculinity, health, plenty, magic.
Esoteric meaning: Spirit, truth, God-Man, male principle in cosmos.
Potential negative trends: Demonic spirituality, left path, growth through improper practices, black magic.

YR (y, j, ü, ö)
Exoteric meaning: Woman, femininity, desire, sensual love, passion, perfection.
Esoteric meaning: Woman, mother, chaos from which creation emerges, female principle in the cosmos, God-Woman.
Potential negative trends: Perversion, unbounded passion, error, maya, failures as a consequence of wrong action.

EH (e)
Exoteric meaning: Marriage, wedding, partnership, permanent bond, binding decision, hope, duration, horse.
Esoteric meaning: Permanence and marriage as a law, unity of ego and you, sister souls, soul-love, God-Man-Woman.
Potential negative trends: Mismatch, unlucky love, ego and you can not find each other due to karma.

Exoteric meaning: Fulfillment, giver. Gift, sacred marriage, being ONE with the sister soul, protection against evil forces.
Esoteric meaning: God-All, death-life cycle, seeing of the Divine, Being the Divine.
Potential negative trends: Vain desires for fulfillment, hopeless search for soul mates, godlessness.
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THAT is beautiful... and interesting reading... and informative with regards to what I'd recognise as futhark runes. Blimey. :clap: