“Hear now, those for whom the fire burns still within your skin. Hear now the crackling of what once was the peak of your arrogance. It lay in a smoldering pile, the debris of a life filled with sorrow and pain. But now, the fire rages. Now, your rotten core shall be expunged in flame.
“Do not fear, for this is the change you seek– the very boundary between the worlds of your unmaking, and the worlds of your creation. Be calm within the flame, for the flame is you, and you are the vehicle of your own salvation.
“Know Thyselves, sweet children, and be at harmony with your passions, and your flames. I charge you to carry them, to hold them in honor, and to burn with them when necessary. Now is the time for the pure flame of Truth, and you, My messengers, will burn brightly to illuminate the new worlds for welcoming eyes.”
Oracles and Diviners do not carry the final word of any God. They may only give you what they can translate through their own mental, emotional, and spiritual filters, which includes any tools of their trade. First and foremost, an Oracle or a Diviner, is a translator of a God’s Will. The words are not theirs, and should not be followed by rote.
The Oracle’s interpretations of the words should be limited in the beginning, and only expanded upon by request of the querent. If an Oracle or Diviner gives you unsolicited advice or interpretation, politely thank them, but hold onto your own interpretation first. The words are addressed to the querent, not to the Oracle.
If an Oracle insists that you must follow their interpretation, despite your having to walk your very own path, and not theirs, then you have an example of a false Oracle. Not false in the sense that their ability should be questioned, but certainly their well-demonstrated humanity should raise some warning flags.
Because we are all human, and flawed, it is always possible to take ourselves and our abilities too seriously. I liken this phenomenon to a sign-language interpreter being mistaken for the speech-maker during an important event. The difference is obvious to anyone paying attention, or anyone with requisite knowledge of sign-language interpreters.
As it is unlikely that the interpreter has forgotten that they are not delivering the actual speech, it is the perception of those watching which transforms the interpreter into the speech-maker. If no one bothers to question the false reality being woven around the interpreter, it becomes more difficult for those glancing to differentiate the two.
This is a serious issue. Those seeking Oracular or Divinatory confirmation need to be alert, and aware of these types of broken boundaries. I think some of this is due to the informal and anonymous nature of the internet, which is a tool utilized by many Diviners and Oracles, myself included. The ease and convenience of long-distance Oracular work should not be a replacement for the solid and physical exchange of energies needed to discern truth from fiction, and human from Divine. It takes a more conscious effort by the querent to remain focused on the words, and less so on the person delivering them.
Oracles and Diviners are people, like the rest of us– plain and unspectacular. We, our abilities, and our translations of the Divine Will, are not to be placed above the inherent knowledge existing within individuals. In the end, we ourselves are no more than the tools of our Gods and spirits.
A megaphone, for example, has many volume settings. And like a megaphone, Oracles can be turned either up, or down. Common knowledge tells us that the Gods have Their hand on the dial, but what isn’t so commonly known, is that the querent has a volume control of their own. Do not be afraid of using yours.
Another way to ensure that you are not led down an unnecessary detour, is to seek out multiple sources. Do not go to only one Oracle or Diviner. There isn’t only one, and I’m certain that if you look hard enough, you will find at least two translators for any particular God. Probably more. You have all the power in the relationship between you and the Oracle you choose.
Just remember that your interpretation of your message stands above the Oracle’s interpretation of your message. And if they tell you otherwise… walk away.
Lord Most Serene, Most Blessed, whose dance leads the Kosmos in its twirling glory; O God of the distant burning, of the solar flames, once close, but now withdrawn, yet still so potent that we feel them, even now, in their distance. Lord, come now unto your people, who would know your presence, even at the crumbling of the world.
Apollon, whose grace is immense and immeasurable, inflict your heat upon us, that we may not know a time without your love, and mighty force. Lord, let your flames stand between us and our enemies, that they will be consumed until naught but the ashes of their crumbling ideals remain. For though you are distant, ever do your eyes look out upon the Universe, seeing the deathly futures they imagine; and in your seeing, in your knowing, may they be met by your unrelenting Will, and be they smashed like shipwrecked corpses upon your rocky shore.
Apollon, who is Truth made manifest, we ask for your blessing, and for your curse upon those who would see us humiliated, subjugated, or worse. May the first recipients of their ire always be themselves, and let their hatred rend their minds and bodies, until relief is but a fleeting dream. By your magnificence, may they know no rest, and no peace, from now until the cessation of their futile hostilities, for Lord, you are a hammer for justice, wielded by the hand of Great Zeus, our Father.
I hope this month finds you well and if it doesn’t, may Apollo Physician aid you to your wellness. This month’s newsletter touches on justice, pride, and discipline and includes two lovely contributions from our very own Columbine.
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