Hellenic Journey 

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I am blessed to be of Greek heritage and have the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Greece every year.  Both sides of my family originated in a small village in the Peloponnese, near Sparta. 
After a three hour drive south from Athens, my heartstrings are singing as I arrive in my beloved family village! In the embrace of the Lakonian valley, with the Taygetos mountain range surrounding the olive groves, I am home. 

A short drive takes me to the seaside town of Gytheio, a small port community where the ferries leave daily for Crete and smaller islands, where I stay in a lovely beach house.

Day tripping….Majestic Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. 

Temple of Posiedon - Sounion

Temple of Posiedon - Sounion

A beautiful coastal drive from Athens, approximately an hour and a half , I arrive at Cape Sounion; where I first visited as a young girl.  

Sitting high on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, on the “Sacred Cape”, is the Temple of Poseidon, built around 440BC and constructed of marble found four miles away. The site is renowned for it’s breathtaking sunsets.

The temple was built as a dedication to Poseidon, God of the Sea. A nearby beach bears my family name and of course, I have to spend a day swimming in the aqua blue waters!

A particularly memorable road trip was a pilgrimage to Delphi and the origin of the the Oracle; a six hour journey from my seaside retreat, located north west of Athens.

The Pythia, name of the High Priestess of the Temple of Apollo, served as the Oracle, commonly known as the Oracle of Delphi. Given that the last 30 years I have served as an intuitive reader, this was an epic event for me.

Pythia - Oracle of Delph

Pythia - Oracle of Delph

The Pythia was established in the 8th century BC, and was widely known for her prophecies inspired by the spirit of the god Apollo. A tribute to Pythia is seen in the film “300”, the story of the Spartans’ epic battle.

I was not prepared for the magical energy and stunning views of this sacred place. Tucked high up on Mount Parnassus, Delphi is a tiered town, with many shoppes, delightful tavernas and cafés. 

My day started early, before the high heat of the sun. First, the Delphi museum highlighting the Temples of Apollo and Athena, an ancient theatre and the oldest, intact stadium in Greece. Numerous artifacts depict life in Delphi are on exhibit.

Temple of Athena -Delphi

Temple of Athena -Delphi

The marble and stone path up the steep mountain leads you past the various ruins to the top where the ancient stadium still stands. A slow and steady climb takes approximately an hour; taking care when walking on the slippery marble.  

A triumphant feeling arises when I reach the summit! 

The lower walkways take you to the Temple of Athena, where women have travelled to honour Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, for centuries. 

I look forward to returning to Delphi and invite others to join me on a magical sojourn!

More musings of my time in Greece to come….

Reaching the summit stadium at Delphi

Reaching the summit stadium at Delphi

Haunting at Lobelia’s Lair

Lobelia’s Lair in the Old City Quarter of Nanaimo, officially opened it’s doors in the Heritage Mews on Wesley Street, in October 2001. A magical shoppe with metaphysical treasures, books, crystals and services was welcomed into the community.

Initially, the shoppe occupied suite 8 for the first year. Upon realizing it’s growth potential, Liberty Harakas (proprietress), decided to expand into the suites adjoining by breaking through the wall and creating it’s signature stone archway and steps into “the other side”.

The unit “9” had been unoccupied for many months and required some renovation.

As various services were offered, a space in the back of the shoppe was set up for readers, workshops and healing practitioners.

There was definitely a different feeling in what was to be called the “Witches’ Den”. Electronics failed, lights flickered, and an eerie presence was detected.

Due to the nature of the work, several intuitives and psychics, including Liberty, recognized that there was a spirit that was hanging on to the physical world.  A therapist occupying the space experienced many interruptions during sessions, which cause her to relocate to another building.

One of the psychics, saw a physical form in the shape of an elderly man, wearing clothes from earlier times, likely circa 1940’s.  He was surrounded by clocks, watches and antiques.

A little sleuthing ensued and it was discovered via the Nanaimo Archives, that a gentleman lived and worked in the building occupying the same location, a watch and clock repair business! Once his identity was confirmed, he was acknowledged and welcomed to share the space.

One evening, Liberty was closing up shoppe and decided to photograph the room for a promotional ad. When she looked at the photo, it was clear that that there was a large orb  of light in the room and with subsequent shots, (altering of lighting to confirm that it was not a camera issue), it grew bigger and bigger and closer to where Liberty was standing!

One customer shared that when she was a young girl, she often walked past the watchmaker’s shop and saw him busy working at his counter. Once news got out into the community, many people visited and those who had psychic gifts came for a “glimpse” of the “ghost”.

The watchmaker’s presence can still be felt at times, but it is believed that he knows he is welcome and can share the space in harmony.

Large orb of light in the room

Large orb of light in the room