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Pythia

2021
Eau de Parfum
Edition of 25

Shelley Waddington - En Voyage Perfumes

Shelley: "The Pythia" - I am The Pythia, the Priestess of Apollo, the Oracle of Delphi. I live in the Sanctuary of Apollo in Delphi. Those Pythia before me go back beyond memory, and include the powerful Phemonoe and her successor Aristonike.  

Our magnificent city is nestled on a slope of Mount Parnassus. Those who travel to see me make their way up The Sacred Way to purify themselves in the Castalian springs before making their way to the Temple of Apollo and to my sanctuary within. It is here, in the adyton, the inner shrine that I, Pythia, sit and utter the words of the Oracle. 

Powerful leaders from Athens, Sparta, Macedonia, and Rome travel to consult with me. I advise on many issues of public and individual concern: cult matters, warfare, the relationships between existing city-states, and the foundation of new ones. I answer personal questions on matters of lovesickness, career advice, childbirth, and how to get offspring. My job is demanding yet also diverse and rewarding. My position and my magic are a powerful influence on the course of events. 

Do you notice the brief waft of citrus as I breathe? The smell of roses on my veil? My hair carries the smell of sweet, intoxicating smoke from my inner chamber. My skin exudes the fragrance of my unguents made from ambergris and musk, sandalwood and civet, vanilla and balsams. 

I, Pythia, am the one and only source of the prophecies delivered here at Delphi. Delphi is the center of the world, and I am the center of Delphi.

Dave: For our first release of 2021, we had the pleasure of working with the great Shelley Waddington on "Pythia," a stunning design inspired by the flower, smoke and skin of the Oracle of Delphi's inner chamber. Complex and rewarding, Pythia unfurls like something from another time.

Pythia Notes: Mediterranean lemon, rosemary, smoke, rose, unguents of ambergris, musk, sandalwood, civet, vanilla and balsams.

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