Jeannette Athena Rothweiler MA, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist in Ojai, California. She has degrees in transpersonal psychology, depth psychology, and mythology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is also a graduate of the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research at CIIS. Jeannette has served in private practice, hospice, and integrative health fields. She
has explored the archetypal connections between Jungian psychology, mythology, South American shamanism, and the tradition of the Greek mystery schools. She presently works as a psychedelic integration therapist and leads groups to the sacred sites in Greece through Anima Mundi Journeys.
“Oracles, Entheogens, and the Divine Feminine: Implications of the Ancient Western Mystery Traditions for Modern Times”
For thousands of years in the ancient Mediterranean world, rulers and commoners alike would consult oracles and participate in ceremonies and mystery rites in search of meaning and guidance in their personal and societal lives. It is debated, but can be surmised that various entheogens were at the heart of these ceremonies. At Delphi, the well-known oracle, a female priestess would chew laurel leaves and inhale vapors altering her consciousness to commune with the goddess and god and deliver prophesy. At Eleusis initiates participated in a collective ceremony with the aid of an entheogen, “god-revealing” drug and had an epiphany or mystical experience which was believed to be a vision of the Goddess.
This presentation will review and interpret the written and archaeological evidence of ancient western oracular traditions and the Greek mystery schools. Topics will include the cultural and historical use of entheogens within these varied contexts and applications for present-day explorations into non-ordinary states of consciousness. Parallels between the use of psychedelic substances and the individual’s ability to access their own intuitive and visionary states will be highlighted, as well as their relationship to the archetypal realms and sacred feminine. These values and perspectives will be discussed with respect to their implications in relation to present day psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, spiritual inquiry, consciousness studies, and integration into society.