A cave is a womb in the Earth.
Since antiquity caves like Melissani (above) have been viewed as sacred places of retreat and renewal often associated with music. While a cave can be any enclosed space within Mother Earth, it actually implies something more subtle: a cavity in which a tone may be captured. By this we mean a dimensional space that aligns with an audio wavelength.
As beings capable of creating a musical note, we can swim within a cenote and discover its frequency purely by humming. This is confirmed by the resonance (read pressure) of the air around our ears. While it may appear subjective upon first reading, there is no mistaking it in practice The name Delphi comes from the same root as δελφύς meaning “womb”.
So in the Greek tradition a Pythia could use a natural temple like Mt Parnassus as a knowledge centre. The cave within would create a natural standing wave in the shape of a python that the oracle could align with. So this Apollonian “umbilical cord” in the resonant waters of Delphi writhed with renewed wisdom even as the Giza temples dried up. This sacred womb was a temenos, a Greek word meaning any enclosure that makes it possible to enter into a greater reality. Here we move from chronos (human time) to kairos (eternity). Even the word human comes from humus: the Earth.
Sacred caves resonate at tones which are inaudible to the human ear. These are Earth’s natural resonances and because they are too deep to detect audibly we feel them in other parts of our body instead. In fact our chakras resonate with them and this is how wisdom is conveyed.
But how did we work with these invisible sounds? How did we measure the “wave of a cave” especially when we couldn’t hear its natural infrasonic tones? Well, we created a tool to measure infrasound. We called it the ankh. There were three parts to it: the resonant ring, the matching device and the antenna. These can be seen below:
While the ring and antenna are self explanatory, the matching device is worthy of consideration: it is the horizontal bar which separates the two. Technically it is an “impedance matching device” which effectively reduces the opposition to a flow of energy: in this case it allows the bearer to feel the infrasonic fields with sensitivity. Upon entering a cave, the ring would resonate with the frequency within. Even though we couldn’t hear the cave’s wavelength, we could feel it in our hand: the ankh oscillated to guide us. Today we remember the crux ansata as the “Key of Life” and it remains a legacy of the Egyptian, Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations.
Through experimentation with sound our ancestors worked out that certain caves provided a much deeper “fall” than other caves; a priestess could attune to a more resonant wisdom when using a certain space. In fact they discovered that caves within mountains worked especially well because the mountain acted as a natural resonator. When it was windy, wind pressure and sheer around the natural landscape acted to literally “move” the mountain. Granite summits were especially prized because of their density and quartz composition. In fact infrasound and granite go hand in hand when we discuss these “sonic temples”.