Evidence of Great Mothers, seers, prophetesses from whom kings and emperors sought divine counsel can be traced back thousands of years. If we stretch even farther, we find the research of Marija Gimbutas uncovering tens of thousands of years of Great Mother worship, matriarchal culture, and the predecessors to the Sibyls.
Who are they? Where did they come from? A quick encyclopedia search turns up little. Greek myth, maybe. Older than that, possibly. Clearly, they come from the East, some say. The Sibylline Books, ancient poetics filled with prophecy written in Greek hexameter, are one of the most mysterious ancient curiosities. Destroyed by Stilicho in the fifth century, maybe. Rewritten centuries later. We have little to go on.
Today, these great Sibyls—incredible women who lived autonomous lives not bound by social constraints—are little more than a footnote in history. Despite their dominance in monumental art and architecture such as the Sistine Chapel and the floors of Sienna Cathedral, we know almost nothing about these enigmatic women. Their stories have been erased, yet they still stand. The Tiburtine Sibyl holds a precious place of prominence atop Rome’s Capitoline Hill at Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracœli. Not far down the road, Raphael’s Sibyls grace the walls at Santa Maria della Pace. You can’t escape them nearly anywhere you go in Italy. Head north, and there is no shortage of them in France either. They are there, quietly watching over a world that has otherwise forgotten them. Or, have we?
Once, the Great Mother called upon eleven queens to serve as emissaries to a world in crisis.
Devoted in their service to her, the women, known as the Sibylline, established a covenant to guide humankind. As the legend of their ability to shape the destiny of kings grew, they guided the intellectual, technological, and spiritual growth of society for more than 11,000 years.
This was no earthly devotion. It was a vow of eternal service to create a just world.
However, men are far from just.
The Sibyl is the great prophetess of her era. Through the Black Staff of Alashiya, she's granted long life and sworn to service for a thousand years.
The Mother Abbess is chosen from amongst the heads of the Orders.
Powerful, she's the political leader and serves the interests of the Sibylline.
Protectors of the Seals of Annach (the source of the Sibyl’s power on Earth). Eight women are chosen and serve until death.
Each pledges a single vow — to wear and protect their individual Seal at all costs. This service grants an unnaturally long life.
An Asu must be born into her Order, with abilities passed from mother to daughter.
They serve as the physicians and great thinkers of the Orders.
The high council of the Sibylline who oversee training of the Iphegenia, in order to produce the next Sibyl.
Divine Birth Priestesses whose purpose is to create a stronger genetic line and possibly serve as the womb of the next Sibyl.
This Order is once a woman ages into her 50th year.
The women of this order have the ability to manipulate energy, and work in conjunction with the Asu as healers and scientists.
The spy network of the Sibylline. Their powers of bi-location are the source of legend.
Recruited into the Order and separated from the rest of the sisterhood to avoid tainting the Sibylline with the violence of men.
While the Amyntas are considered a necessity, they are considered outsiders and cannot rise as the Sibyl.