An omphalos is a religious stone artifact in the ancient world. In Greek, the word omphalos means “navel”.
According to the ancient Greeks, Zeus sent out two eagles to fly across the world to meet at its center, the “navel” of the world.
Omphalos stones used to mark this point were erected in several areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea – the most famous of which was at the Oracle of Delphi.
The ancient Greeks used to seek out the Priestesses of the Oracle to answer questions about the future and past. The Priestesses sat on tri-legged stools near a spot where vapours rose up through an omphalos stone.
The omphalos stone was carved, hollow, domed-shaped and looked like a bee hive. An example of the one from Delphi (which may be a copy of the original) is shown below:
The Oracle itself – the Omphalos Stone, resembles a Beehive and is designed with crisscrossing rows of Bee-like symbols, reminiscent of the ‘Net dress’ worn by Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the sky and keeper of the title She Who Holds a Thousand Souls.
Legend asserts that the second temple at Delphi was constructed entirely by Bees.