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Specific paths such as Heathenism, blended traditions, polytheist reconstructionism, etc.

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Who were the gods of ancient Crete?

The description of my Facebook group Ariadne's Tribe states that Modern Minoan Paganism isn't a reconstructionist tradition. That's true. Reconstructionist traditions use texts from the original culture to figure out what the religion looked like back then, and we don't have any Minoan texts that we can read. Linear A, the script the Minoans used to record their native language, is still untranslated. But we do have something close that has been deciphered: Linear B.

I know, the names of these scripts are maddeningly non-descriptive, but they tell us one thing right up front: Linear A came first, with the Minoans, who were one of the indigenous peoples of Old Europe and who inhabited Crete beginning in Neolithic times. Later, during the Bronze Age, the Mycenaean Greeks (who were an Indo-European people) came down through the Greek peninsula and met up with the Minoans. They learned a lot from the Minoans, including how to write (they were illiterate before contact with the Minoans).

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Magical tree seeds...

Seeds

The offspring of plants and trees and each one has the potential for new beginnings…

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A recent preliminary report of hearings into the abuse of belief systems as a consequence of the commercialization of religion, published by the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, has raised the ire of South African Pagans. The Commission has proposed that all religion and religious organizations in South Africa should be regulated by legislation. 

The Commission investigated a number of complaints lodged against charismatic Christian churches, some of whom are based in other countries, for unethical and illegal actions taken by church leaders. Churches investigated failed to account for millions in revenue, had either not registered as non-profit public benefit companies, or had failed to pay taxes. Some church leaders had routinely abused congregants by obliging them to drink petrol, eat rats or snakes as a way of expressing their charismatic faith.

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A San Francisco Samhain

It's quite early. I'm the only one up and about this morning, except the dogs. It rained through the night and soft, fine drizzle is continuing to fall. Heavy drops of rain are clinging to the leaves on the tree in my back yard, those leaves hanging on precariously enough themselves. To my way of thinking, it's just about the perfect morning here in Northern California.

Later on today, after cooking breakfast and showering and tending to the dogs and their muddy feet, I'll be heading out to San Francisco. I have a couple of out of town guests and I love showing off "The City". There are magical places that we'll visit that are dear to me and dear to the Reclaiming Community. Reclaiming witches and many other witches besides have visited these spots regularly for nearly four decades. There's something comforting in that, especially at this time of year.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Glinda-wait.jpgI have a big announcement. 

I am stepping down as High Priestess of my Coven.

It’s happening out of love. It’s happening with love.

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Honoring the Dead: Modern Minoan Seasonality

Where I live in the northern hemisphere, the wheel of the year is turning inexorably toward Samhain, and my thoughts of course turn toward the ancestors and the Blessed Dead.

Like many other ancient cultures, the Minoans held their ancestors in high regard and honored them in their spiritual practice. But they didn't celebrate Samhain. I'm sure many people in ancient Crete did a little something to honor their ancestors on a regular, perhaps daily basis the way I light a candle on my ancestor altar every evening. But their big ancestor celebration happened at harvest time, which in the Mediterranean occurs in the spring. So...not Samhain.

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Given to Sigyn

Given to Sigyn

This is how I was given to Sigyn earlier this year. It was my first time using my lavender extract that I made from the lavender I grew in my garden. At the time, I didn't know that I was about to need my connection to Sigyn to be very strong, because I was about to take on increased responsibilities as a family caregiver. 

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