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Ariadne's Thread and Labrys & Horns: What's the difference?

I'm often asked to explain the different between my two books about Minoan spirituality: Ariadne's Thread and Labrys & Horns. So often, in fact, that I figured a blog post about the subject would be a good idea.

Ariadne's Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives was released in 2013 but it was based on about 20 years of spiritual work I had done before then. Back in the 1990s, when I was working on my second degree in the Wiccan coven I belonged to at the time, I was given an assignment: Pick a pantheon and write a year's worth of seasonal rituals and a lifetime's worth of rites of passage using that pantheon. I'd like to say I picked the Minoan pantheon, but it's more like it picked me. I'm sure you know how that goes.

So I wrote the rituals and the group performed many of them over the following years. I tweaked the rites as I received feedback from both the human participants and the gods. Yes, the gods. We experienced quite a few odd occurrences during some of the rituals - I once had a sacred blade knocked out of my hand by an invisible force (in front of the entire group, no less), tables full of stuff tipped over when no one was near, people tripped over thin air, that sort of thing. So I listened and made changes, though the Minoan gods and goddesses didn't seem to mind the overall Wiccan structure of the rites (casting a circle and calling the quarters, though they did make it known that I needed to change the orientation of the elements in the different directions). Over the years, I continued to lead rituals using the ones I had written for that project.

Some time later, after I had published my first two books (Ancient Spellcraft and The Wiccan Wellness Book), I found myself looking through the set of Minoan rituals. A little voice in the back of my head suggested that other people might like those rituals as well, people beyond my little circle of local friends. But not everyone knows a whole lot about the Minoans, so I put together a bunch of information about Minoan life and spirituality as well as a "tiny little encyclopedia" listing the Minoan deities and the major symbols of Minoan religion. That information, along with the Minoan rituals, makes up Ariadne's Thread.

I found myself wishing for a group where I could discuss and share information about the ancient Minoans, their life and spirituality. Since there wasn't one, at least not that I could find, I started Ariadne's Tribe on Facebook. I was gratified to discover that there are lots of other people out there who feel a connection to the Minoan gods and goddesses and to ancient Minoan culture.

The lovely people in Ariadne's Tribe asked me a lot of questions, most of which I didn't know the answers to, so I started doing research. Lots and lots of research! I also began meditative and journeywork, which I shared with others who were doing the same thing. Together, we began building a rough approximation of what we believe to be the ancient Minoan sacred calendar. I developed some spiritual practices based on what we know about Minoan religion from the archaeology, combined with multiply corroborated gnosis to help us build a living spiritual tradition in the 21st century. So Modern Minoan Paganism was born.

The modern world is very different from the ancient, and not just because we have cell phones and pumpkin spice latte. Paganism no longer pervades western culture, so we have to figure out how to practice Minoan spirituality at home. As it happens, the lovely folks in Ariadne's Tribe began asking for a how-to book for Modern Minoan Paganism, a guide specifically for solitary practitioners, since that's what many of the group members are. So I listened and I did rituals and I wrote, and eventually I published Labrys & Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism.

Here are the two books in a nutshell (in two nutshells?):

Ariadne's Thread has extensive information about ancient Minoan civilization, daily life, and religious practice, including information about the temples, cave shrines, and peak sanctuaries the Minoans used. It includes a mini-encyclopedia of Minoan deities and spiritual symbols. It has Wiccan-style group rituals for the Wheel of the Year and a lifetime's worth of rites of passage.

Labrys & Horns is a how-to manual for Modern Minoan Paganism. It details the symbols and sacred calendar we use as well as the deities we honor. It includes rituals and devotionals geared for the solitary practitioner, though they can also be used by groups. It also includes a few Minoan-themed crafts; listings of the foods, stones, and herbs the Minoans used; and book and music resources.

So there you have it! I like to think the two books are complementary, but when I look at them, I also see the path of my spiritual practice as it has grown and changed over the years. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

In the name of the bee,

And of the butterfly,

And of the breeze, amen.

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I'm an artist, writer, and lover of all things ancient and mysterious. The Minoans of Bronze Age Crete have been a particular passion of mine since a fateful art history class introduced me to the frescoes of Knossos back in high school. My first book was published in 2001; one of my most recent works is Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism. I've also created a Minoan Tarot deck and a Minoan coloring book. When I'm not busy drawing and writing, I enjoy gardening and giving living history demonstrations at local historic sites.

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