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Labrys & Horns: A second go-round

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At the beginning of this year I looked back over 2019 in Modern Minoan Paganism (MMP), musing about how far we've come over such a short time. Writing that post, of course, led me to look back over the years before that, and some things I need to update.

I started Ariadne's Tribe in 2014 because I was looking for other people who were interested in Minoan spirituality. By late 2015, to my utter astonishment, we had a sizable number of members, a pantheon, a sacred calendar, and a set of common practices. At that point, people started asking me to write it all down in a book so they would have a single resource to draw from.

So I wrote Labrys & Horns. Writing it was a great way to solidify MMP, to set down who we are and what we do and how we relate to the gods and goddesses of Minoan Crete. I published the book in 2016.

Four years later, we've added new deities to the pantheon and new festivals to the sacred calendar. We've almost finished developing a standardized ritual format for both solitaries and groups (I hope to give it its first public outing at Mystic South this summer). I'm amazed at how far we've come and how fast we've done it. But that means that Labrys & Horns is now out of date.

I debated for quite a while whether I should revise the book and add the new information, or whether I should wait and see whether we have even more changes to make to our pantheon and practices. But both divination and advice from people I trust suggest that I should go head and compile it all in a second edition of the book. I think we may have reached a place where we'll stay for a while, maybe for a very long while.

So that's my project for the first half of this year: revise and update Labrys & Horns. I plan to have the new second edition available at Mystic South, if not before. So wish me luck... I'm off to do some writing and editing!

In the name of the bee,

And of the butterfly,

And of the breeze, amen.

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Laura Perry is an artist, writer, and the founder and facilitator of Modern Minoan Paganism. The Minoans of Bronze Age Crete have been a passion of hers since a fateful art history class introduced her to the frescoes of Knossos back in high school. Her first book was published in 2001; one of her most recent works is Labrys and Horns: An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism. She has also created a Minoan Tarot deck and a Minoan coloring book. When she's not busy drawing and writing, you can find her in the garden or giving living history demonstrations at local historic sites.

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