Modern Minoan Paganism: Walking with Ariadne's Tribe

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Looking Back Along the Minoan Path

I've been blogging here for three and a half years now, and I've just been looking back through all my blog posts as the year nears its end. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised to discover that my five most popular posts aren't necessarily the ones I was hoping people would pick up and run with, and they're certainly not the ones I expected. But it is interesting to see what draws people, so maybe I can take the hint and provide more of what you lovely folks might like to read.

My most popular blog post? Tying a Sacred Knot - The various types of sacred knots are pretty well known, especially the tet of Isis, which appears to have a counterpart in Minoan Crete. But there's another object that Sir Arthur Evans conflated with this type of sacred knot, and this second object is obviously a piece of fabric, not a cord. I've written about this second object, which we've come to call the Sacral Scarf, in this blog post. It has its own place in Modern Minoan Paganism and was, as far as we can tell, unique in the ancient world.

My second most popular blog post might have achieved that status due to showing up in online searches with... ahem... interesting parameters. The post? Topless Minoan Women: Not What You Think. Obviously, the Victorian-era men who unearthed all the bare-breasted figurines and fresco images were quite taken with them. But to the Minoans, the breast was a symbol of nurture, sustenance, even divine love.

Number three on the All-Time Greats list is predictable, I suppose - the first post I wrote here, the one that tells the story of how I found myself on the Minoan path. It's titled Walking the Minoan Path: Easier Said than Done, and I'm very glad the gods pushed me in this direction. Thank you so much for joining me on this amazing journey.

Number four is my post about the Minoan mother goddess Rhea. Though she isn't flashy like Ariadne or Dionysus, she is part of the foundation of the Minoan pantheon, part of the Land/Sea/Sky trilogy we call the Mothers or simply the Three. She is the Minoan Earth Mother, the divine heart of the island of Crete itself.

The fifth blog post on my list is one about a topic that the folks in Ariadne's Tribe asked me to write about: the Crane Dance. This is the famous dance that's associated with the labyrinth and that shows up repeatedly in Greek myth, so obviously it fascinated people even back then. I think it's nifty that it still exists, albeit in a non-religious form, in modern Greek folk dance.

Which posts do I wish people would read? I guess my top two would be the ones that answer the questions I hear most often (and correct the incorrect assumptions I hear most often):

A Bit of a Rant: The Minoans Weren't Greek

Who were the Minoans' neighbors?

I hope you enjoy what I've already written. If you have ideas for subjects of future blog posts, please let me know and I'll get busy writing.

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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