Ariadne's Tribe: Minoan Spirituality for the Modern World

Walk the sacred labyrinth with Ariadne, the Minotaur, the Great Mothers, Dionysus, and the rest of the Minoan family of deities. Ariadne's Tribe is an independent spiritual tradition that brings the deities of the ancient Minoans alive in the modern world. We're a revivalist tradition, not a reconstructionist one. We rely heavily on shared gnosis and the practical realities of Paganism in the modern world. Ariadne's thread reaches across the millennia to connect us with the divine. Will you follow where it leads?

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Inclusive Minoan Paganism: a logo for Ariadne's Tribe

It has taken us a while, but we finally came up with a logo for our Minoan spiritual tradition. Until we started tossing ideas around, I had no idea it was going to be such a tricky issue.

There are lots of symbols that people associate with the Minoans. Perhaps the most famous is the labrys - the double-bladed ax that was used not to sacrifice animals (it appears they used swords and daggers for that) but as a sacred symbol with many layers of meaning.

The thing is, some other groups already use the labrys as their symbol, so the general public associates it with Dianic and lesbian organizations. That's not who we are. Here's our official statement on the matter:

Ariadne's Tribe is an inclusive, welcoming path, open to people of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability level, disability, geographic location, language, education, or socio-economic status. We're all in this together.

We went through a series of possibilities for our logo, discarding most of them along the way. We didn't want a goddess image because again, people associate the Minoan goddesses (the Snake Goddess, for instance) with exclusive women's groups, and that's not who we are. We're not a men-only tradition, either, so out went all the bull and horn symbols.

It took us a while, but we finally settled on the Malia bee pendant as our symbol:

Malia Bee Pendant

(Creative Commons "Bees of Malia" by Wolfgang Sauber is licensed under CC BY 3.0)

This gold pendant, with its amazing granulation and detail, was found in a Minoan cemetery at Malia on Crete. It dates to around 1800 BCE. And it's full of meaningful symbolism:

Bees represent the Melissae, the ancestral bee goddesses who guard the spirits of the dead and gift the living with all the sweet things in life (Ariadne is the Queen Bee, the ultimate guardian of the dead). Bees are social insects, and Ariadne's Tribe is a community, relying on each other for spiritual support. The three disks that hang below the bees represent the Threes that are important to us in the Tribe: the three realms of land, sky, and sea and the Three Mothers - Rhea, Posidaeja, and Therasia, the mother goddesses who represent those realms.

So now we have a recognizable symbol. Choosing it was a difficult process, but I'm happy with the result. Next up on my to-do list: find a nice reproduction copy of the Malia bee pendant to wear as sacred jewelry.

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Laura Perry is a priestess and creator who works magic with words, paint, ink, music, textiles, and herbs. She's the founder and Temple Mom of Ariadne's Tribe, an inclusive Minoan spiritual tradition. 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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