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Modern Minoan Paganism: A bunch of book reviews

I've posted a good handful of book reviews on this blog, and it occurred to me that it might be helpful to have them all in one place so no one has to sift through five years of blog posts (good grief, has it really been that long?) to find them.

These are in-depth reviews of books that I think you'll find helpful and interesting if you're exploring Modern Minoan Paganism. We also have a long, long book list over in Ariadne's Tribe of books we've all found helpful. But that doesn't include reviews, just simple descriptions. Some of the books I've reviewed below are now out of print, but they're well worth tracking down via interlibrary loan or the various online used booksellers. A good reference is a good reference, after all.

Herewith, the book reviews:

Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook by Belinda Gore. Ecstatic body postures appear in Minoan art in the form of bronze and terracotta votive figurines. Many of us use these poses as part of our spiritual practice. You can find more about how we do that here.

Lost Goddesses of Early Greece by Charlene Spretnak. This inspired set of tales about the Mediterranean goddesses takes us back to a time before their myths were garbled by the Bronze Age collapse and conquering cultures.

The Dawn of Genius: The Minoan Super-Civilization and the Truth about Atlantis by Alan Butler. Despite the click-bait-y title, this is actually a very good, up-to-date book about Minoan culture.

The Story behind Ariadne's Thread and Labrys & Horns by Laura Perry. These are my two non-fiction books about modern Minoan spirituality and ancient Minoan culture. This blog post is sort of a review; it includes an overview of the contents of each book. But more important, it answers the most common question I get about them, which is, what's the difference between them and why did I write two books about Minoan spirituality?

Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth by J.A. MacGillivray. This is the most comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date biography of Sir Arthur Evans that I've found. It doesn't eulogize him but presents him as a multi-faceted human being with both positive characteristics and flaws. It also helpfully explains how a lot of incorrect information about the Minoans became "common knowledge."

Aspecting the Goddess: Drawing Down the Divine Feminine by Jane Meredith. This lovely book offers a collection of simple, effective methods for getting in touch with deities (you could use it with gods just as easily as with goddesses). I found the author's interpretation of Ariadne's myth particularly moving.

If you have suggestions for books you think I should review, please let me know.

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 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, you can find me in the garden or giving living history demonstrations at local historic sites.


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