Modern Minoan Paganism: Walking with Ariadne's Tribe

Walk the sacred labyrinth with Ariadne, the Minotaur, the Great Mothers, Dionysus, and the rest of the Minoan pantheon. Modern Minoan Paganism is an independent spiritual tradition that brings the gods and goddesses of the ancient Minoans alive in the modern world. We're a revivalist tradition, not a reconstructionist one; we rely heavily on sharedl 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?

If you're interested in Modern Minoan Paganism, head on over to our online forum at Ariadne's Tribe on Facebook. We're a welcoming tradition, open to all who share our love for the Minoan deities and respect for our fellow human beings - all of them.

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Modern Minoan Paganism: Gathering together

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As I've said repeatedly in interviews and in my books, Modern Minoan Paganism isn't a rules-and-regulations tradition but a broad pathway with room for many people to walk it, each in their own way.  That's great in terms of personal spirituality but not so great in terms of finding other people to practice with.

Pagans of all stripes are scattered far and wide in the modern world. Sure, there are larger clusters of us in metropolitan areas. But unless you follow one of the big traditions with standardized rules, regs, and rites (Wicca, Druidry, and various types of Norse Paganism, for instance) you may have a hard time finding others who want to do the same thing you're doing.

One of the reasons I set up Ariadne's Tribe, my Facebook discussion group for Modern Minoan Paganism, is that I simply couldn't find enough people in my local area to regularly hold rituals or even just talk about All Things Minoan. We're lucky to have the Internet as a way of communicating and connecting. From the early days of BBS to Yahoo, Facebook groups, and Google Chat, we can gather together in the ether to share our spirituality.

Still, I find myself feeling a bit envious of the ancient Minoans. They didn't have to Google their way around the world to find others who wanted to share the birth of Dionysus at the Winter Solstice or the harvest feast to honor Ariadne and the Melissae at the Spring Equinox. They didn't have to resort to chat rooms and online rituals because they couldn't find anything local. They were surrounded by the built-in religion of their society (though I expect, just like now, people back then didn't all believe the same things or have identical worldviews).

I've belonged to a wide variety of spiritual groups over the years, from a tightly-knit "family" of only a half-dozen people to a large community of more than a hundred, from formal Wiccan covens to eclectic Pagan collectives. I've given talks, led workshops, and priestessed rituals all over the U.S. All these different activities have fulfilled me in different ways.

But lately I've found myself wishing for a little group right close to home, a handful of others who want to walk this path along with me, even if we don't all do it exactly the same. So I'm putting it out into the universe: Let them come. My doors are open.

If you yearn for the same thing, then speak it aloud in your own way. Put it out there. Ask for what you want in your life, your community, and see how the universe responds. May we all be blessed by the fulfillment of our dearest wishes.

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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