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 polytheist 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 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?

Find out all about Modern Minoan Paganism on our website: https://ariadnestribe.wordpress.com/. We're a welcoming tradition, open to all who share our love for the Minoan deities and respect for our fellow human beings.

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Modern Minoan Paganism: Orthopraxy, not Orthodoxy

I recently wrote about the idea that no one owns the gods, but traditions have rules to follow. In other words, no one can tell you what to believe, but if you want to be a part of a named spiritual tradition, you have to practice according to their guidelines.

Practicing the outward, physical part of your spirituality according to a tradition's rules is called orthopraxy. The word roots literally mean "correct practice" or "correct action."

Modern Minoan Paganism (MMP) is an orthopraxic tradition. If you want to be a part of what we do, you need to follow our pantheon and sacred calendar and organize your practice according to our ritual format and our preferred activities (offerings, labyrinth walking, and so on).

HOWEVER

there are no rules about what you have to believe.

Having a set of beliefs that you're required to follow in a spiritual tradition is called orthodoxy (literally, "correct belief").

MMP is not an orthodoxic tradition.

Do you believe the deities are actual living beings who interact with humans? That's fine.

Do you believe the deities are archetypal constructs created out of humans' own psyches? That's fine, too.

Do you believe the deities are aliens from some faraway galaxy? Also fine. Kinda weird, if you ask me, but still fine, because nobody gets to tell you what to believe within MMP, not even me.

You can believe that the myths are allegories, or true stories, or somewhere in between (or both, if you want - it's not an either/or world).

Nobody gets to demand evidence or proof of your beliefs.

Nobody gets to tell you that you're wrong.

Also, you don't get to tell anyone else that they're wrong, which can be hard sometimes, but there it is.

All of the above can be a difficult thing to wrap your mind around, since we're surrounded by orthodoxic religions (such as, oh, all of Christianity) that have a lot of influence on our culture, even if some of us weren't raised in those traditions.

It can be difficult to allow other people their beliefs when they're different from yours. It can be uncomfortable and scary, because you don't have bunches of other people repeating what's going on inside your head and your heart. There's no one else there to reinforce your thoughts and feelings. You have to trust them, trust yourself, and that can be hard in a world that tells you not to.

In MMP there's no set dogma, no list of things you have to believe. Just a pantheon, a calendar, and a ritual format that you get to interact with in whatever way works for you.

Because the one thing we do believe is that no one gets to be the Thought Police in our spiritual tradition.

In the name of the bee,
And of the butterfly,
And of the breeze, amen.

 

Image: The Archanes Fourni Ring by Laura Perry: modern art interpretation of an ancient Minoan seal ring

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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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