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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I don't like changing my mind: an essay in the evolution of Ariadne's Tribe spiritual practice

One thing any researcher knows is that new information is liable to blow old theories to smithereens. The same holds true for Ariadne's Tribe, an evolving path that incorporates not just archaeological information but also shared gnosis as we work our way forward in spiritual practice.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't like having to change my views. Once I think I have something figured out, it's very pleasant to just hang there, in that space, all smug and satisfied. But I've learned the hard way that nothing is that easy, not just in archaeology but also in spirituality.

Like many people, I started out believing the ancient Minoans were the civilization of Atlantis and their sacred island of Thera was the place that was destroyed in the famous myth. But it turns out, the eruption of Thera didn't destroy Minoan civilization - the Minoans lived on happily (well, for the most part) for a couple of centuries afterward. So much for that theory.

Then I figured I understood the Minoan pantheon. Granted, we've had to piece it back together from the garbled remnants that survived the Bronze Age collapse to be enshrined, usually in twisted form, in later classical literature. But still, it seemed pretty solid.

The Earth Mother goddess Rhea was at the top, obviously, with her midwinter-born son Dionysus. The goddess Ariadne, the Minotaur (a horned god, not a monster) and the Labyrinth fit in neatly. I saw a family, headed by a loving mother goddess, encompassing male and female (and non-binary as well, thank you Dionysus) as well as the animals and plants of the Mediterranean.

But then we discovered Posidaeja, Grandmother Ocean: a great goddess indeed. And not too much later, the sun goddess Therasia made herself known to us. And the two of them let us know, in no uncertain terms, that they were part of a triplicity with Rhea. Shared gnosis, even combined with research, isn't always fun and games, especially if we've been wrong about something and the deities are trying to get a message through to us dense mortals.

Research combined with shared gnosis has led us to include Daedalus as a smith-inventor god, to recognize Minos as a Moon god, and to accept that the famed Sacred Horns denote the female cow as well as the male bull (plus a good handful of other meanings - nothing in Minoan iconography is ever simple!).

So now the pantheon looks a little different than it did when we started. Hovering above all the others are the Great Mothers, whom we often simply call the Three.

Each one has her own portion of the sacred realms: land, sky, and sea. We address them individually and collectively, and we're doing our best to listen as they (and all the other deities) tell us how to be in relationship with them in the modern world.

That's a challenge we face as modern Pagans: we don't have a temple priesthood to tell us how things are, so we have to figure it out ourselves, looking back across a vast chasm of time. Sure, it's all still there in the ether or the Akashic record or whatever you want to call it. But teasing out the details and interpreting them correctly isn't easy. And having them make sense in a world four millennia removed from the Minoans is a challenge, too.

So we listen, and we learn. And when we have to, we change. It's not always enjoyable, but it is necessary if we're going to move forward and stay in respectful relationship with the Minoan deities. And that's always the priority.

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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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