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?

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Minoan Gods and Goddesses: The Collection

It occurs to me that in the nearly four years that I've been writing this blog (!) I've created quite a collection of posts about the individual Minoan deities, the gods and goddesses that make up this fascinating pantheon. So you don't have to go scrambling back through the archives to find them all, I've collected them up here. I did recently post a "whole pantheon" list here that's pretty comprehensive - all the deities we work with in Modern Minoan Paganism. But you might want to know a little more detail about individual gods and goddesses. So here you go:

The Minoan Earth Mother Goddess Rhea whom some of us also call Ida

The Minoan Sun/Fire Goddess Therasia whom some of us also call Kalliste

The Minoan Sea Goddess Posidaeja whom some of us also call Thalassa

These three goddesses make up the triplicity we've come to call the Three Great Mothers or simply the Three. They represent the realms of land, sea, and sky, the three material facets of life on Earth.

There are gods as well as goddesses within the Minoan pantheon. At the top of the list is Dionysus, the ecstatic/shamanic god of the vine. I have a deep personal relationship with him and have written about him several times:

Meet the Minoans: Dionysus

Christmas with Dionysus

The Many Faces of Minoan Dionysus

Zagreus is another shamanic god who may be one of Dionysus' many guises.

The Minoan midwife-goddess Eileithyia is not as well known as some of the other members of the pantheon, but she has a vital role to play in the lives of deities and humans alike.

Then we come to Minos, who wasn't a king (though that's how the Greeks told the story later on) but a Minoan god.

The goat-goddess Amalthea suckled the infant Dionysus and gave us her ever-abundant cornucopia.

Some of us who practice Modern Minoan Paganism work with the Fate goddess, who goes by many different names.

The Melissae are shamanic bee-spirit goddesses associated with the dead and the Underworld (and honey!)

Aphrodite may even have had a counterpart in Minoan Crete.

And then we also have Pasiphae, who is Minoan, and Europa, who came to Crete from the Levant. And many of us have relationships with a goddess we call the Serpent Mother, evoked by the famous Snake Goddess figurines. Some of us use the name Basilissa with her.

You've probably heard of Daedalus, the great inventor who created Ariadne's dancing-ground and the Labyrinth, along with many other amazing things. Many of us who practice Modern Minoan Paganism consider him to be a smith-inventor god. Bear in mind, though, that the Minoans were a Bronze Age people - they didn't have iron yet, so no hammers and anvils. Just beautiful cast bronze blades, figurines, and other items.

So there you go, a peek into the large and complicated Minoan pantheon. It's very difficult to neatly slot the Minoan gods and goddesses into a human-style family tree so generally, we don't even try. They have their own relationships among themselves and, being gods, they aren't confined to the kinds of connections we humans have.

In the name of the bee,

And of the butterfly,

And of the breeze, amen!


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Laura Perry is a priestess and creator who works magic with words, paint, ink, music, textiles, and herbs. She is the founder and Temple Mom of Modern Minoan Paganism. 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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