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Group Id: 31820
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Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: San Francisco, California
Key Contact: Hermes
Spiritual Path: Minoan Brotherhood
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Teaching Available
Group Overview: The Minoan Brotherhood is a men's initiatory tradition of the Craft.
The Minoan Brotherhood is primarily a tradition for gay and bisexual men. However, it is open to any male of legal age who is free to pursue his own interests. Completely heterosexual men may not feel comfortable with the style, method of working or current of power within the Minoan Brotherhood. For those who do, the door is always open, and has been since the founding of the Tradition.
We are a mystery tradition employing three degrees of Initiation and Elevation that serve to mark varying levels of responsibility and involvement with the Mysteries. Our Covens are called Groves, and are run by a Minos of the 3rd Degree, occasionally in partnership with a Server and/or Kouros. Membership is by initiation, and we trace our lineage back to Eddie Buczynski (Lord Gwydion) . After the 3rd degree, an individual is empowered to assume the role of Minos of a new Grove. Groves function autonomously within the framework of the Laws of the Tradition. The Minoan Brotherhood does not proselytize for new members, and maintains its Mysteries and Rites in secret. The central teachings of the Minoan Brotherhood have continued to develop since its founding through the continued scholarship of its members.
The Brotherhood is available to those who choose to apply themselves to the path of study and evolution. Magic, and its associated mental discipline, can be used to harm as much as it can be used to heal or create beauty. Dedication to the path of study and evolution helps the student become properly prepared to work with the energies of magic that affect the student's psyche and environment. We must learn to use fire correctly for it to be a constructive force. Similarly, shrouding the tools and rites behind the veil of Initiation works to ensure the safety of the student, and assures that only persons with appropriate ethical grounding, maturity, and commitment are given potentially dangerous esoteric knowledge. As in other Mystery Traditions, Minoan instructors function as guides and gatekeepers in this process. One cannot become a Minoan Brother without being taught by an appropriate teacher. Thus, though the Brotherhood is accessible to qualified applicants, seekers may need to wait until a qualified instructor is available.
In truth, the Mysteries themselves cannot be taught; they must be experienced. They are therefore exposed to the student over time, preparing the student to experience the true Mystery.
Each Grove and Minos has their own requirements for initiations and elevations, and each has their own areas of emphasis within the Craft. A student should get to know potential teachers and after getting to know the right one, ask to study with them. Since Minoans don't proselytize, it is the responsibility of the student to make his interest known to the appropriate teacher.
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