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Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Arlington, Virginia
Key Contact: Leonidas
Spiritual Path: Minoan Brotherhood
Status: Established Group
Community Support: None Offered
Group Overview: The Minoan Brotherhood is a men’s mystery tradition with roots in British witchcraft (specifically Gardnerian Wicca) but without the requirement of gender polarity in magical workings and initiations. Our appeal is mostly to gay and bisexual men, but all men are welcome. In addition, we draw from Greek mythology and the religion of the ancient Aegean and Near East, with emphasis on Minoan and Mycenaean Crete. Our primary gods are the Great Mother Rhea and her son Asterion. It is also our divine duty to assist and protect members of the greater GLBT community even if we may do so from the shadows and without proper recognition. For a general description of the tradition, please visit http://minoan-brotherhood.org
Temenos Gryphon is the only Minoan Brotherhood grove (our name for a coven) in the Washington DC Metro area, which includes Maryland and Virginia. We are located just across the river from DC in Arlington, Virginia. Although we maintain the core teachings of the tradition as founded by Eddie Buczynski in the 1970s, the Minoan Brotherhood has evolved over the years and therefore Temenos Gryphon incorporates some unique features inherited from Temenos ta Theia (located in New Orleans, formerly Somerville, MA) or added via the research and experience of Minos Leonidas.
Temenos Gryphon is open to sincere and stable seekers ages 21 and older. We do not offer long-distance training since regular participation in the grove is required. Anyone out-of-state who are closer to other Minoi will be referred to them, although we cannot guarantee that their grove will be run in the same manner. Our inner court (for initiates only) meets once per month to celebrate the eight sabbats and full moon esbats which are similar to those of British Traditional Witchcraft or Wicca. Anyone interested in Temenos Gryphon should send a detailed message about themselves and why they are drawn to the Minoan Brotherhood. They should also include a link to an online profile or attach a clear photo confirming their identity. We need to weed out those individuals who aren’t serious, misrepresent themselves, or have ulterior motives.
Although the Minoan Brotherhood has been around for over 40 years and is an extension of even older occult traditions, we are still a relatively small and exclusive group that does not seek the spotlight. The details of our tradition are oathbound and any explanatory materials presented in a public forum should be considered suspect. As in British Traditional Witchcraft or Wicca, we absolutely do not charge money to teach or initiate. However, members of the grove are expected to contribute toward the cost of food and ritual supplies within their means.
Temenos Gryphon maintains high standards in selecting its members, but also provides a safe and supportive environment in which worthwhile initiates may grow. How you represent yourself online must match your real personality when we meet. Sincerity and honesty will go a long way. Humility too. If you already know everything, then why are you looking for a teacher? Our current initiates also have a say in who I choose to add to the grove dynamic. We welcome men of all ethnicities and skin tones.
As of October 2017, we have already chosen new seekers to consider for the 2018 outer court classes. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate everyone who may express interest due to issues of time, space, and demand. Please contact Minos Leonidas via Temenos Gryphon (temenosgryphon at gmail dot com) directly for more information and to check if this status has changed. If you are a seeker too far from the Washington DC area, please join the Minoan Brotherhood Seekers yahoo group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MinoanSeekers/info) or search Witchvox for a grove near you.
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