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Magickal Path: Minoan, Old Craft, Shakta
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Libra
Relationship Status: Long-term relationship
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Located in: Arlington, Virginia
Likes: working out, nature, museums
Dislikes: insincerity, greed, limited worldviews
My name is Leonidas. Since I was a child, I was drawn to the Old Gods and called myself a pagan. Although raised Roman Catholic, I would pray to Artemis-Diana and Hekate, as well as other Gods known from ancient Greece and Rome. I read as much as I could about mythology, world religions, and the occult. I grew up next to Salem, Massachusetts so was introduced to the idea of witchcraft as a living practice and religion early on, even though the actual history of the area has nothing to do with Wica. I also do not agree with its occult commercialism and petty witch wars. For many years, I explored various traditions including Afro-Cuban Santeria. I also had the opportunity to travel and meet other witches and pagans in both England and Italy. I have visited beautiful and powerful places such as Lake Nemi, the Etruscan Necropolis near Rome, many Roman and Romano-British temple ruins, the New Forest, Avebury Stone Circle, the White Horse of Uffington, Glastonbury Tor, the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, and Merlin’s Cave. I am a practitioner of the Old Craft, a devotee of the Great Mother and Her Starry Son, and a Minos (high priest) in the Minoan Brotherhood, a unique branch of traditional Wica inspired by pre-Hellenic Aegean religion. I have participated in groves (covens) in both Boston and New Orleans as a member of Temenos ta Theia. I have also been a regular guest at local Pagan, Wiccan, and Druid community events.
The Minoan Brotherhood was specifically tailored to support and empower male witches, most of whom identify as gay or bisexual, using a framework similar to Gardnerian witchcraft (BTW) but without the emphasis on gender polarity. Quite a few Minoans are also initiates or priests in related witchcraft traditions, including Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Welsh, and the Wica, and others in faiths as diverse as Buddhism, Hinduism, Vodou, and Lucumi (Santeria) . There are core teachings common to all, but each Minoan grove operates independently and may evolve over time. Not all groves emphasize an erotic atmosphere during ritual, however our common practice does include skyclad circles and the knowledge of various magical techniques. There is no central authority. Some groves may choose to work together while others do not. There are also forms of the Minoan tradition that are either exclusively female or welcome both genders. Daktyloi-Minoan is a branch of the Minoan Brotherhood downline from my high priest, Minos Hermes. I developed this line with both his blessing and hopefully enough inspiration from the Gods themselves. Although certain practices within the Daktyloi-Minoan line diverge from those which might be more common in other groves of the Minoan Brotherhood, I continue to assist other Minoan Brotherhood groves such as Temenos Anesidora in Kentucky and Temenos ta Megalei Pherei in Louisiana. The Daktyloi-Minoan line is influenced by pre-Hellenic Aegean religion, Classical polytheism, Eastern mystery cults, European witchcraft (including British Wica) , and my past experiences in the House of Seven Daggers (Ile Okoto) and Temenos ta Theia. Although we are not reconstructionist and do not preach how an individual should regard the Gods (hard or soft should only be applied to boiled eggs, not polytheism) , we are also not typically Wiccan since the use of or need for certain tools and ritual structure is different. Some of our practices would be considered similar to those found in other Hellenic polytheistic traditions.
My partner Korax and I maintain the Temple of the Mothers of East and West at our house in Arlington, VA which is very close to Washington, DC. It is home to the newly forming Temenos Gryphon (Griffin Grove) . I also practice the Old Craft which originated in Britain but is adaptive to the individual and the local land, and I am currently studying Shakta Hinduism. Please contact us only if you are serious. We try to foster a safe, sane, and supportive place for sincere seekers. Do not contact us if you are only interested in sexual fantasies, occult celebrity status, power trips, playing games, or pretending to be something you are not. A little humility goes a long way. I will be screening potential male initiates for the newly forming Daktyloi-Minoan grove, Temenos Gryphon, in September 2014 if the right seekers find their way to me. Please note that I never charge money to teach or hold rituals. However, I do ask that you fulfill certain requirements such as being reliable and respectful if you become part of the grove. I am also open to collaborating with other experienced individuals of any gender or tradition who would like to form a coven of the Old Craft (separate from the Minoan grove) . This would be more in the spirit of such authors as Paul Huson, Doreen Valiente, and Gemma Gary. My preference would be for a practical, down-to-earth and well-balanced group in tune with the spirits of the land and the seasons who want to honor the Mother and Father and do spellwork when necessary. I am also happy to make new connections with anyone under the broad umbrella of paganism and witchcraft, no matter your path or how experienced you consider yourself. We will be traveling to Athens, Delphi, and Crete this summer.
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