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Magickal Path: Minoan
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. 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 and I 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 am a devotee of the Great Mother and Her Starry Son, a Daktyl, 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 will be interviewing potential initiates for my Daktyloi-Minoan grove, Temenos Gryphon, in September 2014 if the right seekers find their way to me.
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 but without the emphasis on gender polarity. Although there are core teachings common to all, as well as the potential for homoeroticism, each grove operates independently and may evolve over time. There is no central authority. There are, however, other 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, some Daktyls may choose to cross-initiate and I continue to assist other Minoan Brotherhood groves such as Temenos Anesidora in Kentucky. 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.
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. The temple is named after Durga and Rhea respectively, although Durga is not directly part of the Minoan tradition. It is home to Temenos Gryphon (Griffin Grove) and the Shrine of Ariadne, but we also have an interest in the Hindu Goddesses and Ganesh. Please contact us if you are serious about the Minoan tradition, initiatory witchcraft, or devotional polytheism. We try to foster a safe, sane, and supportive space for sincere seekers. Do not contact us if you are only interested in casual sex, occult celebrity status, power trips, playing games, or pretending to be something you are not. A little humility goes a long way. 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 happy to make new connections with others who fall 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, Delos, and Crete this summer.
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