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Magickal Path: Minoan, Old Craft
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
I am a high priest in the Minoan Brotherhood. I also practice the Old Craft and am currently studying Shakta Hinduism and the Wica tradition. In September 2014, I will be open to meeting any adult males interested in the newly forming Temenos Gryphon, a grove of the Minoan Brotherhood (specifically the Daktyloi-Minoan Line) . I would also like to collaborate with other experienced individuals of any gender or tradition, potentially to form a coven if they are not already involved with another group. Please note that the messaging on Witchvox might not be working perfectly, so please contact me via lion_of_krete at yahoo dot com and write “Witchvox” in the subject line if you do not hear back right away.
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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 real witchcraft practices or modern Wicca. I also do not agree with its occult commercialism and petty witch wars (which is not at all just confined to Salem) . For many years, I explored various traditions including Afro-Cuban Santeria (Lucumi) and still have a close friendship with my former padrino who is a priest of Yemaya. 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, Merlin’s Cave under Tintagel, the sacred sanctuary of Delphi, the cave of Pan on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the cave of Zeus near Mount Ida (now called Psiloritis) , the Heraklion Museum and the Palace of Knossos in Crete, and the Acropolis in Athens. 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 witchcraft derived from British practices but inspired by ancient Greek and 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 created to support and empower male witches who identify as gay or bisexual, using a framework similar to Gardnerian witchcraft but without the emphasis on gender polarity and a different interpretation of the Wheel of the Year (which technically does not make us BTW Wiccan) . Quite a few Minoans are also initiates or priests in related witchcraft traditions, including Gardnerian, Alexandrian, NECTW, Welsh, and the Wica (also founded by Eddie Buczynski) , 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 (we do not make this our focus in the Daktyloi-Minoan Line) . However our common practice does include skyclad circles and we continue to honor the power of the God and the sacred nature of love between men when appropriate. We also teach a wide variety of magical techniques, some of which can be utilized by established couples or those who are more experimental. There is no central authority in the Minoan Brotherhood. 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 downline from my high priest, Minos Hermes, who now resides in New Orleans. 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 (or assumed to be 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 also influenced by my past experiences in Temenos ta Theia and the House of Seven Daggers/Ile Okoto (Lucumi) . 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 also be considered similar to those found in other Hellenic polytheistic traditions. However, we also value the heartfelt and ecstatic over the scripted and orthodox.
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 what I prefer to call the Old Craft which originated in Britain but is adaptive to the individual and the local land, and I am currently studying Shakta Hinduism and the Wica tradition. Shakta Hinduism focuses on the emanations of the Great Mother Devi in India. The Wica tradition is derived from the Old Kentucky Line of Gardnerian BTW and is open to all genders, but differs in some ways including the option for clothed as well as skyclad circles and less strict gender-based roles in initiations, leading the coven, and working magic. 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 and make the effort. I am very selective about who I teach and initiate, but once you are in you are family. 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. 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 not already involved with a group who would like to form a local coven (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 Old Gods 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.
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