Labrys and Horns
An Introduction to Modern Minoan Paganism
New Second Edition Coming June 2020!
Revised and updated with lots of new material
The labrys and horns - powerful symbols of ancient Minoan spirituality - are every bit as relevant now as they were in Crete all those centuries ago.
Come with me as we journey to the magical land of Minoan Crete, whose gods and goddesses are still very much alive today.
I wrote this book especially for solitary practitioners but groups will find it useful, too. This is your go-to resource that you'll keep with you as walk the path of Minoan spirituality. It's not a set of strict rules but a guidebook that will help you find your own unique way.
I hope my readers will think of this book as a portable temple to the Minoan gods and goddesses, a self-contained sacred space where they can find meaningful connection with the divine.
The World of the Ancient Minoans: what happened when, the seasons, Minoan spiritual life
Modern Minoan Paganism: symbols and practices
Meet the Deities: Find out about the gods and goddesses of ancient Crete
The Minoan Sacred Calendar: the holy days and festivals the ancient Minoan celebrated
The Basic Rituals: setting up your altar, consecrating it, calling a deity, making offerings
Daily Devotionals: a great way to connect with the Minoan gods and goddesses
Create It Yourself: make your own finger labyrinth or labrys-and-horns
Compendium: find out about the foods, stones, incense, and herbs and Minoans used so you can add them to your practice
Resources: books and music to enrich your spiritual path
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What readers are saying about Labrys and Horns:
An authentic scholar and practitioner, Perry offers a gorgeously structured and informative guide to the cultic history of Crete and the integration and relevance of Neo-Minoan spirituality in contemporary life.
When it comes to what we think we know of ancient Crete, much has been made of very little. Perry's integrity sets her apart from the many well meaning re-imaginers of ancient paganism. The book begins with a thorough digest of the real evidence we have of Bronze Age Minoan culture, and a number of honest best guesses inspired by later Mycenaen archeology and Linear B writings. She does a masterful job of making the often confusing history accessible to the interested layperson. Carefully selected line images of Minoan artifacts and sacred symbols, and a well chosen roster of the most important goddesses and other divinities create an invaluable basis for the aspiring practicioner of this important but largely lost Pagan tradition.
But the heart and soul Perry brings to her subject matter makes Labrys and Horns truly special. Her unspoken assumption that the Pagan spirit will recognize itself in the remnant testimony of Minoan Crete rings true, and the book, while compelling to anyone, will resonate most powerfully with those already familiar with other strains of Pagan belief and practice.
It is equally affirming and inspiring to the informed afficionado. I have spent years researching ancient Crete as an historical novelist, but found dozens of fascinating nuggets I either didn't know or had not connected: the worship of sacral vestments, the extensive plethora of horned deities other than the bull, and the possible ritual and meditative uses of wine and the open fisted "Minoan salute," to name just a few.
Perry concludes with clear, detailed suggestions for real life practice, including the wonderful admonition to "listen to your inner voice." Well said. Her personal testimony is perhaps the book's strongest virtue. Enthusiastically recommended.
|| J.P. Jamin, author of The Seas Come Still
As a fussy former English professor, and as a scholar/writer on Minoans for 40 years, I Highly Recommend “Labrys & Horns” for your hard-copy bookshelf. Cover to cover, Perry’s pages are careful, clear, down-to-earth practical and graceful too. Her solid, broad, detailed research is well-organized for learning (and then building on) what we know of Minoan Crete’s traditions from the ecological ground up, from herbs to instruments. While the book has generous features from 37 well-selected and precise line-drawings to a thorough subject-index, the sections build toward exemplary fusion of fact and fresh action. From “Basic Rituals” to “Daily Devotionals” and “Create It Yourself,” Perry’s multiple approaches to helping people real-ize the best of the ancient West truly capture its POETRY---and that’s to say they will inspire and unleash new energies as deep and positive as our real Minoan heritage. All in all, “Labrys & Horns” is a well-honed instrument for bringing the facts and wildness, the depths, powers and wisdom of Minoan spirituality back to the forefront of Western education and living---on your own and in the fellowship of Nature and community.
|| Dr. Jack Dempsey, author of The Knossos Calendar and Ariadne's Brother
I just got this book and I am just starting to read it and I am hooked! Thank you Laura for writing this book for what seems like just me! Can't wait to order my Tarot Deck and Coloring book then I will have a complete set so far!
|| Amazon reviewer
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