Asked Questions About the Minoan Brotherhood
document is a collaboration of many Minoan Elders; including those
from the groves of the United States: the original Knossos Grove,
Temenos Praxitheos, Temenos Drakontos, Temenos Theotokos, Temenos
Kylixos Kai He Ampelos, Knossos-West Grove, Knossos-East Grove,
Phaistos Grove, Hermes Grove, Asterphaedes Grove, Temenos Protogonoi,
and the Grove of the Sacred Serpent and StarDove Coven, both of
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
is the Minoan Brotherhood?
Brotherhood is a men's initiatory tradition of the Craft celebrating
Life, Men Loving Men, and Magic in a primarily Cretan context,
also including some Aegean and Ancient Near Eastern mythology.
Who founded the Minoan Brotherhood?
Buczynski founded the Brotherhood in 1975 in New York City. Eddie
was an Elder of the Gardnerian and New York Welsh Traditions,
and a founding Elder of the Wica Tradition. He was also a student
of Archaeology, having studied at Hunter College and at Bryn Mawr's
Classical Studies Department prior to his death.
Why was the Tradition founded?
Brotherhood was founded as a response to the heterosexist culture
of most forms of Traditional Witchcraft prevalent in the 1970's.
These traditions believe that due to the inherent polarity of
nature, magic must be performed between a man and a woman, and
any groups that work without this balance are doomed to failure.
This encouraged a homophobic attitude in many of the groups of
the time. The rare group sometimes welcomed gay men as brothers,
but only so long as they upheld the polarity rites of the tradition
they were practicing. For many, this was uncomfortable, and nigh
impossible. And many groups refused to work with gay men under
any circumstances. Eddie worked his way through the training of
the Gardnerian tradition. Upon his elevation to Gardnerian 3rd,
he used his work in his original traditions, coupled with his
knowledge of and research into ancient civilizations, to develop
a tradition that celebrates the unique magic possible between
men who love men.
Is the Minoan Brotherhood for gay men only?
Brotherhood is primarily a tradition for gay and bisexual men.
However, it is open to any male of legal age who is free to pursue
his own interests. Completely heterosexual men may not feel comfortable
with the style, method of working or current of power within the
Minoan Brotherhood. For those who do, the door is always open,
and has been since the founding of the Tradition.
Is the Minoan Tradition solely for men?
Brotherhood is a male path. However, another aspect of the Minoan
Tradition, the Minoan Sisterhood, is designed to provide a framework
for women to practice in a similar, yet all-female setting.
Sisterhood began in 1976. At that time, a small group of priestesses
in the Wica Tradition began working with materials devised by
Eddie Buczynski. Lady Rhea of Magickal Realms, and Lady Miw-Sekhmet
of Enchantments, both in New York City used this material as the
basis for building the Women's mysteries and formed the basis
for the Minoan Sisterhood. Their work resulted in the founding
of the first Grove of the Minoan Sisterhood in New York City.
The Sisterhood is open to any woman, and emphasizes Women's Mysteries.
The Minoan Brotherhood and Minoan Sisterhood are sibling paths
in the Minoan Tradition, each with its own Mysteries and rites.
A third path within the Minoan Tradition is the Cult of Rhea,
also known as the Cult of the Double Axe, which represents a meeting
ground between the two traditions. This 3rd Path is a cooperative
endeavor between the working Minoan Brotherhood and Sisterhood
Elders participating in its expression and involves the form and
function they wish to use to achieve their purpose in coming together.
The Cult of Rhea represents the coming together at the Sabbats
or Festivals of the Year of both branches of the Tradition.
be noted that there is another path in the New York area that
claims lineage to the Minoan Tradition. This path refers to itself
as the Minoan Fellowship and has formed an organization in New
York called the Minoan Temple. Despite any assertions made to
the contrary, it is not a part of the Minoan Tradition as created
by Eddie Buczynski, Lady Miw-Sekhmet, and Lady Rhea and should
not be confused as such by anyone truly interested in the Minoan
Brotherhood or Minoan Sisterhood.
How is the Minoan Brotherhood structured?
We are a mystery
tradition employing three degrees of Initiation and Elevation
that serve to mark varying levels of responsibility and involvement
with the Mysteries. Our Covens are called Groves, and are run
by a Minos of the 3rd Degree, occasionally in partnership with
a Server and/or Kouros. Membership is by initiation, and we trace
our lineage back to Eddie Buczynski (Lord Gwydion). After the
3rd degree, an individual is empowered to assume the role of Minos
of a new Grove. Groves function autonomously within the framework
of the Laws of the Tradition. The Minoan Brotherhood does not
proselytize for new members, and maintains its Mysteries and Rites
in secret. The central teachings of the Minoan Brotherhood have
continued to develop since its founding through the continued
scholarship of its members.
What form does ritual practice take in the Minoan Tradition?
a Gardnerian-influenced framework, we blend elements of pre-Doric
Aegean mythology (primarily Cretan and Mycenaean), the Ancient
Near East, and Traditional Witchcraft with the wealth of knowledge
which has been made available to us through the years of work,
research, experimentation and inspiration of our Elders. A strong
current of queer spirituality influences our practices. Working
tools and their uses are similar to Traditional Witchcraft, but
are also unique to our particular path.
We give honor
to the Gods of the Minoan Culture, primarily through the forms
of the Great Mother and Her Divine Son. We celebrate our rites
at the 13 Full Moons and 8 Festivals of the Wheel. The Brotherhood
Initiates work magic together in groves, in couples, or alone.
Meetings are traditionally skyclad or naked. Our Full Moon rituals
are for Initiates only, and are dedicated to the working of magic
and spiritual development. Our Festivals are rooted in Aegean
cycles and myths and are largely celebratory.
Do Minoan Brotherhood Rites involve sex?
like those of other paths of Traditional Witchcraft, can be sexually
charged, and are decidedly homoerotic. Initiates are encouraged
to study sex magic and eroticism. No one is expected to do anything
non-consensual; however, people uncomfortable with nudity and
homoerotic situations may not be suited for this Tradition. Sexual
mysticism is a key element in Minoan magic, and so Initiates are
continually developing themselves and their abilities.
What is the purpose of secrecy in the Minoan Brotherhood?
keep their rites secret to preserve the impact for seekers, and
to preserve the power of the Tradition. When awe is reduced to
a sales pitch, and enlightenment becomes a commodity on a store
shelf, then the magic is drained from life and the world. Secrecy
works to preserve the sacredness and wonder of the spiritual quest.
Shouldn't the Brotherhood be available to all?
is available to those who choose to apply themselves to the path
of study and evolution. Magic, and its associated mental discipline,
can be used to harm as much as it can be used to heal or create
beauty. Dedication to the path of study and evolution helps the
student become properly prepared to work with the energies of
magic that affect the student's psyche and environment. We must
learn to use fire correctly for it to be a constructive force.
Similarly, shrouding the tools and rites behind the veil of Initiation
works to ensure the safety of the student, and assures that only
persons with appropriate ethical grounding, maturity, and commitment
are given potentially dangerous esoteric knowledge. As in other
Mystery Traditions, Minoan instructors function as guides and
gatekeepers in this process. One cannot become a Minoan Brother
without being taught by an appropriate teacher. Thus, though the
Brotherhood is accessible to qualified applicants, seekers may
need to wait until a qualified instructor is available.
the Mysteries themselves cannot be taught; they must be experienced.
They are therefore exposed to the student over time, preparing
the student to experience the true Mystery.
How do I learn more about the Minoan Brotherhood?
student of the Brotherhood should join the Minoan
Seekers List and post an introduction. This will provide the
student the appropriate forum in which to learn about the available
teachers and their requirements and personalities. More detailed
information than contained within this FAQ must be given within
the teacher-student relationship. You can also check below on
and Minos has their own requirements for initiations and elevations,
and each has their own areas of emphasis within the Craft. A student
should get to know potential teachers and after getting to know
the right one, ask to study with them. Since Minoans don't proselytize,
it is the responsibility of the student to make his interest known
to the appropriate teacher.
there a group near me?
in the following locations are currently accepting students:
and Other References
No written information on the workings of the Minoan Tradition
exists outside of rudimentary information available to the public.
We value our privacy and secrecy as ways in which we may further
empower ourselves to serve our Gods.