Posts Tagged "ode-to-minoa"

Meeting the Goddess Lilith

Many years ago I had an encounter with an owl that led me to the Goddess Lilith, catapulting me on the journey that has been my life these past 25 years. In that time, Lilith has been one of my main guides and allies. Can I tell you in one sentence what that means? No. It is too complex and revealing and anyway, the power would be lost in the telling. But I can tell you some things. And in that telling I can understand it better myself. Because that is the way story always works. And that is why we tell stories. Recently I began a class with a group of women around regaining our pure female...

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What is Minoan Crete?

Crete in the Bronze Age was an island surrounded by a world of change.  In fact, the Minoan society was one of the last holdouts for the worship of an all encompassing universal life source envisioned in the form of the Goddess; one that had previously thrived throughout most of Europe and the Mediterranean. The archeological finds uncovered by Arthur Evans at the beginning of the 20th Century from the “Minoan” Era are named after the legendary King Minos of Greek Mythology.  Evidence for a king, however, has yet to be found.  Instead, statuettes and images of Goddesses and priestesses...

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Priestess Diviners of Minoan Crete

In the archaeological remains of the Minoan Era of Crete, statues of priestesses in ritual attire holding a snake in either hand are found. The expression in their eyes and their enlarged ears lets us know these women are in a state of trance. In some of the temple rooms of the sprawling building found in Knossos, there were also snake pits. In small doses snake venom is a hallucinogen. Clearly these priestesses were engaging with the snake and her medicine to receive oracular information. In my novel Ode to Minoa, Aureillia—the protagonist, receives the bite of the snake at certain phases...

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