Kommos Line

Kommos is a diverse, international lineage named after a Bronze Age town which served as the harbor for Phaistos in Minoan Crete. Each Minoan Brotherhood grove is considered autonomous in the tradition and we have no centralized leadership or hierarchy outside of the individual grove. However, there are certain beliefs and practices taught by Eddie Buczynski which are common to all. The Kommos Line also incorporates some unique additions to the original lore inherited from Temenos ta Theia and Temenos Gryphon. The Kommos Line believes that the Minoan Brotherhood, although based on a Gardnerian ritual framework and sharing many of the same tools and techniques with Wicca, is a living and breathing tradition drawing inspiration from the past but adaptable and relevant to the present. The primary focus of the Minoan Brotherhood (emphasis on BROTHERHOOD) should be the self-development and self-empowerment of individual initiates within a supportive group setting facilitated by the Minos. The degree system is not about holding power or influence over others but rather about personal growth and accepting a greater level of responsibility to help others on a spiritual path. Minos Leonidas stresses the ecstatic and free-flowing nature of the Minoan current and feels there should be more room for diversity, adaptability, and creativity within a grove so long as it is done with honesty, humility, and care. The symbol of the Kommos Line is the Hoopoe Bird. Hoopoes are colorful birds with a distinctive crest and a unique call. They are found throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. An image of the sacred Hoopoe used as an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is thought to represent gratitude.

Great Mother Rhea – Original artwork by Korax

Answers to some recent questions about the Kommos Line of the Minoan Brotherhood:

Does the Kommos Line welcome transgender men?

Transgender men (FTM) are welcome within the Kommos Line of the Minoan Brotherhood. In light of recent public discourse surrounding transphobia, same-sex initiation, and gender roles within Gardnerian Wicca (specifically the Long Island Line), Minos Leonidas wants to make this absolutely clear. Unfortunately there are some gay cisgender men who are also transphobic and push the hateful TERF agenda within the Craft. On a side note, Eddie Buczynski’s New York Wica lineage was inclusive ahead of its time but is not recognized by many other progressive Gards today.

Does the Kommos Line welcome cisgender men who identify as non-binary, gender fluid or queer?

The sacredness of intimacy, love, attraction, and sexual pleasure between men are all part of our tradition’s lore and reason for being created. The Minoan Brotherhood was an alternative to the heterosexist and homophobic attitudes in Gardnerian Wiccan and other covens at the time of its creation in the 1970s. How one personally reconciles this with their own non-binary, gender fluid or queer identity is entirely up to that individual. However, such individuals who become initiated will be known as “Minoan Brothers” within ritual and when representing our tradition.

Hoopoe Bird – Original artwork by Korax