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Most pagans don’t know the name Edmund “Eddie” Buczynski (aka Minos Gwydion-Hyakinthos), but they should. In the span of only a few years in the 1970s, Eddie established three living traditions of modern neopaganism—the New York Welsh Tradition, the Wica Tradition, and the Minoan Tradition, which includes the Minoan Brotherhood, Minoan Sisterhood, and the Cult of Rhea, or the Cult of the Double Axe. This founding elder stood at the convergence of the hippy culture, gay liberation movement, and the rise of neopaganism in New York City, and took aspects of each to create unique and important contributions to neopagan religion and culture.

Bull of Heaven by Michael Lloyd

In this episode of Eat My Pagan Ass, Luckylicious interviews special guest Michael G. Lloyd (aka Garan Du), a Minoan high priest, co-founder of the Between the Worlds men’s gathering, and author of Bull of Heaven: The Mythic Life of Eddie Buczynski and the Rise of the New York Pagan, a book that some consider the sequel to Margot Adler's seminal history on neopaganism, Drawing Down the Moon (Ms. Adler provides the foreword to Bull of Heaven). As Michael shares in this episode, researching Eddie’s life and its impact on neopaganism was a labor of love that put him in touch with many of our community’s most respected and well-known leaders. As a spiritual descendant of Eddie’s work, Michael hopes that through this book more neopagans will become familiar with Eddie, a man he calls “the Gerald Gardner of the gay pagan community.”

Recorded Sept. 15, 2011. Published April 13, 2012.

Featured web links:

Michael G. Lloyd’s author page: https://www.facebook.com/Iakkhos

Michael G. Lloyd's guest blog post on The Wild Hunt: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/tag/eddie-buczynski

Between the Worlds Men’s Gathering: http://www.betweentheworlds.org

Featured music:

“Siganos Pentozalis” by Various Artists

“Blue Eyed Minoan” by Tatjana Maté

“Epostiroxan Ta Nera” by Various Artists

“Minoan Queen” by Divine Knights

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  • Michael Lloyd


    Many, many thanks for the opportunity to address your listeners. I encourage everyone to read any of the many fascinating books that have been or soon will be published on the history of this movement and its various leaders. You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

    Namaste, Michael Lloyd

    Apr 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm
  • Jack McNulty

    Another very enlightening interview by a focused and intelligent host. This hour offers an understanding of Garan Du even beyond a knowledge about Eddie Buczynski. I believe I am indebted to Lucky for the gift of this moment. The well placed comments, questions and summaries kept the program moving and interesting. I certainly hope someone will write the history of Michael Lloyd with a similar sympathy,compassion and warmth evidenced in this program. When you are in the picture you can’t see the picture. It took a Buckeye from Ohio to tie together the strands of Eddie’s life into a coherent whole for the communities in NYC who owe so much to him. Here’s a wish for those who will benefit from “The Bull of Heaven”. And Here’s a Hearty Thanks to Lucky for His continuing Quest for Understanding of the Many Spiritual Hungers of the Human Community . How tragic many are starving when we can feed each other so easily.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 11:58 pm