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Labrys

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The double-bladed axe of Crete, often used as a symbol for the Moon Goddess because of the double crescent of the blades. At Delphi the priests were known as labryadae or "axe-bearers." At Crete, the mazelike layout beneath the palace of Knossos was known as the labyrinth, or "House of the Double Axe." It was the home of the Minotaur or "Moon Bull." The labyrinth was not actually a maze in that it had only one path.

Today the sign of the labrys is used by many feminist Witches and is often worn as a talisman or as Circle jewelry.

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