[11], Several double axes were found at the Arkalochori cave in Crete, with inscriptions in the Linear A script. So the palace was referred to as “labyrinth” or “hall of the double ax”. The labrys is, in fact, a stylized butterfly, a symbol of the regenerative power of the godess. Labrys Leadership: It’s a System’s World! a type of Zeus venerated at Labraunda in Caria that numismatists call Zeus Labraundeus (Ζεὺς Λαβρανδεύς) stands with a tall lotus-tipped sceptre upright in his left hand and the double-headed axe over his right shoulder. The labrys also has been used since the 1970s[25] as a lesbian, feminist, and goddess movement symbol to represent women's strength and self-sufficiency.[26][27]. And if you decide to do both, how do you find a balance in the distribution of your energy and attention? [5], This was a cult-word that was introduced from Anatolia, where such symbols have been found in Katal Huyuk from the neolithic age. Zeus swallowing the goddess symbolized the progressive suppression of the earlier traditional religious beliefs, symbolically dethroning the goddess, Metis, but allowing Athene (her daughter) to be "born" of Zeus because her worship was so pervasive and widespread that it could not be suppressed. "Labrys." The double-bitted axe remains a forestry tool to this day,[2] and the labrys certainly functioned as a tool and hewing axe[3] before it was invested with symbolic function. These representations of the symbol were exemplified by Labrys Magazine, a successful gay women's publication launched in June 2004 in Atlanta Georgia by Maria Rivers. Of all the Minoan religious symbols… It has been suggested that these might be Linear A but it seems that "the characters on the axe are no more than a 'pseudo-inscription* engraved by an illiterate in uncomprehending imitation of authentic Linear A characters on other similar axes. Some sources indicate that the Labrys served as the favourite weapon of Artemis, the Greek Godess of the Hunt, and her female army of Amazones. For me as a trainer and probably for you as a business leader or training participant these concepts are key. The labrys was an important symbol at the Minoan palace at Knossos and the suffix “-nth” meant “hall”. Many meanings and interpretations have been given to the symbol of the Labrys, the mythical double axe. Labrys (λάβρυς in Greek, lábrys) is the term for a symmetric doubleheaded axe originally from Crete in Greece, one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization; to the Romans, it was known as a bipennis.1 The symbol was commonly associated with female divinities. Rouse, "The Double Axe and the Labyrinth". “. Graphical characteristics:Symmetric, Open shape, Monochrome, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines. “Yin and Yang.” “Light and Dark.” “East and West.” “We and They”. In Labraunda of Caria the double-axe accompanies the storm-god Zeus Labraundos. The sacrifices would likely have been of bulls. In Crete, the symbol of the double-axe always accompanies goddesses, and it seems that it was the symbol of the beginning (arche) of the creation. The more usual double-headed instrument of Hephaestus is the double-headed smith's hammer so the symbolism is important. What will your strategy look like? Descripción: One basic version of the labrys symbol, a stylized form of the ancient Minoan sacred double-bladed axe sometimes used in modern times to symbolize lesbian feminism and/or matriarchy and/or neo-pagan goddess worship (the common denominator being women's "strength and self-sufficiency").. For a transparent version of this image, see Labrys-symbol-transparent.svg. [4] Labrys symbolism is found in Minoan, Thracian, and Greek religion, mythology, and art, dating from the Middle Bronze Age onwards, and surviving in the Byzantine Empire. The word "labrys" is Minoan in origin and is from the same root as the Latin labus, or lips. . Last but not least I point to the concept of duality the Labrys represents. [15], Labrys may be associated with an archaic symbol of the thunder deity whom Zeus and others become as storm gods wielding their thunder weapons and are found in some motifs of Indo-European mythology. The labrys, or pelekys, is the double axe Zeus uses to invoke storm, and the relative modern Greek word for lightning is star-axe ( αστροπελέκι=astropeleki ) [18] [12] Among the double axes, the second-millennium bronze Arkalochori Axe with an inscription was excavated by Marinatos in 1934. The labrys is a double headed ritual axe.