Descent to the Goddess

A Way of Initiation for Women

Author: Sylvia Brinton Perera

Publisher: N.A


Category: Psychology

Page: 111

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Pioneer study of the need for an inner female authority in a masculine-oriented society. Interprets the journey into the underworld of Inanna-lshtar, Goddess of Heaven and Earth, to see Ereshkigal, her dark sister. So must modern women descend into the depths of themselves. Rich in insights.

Journey to the Dark Goddess

How to Return to Your Soul

Author: Jane Meredith

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1846946778

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 228

View: 2650

Journey to the Dark Goddess will lead you on a powerful, healing path. In the stories of ancient Goddesses you will hear your own soul, calling out to you. The Dark Goddess is the creatrix of healing, change and renewal. She offers connection with the core of yourself. If you have been unable to shake off depression, or fear its return; if you have inexplicable ‘blank patches’ in your life, if you know that something is missing, or something is calling to you, if you seek the source of women’s power – it’s time to journey to the Dark Goddess. The for this journey to the Dark Goddess exists in ancient myth. Weaving the stories of Inanna, Persephone and Psyche with self-enquiry and sacred ritual we learn to journey internally, creating maps in our darkest places and return enriched, integrating our deepest understandings. Meeting the Dark Goddess we see a mirror of our own soul.


Author: Diane Wolkstein

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060908548

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 4996

A fresh retelling of the ancient texts about Ishtar, the world's first goddess. Illustrated with visual artifacts of the period. "A great masterpiece of universal literature."--Mircea Eliade

The Heroine's Journey

Author: Maureen Murdock

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828340

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

View: 920

This book describes contemporary woman's search for wholeness in a society in which she has been defined according to masculine values. Drawing upon cultural myths and fairy tales, ancient symbols and goddesses, and the dreams of contemporary women, Murdock illustrates the need for—and the reality of—feminine values in Western culture today.

The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volume Two

The Journey of the God

Author: Christopher Penczak

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 073871478X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 462

View: 5971

In the sixth installment of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series, popular author Christopher Penczak explores the quest of the God. In this volume, the twelve signs of the zodiac represent the God's symbolic journey through the sky. Each archetypal astrological force offers readers unique insight into the mysteries and the role of a high priest or high priestess. This manual of practical exercise, witchcraft theology, and ministerial advice also explores witchcraft and the modern world, discussing how contemporary issues can be approached from the perspective of witchcraft spirituality. A magickal education through the zodiac signs Learning tools for pagan ministers Earth stewardship and working with ley lines Ancestor work Trance work through dance and plant substances Mediumship within witchcraft Communing with your own personal twelvefold pantheon The lessons in this advanced magickal book culminate in a powerful self-initiation ritual that combines the lessons of the Goddess's descent and the God's journey, to bring awareness, understanding, and personal power.

The Descent of Ishtar

Both the Sumerian and Akkadian Versions

Author: Timothy J. Stephany

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517611361


Page: 122

View: 4644

The Mistress of Heaven, the goddess Ishtar, stands in a unique position of supremacy among the goddess figures of the world; and her descent into the underworld is her essential distinctive myth. The primacy of the goddess and her lover, Dumuzi, to the seasonal cycle, and the ritual marriage which was a ceremony of the union essential to civilized life, was not retained within the textual Judeo-Christian tradition. As a result this mythological cycle of the goddess restores the expressive sexual metaphor of agricultural fertility, which merges the domestic concerns of womanhood with the essential productive forces of nature. Included along with this essential seasonal myth are two entirely dissimilar tales concerned with military valor, heroic conquest, and the assumption of absolute power; the partially incomplete Mesopotamian tales of 'The Epic of Anzu' and 'Erra and Ishum'.

Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart

Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna

Author: Enheduanna,Betty De Shong Meador

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292752429

Category: Religion

Page: 225

View: 5014

Around 2,300 BC Enheduanna was high priestess to the moon god Nanna at his temple in Ur, a position she held for almost forty years. This volume translates Enheduanna's three devotional poems to the goddess Inanna accompanied by an extensive commentary and discussion which places these highly personal and unique expressions within the context of Sumerian culture and religion. The author highlights the importance of the poems and the princess for our understanding of the place of women in Near Eastern society and religion.

The Great Goddesses of Egypt

Author: Barbara S. Lesko

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806132020

Category: Religion

Page: 319

View: 1870

The book presents in depth histories of the cults of seven major goddesses and many excerpts from their literature--hymns, prayers, and magical spells as well as descriptions of ritual, temples and clergy.

Coming to Age

The Croning Years and Late-life Transformation

Author: Jane R. Prétat

Publisher: N.A


Category: Psychology

Page: 143

View: 3479

A comprehensive overview of inner events and creative possibilities after middle age. Pretat explores the tasks and potential rewards of this period, including the relevance of the Demeter-Persephone myth.

Knowing Woman

Author: Irene De Catillejo

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834830442

Category: Psychology

Page: 192

View: 8932

In this classic work, a noted Jungian analyst explores the division of the human psyche into masculine and feminine. Characteristic of feminine consciousness, she writes, is diffuse awareness, which recognizes the unity of all life and promotes acceptance and relationship. The masculine attitude is one of focused consciousness, the capacity to formulate ideas and to change, invent, and create. Concerned with the experience of women in a culture dominated by masculine values, the author discusses topics such as the animus (the masculine "soul image" in a woman's unconscious); women's roles in relation to work, friends, children, and lovers; and issues such as abortion, aging, and self-determination.

The Biography of Goddess Inanna; Indomitable Queen of Heaven, Earth and Almost Everything

Her Story Is Women’S Story

Author: Sandra Bart Heimann

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1504358236

Category: Social Science

Page: 554

View: 3722

When stars were many and people few, a great story was told everywhere. The first storytellers were women. Their story was so large it filled the universe it told of a Great Mother encompassing life, death and return of everything. When Neolithic farming people settled, and depended on plentiful crops and herds, a goddess of fertility stepped into stardom. Inanna is the Sumerian goddess of love, crescent moon, evening star, fertility and renewal. She is the longest lasting supreme goddess of the Ancient Near East. Inannas biography includes her rise to supreme holder of almost all the powers of culture and civilization. 5000 year old poems bring Inanna to life. She sings to her miraculous vulva and to her consort-lover; she struggles to keep her powers and complains of her losses and demotions. Inanna represents lifes powerful contradictions. She changes peace to war and back again; she causes strife and brings love; she turns women into men and men into women. Inanna loves all her people, every one. A biography must have adversity and Inanna has plenty; she must always conquer of the ever-rising tide of patriarchal domination in all its forms. Buried and forgotten for two millennia, she now steps from the dust, ties up her sandals, applies her kohl, adjusts her tiara, summons her lions, and returns. Her story is also womans story. Let me introduce you to Inanna, Queen of Heaven, Earth, and almost everything

Inanna Returns

Author: V. S. Ferguson

Publisher: Thel Dar Publishing

ISBN: 9780964727618

Category: Science fiction

Page: 275

View: 5769

Dancing in the Flames

The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness

Author: Marion Woodman,Elinor J. Dickson

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 9780676970470

Category: Femininity

Page: 240

View: 8518

As we speed towards the next millennium, many of us are taking stock of the presences and absences in our lives. In Dancing in the Flames, Marion Woodman, along with reputed therapist Elinor Dickson, points to the gaping hole in our spiritual fabric. Unlike other cultures and eras, modern Western society has repressed notions of the Divine Feminine, possibly to the detriment of our psyches, our bodies, and even our planet. This landmark book, which draws from art, fables, science and dreams, creates a vista from which to view our imbalances and provides hope for celebration as we turn to embrace a lost aspect of ourselves. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia

Author: Nancy K. Sandars

Publisher: Penguin Classics

ISBN: 9780140442496

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

View: 5633

Presents a collection of ancient poems about such topics as the creation of Earth, descent into the underworld, and prayers to gods.

Goddess of Anarchy

The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical

Author: Jacqueline Jones

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 154169726X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 9285

From a prize-winning historian, a new portrait of an extraordinary activist and the turbulent age in which she lived Goddess of Anarchy recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas-where she met her husband, the Haymarket "martyr" Albert Parsons-Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions-she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times-from slavery through the Great Depression.

Uncursing the Dark

Treasures from the Underworld

Author: Betty De Shong Meador

Publisher: N.A


Category: Psychology

Page: 166

View: 3688

New translation then psychological commentary on the myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld.

Laughter of Aphrodite

reflections on a journey to the goddess

Author: Carol P. Christ

Publisher: HarperOne


Category: Religion

Page: 238

View: 1028

Annotation: "Carol Christ clearly articulates the failure of Christianity to validate women's power, will, sexuality, and bonds with other women."-San Francisco Examiner

Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction

An Archetypal Perspective

Author: Sylvia Brinton Perera

Publisher: Ibis Press

ISBN: 9780892540570

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 490

View: 5480

Drawing on twenty-six years of experience as a Jungian analyst, the author shows how the stories and images of ancient mythology can illuminate the depths of the psyche. In particular she shows how those in the grip of addiction confront the great Irish goddess Maeve, whose name means "the inebriating one" and whose drink was the sacred mead. Maeve represents the profoundly human and archetypal need for experiences of ecstasy and sovereignty. Written with passion and clarity, the author gives us Queen Maeve in full, and invites us to comprehend the wildness of the Celtic imagination. She brings with her the sensitivity of a psychoanalyst who has companioned many souls suffering the dislocations and addictions of modern life. For those who have had to battle with their own addictions or with those of their loved ones or clients, this book offers the promise of understanding how that battle is suffered, fought, and won.

Into the Great Below

A Devotional for Inanna Snd Ereshkigal

Author: Galina Krasskova

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780982579831

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 3149

Into the Great Below is a compilation of devotional poems, prayers, and rituals celebrating two magnificent Sumerian Goddesses: Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Erishkigal, Queen of the Underworld. In these pages you will find a map traversing the shadowy places between these two Holy Powers. Here, you will read about Inanna's courage, Her journey and decent into Irkla, and Her vulnerability before Her sister. Here too you will find prayers celebrating the wisdom of Eriskigal, Her power, Her fury, Her mercy. In this book, you will hear from contemporary devotees of these ancient Powers and through their words possibly glimpse the ways in which both goddesses touch Their devotees lives today.

The Secret Library

A Book-Lovers' Journey Through Curiosities of History

Author: Oliver Tearle

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782435581

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

View: 721