The New Moon in Taurus will be arriving at 2:14 a.m. on April 29 (EDT) about the same time as the solar eclipse, 2:04 a.m. (EDT), signaling a powerful time of initiation into the mysteries of sacred sexuality and feminine empowerment. The perfect time to start our personal work with Inanna in my 2014 New Moon Goddess Mystery School. Taurus's ruling planet is Venus and the planet's journey across the sky and enigmatic appearance as both the morning star and evening star is the basis of the Goddess Inanna's story of traveling to the Underworld and back.
If you don't know, Inanna is an ancient, Sumerian goddess who predated Aphrodite/Venus as the Goddess of Love. So Inanna is the original source of the embodiment of love and beauty and the innate life-giving power of the feminine.
Also known as "Queen of Heaven and Earth," Inanna was a unifying force of opposites. She was a goddess of love and war, sexuality and sacredness, earth and sky, hill and valley, light and dark, life and death. She was seen as both woman/priestess/queen as well as divine goddess. The poems and hymns that were written about her, some of the very first written documents existent, inscribed on clay tablets in cuneiform, dating from 2500 BC, tell of a great love story between her and the shepherd, Dumuzi, who became king. We will explore this story and how they came together as lovers, performed the heiros gamos, or sacred marriage, which wedded man and goddess (or the human and divine) and assured fertility across the land for both people and the vegetation that sustained them.
Inanna personified the heirodule or holy servant, sometimes known as the sacred prostitute. This is a term that seems like an oxymoron to us now, but in ancient goddess-loving times the sacred and the sexual were not separate, they were one--whole and holy. As part of this upcoming e-course on Inanna, we will be exploring our own sacred sexuality and what it means to let go and love--ourselves or another.
Click here to listen to a 10-minute audio talk on: The Sacred Prostitute
When Inanna heeded the call to go down to the Underworld to meet her sister, Erishkigal, the Dark Goddess, she did so against everyone's advice. After all, no one had ever returned from the Underworld. But Inanna was determined, and so she went down, dressed in full queenly regalia and let go of each precious item as she descended the 7 levels until she stood naked before her sister, her own dark mirror.
Her journey is one of letting go, of releasing the things that define us in the outer world, but which have little to do with who we are on an inner level -- as spiritual beings on a human journey. And when she rises from the Underworld, Inanna, transformed, reclaims her power in a new way. We will learn how to make our own Underworld journey with conscious intention, how to let go of ego trappings, and and how to transform our wounds and reclaim our True Self.
This letting go could also be applied to the journey into ourselves and our own sacred sexuality and the experience of the ultimate letting go, the cosmic release -- orgasm. This course explores all aspects of the divine feminine as Inanna exemplifies the spiritual and the human sides of being a woman. So, join us for this enlightening and empowering journey to meet the Goddess Inanna, where we will learn to meet ourselves as sexual, instinctual, creative, transformative, powerful feminine beings.
“The Spirit of the Valley never dies; This is called the dark feminine. The doorway into the dark feminine Is called the root of heaven and earth. It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.” ~ Tao Te Ching
Click here to enroll in this self-study course: 2014 New Moon Goddess Mystery School
How might it help us to work with goddess archetypes?
The myriad goddesses that were once revered by peace-loving people who worked together in agrarian societies provide mirrors of womanhood and femininity in a patriarchal world that tends to define women using decidedly masculine standards. This is done by either stereotyping, pigeonholing, or putting women in their place i.e., in a less equal status since the patriarchy places such a high value on hierarchy and competition.
By understanding and working with feminine archetypes of the goddesses that are found in every culture and corner of the world, we are able to explore the many and varied aspects that make women singular and distinct from men at the same time that we are able to celebrate our shared humanity. By exploring the qualities and attributes that the goddesses carried, we can learn much about ourselves and how to integrate these various aspects -- both human and divine -- as modern women. The goddess archetypes are useful models of feminine power and divinity that can help us with our own personal growth and individuation here on planet Earth in the 21st century.