Saturday, August 8, 2015

Before the Third Gate

Having relinquished first her Crown of Heaven and now the rings from her ears, Inanna was led through the second gate and down the winding passageway until another gate loomed out of the darkness.  Turning once more to face the Sumerian Queen of Heaven, Neti advised that another of her sacred items needed to be removed.  According to the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature this third item were the twin egg-shaped beads (or a double strand of beads) that Inanna wore around her neck.

"What is this?" exclaimed the Queen of Heaven.  "Be satisfied, Inana, a divine power of the underworld has been fulfilled. Inana, you must not open your mouth against the rites of the underworld."  And with such words, the third gate to the Great Below was opened and Inanna stepped through into the now familiar darkness.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Before the Second Gate

Inanna (Artist unknown)
Before the first gate, the Sumerian Queen of Heaven is taken back that her entrance is blocked until she relinquishes one of her sacred items, "Quiet, Inanna," she is told by the gatekeeper, "the ways of the Underworld are perfect.  They may not be questioned."  And the words fall from his lips, Neti reaches for Inanna's crown, the symbol of her sovereignty and status.  Such a symbol will not be required in the Great Below.
In an interpretation of a similar myth whereby it is the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar who makes her descent instead, she asks the gatekeeper, "Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the great crown on my head?"  To which Neti replies, "Go in, my lady.  Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth."
The large gates to the Great Below slowly open and Inanna is granted entry.  As her guide, Neti takes her down the winding passageway to the second gate to the Great Below.  In order for the Queen of Heaven to pass through this gateway, she is advised that she must remove the rings from her ears.  As Neti does just this, Inanna cries, "Gatekeeper, why have you taken away the rings in my ears?"  To which Neti replies, "Go in, my lady.  Such are the rites of the Mistress of Earth."  She is reminded that these are the ways of the Underworld and should not be questioned ...

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Standing before the First Gate

Astarte by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Dating back to around 1,750 BCE (before common era) clay tablets recorded a journey into the netherworld by a woman, the Goddess Inanna, who was referred to as the "Queen of Heaven".  Why she sought to venture into the darkness of the Underworld, a realm of her counterpart, sister, the Goddess of Death and Destruction, has been open to many interpretations:

From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above Inanna opened her ear to the Great Below.

My Lady abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
Inanna abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
She abandoned her office of holy priestess to descend to the underworld ...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Dark Goddess and my Descent

It has been a number of months since my last posting here at The Goddess House and this has largely been because of various change in circumstances, the most recent coming for a forefront about four weeks ago.  However, from a place of  contemplation and reflection, this current change has actually began its progress some 10 years ago.
It was in about 2006 that I first commenced workshops on what was then a rather neglected and misunderstood aspect of the Divine Feminine, that of the "dark" goddess.  Contrary to public opinion at the time (and still even today in some circles) that this Underworldly aspect of the Feminine Divine was restricted to that of the Crone and the dark moon, through my own exploration of mythology and folklore, I felt that there was indeed more to her than this. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Use of Mantras in Daily Life

The word mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
According to the Vedic tradition, the ancient sages were able to hear the subtle vibrations produced by everything in nature ― the sounds of the wind, thunder, butterflies, rushing rivers and all other creations. They recognized that these sounds are the manifestation of spirit into matter. They identified “Om” (or aum) as the most elemental sound, representing the infinite universal consciousness. For thousands of years, people have used this mantra to expand their awareness of the divine.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

See me at the Seven Sisters Festival (27-29 March)

Neolithic Snake Goddess
At the end of this month I have the great honour of being at the Seven Sisters Festival that will be held at Mt Martha, Victoria from Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 March 2015.  This three day festival specifically gathers for the modern woman of the 21st century who balances technology and careers with health and spirituality.  As such, I am delighted to be presenting an introduction workshop on Goddess spirituality - in fact on who actually the Goddess is.
For the emerging woman the word "Goddess" can present a wide array of interpretations from an ancient creatrix who was worshipped during some distant time through to meaning "feminine energy" and the space that all women hold - we are all "Goddesses".  In my talk I will be focusing on the first interpretation - Goddess as an ancient creatrix whose stories of creation can still be found and whose sacred temples still remind us today that She once held the key to the universe.

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again
The second edition of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is now available through or direct from the author (Australian customers only) for an autographed copy.

Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.