An ancient Middle Eastern mother goddess of love, fertility, sexuality, and war, Ishtar, who was also called Inanna (Sumeria), Astarte (Greek), Ashtoreth (Phoenicia), and Ashoret (Hebrew), is thought to be the origin goddess of Neith, Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Shekhinah, Sophia, Astarte, Frega, Dande, Irdrani, Selene, Artemis, and Aphrodite, and her mystical journey through the seven gates into the underworld to search for her beloved is an epic tale that became the stories of Isis, and Osiris, and Demeter, and Persephone.
Ishtar’s shamanic, transformative journey into the underworld required that as she passed through each of the seven gates, she was to leave an article of clothing, at each one, until she stood fully naked, without earthly attachment, and without earthly power at the threshold between the worlds. This journey through the seven gates, and the shedding of clothing, or releasing of Ishtar’s/woman’s power is symbolic of the shedding of the uterine wall, and the lunar blood that a woman releases each month. This journey is also representative of the seven earthly illusions that prevent us from seeing Divine reality; reason, knowledge, the heart/emotions, the egoic self, the senses, our desire, and our will, and it is also deeply symbolic of The Goddess as She reveals Herself to the human soul, and the journey of the woman as she is revealed by The Goddess.
The descent of Ishtar into darkness, and the moon as it, too travels into darkness, and the inward, mysterious time of a woman’s lunar bleeding are the inspiration for the rituals that I have created for you, in which you will journey four times for seven days each, during four powerful moon phases with ceremony, prayer, and magic down into darkness, and then emerge into the light. This mystical, magical, and very spiritual journey is for all women, whether or not they are experiencing monthly bleeding, for just as the light of the moon is always shining – even when it appears dark, our lunar blood is always flowing – even when it appears to have stopped.
The course includes PDF lessons, and a link for the recording of your bonus guided meditation. For shipping outside of the US, please inquire.
- Ishtar’s Descent
- How to Enjoy This Course
- Prayer For Ishtar
- Ishtar Magic
- Altar Image
- Guided Meditation
- The Descent
- Releasing: Seven Days of The Waning Crescent Moon
- Power of The Darkness: Seven Days of The Dark Moon
- Awakening: Seven Days of The New Moon
- Power of The Light: Seven Days of The Full Moon
- The Ascent
- Guided Meditation MP3
- Guide to the Blood Mysteries of The Moon, the Elements, and the Zodiac.