Join us for a day exploring the myth of the goddess Ishtar, with talks, discussion, magical exercises and ceremony.
The Mesopotamian great goddess Ishtar arose in the land between the horns of the mighty Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Multi-aspected as such great goddesses must be, she is a goddess of magic spells, joy, beauty and plenty. And of music, sacred hymns, of love and of war, a dispenser of justice and of political power.
We know from some of the earliest written epics, of her lover Tammuz, and of her initiatory descent. We'll explore the earthly Queen of Heaven's descent to encounter her sister Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld, and her dramatic return.
We'll explore Ishtar's symbols and stories, her association with Venus, the Morning and Evening Star, and her relationship and syncretism with other goddesses. Today, the sensual aspects of Ishtar are celebrated, of poetry, dance and song - we'll be looking at these too, in both their earthly and cosmic representations, creating an incense and oil and talisman for you to take away.
What can we learn from Ishtar, her myths and her symbols? How is Ishtar relevant today?