(Special post) The Goddess Inanna: Her Allies and Opponents by Hearth Moon Rising

Inanna with her priestess. Circa 2300 B.C.E. Photo Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Inanna with her priestess. Circa 2300 B.C.E. Photo Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.

Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld is one of the most fascinating myths ever told. Not just because it is profound and enlightening, although it is certainly that. It’s an exciting journey that ignites the imagination, and female characters are at the hub of the action.

This is a tale of power: power that is demanded, power that is won, power that is appropriated, and power that cannot be escaped. The story follows the fertility goddess Inanna, who brought civilization to Mesopotamia, as she seeks to expand her realm by venturing into the world below. Inanna’s experiences in the great below, her escape, and the wild events that unfold as a result of her caper are the focus of the tale.

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(Poem) Cueva de Nerja/ Caves of Nerja by Xánath Caraza, art by Adriana Manuela Ruiz Gómez

Watercolor by Adriana Manuela

Watercolor by Adriana Manuela

Cueva de Nerja

Por Xánath Caraza

Para Isabel Ruiz Lara

Columnas de tiempo

como piedras de agua.

Fluyen notas musicales

en los minerales,

en cada centímetro

que avanza, eco, eco, eco.

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(Meet Mago Contributor) Rena Hoffman

Rena HoffmanRena Hoffman combines her passion for art and counseling in a fulfilling career as a Soul Centred Creative Arts Psychotherapist. In her private practice deeply engages individual and group based art therapy with all ages. Rena’s quest began in the 1980s, looking for meaning within the Judeo/Christian school she attended and not finding it. She now calls herself an ecofeminist and lives ritual deeply, through her art and her work, as a mother, and in facilitating, supporting and participating in women’s circles. Rena has a BA in Psychology (Swinburne) and a Diploma in Soul Centred Psychotherapy (Kairos Centre).

(Meet Mago Contributor) Camelia Elias

Camelia Elias Contributor PhotoCamelia Elias, PhD, Dr.Phil., is a professor, writer, and cartomancer. Her research interests are in esoteric movements, occult, and the folk practices of reading and producing spiritual texts. She blogs at Taroflexions and has recently published a book on divination with the Marseille cards: Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading.

(Review) by Mary Saracino of The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps: A Trentino American Woman’s Search for Spiritual Agency, Folk Wisdom, and Ancestral Values by Mary Beth Moser

MaryBeth Moser_Everyday Spirituality_ImageMary Beth Moser’s doctoral dissertation, The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps: A Trentino American Woman’s Search for Spiritual Agency, Folk Wisdom, and Ancestral Values, takes readers on a wonderful adventure to uncover women’s ancient ways of knowing and being in the world.

While it explores the cultural and spiritual traditions of Trentino—a region in northern Italy that is the motherland of Moser’s grandmothers—the truths that it unearths transcend location and contribute to the ongoing effort to reclaim the story of women’s culture and spiritual agency across time and space.

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(Poem) konigsberg summer by Christina Quinn

Art by Christina Quinn

“Rain” by Christina Quinn

the baltic glistens with gold
tears spilled
from the eye of a goddess
calcified in beauteous resin 
lovers who stroll the sand
search for amber teardrops
a pledge to those they love

war came
& when it was time she
walked the thousand miles to freedom
took her boy
a sheaf of love letters bound in blue
& a strand of amber tears
the memory of
konigsberg summers
caught fast in yellow sun

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