The Journey of a Lifetime: Rites of Passage and the Ancestral Wisdom

It seems to me that the situation we’re in regarding the threat to the survival of our race has all the hallmarks of an initiatory test as part of a rite of passage.

The rite of passage was a practice – and often still is among those indigenous tribes that remain –  going back thousands of years, in which the boys would be taken away, deep into the forest, by the Elders, and there they would be put through their paces by facing natural dangers head on. The adversaries were real – and sometimes, some of them would die. But those that survived to make it back to the tribe, came back men. They could only survive by finding their own natural intelligence which is carried in the race memories of the Rivers of Blood, as it’s known in faery lore. (Read more in The Faery wisdom about race… and the rivers of blood).

So this was a very real passage from childhood into adulthood. It literally turned boys into men, so that they could go on to protect the tribe and its tribal lands into the future.

The shaman, Malidome Patrice Somé, explains about his rite of passage in the jungle of Burkino Faso in his book Of Water and the Spirit. The children were left alone to face the danger and it was by no means certain that they would overcome it, and make it out of the woods. There was no Health and Safety, in other words, around this rite. They were sometimes buried up to their necks in sand, to experience extreme heat, discomfort and restriction in order to force them deeper into visions and into the ancestral wisdom seedbed.

I underwent a similar rite of passage when I was buried in the Earth by my teacher, and had to stay there overnight.

The classic rite of passage was considered to be a pre-requisite to manhood all over the world.

This story of the boy overcoming his adversaries and returning as a man is the key narrative in so many ancient myths, Joseph Campbell referred to it as the Monomyth, and the returning man as The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

According to this model, most of us are currently at 11.00 am – Betrayal – which is the precursor to Spiritual Birth into our power, at noon.


This is also the story told in the giant geo-engineered effigies of the Glastonbury Temple of the Stars. It mirrors the rite of passage narrative that our earliest ancestors saw depicted in the stars of the sky; as Above, So Below. (Read more about the Glastonbury Temple of the Stars in The Mysteries of Britain, the Matter of Sovereignty and the Glastonbury Declaration. )

My understanding is that the current dangers facing us are not just part of an initiatory test which lasts for a number of weeks or months in a jungle somewhere …. but one in which our whole life is a rite of passage.

Like all such rites of passage, the aim is to get the ‘child’ or the novice in touch with their own holistic being, so that they can tap and activate their natural intelligence. However, it takes a real adversary to act as the catalyst – a pantomime lion would never do.

The lion in our case is going to be the deliberate destruction of our DNA – and thus our ancestral wisdom – by genetic modification.

Those of us under threat from our version of ‘the lions’ will never survive unless we also learn to tap this natural intelligence soon. We have to get to it before they destroy it. It isn’t just about our survival as an individual, but just as importantly, the survival of our race. We have no other means to face the coming onslaught because our parents had no knowledge of it, to teach us, and neither did our grandparents. We all have fathers and grandfathers who marched off willingly to sacrifice themselves in the bankers’ world wars. So like the children of Burkino Faso, we’ve been left alone, like orphans, to face our foes.

Possibly this ignorance about the overall game plan goes back for many generations. But there is a way of contacting the ancestral wisdom earlier than that, through the race memory in the DNA of the Rivers of Blood.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention. So in the rites of passage, the children are forced to go within to ‘wade through’ their own Rivers of Blood in order to get the necessary intelligence to survive and overcome their adversaries. We are in the same situation. Only by being forced to go within, to contact the ancestral wisdom, will our tribe, our race, survive.

Even if the peril in which we currently find ourselves turns out not to be a deliberately arranged rite of passage, the action of contacting our natural intelligence will have the same net outcome. So if nothing else, it’s a useful cognitive model to work with. It also gets out of the treacherous mires and marshes which can bog us down, where we are overcome with emotions like fear, and also grief and betrayal because the ‘good parent’ has suddenly turned into the ‘bad parent’… or has been the ‘bad parent’ all along, the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Time is also wasted in trying to argue and reason with them and petition them to change their ways. We may win a few small battles – but only the ones which they are prepared to throw, strategically. We will never persuade them to our point of view any more that we can turn a lion vegetarian, when their salaries – their own survival – depends upon them not understanding it.

We’re also squandering this opportunity while the clock is ticking in worrying about when the rest of the tribe is going to wake up. Maybe they won’t. Maybe it is just up to us…

Some of the people leading these discussions are not awake themselves… being politically awake is not the same as being spiritually awake.

Those who are only politically awake are alerting people to the dangers –  but have no solutions to overcome them. Some of those alerting people on the alternative media actually have the danger built into their business models, so to overcome it would mean the end of them too. All they can do is keep pointing out the danger, and the different ways it’s manifesting, over and over again. It’s useful but only up to point. We need to find a way to move the conversation on.

The spiritual awakening, in contrast, carries the seed of the solution in its own awakening. Once there is a tipping point, once enough are awake, all bets are off. But this awakening is at the level of the individual, not the group. And because we’ve been conditioned by religion to think in terms of absolute truth about good and evil which has to be dealt with collectively, this is another hurdle to be got over.

Right now, all our borders are down… and not just in geographical terms, but that too. We need some ‘controlled immigration’ not just into our lands, but also into our cognitive landscapes. The taboos which the Elders of our tribes put in place for our protections have been eroded over time. Many have been deliberately eroded by skilled manipulation of these ambush predators, who have a long game plan and are prepared to wait and strike when the conditions are right.

Controlled immigration is not about racism; it’s simple economics. You can’t have both a welfare state and open borders; it’s about numbers. If we don’t repel invaders, we will be overcome and our welfare will be at risk. It’s much easier to traffic children across open borders than when they have to go through immigration controls; it’s much easier to traffic ideas that are not in our own best interests when our discrimination no longer works because our taboos are down.

If there is a threat to the life of our race, to our tribe, that is ‘live’ backwards, and thus ‘evil’ to us; evil enough for us to act if we are to survive.

In tuning into what our ancestors are advising and what the spirits of the land are showing us, we can bring back the natural intelligence and innate wisdom to our tribes. Its seed bed is our birthright and comes us to us through the DNA in the Rivers of Blood – and now is the time to access it before it is modified out of all existence and Monsanto owns all the seeds.

 The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar

Shamanic sexual healing and sex magic

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir

Shamans and high priestesses in Neolithic times were in touch with the spirits of the land, and so were able to transmit their wisdom to the king or pharaoh in sacred sex rites during his coronation night. These became known as the Sovereignty rites, because they fired up the king’s higher brain centres, giving him a superior intelligence and thus the ability and the right to reign.

Our ancestors have left us magical keys in their orally passed on myths which, like messages in a bottle, can help us find the way to spark up that wisdom again, in ourselves.

Ishtar Babilu Dingir is a shaman and mythologist who is regularly in communion with the spirits of the land where she lives in Glastonbury, Somerset. In The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar, she has laid out the way for the ordinary person to ignite their own route to Sovereignty through shamanic sexual practises and also by learning to communicate with the spirits of the land.

One comment

  1. sophiaschildren

    Really good post and insights, Ishtar, particularly about the need to reclaim, bolster, etc. the ancestral wisdom and memory … and an awareness of the various attempts to eradicate the ancestral memory, as you’ve brilliantly shared. Thanks for the post, and sharing this important perspective. ~ Jamie


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