The Sumerian love goddess Inanna is often confused with the Babylonian love goddess Ishtar, but I will leave the academics to argue about who came first and where, because I’m much more interested in the archaeological and literary evidence for sacred love magic at that time, in the Fertile Crescent. There is much erotic imagery…Read More
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What does a womb shaman do?
The kings of old would undergo Sovereignty rites, similar to the horse sacrifice of the Celts, on their coronation day. That evening, they would lie with a cuen, which is the Anglo Saxon source of our word “queen”. The cuens were always the source of spiritual wisdom behind the man who sat on the throne…Read More
Womb shamans and Venuses
I found this carving on one of the stones at the Neolithic-dated ritual site of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey many years ago, when I had my own shamanic archaeology forum called Ishtar’s Gate. Some of you may remember it? The other, largely male, members of my forum decided to just politely ignore this august lady.…Read More
Twin souls and dream lovers
When I began writing about the archaeological evidence for shamanic sex rites on my archaeological forum in the early 2000s, I was one of the first to air the subject. But by the time I’d compiled those posts into The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar, the notion of sacred love-making was starting to go viral…Read More