21 Day Inanna Sadhana
The Heroine’s Descent to the Dark Goddess
~ a passage to the mature feminine ~
with Chameli Ardagh
You can start this course at any time.
Inanna has blazed the trail,
traveling to the underworld and back,
and now she is calling for you,
her sister, to descend.
Compost the clothes that confine you,
both the itchy rags and the glittery gowns.
She calls you to grow your roots in wholeness.
From the inside of the inside,
her undiluted gaze is
glowing like a lighthouse,
at the entrance to the unknown.
Come, she whispers,
You have been playing small long enough.
I will show you where your greatness sleeps.
What if that which you most avoid,
is the very gateway to that which you long for…
What if all the striving to improve yourself, to excel in the game,
distracts you from a deeper birth…
What if the power to bring the vision in your heart into form,
is available to you, always, it is just that you keep turning your back at it…
In this 21 Day Sadhana, we will follow the ancient poem Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld as our map. The Goddess Inanna moves through seven gates on her way down to her Dark sister Ereshkigal; at each gate she is asked to sacrifice something that identifies her as the goddess. Through the courage to voluntarily disintegrate, she is initiated and she later returns to Her world with the medicine of maturity.
No part of her exiled. Unmasked, humbled and awake to the unfathomable wholeness of who she is made of.
With eyes wide open, the unwavering flame of true love burning in her heart, and her roots irreversibly planted in a deep place of home, she turns and faces this terrifying and achingly beautiful world.
Why do we need to face the Dark Goddess?
The world you navigate through, manifests as polarities – dark and light, above and below, masculine and feminine, negative and positive, inside and outside – no matter how much you insist on an either or, or crave for the promised land of harmony ever after, transcendence or spiritual awakening will not erase this dance.
Inanna and her dark sister will teach you to open to the Power of Paradox. Here opposites not only co-exist, they co-mingle, in you, as you, and there is a birth, a becoming, a manifestation of the deep creative power of the feminine.
Inanna is the ancient Sumerian goddess of love, procreation, and of war, who later became identified with the Akkadian goddess Ishtar, with the Phoenician Astarte, the Greek Aphrodite, and the Hindu Goddess Durga, among others. She was known as the Queen of heaven and earth. Her dark sister Ereshkigal lives exiled as the Queen of the underworld.
About the Poem:
Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld was written down on a stone plate (c. 1900 – 1600 BCE), and was buried in the desert for more than 3000 years to later appear as a much needed map for this particular time when women everywhere hear the call to retrieve, and bring into the world, the medicine of the deep feminine.
The Spirit of the Valley never dies;
This is called the dark feminine.
The doorway into the dark feminine
Is called the root of heaven and earth.
It is there within us all the while;
Draw upon it as you will, it never runs dry.
~ Tao Te Ching 6
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