Workshop: Warrior, Priestess, Lover, Androgyne. The variety and potency of the images of the Divine Feminine in Mesopotamia suggest that these ancient people had access to energetic expression long since stifled in men and women in the west. Because the divine beings of Mesopotamia are direct precursors of Judaism and Christianity, they are latent in the western psyche as the shadow of an overly exclusive masculine god. We will explore through slide images, text and discussion such shadow figures as the ecstatic priestess, the warrior goddess, the divine life force as sexuality, and the androgyne, all of whom carry a balancing potential for the traditional western individual and offer the possibility of a greatly expanded consciousness.
Betty De Shong Meador, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in Berkeley, California, and a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Her translations of myths and songs to the Mesopotamian goddess Inanna appear in her book Uncursing the Dark. The Inanna poems of the first poet of record, the high priestess Enheduanna, are featured in her forthcoming book Inanna: Lady of Largest Heart to be published by the University of Texas Press, 2000.