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Inanna: The carved-out ground plan of heaven and earth

December 8, 2000 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST


The Mesopotamian goddess Inanna wears on her robe “the carved-out ground plan of heaven and earth,” thus declaring herself to be the architect of perceived reality. Her plan, as described by the poet and priestess Enheduanna, encompasses both the beauty, joy and goodness of life as well as sorrow, tragedy, pain, violence and death. Inanna herself embodies paradox and creates for her human subjects all the difficult opposing forces of the outer and inner worlds. From Jung’s psychology we learn that the demanding contradictions that challenge every human being are the whet stones on which we hone our individuality and widen the circumference of our consciousness. We will explore transformative strategy of embracing dark and light, examining this process as a gateway to understanding the Divine Feminine.

Related Workshop: Inanna: Warrior, priestess, lover, androgyne

Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst, retired member of the San Francisco Jung Institute. She is the author of Uncursing the Dark. Her translations of the devotional poetry of the Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna, the first author of record, appear in her book Inanna – Lady of Largest Heart. Her translation of the forty-two Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna will appear in the forthcoming On Your Radiant Site. She lives on a ranch in San Diego County where she and her husband grow a prize-winning merlot in their vineyard.

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December 8, 2000
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is for the workshop is $5 for 2 hours. To obtain CEU credit, add the CEU to your shopping cart when registering.


First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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