“To destroy, to build up, to tear up and to settle are yours, Inanna….
To turn a man into a woman and a woman into a man are yours, Inanna….
Business, great winning, financial loss, deficit are yours, Inanna….
Neglect, careful preparation, to raise the head and to subdue are yours, Inanna….
Slander, untruthful words, to speak inimical (words) (and) to add hostile words are yours, Inanna….
To initiate a quarrel, to joke, to cause smiling, to be base and to be important are yours, Inanna.”
- Prayer to the Goddess Inanna-Ishtar
A major theme that has essentially become “pop” in modern “New Age” circles is this notion that with the “Great Shift” of December 21st, 2012, we are now living in an age that is ruled by the Divine Feminine after centuries of Masculine rule through domination and conquest. This concept was most recently talked about by self-described psychic, (as well as activist, musician, actress and media personality) Danielle Egnew in her recent YouTube video entitled, “2016 Psychic Presidential Prediction – You may be shocked!”
In her video, the psychic actress essentially predicted that Hillary Clinton was going to win the Presidential election (did we really need a psychic to predict that?). However, she did not actually state that, but rather it was implied by stating Trump and Bernie WOULD NOT win.
She stated that Donald Trump represented the male dominator impulse that was “on its way out”, and said that “in no reality” that she had psychic access to was he the winner.
On the opposite end, she said Bernie represented “the people” and that he was doing more good on the ground than he would if he got stifled in the White House.
Hillary Clinton was described as a sort of “bridge” between the Age of male domination and empire building and the Age of compassionate egalitarianism that is supposedly just around the corner with the incoming of this new “Feminine Age”.
In her video prediction, Egnew repeated what has become pop-New Age thought, stating that after December 21st, 2012 we entered the Age of the Feminine, which is apparently all about nurturing, compassion, peace on Earth, and other “Golden Age” ideals.
To her credit, Egnew encouraged viewers to step back and take a look at the bigger picture where these political figures represented various aspects of the collective consciousness, and cease the vehement emotional in-fighting that has grown to a fever pitch among voting factions this election cycle.
However, there are issues with Ms. Egenew’s prediction, particularly when it comes to her characterizations of both the Feminine and Masculine aspects of consciousness and what that has meant in Ages past, present and future.
One unfortunate tendency among a large portion of “New Agers” is the gross over-simplification of the characteristics of the Masculine and Feminine Principles, reducing them to two-dimensional caricatures of themselves. This undoubtedly due to the enormous impact that Neo-Marxist Critical Theory has had on the perceptions of the New Age community.
On one side we have the Masculine, symbolized by the hated “Patriarchy”- boorish, bullying, pig-headed, violent, destructive, oppressive and intolerant. On the other side, we have the Feminine- compassionate, nurturing, loving, accepting, peaceful, level-headed, sugar, and spice, and everything nice. These caricatures are perpetuated by Ms. Egenew in her video.
However, these depictions of the Masculine and Feminine completely disregard the millennia of wisdom handed down from the ancient world, as well as any truly objective observations of the workings of the modern world. The ancient Celts, for example, saw the primary masculine and feminine deities as having three or four primary aspects, which can be linked to the various cycles occurring in nature. The aspect of the “multi-faceted” deity was also found in ancient India as well as the Near-East, and is essentially a universal concept.
The initiated knew that at the most primal level, these gods and goddesses represented aspects of individual and collective human consciousness, which exist beyond labels and any concepts of “morality”. These were forces of nature on a cosmic scale, and the ancient initiates deeply understood the awesome complexity of these forces.
A great example of this understanding can be seen in the activities of the Inanna-Ishtar cults of Babylon and the ancient Semitic world. Inanna-Ishtar was the goddess of love, war and sex. Her cult practiced what was known as “sacred prostitution”, where women waited at a temple and had sex with a stranger in exchange for a divine blessing as well as money to feed hungry children, pay a debt, etc. Undoubtedly the Biblical characterization of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute, as well as the figure of the “Whore of Babylon” from Revelation, was derived from perhaps less-than favorable views of this ancient goddess cult.
In ancient Babylon they would hold festivals in honor of the Goddess, in which the traditional roles of men and women were reversed, and men would dress as women and women would dress as men. The participants would play games and act as children, while at the same time partaking in abject hedonism. The purpose behind this celebration was to appease the Goddess, whom they understood had the power and potential to turn the basic ordering principle that arises from the Divine Masculine upside down, returning the world to a state of chaos.
Researcher Colin McKay describes this cult of Inanna-Ishtar in his essay about the Hermetic and alchemical principles behind money creation and finance entitled “The Money $hot: Even Banking is All about Sex”:
“Inanna-Ishtar combines male aggressiveness with the force of superabundance of female sexuality. She encompasses the two forms of potential disorder and violence—sex and war.
Inanna-Ishtar’s cultic celebrations and cultic personnel above all reflect her anomalousness and liminality. She is, one might say, externalized into unordered, carnivalesque celebration that demonstrates a reaching beyond the normal order of things and the breakdown of norms. The goddess’s festivals are institutionalized license. They celebrate and tolerate disorder. They are occasions when social rules are in abeyance and deviance from norms is articulated. Through symbolic inversion they attack the basic categorical differences between male and female, human and animal, young and old.
The chief participants and actors in the goddess’s cult are well known by name … Their transvestism simulated the androgyny of Inanna-Ishtar. It was perhaps the inversion of the male/female binary opposition that thereby neutralized this opposition. By emulating their goddess who was both female and male, they shattered the boundary between the sexes. … The cultic personnel of the goddess in their costumes, words, and acts had but one goal: ‘to delight Ishtar’s heart, give themselves up to (otherwise) for[bidden] actions.’”
The shattering of boundaries between sexes and the deviations of social norms with the point of creating “disorder” has been the stated goal of the various “Marxist-style” cultural revolutions that came out of the Frankfurt School and made the slow march through the institutions, culminating with movements like the Sexual Revolution, Second Wave Feminism, and LGBT Pride. These revolutionary movements were not only about the disenfranchised looking for equal footing in society, but were at their roots about toppling the “Patriarchy” and dismantling the existing social order. This was and is the cult of Inanna-Ishtar playing itself out in the world, as this sort of hypersexualized “upside-down” disorder slowly normalized the replacement traditional roles and the traditional orders of society.
In Vedic mythology, the goddess Kāli (not to be confused with the masculine demon of the same name) was the embodiment of death, destruction and the consuming aspects of reality. Her name means “black one and force of time”, and she is therefore called the Goddess of Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. She is the transition from one cycle to the next, where the old must be destroyed and dismantled in order for the creation of the new. She is the mouth of the abyss that wishes to swallow all that we think we are.
In the ancient Babylonian creation myth, the male god Marduk slays the cosmic serpent of chaos, characterized by the feminine entity known as Tiamat, and creates the world from her body. Tiamat is the cosmic abyss- the substance from which matter is formed, and is also representative of the Feminine Principle of raw potentiality. Marduk was the ordering principle of the Kosmos- that which gives form, structure, and order, and is representative of the Masculine Principle.
The ancients understood that creation is comprised of two primary polarities- Masculine and Feminine. This is the Yin and the Yang out of Taoist philosophy. Yin, is represented as the black fish with the white eye, (as both sides contain a piece of its opposite) and represents the Feminine polarity of consciousness. Yang then, the white fish with the black eye, represents the Male polarity of consciousness.
In Hermetic philosophy, we see this articulated in the Principle of Gender, which states that “gender is in everything” and that all things have a male and a female polarity. On a functional level, this exists as something that goes beyond what we understand as “sex” and can be likened to the “positive” and “negative” charges on a battery in how they operate. The Kybalion illustrates how these Principles operate in consciousness:
“The tendency of the Feminine Principle is always in the direction of receiving impressions, while the tendency of the Masculine Principle is always in. the direction of giving out, or expressing. The Feminine Principle has a much more varied field of operation than has the Masculine Principle. The Feminine Principle conducts the work of generating new thoughts, concepts, ideas, including the work of the imagination. The Masculine Principle contents itself with the work of the “Will,” in its varied phases. And yet without the active aid of the Will of the Masculine Principle, the Feminine Principle is apt to rest content with generating mental images which are the result of impressions received from outside, instead of producing original mental creations.”
In other words, there can be no act of creation without the Masculine Principle. Without the Masculine Principle, the New Age will bring nothing “new” at all. It is the Masculine that creates what the Feminine births and nurtures. One cannot exist without the other.
Quite some time ago I came to the realization that what appears to be happening in the world is the “dance” of the Divine Feminine and Masculine forces playing out in the consciousness of humanity. Sometimes the dance is graceful, but quite often it appears violent.
It also helps to understand that the Masculine and Feminine Principles extend far beyond human gender, which is really irrelevant when we understand how all things contain both Principles within them. Men and women as leaders are more or less “symbolic” to these Principles at various times, but by no means do they define them. Men can serve as agents of the Feminine and vice versa.
We have been living our lives in the carnival of Inanna-Ishtar as the existing orders have been stripped and torn down through philosophical and ideological movements like Modernism, Postmodernism and Cultural Marxism as well as the numerous wars, revolutions and conflicts of the past century that occurred on a scale and scope never before seen.
Now it could be argued that there was some of the “nurturing” aspect of the Feminine present at the end of this Age with the advent of socialism and the social safety-net, i.e. “the welfare state”, as well as the emotional coddling that arises out of the culture of political correctness. Ultimately these “nurturing” institutions in and of themselves can only take. They cannot produce. Thus there comes a point where the Masculine Principle is needed to rein things in or things begin to break down, which is what is beginning to happen economically in the West as the burden on the artificial system reaches its limit.
With both the cultural movements and the wars, the focus has been almost entirely bent towards destabilizing and “tearing down” to the point where nothing remains of the old societies. This is what then allows for a “New Order” to be shaped out of the Masculine Principle. But the question is, do we really understand the Masculine Principle well enough to work with it consciously to shape a world that is more aligned with the Laws of Nature and Creation, or will we be forced to remain as spectators and cheerleaders for those who do understand it? The Kybalion illustrates this:
“The majority of persons rarely employ the Masculine Principle but little and are content to live according to the thoughts and ideas instilled into the “Me” from the “I” of other minds… The strong men and women of the world invariably manifest the Masculine Principle of Will, and their strength depends materially upon this fact. Instead of living upon the impressions made upon their minds by others, they dominate their own minds by their Will, obtaining the kind of mental images desired, and moreover dominate the minds of others likewise, in the same manner. Look at the strong people, how they manage to implant their seed-thoughts in the minds of the masses of the people, thus causing the latter to think thoughts in accordance with the desires and wills of the strong individuals. This is why the masses of people are such sheep-like creatures, never originating an idea of their own, nor using their own powers of mental activity.”
This is why knowing and understanding the Principles and being able to utilize them in a conscious and functional manner is more important than ever. We have an opportunity now as things begin to break down to create something entirely new. But we need to be vigilant, because the Old Age always tries to stay beyond its time and will attempt to plant its seeds in the New.
Inanna-Ishtar has brought her disorder and Kali has brought her destruction as we ascend into the chaos of Tiamat, where once again, the Masculine Principle of order will once again bring form, as we move out of the Age of the FEMININE water (emotions) sign of Pisces and into the MASCULINE air (mind) sign of Aquarius.
Yes we have been in a Feminine Age the whole time and you didn’t even know it. Perhaps some might be up in arms over this statement, furrowing their brows and flailing their limbs while lamenting, “B-b-but the oppression, a-a-and the Patriarchy…”
To that I simply offer this bit of life insight: I have never seen anyone more oppressive and cruel towards women than other women.
Likewise, I have never seen guys act dumber than when they are trying to impress a girl.
But in all seriousness, the Zodiacal Ages are contained within the larger Yuga Ages. The Kali Yuga was a male-dominator Age, but it was intersected halfway by the feminine Piscean Age, which ushered the transition out of the Kali Yuga in the 1700s. This was the Enlightenment Era of scientific discovery and political egalitarianism. This was also the beginning of the transition an age in Western society where it was stable and safe enough for the philosophy of Feminism to emerge, which up until that point it had not been.
There was a long-held believe that the Kali Yuga would be immediately followed by the Satya Yuga or “Golden Age”, which is seen by many as the Age of the Primordial Mother, but also as the Age where the Primordial Duo were One. However this was found to be untrue by the great mystic, Sri Yukteswar, teacher of Yogananada, who found that we are now in fact in a Dwapara Yuga or “Energy Age”, as opposed to a new Golden Age. At this point in time, this is idea of us being in an “energy age” is easily observed as almost a no-brainer in this age of scientific and technological breakthroughs.
It is said that in the Dwapara Yuga, people will be “kingly and pleasure-seeking. In this era, the divine intellect ceases to exist, and it is therefore seldom that anyone is wholly truthful. As a result of this life of deceit, people are plagued by ailments, diseases and various types of desires. After suffering from these ailments, people realize their misdeeds and perform penance.”
So we are headed into a Masculine mental Age in during the greater Energy Age. What does this mean? It means that we are in an Age where both Feminine AND Masculine forces will be shifting and re-aligning as we move back towards that Golden Age so many want to be here RIGHT NOW. Don’t worry though, good things come to those who wait… several thousand years.
Namaste and God Bless.