Inanna | The Underworld

Inanna and Planet Venus


Before we chart Inanna’s course to the Underworld, we need to visit planet Venus first. Of the five planets known to Sumerians, Venus would have been the brightest.


Venus orbits the Sun on an inner track, faster than the Earth, but moving in the same direction.


The result, if one thinks of the Earth as the stationary center of the Universe, is that Venus seems to disappear below the horizon every 1.6 years. She is then gone from the sky for the better part of a year.


The outer planets can always be seen high in the night sky at one season or another.


Mercury, the only other inner planet, also disappears behind the Sun, but it moves so quickly that it reappears almost before it is missed.


Only Venus disappears from the sky for such a long time, apparently on an extended visit to the underworld

Venus is the second brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon


The clouds of sulphuric acid in Venus’ atmosphere make it reflective and shiny, obscuring our view of its surface. Its brightness makes it visible even during the day – if it’s clear and you know where to look.


The Descent of Inanna


From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below,

From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below,

From the Great Above Inanna opened her ear to the Great Below.

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“From the ancient Inanna forcing herself to the underworld to visit her sister, Ereshkigal— passing through the seven gates of the underworld and then being hung on a hook, rotting— where she had to look at her sister, and her sister had to look at her. Both needed to see inside themselves, to see inside their own shadows. To come to terms with who they really were, not who they thought they were.”

Module 2 – Practices

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