The eternal cycle of the goddess has come around again to fire the spirit.  According to Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade,  women are, in more ways than ever, reaching a stage of Gylany, the  linking of men and women.  The cultural Transformation that is now in  action has been forcing society to undergo a series of changes in the  prevailing attitudes towards women.  As these voices, predicting  change, come together in joy, there IS a central core of strength.  The  eternal spirit of the goddess, whether she is called Athena, Inanna, or  Mary, is awake and alive.  Cultural evolution, juxtaposed with  biological evolution, is an illumination of the chaotic changes of the  past, present, and future.

      In many cultures preceding ours visions were respected and glorified.   Art was an integral part of both church and state.  The goddess was  worshiped and adored in paintings and literature, among other things.   She still is, though the incarnate spirit is not permitted to cross  boundaries erected by the governing males.

     The Mother  of the Earth shows mercy to the many who rape and plunder their way  through her fruits.  She has turned a blind eye to chaos.  Inanna, the  Goddess, replicates the Golden Chain passed from father to daughter.   The matriarchal chain of events leading Inanna to the ME's establish a  Godhead only she can witness.  Worshiping the goddess involves faith on  many different levels, from the fields of the corn to the mines of the  moon, she can only be seen by the Few.

     Riane Eisler  identifies early religious traditions who personified divine wisdom as  female.  All cultures have heard the Call.  Art and Literature are two  of the common ways that logic and symbol can be combined.  The writing  on the wall can be deciphered in many different ways; thus, it is safe  to create a world of mysticism and magic only to be seen by the ones  that can read the codes of the time.  Reason and logic have no place in  the world of the visionary.  Those who have heard the Call transcend the  available sources and create stories of love and war that survive  through the centuries.

     The forces of nature designed  the tree of life, just as the forces of truth create human excellence.   The Evolution of Consciousness has awakened the Divine Dream.  The idea  of an "elect chosen by hazard" is illustrated in 'The Descent of  Inanna'.  She willingly accepted the job of the search in the  underworld.  The underworld represents "The Other Side".  What we can  see and what we can't comprehend are the tunnels that lead us through to  the underworld.

     "Prehistoric partnership societies  technological advances were used primarily to make life more pleasurable  rather than to dominate and destroy", says Eisler.  And that new  knowledge has shown us manifestos such as the one written by Inanna.   This original direction of our cultural evolution illuminates such a  threat to the prevailing system, there are massive efforts to suppress  it.

     In Sumerian culture Inanna was "Queen of Heaven",  a goddess who ruled "over the sky, the earth, and the underworld".   They heard the Call of the divine story.  The goddess of the skies hears  the earth's cry.  History has completed a jigsaw puzzle to be assembled  by the spirits of both the goddess and the warrior.  Inanna's journey  prepared her for her reality.  Both sides were linked.  To her, light  and dark were one with the power of life and death.

      The nature of divinity in both Inanna and The Oddessy were similar in  many ways.  The divine love that was present in both texts illustrated  the power that mortals could possess through their beliefs. Truth,  Beauty, and Goodness were important to both cultures.  Harmony is the  key to peace and happiness.  Inanna's descent was her own oddessy.  "In  many traditional societies, initionary tribal rites are often  characterized by a symbolic descent into and ascent from the  labyrinthian Earth Mother.  These rituals give women and men the  experience of being reborn on a spiritual plane".  There is as much to  learn below as there is above.  These people bring back new knowledge  and teach it to their own cultures.

     Inanna learned  how to open her ear to the Great Below.  Gaining wisdom through her  experiences, she became a witness to the Divine Light.  The same Divine  Light that drew Odysseus on his journey.  The supernatural forces  rampart in The Oddessy embody the powers that shape our universe.

      In Sumerian culture Inanna was "the goddess in all her aspects".   During the Trojan War, a hero appeared to form the qualities and  humanistic personality traits of "modern man".  Odysseus's experiences  in "the underworld", the mystical adventures, and his cleansing of  preconceived notions that led him to a strength and disposition matched  by none.  Spirits in the material world, that's what they were.

     We  must believe in the great works, some still in progress, that we can  study and gain an understanding of both the Goddess and the Warrior  cultures and use this information to unleash a greater desire to build  an empire structured by gylany.

©Donna Surles 1995