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Autobiography of a female yogi

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir

“Those who savour Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi will relish Ishtar’s Lord of the Dance.”

I was immensely chuffed when Maurice LeCroy wrote the above in an Amazon review. I still think he was being kind! However, that his heart responded in a similar way to someone reading Autobiography for the first time, as I did in my twenties, is a wonder to me!

Ironically, if it hadn’t been for Paramahansa’s book, I almost certainly wouldn’t have been in India in the late Nineties on the search for True Love and would never have gotten to write a book about it.

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The Stargate of the Whore of Babylon

This is Chapter 7, from my new book The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar: Shamanic sexual healing and sex magic. It’s the part in which I explain where stories about Babylon and the goddess Ishtar fit into the culture of sex magic that, as I show elsewhere in the book, was practised across the whole of the civilised world during Neolithic times.

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The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar – out now on Amazon

I’m so pleased to announce that we’re launching my new book today, The Sacred Sex Rites of Ishtar: Shamanic sexual healing and sex magic. I thought you might like this article on what the book’s about and some links to where it’s on sale.

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The importance of practising ancient Egyptian sex magic today

Why Sex Now?

People have been asking why, why now – in these dangerous and seemingly chaotic times, am I writing about shamanic sex magic? I will answer that. It’s no dalliance or distraction. I believe it’s key to our survival as a human species. Read more »

13
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The Truth About The Dark Side Of Glastonbury

The Somerset town of Glastonbury has, quite rightly, a very high reputation the world over for being a thriving and vibrant spiritual centre, where many conferences, workshops and ceremonies take place to honour and celebrate the spirit of humanity and its fundamental unity of purpose which is beyond religious or dogmatic faiths. Read more »

7
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How Grace You Fair The Summerlands

How grace You fair the Summerlands,
When the Wheel revolves to Your command.
With tumbling tendrils of Your blooming hair,
Your perfumed breath woven into June’s air,
And soft, downy roses of Your cheeks pink,
Under apples honeying for ambered drink,
The moss-sweet meadows bubbling with springs,
Young cranes soar overhead with Your wings.

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22
May
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The Glastonbury Chronicle – Episode 3

I’m very pleased to let everyone know about the latest Glastonbury Chronicle – #3 – which we published last night. This one is mainly about the Bardic tradition, and its revival in Glastonbury as I recount my experience of the recent Gorsedh Ynys Witrin competition to find this year’s Chaired Bard.
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14
May
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The Power of the Bard

As some followers here may have noticed. I’ve recently decided to concentrate more on writing poetry than long essays, but not because I want to hide in some irrelevant and anachronostic past-time …..far from it. It’s because I‘ve been coming to realise that what’s known as the ‘power of the bard’ is one of the true swords of the shaman or those in touch with the spirits.  Read more »

13
May
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The Waters of Avalon

Long were they known to Children of Don,
Still, the waters that run deep.
Pulses the heart blood of Avalon,
Rocks the Beauty who still sleeps.
Fand, her eye weeps,
Drops drip, springs seep,
In dark Underworld kingdoms,
Fluting silvery waters, oh so sweet,
Which carries the salmon to Mabon. Read more »

10
May
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The Glastonbury Chronicle – Episode 2

We’ve just published our second instalment of The Glastonbury Chronicle on You Tube: Vincent Andersen and myself in conversation about various ways of contacting the spirit dimensions for spiritual healing, wisdom and guidance, including the cosmology of the other dimensions, Amazonian shamanism, ayahuasca and other psychotropic herbs, sweat lodges, power animals and spirit guides.

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7
May
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Rhyme Without Reason

Great Earthen sprites under diamond skies
Of Beltane constellations,
Rocked me to sleep with a lullaby,
Moon midwives of star nations.
In magic flight,
Hush hush, good night,
To lilac plantations,
Where sun keepers gather to baptise
With kisses from carnations.  Read more »

4
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The Dance of the Hours, in Lemniscate

Deep in the darkest unfathomed depths,
She croons a lullaby under the waves.
As she spins the most elegant, beauteous,
Crystal ornaments, in song symmetry,
And hangs them on chandeliers along the staves. Read more »

3
May
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All hail to the ladies of the Pleiades!

Greetings now, sparkling jewelled perfection!

Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia,

Taygeta, Celaeno and Alycone.

We give thanks for the rising of the Pleiades! Read more »

2
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Exploding Dreams

Sleep can bring dreams which explode without warning,
So you long for the alarm clock to hold back the morning,
Just a few more winks under Elysium’s elms,
In the Brigit-bright night of other realms,
With purple-hued mountains, high overflying
On a long-necked, long-legged crane, of Love undying. Read more »

2
May
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Realising Rhiannon

Flew she from her father’s palace, Rhiannon;

Left the Land of the Fae for the love of a man.

Circling birds o’er her head like a Beltane crown,

Fair Queen of the May. Read more »

27
Apr
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The Glastonbury Chronicle – Episode 1

We’re very pleased to publish here the first episode of a series of broadcast conversations between myself and Vincent Andersen called The Glastonbury Chronicle.  This first one is about self-empowerment through various indigenous spiritual traditions, shamanism and other techniques. We hope you enjoy it! Read more »

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Apr
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Blood Moon: A Matter of Life and Death

There are times when I feel sorry for the dear Christians who, having been persuaded that their literature is literal history or prophecy, when it contains stories intended for metaphorical teachings about astronomical cycles, are continually in a paradoxical state of fearing for/hoping for the End of Days and the Second Coming. This bouncing around between the extremes of hope and fear, life or death, sets up a kind of stasis, and an inability to move or think creatively, which is the basis of all cognitive dissonance. Read more »