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May 20, 2011

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Sex Rites V: The Whore of Babylon and The Beast

by ishtarsgate
Ishtar Gate Babylon

The problem with Egyptology is that ever since the Victorians stumbled upon the pyramids, they’ve been pretty well making it up as they go along. In the same way that scientists invent constructs like ‘black holes’ to explain unexplainable phenomena, in the absence of any knowledge about the esoteric practises of Egypt, there has been much adopting of assumptions while suppressing inconvenient truths.

Archaeology likes to think of itself as science despite it being far more prone to subjective error along the lines described by Bell’s Theorem (i.o.w. that the observer is part of the experiment) than in bog standard lab physics. Few of those that excavate in Egypt have any knowledge of the occult, and thus view the remains of this extraordinary culture, a million cognitive light years removed from their own, through a glass darkly, and use post-hoc rationale to make assumptions with which to plug the gaps in their understanding.

There is still this tension in Egypt, with Zahi Hawass battling against more enlightened, psychically inclined researchers like Andrew Collins, who Hawass unceremoniously threw out of the Bat Caves and then barred them up, before taking a TV documentary crew down there to claim to have discovered them himself.

But it was ever thus …

When Victorian explorers first starting discovering statues of the fertility god Min with his enormous erect penis, they would either cut off the offending member, or drape something over it, to make it acceptable to show at exhibitions back home.

Ithyphallic Min on the left, Isis on the lion

Nobody had a clue about why Min should have such a big phallus — or that ithyphallic iconography, nine times out of ten at that time, was a symbol for spiritual initiation — and mostly, they still don’t.

In the same way, this is what they’ve done to the subject of Egyptology … castrated it, to try to make it fit into their own social and cultural ideas and mores. In addition, while there are some court records, much of Egypt’s so-called history was actually taken from their myths. But myths contain esoteric teachings and are not historical records. However, some historians are now starting to question the idea of an upper and lower Egypt ~ the original interpretation of the Narmer Vase ~ as this construct no longer fits the current archaeological research.

Babylonian sex rites
I only mention all this because you might be wondering where the evidence lies within modern-day Egyptology for these sacred sex rites of Isis. Similarly, there appears to be no trace of it in the Babylonian archaeological record. But there wouldn’t be, because in order to be able to find something, you have to know what you’re looking for.

For example, you may have noticed that Egyptian Isis in the above picture is standing on a lion. In pretty well most of the iconography of much earlier Babylonian Ishtar at that time, she was also standing on a lion. So from that picture (above), which is dated to the Hyksos era, we can make the assumption that, by around 1620 – 1534 BCE, Isis and Ishtar/Inanna have become merged as one goddess in the sex rites.

It wouldn’t be surprising because these guys were into trading with one another and marrying each other sisters. Amenhotep’s wife was a Babylonian and once, to alleviate the agony of his dental abscesses, his father-in-law, the Mitanni Turshrata, sent him a statue of Ishtar. In fact, Ishtar’s role as a goddess of healing traversed all the frontiers in the Middle East. And the standards of Ishtar of Nineveh riding her lion would accompany the Assyrians into battle.

From the following poem alone, it’s now becoming clearer to me that the Babylonians had their own sex rites, and I will explain what I mean by that, but first — a little about shamanism:

Typically, the shaman has one main spirit guide. They may have many more as time goes on. But to start with, he or she usually has one main spirit guide that is in animal form, and this ‘power animal’ guides him in the Underworld or Lower World. The Underworld ‘power animal’ is also very often the vehicle that carries the shaman upwards, to the Upper World, where the same spirit guide becomes the main guide there, but in a human form.

The Whore of Babylon
So I think that Ishtar’s guide in the Underworld was her Lion, and when he carried her up to the Upper World, he shed his animal form (as the mythical Frog turns into a Prince) and took on human form of the Divine Bridegroom.

This poem, attributed to Inanna/Ishtar, confirms to me that the Akkadians and Babylonians practised the sex rites with the goddess Ishtar in the form of the Divine Hierodule, otherwise known as the sacred Whore of Babylon.

Bridegroom, dear to my heart,
Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.
Lion, dear to my heart,
Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.
You have captivated me, let me stand tremblingly before you,
Bridegroom, I would be taken by you to the bedchamber.
You have captivated me, let me stand tremblingly before you,
Lion, I would be taken by you to the Bedchamber.
My precious caress is more savory than honey,
In the bedchamber, honey filled,
Let us enjoy your goodly beauty,
Lion, let me caress you.
My precious caress is more savory than honey.

The Whore of Babylon from the Crowley Thoth tarot deck

Notice she addresses him alternately as ‘Bridegroom’ and ‘Lion’, to show that he is the Bridegroom in the Upper World and Lion in the Underworld.

The ‘honey’ she mentions several times means the ecstasy-producing liquors (or the ‘nektars’ as they are known in Celtic bee shaman) that are released during the practise of both The Alchemies of Horus and The Sex Rites of Isis. It is also known in the Greek myths as the ‘ambrosia of the gods’. It is the Soma of the Vedics, and it is the Land of Milk and Honey of the Hebrews. The poem is also very similar to the Song of Solomon.

The release of the nektars is a deleriously and erotically sweet experience that is indescribable with words. It feels like honey flowing down the inside of the whole body, from the pineal gland in the head. It can also be tasted in the mouth, which sends the practitioner into utter bliss like nothing else can on this Earth. This honey-like substance is transformative in nature for not just the physical body, but also for the ‘ka’ body and ultimately, for the ‘ba’ body… and transformation is its main purpose.

You can learn how to stimulate and release these nektars in the next and final instalment, Sex Rites VI: The Chalice, the Holy Grael and the Divine Marriage.

FURTHER READING
There is only one book that I would recommend on the subject of sex magic. It is The Magdalen Manuscript by Tom Kenyon and I recommend it wholeheartedly. It is available to buy in the Alchemy and Magic section of the Ishtar’s Gate Library.

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