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Ishtarfest – to the Kur and back!

May 21, 2019

You may be asking yourself, “Why do I want to go to a festival that has a theme of going to the Underworld? That doesn’t seem very cheery.” But we all go to that dark place from time to time. When we do it with intention and then RETURN to the land of the living, we go through a personal transformation that we can translate into our daily lives.

This alchemy can be found in festivals as diverse as Fires Rising at Four Quarters Farm and Burning Man. We fully embrace our dark side so that we can integrate it, accept it, and release all the stuff around it.ishtar 1

Not to say that Ishtarfest won’t be cheery this year. We have all kinds of fun stuff in store for participants in our 4th consecutive celebration of the Fertile Crescent and the Elder Gods:

  • Learn about Ishtar/Inanna in ritual and classes
  • Celebrate Summer Solstice on Saturday at the height of the power of the sun as we charge the Gods’ Eye and our own Household Guardians in our Litha tradition
  • All day vendor & psychic fair
  • Hands of Change’s own brand of the Fire/Drum/Bardic circle
  • The Wiccan sweat lodge
  • Community sharing of potluck food

We invite you to come out and play with us. Dress up like your favorite Sumerian god/dess (or anything you like) and frolic. Bring the kids to play on our playground and do some self-directed crafts.

We believe that what we are building is truly a special thing:

  • A celebration of Sumerian mythology and religion that to our knowledge no one else is doing
  • Healing the Mother Earth – especially the climate change issue of water scarcity so prevalent in
  • Sumerian clothes what used to be the Fertile Crescent
  • Sending peace and light to a part of the world that seems to always be war-torn
  • Celebrating the amazing civilization that gave us so much of our modern day technology, from our system of numbers to astronomy to writing

So please come join us at Ishtarfest. You can look back and say, I was there when…

And be sure to check out all the videos on our handsofchangenj FaceBook page to learn more about what we’re doing with the festival.

Register today at

We’ll see you there!


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