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Ishtarfest 2021

 

 

Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. EST – Sunday, October 10 at 2 p.m. EST

Regeneration

ISHTARFEST 2021 Registration is open for our online festival!
 
Join us for Ishtarfest: Regeneration with rituals, performance, workshops, a kids track and more.
 
We are very pleased to welcome back Temple of Inanna & Dumuzi leading a devotional to Inanna & Dumuzi at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
 
Other notable presentations:
  • Lioness, Lover, and Lady – Samuel David, author of Rod & Ring: An Initiation Into A Mesopotamian Mystery Tradition
  • How to worship when in difficult environments – Mai Adjignon
  • The Sumerian Oracle Deck + The Lost City of Aratta – Ed Vanderjagt, author of the Annotated Illustrated Descent of Inanna, and the creator of the Sumerian Oracle Deck
  • Opening the Gates, the calling forth of She of Many Names – Enheduinanna, Gaia & glowchylde
    Gallae Blond/Queens of Babylon: LGBT figures in Mesopotamian religion – Chelsea Goodwin
     
  • Regeneration with Utnapishtim – Vela Chandra & Amara Willey 
  • Babylonian Death Cafe – Vela Chandra & Enheduinanna 
  • Best Practices for Modern Rutual Standards – Ulric
  • Rulers Of Our Solar System: Gods And Planets – Hercules Invictus
  • Kokopelli’s Favorite Pagan & Pagan-friendly Songs
  • It’s In The Stars: Venus in Mesopotamian & Babylonian Astrology – James Jacob Pierri, Auset Gypsy Tarot
  • Re/Dedication to Inanna Ritual – Priscilla Long & Enheduinanna
  • Gilgamesh: The Original Superhero! – Gaia 
  • Sumerian Treasure Hunt and other Mesopotamian kids’ activities
 
Immerse yourself in Sumerian mythology and magick for a weekend of discovery and community. This is our sixth annual event and we can’t wait to share what we’ve been cooking up! We will have virtual content all day on Saturday and live-streamed hybrid events on Friday and Sunday. 
 
 

Please also see our Facebook page for more information

Dig deep into our Pagan roots with classes, rituals, kids’ track and performances. We’ll be hosting on Zoom and live-stream for an all inclusive, interactive experience! Updates will be posted as we go! Stay tuned for more info!

Our vision for this festival is to build community through a fun, educational and joyous festival honoring the Goddess Ishtar and our pagan roots. The festival is our gift to our community, and we welcome all participants who are interested in attending. We also welcome donations from any who have a little extra dosh lying around. (Click on the “donate” tab on our website.) 

Fun Stuff

Get into the spirit with a Sumerian face mask!

Costume ideas

Giving Back

If you would like to contribute to our Ishtarfest registration scholarship fund, click here.

We will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the following charities: Doctors without Borders & Free Iraq Foundation. We also encourage you to make your own donations to these groups if you feel so inclined:

Doctors Without Borders – Medecins Sans Frontieres  

Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization best known for its projects in conflict zones and in countries affected by endemic diseases. In Iraq, DWB/MSF is operating in the following governorates – Ninewa, Kirkuk, Diyala, Baghdad, Dohuk, Dhi Qar, providing basic healthcare, mental health, pediatric, maternity, sexual, reproductive, non-communicable diseases, rehabilitation for pain management and physiotherapy (violent incidents and accidents), mass casualty training of MDs and RNs, projects geared toward improving TB treatment, mobile clinics for refugees and internally displaced people, nutritional support, surgery, burn treatment, and has recently donated a newly built facility to the Department of Health dedicated to treating infectious diseases. Their facilities are constantly at capacity and obtaining optimal supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for healthcare personnel and community has been difficult.  

Charity Watch gives a grade of A, Guidestar platinum level, and Charity Navigator 4 stars.

 

Free Iraq Foundation 

Free Iraq Foundation( incorporated as the Free Iraq Foundation), is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization. The Foundation was established by Iraqis in 1991 as an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-ethnic organization, and promotes democracy, human rights, and civil society in Iraq, helping to contribute to regional stability. It has produced programs for building resilience in youth, empowering women, gender equality, improving policy and service delivery. 

Guidestar gold level. Charity Navigator 85/100.    

 

 

 

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