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Temple of Inanna & Dumuzi

Valerie Voigt holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Kansas. She has been serving Inanna-Ishtar since the early 1970s. Around 1980, she was ordained as a priestess of Isis and Ishtar by the Honorable Olivia Robertson of the Fellowship of Isis, and founded the Centre of the Divine Ishtar, a sister Centre of the FOI. The Centre hosted several public rituals and other events annually for many years, initially working in a Wiccan style. The Centre was succeeded by the Temple of Inanna and Dumuzi in 2006. The Temple uses a more Reconstructionist oriented style of ritual. Outside of Temple, Valerie continues Wiccan practice as well. She coordinated the Pagan/Occult/Witchcraft Special Interest Group of Mensa for 13 years from 1980 through 1992. Her publications include the chapters “Sex Magic” and “Being a Pagan in a 9-to-5 World” in Chas Clifton’s anthology Witchcraft Today, volume 1. She has presented rituals, classes, and workshops at Pantheacon and other Pagan festivals and conferences. When she has spare time, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, and causing her kids to roll their eyes.

Ivan Richmond holds a degree in Classics from Reed College. He has been serving Inanna and Dumuzi in the Temple of Inanna and Dumuzi since 2006. He also works with the Hellenic Reconstructionist group Thiasos Olympikos, and has been active in British Traditional Wicca as a Third Degree priest since the mid-2000s. A well-respected elder in the umbrella Pagan ritual association South Bay Circles, he takes his turn leading seasonal rituals for the local Pagan community. He is the author of the book Silence and Noise: Growing Up Zen in America. He has presented rituals, classes, and workshops at Pantheacon and other Pagan festivals and conferences. In his spare time, Ivan enjoys reading books, watching movies, and playing video games.

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