This Planet of Fate - Scott Irvine
Once, the fate of our planet was in the hands of the Mother Goddess, but now, her fate (and ours) is in the hands of big corporations where profit is King. For the past 100 years or so, nature has been dying at an alarming rate by businesses taking from the earth and not giving anything back. For the world’s governments this is seen as acceptable it seems, with many members of parliament on the boards of the biggest destroyers and polluters of our finite little world that cannot take much more destruction. Earth is a living entity with a fragile ecosystem. Nature is the spirit of the Earth Goddess, without of which, no life can exist.
Our Neolithic ancestors used the environment for their own advantage and when the resources become unprofitable, or no longer fashionable, the mine, quarry or temple would be filled in, out of respect and given back to the earth, usually with a token of thanks buried with it. Take the Gobekti Tepe in central Turkey for example, the world’s oldest known temple complex, stone circles and pillars built into a hill around 11,000 years ago, archaeological evidence show that it was once a sacred site that was ‘returned’ to the womb of the Earth Goddess around 7,000 BCE. Grime Graves in Norfolk are a series of shafts dug deep into the earth to extract seams of flint through tunnels off the shafts around 2,600 BCE. It was all filled in when it was no longer viable as metal arrived to our shores that was much stronger that the flint tools the Stone Agers had been using for the past 400,000 years. When the site was excavated in 1939, at the end of one tunnel, the archaeologists found a chalk goddess alongside a chalk penis, an offering to the great goddess herself, Mother Nature.
At Stonehenge and Avebury, digging implements of ox shoulder blades and deer antlers have been discovered at the bottom of the henge ditch. At Avebury, what could have been a human sacrifice has been found, placed in the ditch at the same time as the bone tools when the complex was finally completed. They took from the earth to utilize what they had at hand, to reflect their inspiration and the intent of humans and nature, working together using the gifts from the Mother. This showed their position, not only as in place but also in technology, creating their ideas in the sacred landscape but always with respect and reverence for the spirit of the Earth Mother. Whatever they did, the Stone Age nomads always done it from a spiritual mind and a creative heart.
Once the Goddess had been taken out of the equation, the land is her skin, the sea is her blood and the air is her breath, it all became up for grabs for the most powerful King, chief, leader, family, tribe village, town, city, country, nation or empire to take control of it. How did Mother Earth lose the protection that she had ever since life began to thrive on our planet? It left nature, and everything that relies on nature, which is practically every living thing open for rape and desecration by powerful corporations who only serve the top few at the apex of their hierarchy and their wealthy shareholders. How did it get so bad?
I blame Ninurta, the Babylonian storm god, the Anunnaki prince of the Lord and Lady of the Earth, the air god Enlil and the goddess of nature and fertility, Ninmah, the Mother of Life. Ninurta is the god of the planet Saturn, the guardian of the solar system, defending the Earth from the outside darkness of space. The storm god loved to fight, sometimes leading an army of warriors alongside his half-brother Nergal, the Lord of the Dead, but more often than not, he led the charge by himself against anyone he saw as a threat to the Anunnaki way of life. Ninurta did not hold back when he went into battle; he would transform into a fire breathing, lion headed bird and generally used a sledgehammer to crack an egg; total overkill. Overkill would have been a better name for him than ‘Great Hunter’. He always got what he wanted, but at a huge cost to nature and Mother Earth. Nature could not withstand the massive destruction that Ninurta was causing with his burnt earth policy, killing masses of innocent wild life and vegetation, leaving hordes of forest creatures homeless and soon became a threat to human existence.
Nature had no option but to fight back. Gathering an army of elemental forces that included many human tribes, the Earth Goddess took on the might of Ninurta’s well-practiced forces. In addition, with the promise to every element that sided with the storm god, they would be transformed into a much sought after precious stone. Nature was no match for the mighty warrior and his army, who had never lost a physical battle in his long existence. Nature was quickly defeated and surrendered before the whole earth was wiped out and all life was extinguished. As punishment for her rebellion, Ninurta decreed that all of nature would be at the mercy of the humans; she would be their ‘power’ to make individual gain, in prestige, influence and the control for their own personal purpose and reasoning. As far as I am aware, that decree still stands to this day.
So, what can we do about it? How can we convince Ninurta to free the earth from humanity without feeling his rage? The storm god is petulant and violent with a short temper so we will have to tread very carefully. His forces are at the head of many of the big international corporations that gain the most from Earth’s destruction and pollution at the expense of both nature and most of humanity. Over the last few thousand years, the human race has been dazzled by the ‘glamour’ that comes with wealth, and it is no wonder that the focus has been on personal gain rather than loving selflessness towards each other, the love and care for nature and the respect for the goddess/god/universe/higher self. Ninurta’s weaknesses his arrogance and that of his sycophant’s in position of power, believing they know what is best for them and what is best for us. His uncle Enki, believed to be the most powerful sorcerer that has ever walked this Earth has tricked Ninurta to his way of thinking on a number of occasions in the past. All it needs is a bit of cunning.
It is all too easy for Ninurta’s forces to influence the human mind into believing what they want you to think. With his symbol of strength and bravery under the banner of the lion, the powerful hunter roars triumphantly alongside the eagle emblem of his half-brother Nergal who sits at the head of the Roman church, humanity has one hell of a battle to rescue the goddess of the earth from her imprisonment in the darkness.
I believe there is one deity that can help our struggle, the mother of both Ninurta and Nergal, and the lover and half-sister to both Enlil and Enki, the goddess Ninmah. The ‘Mother of Life’, is also known as Ninti, the ‘Great Mother’, and Ninhursag, the ‘Lady of the Mountains whose seed falls on Fertile Ground’. In other words, we need to resurrect the goddess of nature herself. Her womanly ways are legendary and she is well capable of influencing both her lovers and sons. She is nature and has always been held back from the limelight by the stronger single-minded gods. She knows the pain Mother Earth is going through; after all, she is a mother herself and is slowly waking up to the idea of a change to a world that benefits all of humanity and not just those with power and money. She sees a peaceful revolution that begins with education, to teach, that all life and nature is sacred, to children from a very young age alongside maths and English.
Ishtar and Ereshkigal by Scott Irvine
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