Hieros Gamos (“Sacred Marriage” in Greek) has been declared the icon of the 21st Century and the Age of Aquarius by pioneering philsophers (Richard Tarnas), prophet (Carl Jung) and the father of 20th century physics, (Wolfgang Pauli).
Hieros gamos is also the art theory of Dr. Lisa Paul Streitfeld, tracked in over 700 reviews, articles and blog posts since 1997, the year that the hieros gamos symbol appeared as the Seal of Solomon configuration between Heaven and Earth on her birthday (below).
At that time, she embarked on the two decade journey to uncover the forms the icon was taking in art which led her to the Templar Treasure in 2015 and produced her breakthrough dissertation the following year: ÜBERMENSCH: Nietzsche, Salomé & the Ages of Aquarius.
The Sacred Marriage Rites (pictured above in cunieform displayed at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin and performed by Lisa Streitfeld on 23 January 2008) were the annual New Year’s Rites at the dawn of civilisation, signifying the union of heaven and earth, as well as male and female, celebrating renewal of the vegetation cycle.
In order to care for the life of all the lands,
The exact first day of the month is closely examined
And on the day of the disappearance of the moon,
On the day of the sleeping of the moon,
The me are perfectly carried out
So that the New Year’s Day, the day of rites,
May be properly determined,
And a sleeping place be set up for Inanna.
The queen bathes her holy loins,
Inanna bathes for the holy loins of Dumuzi,
She washes herself with soap.
She sprinkles sweet-smelling cedar oil on the ground.
The king goes with lifted head to the holy loins,
Dumuzi goes with lifted head to the holy loins of Inanna.
He lies down beside her on the bed.
Tenderly he caresses her, murmuring words of love:
“Oh my holy jewel! O my wondrous Inanna!”
After he enters her holy vulva, causing the queen to rejoice,
After he enters her holy vulva, causing Inanna to rejoice,
Inanna holds him to her and murmurs:
“Oh Dumuzi, you are truly my love!”
The king bids the people enter the great hall.
The people bring food offerings and bowls.
They burn juniper resin, perform laving rites,
And pile up sweet-smelling incense.
The king embraces his beloved bride,
Dumuzi embraces Inanna.
Inanna, seared on the royal throne, shines like daylight.
The king, like the sun, shines radiantly by her side.
He arranges abundance, lushness, and plenty before her.
He assembles the people of Sumer.
The musicians play for the queen:
They play the loud instrument which drowns out the storm,
They play the sweet algar-instrument,
the ornament of the palace,
They play the stringed instrument which
brings joy to all the people,
They play songs for Inanna to rejoice in the heart.
The king reaches out his hand for food and drink,
Dumuzi reaches out his hand for food and drink.
The palace is festive. The king is joyous.
In the pure clean place, they celebrate Inanna in song.
She is the ornament of the assembly, the joy of Sumer!
The people spend the day in plenty.
The king stands before the assembly in great joy.
He hails Inanna with the praises of the gods and the assembly:
“Holy Priestess! Created with the heavens and earth,
Inanna, First Daughter of the Moon, Lady of the Evening!
I sing your praises!”
My Lady looks in sweet wonder from heaven.
The people of Sumer parade before the holy Inanna.
The Lady Who Ascends into the Heavens, Inanna is radiant.
Mighty, majestic, radiant, and ever youthful—
To you, Inanna, I sing! (1)
1. The Sacred Marriage Rites hymn is translated by Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer, Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer (New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1983) 107.