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Descent & Rising

Women's Stories & the Embodiment of the Inanna Myth

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Descent & Rising explores real stories of women’s descents into the underworld of the psyche – journeys of dissolution, grief and breakdown precipitated by trauma, fertility issues, loss of loved ones, mental health struggles, FGM, sexual abuse, birthing experiences, illness, war, burnout…

This is territory that Carly Mountain, psychotherapist and women’s initiatory guide, knows intimately, and guides us through with exquisite care and insight, using the ancient Sumerian myth of the goddess Inanna as a blueprint. She maps not only the descent but the rising and familiarises us with a process of female psycho-spiritual growth overlooked in patriarchal culture.

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“The heroine is one who has remembered, reclaimed and reconnected with her unfettered red thread. She has been initiated into the spirit of the depths by her dark sister, and walks with newfound, embodied authority into the upperworld.”

When our lives fall apart, we often feel broken, ashamed and deeply alone. But what if you knew, as you experienced this descent, that it was mapped out in a myth thousands of years old? What if, despite the uniqueness of your own life and experiences, each stage of the process was universal? The journey of descent and rising is the core initiation of the feminine – the heroine’s journey – one travelled by billions of women before you.

Descent & Rising explores real stories of women’s descents into the underworld of the psyche – journeys of dissolution, grief and breakdown precipitated by trauma, fertility issues, loss of loved ones, mental health struggles, FGM, sexual abuse, birthing experiences, illness, war, burnout…

This is territory that Carly Mountain, psychotherapist and women’s initiatory guide, knows intimately, and guides us through with exquisite care and insight, using the ancient Sumerian myth of the goddess Inanna as a blueprint. She maps not only the descent but the rising and familiarises us with a process of female psycho-spiritual growth overlooked in patriarchal culture.

“The heroine’s journey is an erotic, mystical initiation that revivifies our place in the shape of things… The fodder of our descents provides the compost from which the richest fruits of our lives can grow. If only we can turn towards our pain and let it work in us.”

Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 229 × 152 mm
Author

Carly Mountain

eBook ISBN

978-1-910559-83-3

ISBN

978-1-910559-84-0

Pages

264

Release date

March 2023

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Signed by the author

Sub-title

Women's Stories & the Embodiment of the Inanna Myth

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Meet the author: Carly Mountain

Carly Mountain, author of Descent and Rising, Womancraft Publishing

Carly Mountain is a women’s initiatory guide, a psychotherapist, a psychosexual somatic therapist, yoga teacher, breathworker and writer. For the last twenty years she has worked with sacred embodied practices. Carly stumbled across the Inanna story during her own descent to the underworld and was astonished by the symmetry it held with her own lived experience. Since then she has devoted to working with the myth and specialises in beholding others as they traverse the depths of initiation; both in therapy, breathwork and within courses that support women’s awakening and unfolding.

In 2019 Carly self-published her first poetry pamphlet Jouissance: Poetry of the Deep Feminine. Descent & Rising: Women’s Stories and the Embodiment of the Inanna Myth is Carly’s debut non-fiction book. She lives in Sheffield, England with her husband and two daughters.

Meet the artist: Meike Hakkaart

Womancraft Publishing is proud to celebrate not just the words, but the images of talented women too.

Confluence by Meike Hakkaart, for Descent & Rising by Carly Mountain, Womancraft Publishing
Meike Hakkaart, cover artist of Descent & Rising by Carly Mountain, Womancraft Publishing

ArtofMaquenda/Meike Hakkaart is an artist living in the Netherlands, drawn to the wild, weird and wonderful aspects of life. With a passion for nature and a fascination for the cycles of life, she incorporates this childlike curiosity into her work. As strong emotions lead her to create, she weaves art like tapestries from the source that we are all connected to, and casts light into the dark to make the shadows visible.