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Weam Namou

2017 Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 12 books, filmmaker, VP of Detroit Working Writers, Ambassador for Authors Guild of America, and a graduate of Lynn V. Andrews’ four-year shamanism school.

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Mesopotamian Goddesses

Unveiling Your Feminine Power

A transformed understanding of feminine consciousness, helping you, through powerful yet practical exercises, to manifest your dreams and create a healthy marriage within yourself, your home, and society.

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Self-Help Spirituality
Michigan, United States
40,000 words
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Synopsis

Growing up as a girl in Baghdad, a society where patriarchy rules single-handedly, it seemed for author Weam Namou as if women had no role in building the first known highly productive and sophisticated city-state settlements. Come to find out, the very opposite is true. Archaeological evidence proves that women had great political and religious status during the Garden of Eden period, where, once upon a time, goddesses and gods lived harmoniously together. 

As an apprentice in a four-year shamanism school, Namou discovered ancient teachings of the Feminine Divine that helped empower her and manifest her dreams. They also connected her to her Mesopotamian roots, helping her realize where her strength came from.

There was a design and rhythm to the Garden of Eden, a yin and yang concept. Through the veil of ignorance, we lost that paradise. To create that balance in a new way, we first have to heal the earth by opening certain stories and putting them back onto the page and into our collective memory.

In Mesopotamian Goddesses: Unveiling Your Feminine Power, Namou brings forth a transformed understanding of feminine consciousness, helping you, through powerful yet practical exercises, to manifest your dreams and create a healthy marriage within yourself, your home, and society. 

Outline

Introduction

Chapter 1….The Cradle of Civilization

Chapter 2….Tiamat (Goddess of the Sea Salt)

Chapter 3….Ninhursag (Lady of the Mountains)

Chapter 4…. Ningal (The Great Lady)

Chapter 5….Inanna and Ereshkegal (Goddess of Heaven and Earth & Goddess of the Underworld)

Chapter 6….Ninlil (Lady of the Wind)

Chapter 7….Nibada (Goddess of Writing, Learning and the Harvest)

Chapter 8….Enheduanna (The First Recorded Writer in History)

Chapter 9….Ninkasi (Goddess of Beer)

Chapter 10….Puabi (Sumerian Queen)

Chapter 11….Semiramis (Queen of Babylon)

Chapter 12….Gala (The Great Healer)

Chapter 13….Ashorah (The Mystery of Goddess)

Chapter 14….Eve and Lilith (The First Women)

Chapter 15….Kubaba (Only Queen on Sumerian King List) 

Chapter 16…. Al-lat, Uzza, and Manat (The Three Trinity)

Chapter 17….Lesser Deities

Chapter 18….Spouse of the Holy Spirit

Audience

One of the astrological themes taking shape this year is the rise of feminine consciousness. This is something that has been in the works for sometime, but 2018 stands out as being one of the most central years. 

According to ancient wisdom, the rise of feminine power is something that happens as the world prepares to shift into the Golden Age, expected to shine in 2020. 

As you honor the feminine, you bring healing and balance to the earth through the yin/yang principles. This in turn can improve your relationships with members of your families, especially with your spouse. Connecting to your feminine power can help save marriages. 

  · About 41% of first marriages end in divorce

  · About 60% of second marriages end in divorce

 · About 75% of third marriages end in divorce

This is not due to modern societal lifestyles but the misunderstandings and imbalances between feminine and masculine energies which started thousands of years ago.

In Mesopotamian Goddesses: Unveiling Your Feminine Power, you'll discover how, by recognizing your own power, you can help heal and harmonize your relationship with your spouse and other members of your family. 

Author

Weam Namou is an Eric Hoffer award-winning author of 12 books, a speaker, journalist, and filmmaker. She is vice president of Detroit Working Writers (DWW), a 118-year-old professional writing association, and an Ambassador for the Authors Guild of America, the nation’s oldest and largest professional organization for writers.

Namou’s book, The Great American Family: A Story of Political Disenchantment, won a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award and three of her memoir book series received acclaimed reviews by Publishers Weekly. Namou hosts a weekly half-hour local TV show where she interviews extraordinary and talented people who are making a difference in the world.

Francis Coppola, the director of the Godfather Saga, and the staff of Zoetrope selected Namou’s script “Pomegranate” as a 2017 quarter-finalist out of 1600 scripts. She recently completed her first feature documentary The Great American Family and is working on a feature film and focused on teaching how to achieve your dreams through writing. As such, she founded The Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing conference and retreat. 

Namou received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Wayne State University, studied fiction and memoir through various correspondence courses, poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She has given readings, lectures, and workshops at numerous cultural and educational institutions and her poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in national and international journals. In 2012, she received an Outstanding Contributions to the Arts Award from Erootha, a local arts organization.

She is a certified Reiki Master, Health Facilitator, a Sikkim Guardian, an ordained minister, and a graduate of best-selling author Lynn Andrews’ 4-year course of study and training in the sacred healing art.

To learn more, visit www.weamnamou.com

Promotion

Over the years, Namou has given hundreds of radio interviews and TV interviews. She is the host of a weekly half-hour TV show airs twice a week and serves 11 cities in southeaster Oakland County with a subscriber base of nearly 140,000 households. Each half-hour episode is then shared on social media by blogging, vlogging, YouTube, Facebook (ads), Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Tumblr. Some of the episodes are translated to Arabic by US Arab Radio news outlet (with a million subscribers) and published on their website.  

She has been giving readings, lectures, and workshops at libraries, colleges, and universities since her first book, The Feminine Art, was published in 2004. This includes: 

■  Theosophical Society in Detroit

■ Oakland University 

■ Wayne State University

■National Association of Black Journalists

■ Madonna University

■ Oakland Community College

■ RAWI Conference

■ Rochester College

■ NAAJA (National Arab American Journalists Association) Conference

■ Iraqi Human Rights Organization

■ Mesopotamian Forum

■ Iraqi Artists Association

■ Chaldean Educational Center of America

Weaving ancient teachings of consciousness learned from her Babylonian heritage and in shamanic training, Namou uses writing techniques to help people identify the story that’s leading their life, to release that story, and to write a new story.As such, she founded The Path of Consciousness, a spiritual and writing conference and retreat. To learn more, visit www.ThePathofConsciousness.com 

Competition

  • The Sophia Code: A Living Transformation from the Sophia Dragon Tribe by Kaia Ra (2016)
  • The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock your Life by Sophia Nelson (2014)
  • Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD (2009)
  • Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (2009)
  • Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You are Meant to Be – HeatherAsh Amara (2014)
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    INTRODUCTION 

    When I was a child, my older sister asked if I wished I had been born a boy. I said no, that I liked being a girl. I didn’t at all feel inferior to boys. Only years later, into my adulthood, did I understand why she had asked that question. My youth and innocence blocked me from seeing the limitations that society often placed on girls and women, and although I didn’t know it then, I carried an inner power that stemmed from long, long ago.

    I grew up not knowing about the historical and legendary women of my birth country, Iraq, otherwise known as Ancient Mesopotamia. Their presence was so obscured by the hostile political and religious environment of the Middle East that I didn’t even think they existed. Luckily, my parents decided to immigrate to the United States where, at the age of ten, inspiration to pursue my dreams began through the Western women who had achieved great works of literature, music, medicine, and other accomplishments.  As I grew older, I began to learn about my own ancestors.

    Maria, my great grandmother, was a legend in her time. She was a powerful businesswoman and a healer. Maria courageously rode horses through the deserts in the northern part of Iraq when it was rare for women to do so.  She was so loved and respected in the community that one of her sons abandoned his last name from the father and took on her first name, Maria, as the family surname. His decision caused a separation within the family, given that in a patriarchal society it is customary to take on the paternal name. But I imagine, for him, it was like choosing to say he was Prince Phillip’s son when his mother was Queen Elizabeth II.

    My paternal Aunt Hassina was a midwife and nurse in Fallujah, a city which dates back to Babylonian times, was host to important Jewish academies for many centuries and later became known as the city of mosques because of its over 200 mosques. She was one of a few Christians in that city, if not the only Christian. She lived there alone with her son after her husband went missing in some war. Mostly she delivered babies of the wives and daughters of sheiks.  My aunt worked for decades amongst tribes who highly loved and respected her. She also helped save a number of lives, especially newborn girls. Long ago, when Fallujah was just a small town, it was customary amongst Arab tribes for the father, if he so desired, to bury a newborn girl. Some men wanted to do just that, and my aunt was such an educated, smart, and compassionate woman that, through words, and by citing the Koran, she, a Christian woman, was able to convince them not to.

    In my adulthood, I began to discover some of the legendary women of ancient Mesopotamia who had been buried, literally, until about a hundred years ago, when archaeologists dug them up and an untold story arose.  Thanks to these findings and to writers, historians, and lecturers who have valued the women of that region and therefore kept them alive, there’s now plenty of information to read about them. Yet, despite the wealth of material available, this is still a fairly new topic that the majority of people are not aware of. After all, these women’s stories were buried for thousands of years and only about a hundred years ago began to resurface.

    While that land has come to near ruin, the goddesses’ original roles as oracles, astrologers and politicians can still be ascertained from their depictions on stone tablets and pottery art that was collected from the archaeological research.  Over the years, I found descriptions about them scattered in various books and articles, reminding me of the Diaspora of Iraqis over the years. I wanted to place them under one roof, i.e. book, to recount their tales as a storyteller not a historian or academic, and as a woman from their lineage.

    Not all the names of the mother goddess are mentioned within this book, just the prominent ones.  Most goddesses had a long list of names because each culture and nation changed her name to suit their language. Many names included similar attributes, overlapping and assimilating with other goddesses’ names. For instance, Inanna, the goddess of the Sumerians, is Ishtar in Akkadian, another Mesopotamian language different from Sumerian. Ishtar came after, and she was the goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians. Both Inanna and Ishtar bear the “Queen of Heaven” title. The Assyrians and Babylonians inherited much of the Sumerian culture, but their language was different.

    As a civilization with a rich oral tradition, a certain amount of embellishment snuck into these ancient stories, and the embellishments seemed to grow larger from one telling to the next. So it’s natural to assume that the stories of these legendary women, similarly to all historical accounts that are thousands of years old, are probably a combination of fact and fable. But more importantly, their stories teach us a great deal and are much needed today, given that these women’s deliberate removal from the history of that region has caused the Middle East to be in utter shambles.

    Once a friend, Feather Redfox, wrote to me, “The loss of Mesopotamia’s culture is unfathomable to me as is the loss of the feminine power, especially in all the world. It is good for you to be that voice for I believe the world’s only real hope is healing through the feminine.”

    There was a design and rhythm to the Garden of Eden, a balance and harmony. Then, when women lost their power through a pattern of falsehoods. We live in a time of vision when people are searching for a new and more balanced way of life. To create that balance, we first have to heal the earth by opening up these stories and putting them back onto the page and into our collective memory. To bring forth a transformed understanding of feminine consciousness, and create a healthy marriage in society that’s based on equal male and female energies.  In the following pages, you’ll find divine role models and lessons of thousands of years ago that continue to permeate our culture with their ancient ideas reminding us of the divinity in every human and the goddess in every woman.


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    • Kathryn Kass on May 16, 2018, 2:59 a.m.

      The Goddess is alive and working through you, Weam. Her many forms deserve recognition. I loved ancient history when I was in high school and look forward to reading your book about the Mesopotamian Goddesses. Reclaiming them from the grip of patriarchy is essential to bringing harmony and respect to our relationships, in my humble opinion. 🙏

    • Dena Kased on May 16, 2018, 2:38 p.m.

      I’m so excited to get my hands on this book! The author is absolutely amazing!

    • leydya yatooma on May 16, 2018, 2:49 p.m.

      One of my favorite and most intellectual humans I know! There is truly no better author than my aunt, Weam! And there is no one else that could have possibly wrote this better!

    • Salim Yatooma on May 17, 2018, 1:47 a.m.

      I believe this will be something historic!

    • Renee Burbage on May 17, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

      Thank you for doing this beautiful work and sharing so that it will empower other women all over the world ! Blessings ❣️

    • Nadia Ibrashi on May 18, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

      Congratulations. I just preordered. Cant wait to read it.

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