Tag Archives: Ishtar

Girl Power and the Culture War: Symptom or Cure?

Is there a relationship between the surge in female superheroes in movies and on TV and what’s going on in the culture?

Well, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the new version of Wonder Woman has the Star of Ishtar on her diadem.

Symbols are condensed pictures.  So if a picture is worth 1,000 words, a symbol is worth 10,000.  Watch the video below.

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Cord and Rule: C.F. Martial Arts Ranks and Achievements

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My cord and rule.

In the martial art of Cabal Fang we keep track of our progress using two primary tools — journaling and the cord and rule program.  Click here to view a google doc describing how it works.  Picture of my cord and rule on the left.

Journaling makes you think about where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re heading.  The cord and rule program – inspired by ancient measuring devices that became synonymous with “rulership” and status — make sure that we “measure up.”

You might say that the journal is an internal/reflective measuring device and the cord and rule are an external/objective measuring device.  Together they help to insure that we “keep things straight.”  The words rules, ruler, and rulership all have the same root.  Think about that for a minute.  Then think about the symbolism of “the Golden Rule.”

If all of this sounds really interesting and fun, you might want to think about enrolling in the Cabal Fang Hermit Path Distance Learning Program.  We’re a non-profit, so it’s 100% free.

Here’s a video on this topic.



Amazon Babylon: Martial Arts Training Involution #207

L: The diadem of a famous Amazon from comic books and movies. R: The Star of Ishtar. Coincidence? I think not!

Long before the 2017 movie, Cabal Fang was using an 8-point combat clock called the Star of Ishtar — a universal symbol for the divine feminine associated with the ancient Babylonian goddess Ishtar.  You will note that the star on this fictional Amazon’s diadem is a star of similar design.

Symbols colonize our subconscious minds and permeate the world’s cultures. 

It’s quite possible the artists and costume designers working on the film didn’t consciously change the original 5-pointed star from the comic books to an 8-pointed Star of Ishtar.  They probably did it without even realizing they were doing it.

Stay tuned — The next of SHIFT will contain a video exploring this in more detail.

In the meantime, for this week’s involution we’re going to take our training inspiration from Amazon warriors and ancient symbols…

My forging post.  Note Tarot poster featuring Star of Ishtar

Amazon Babylon: Martial Arts Training Involution #207

  • Warm-up thoroughly for at at least 8 minutes. Do 2-3 minutes each of (a) jumping rope (b) light calisthenics and (c) shadowboxing, forms, or light heavy bag work, or 8 minutes of MBF.
  • 10 minutes of crams.  Get on your forging post, pell or war-post and work your crams.  If you don’t have a post, use your grappling dummy today — and then go put up a post in your gym or back yard tomorrow.
  • Practice the Star of Ishtar drill for 10 minutes.  Don’t know it?  It’s in the Cabal Fang Study Course.
  • 10 minutes of heavy carries.  Want to be Amazon strong?  The ancients had no barbells — they carried loads and lifted stones.   Set a timer for 10 minutes and bear hug or shoulder carry your heavy bag (or appropriate substitute based on your fitness level) until the timer beeps.  Put the weight down and take a break as few times as possible.  Finish the whole 10 minutes without putting it down and you’re either a monster or you picked too light a load.
  • 1 mile run.  The ancient Greeks were big on running.  Cover a mile as fast as you can.
  • Contemplation.  Cool down for about 3 minutes, then set a timer for 10 minutes.  Assume your meditative posture of choice and regulate your breathing to insure a slow and consistent rhythm that completely fills and empties your lungs without bearing down on your breath.  Eyes open.  Gently allow your mind to empty and calm itself.  Don’t make war with thoughts, just let them pass by, dissipating like ripples on the surface of a pond.    

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