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Published on Jul 26, 2012
The full title of this lecture, given on January 21, 2006, is: "'Princely' Goddess Inanna Initiates Her Devoted Priestess Bride: How Ancient Lesbian Wisdom Traditions Can Inspire a New Vulvically Vivifying Lesbian-Centered Myth of Meaning for All Women." It was the first talk in a series called "Singing the Heavenly Muse of Lesbian Individuation for All Women: Introductory Series on the Theory and Practice of Sapphic Psychoanalysis," and was presented by Sandra Golvin, JD, LMFT, a Los Angeles-based psychotherapist and educator who was at the time in the process of developing an authentic lesbian-centered psychology as well as a new organization to support such a development, which was called The Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies. Sandra's work was in large part a re-interpretation for lesbians of the work Mitch Walker had previously done for gay male psychology, and her Center, along with this lecture series, was sponsored by the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis, which Mitch Walker co-founded in 2005 (www.uranianpsych.org). But tragedy struck during the planning for this lecture, which was intended as the inaugural seminar for the Center for Sapphic Psychoanalytic Studies, as Sandra was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. When she gave this talk, the diagnosis was still relatively new, and Sandra was still in the early stages of figuring out her treatment options. Despite the rapid deterioration of her health, Sandra courageously moved forward with this lecture, and four more in the following months. Sadly, Sandra passed away on August 3, 2006, but she leaves behind a remarkable inspiration around the possibilities for further development of vulvically vivifying lesbian-centered psychology.