The Huluppu Tree
Listen now
Plant mystical roots in this reimagining of the Mesopotamian myth of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree.   In tonight’s bedtime story, as you are tending to your garden on the banks of the river, a sapling washes ashore. You plant the unfamiliar tree and admire its qualities, hoping to carve it into a majestic throne once it is full grown. However, you soon find your tree overrun with animals and spirits who seek to make it their home. You enlist your brother’s help to remove your rivals, and he fashions for you a magnificent throne and bed from the tree; yet you come to regret its destruction. At last, with new seeds in the earth, you learn the tree’s true impact on your community, and you make amends with its former residents.   If you’re still awake at the end of the story, I’ll guide you through a relaxing visualization.   Special thanks to Kristin Lisenby, Kate Belew, and the Autumn Crossroads community for spinning the threads of inspiration that led to this retelling. -   ✨Pre-order is live for the Sleep & Sorcery book!✨ Sleep & Sorcery: A Collection of Enchanting Bedtime Stories, Rituals, and Spells for Meaningful Rest, coming August 2024 from Crossed Crow Books. The book features many of your favorite stories, plus exclusive writings and a suite of rituals to enrich your resting and waking life.   - Stories like mine are best with headphones! For comfort and security when drifting off to sleep, SleepPhones are the best thing I've found. They won't fall out like earbuds, and they're not bulky or uncomfortable like most over-ear headphones.   Learn more: Use code SORCERY10 for 10% off your purchase!   -   Now you can support Sleep & Sorcery on Patreon. Pledge a monthly donation to Sleep & Sorcery, which helps me keep making original bedtime stories for you. In return, you can qualify for exclusive supporter benefits, like episode scripts, bonus sleepy readings of classic literature, merch discounts, and giveaways. I hope you’ll consider supporting me on Patreon, so I can continue doing what I love.   Visit to learn more and pledge your support.   -   Music/Sound: A Glimpse of Avalon by Flouw, Thymotic Moments by Bruce Brus, Epidemic Sound   Instagram | Twitter | Insight Timer | YouTube | Newsletter Signup   ✨NEW Sleep & Sorcery MERCH✨ Show your love of Sleep & Sorcery – or get some gifts for the sleepy sorcerer in your life with this cozy collection of apparel, dream journals, die-cut stickers, and home goods. Visit   Want to get in touch? [email protected]   Disclaimer: some links in this description are affiliate links, meaning I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase the product, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my work! --- Support this podcast:
More Episodes
Escape to an oceanside cottage and meet a mermaid in tonight’s magical bedtime story, accompanied by the sound of ocean waves.   In tonight’s story, you take a spontaneous getaway to a secluded beach in search of some much-needed relaxation. You find the remote location enchanting, and you...
Published 04/09/24
Build a magical world alongside the elves in tonight’s high fantasy bedtime story. In tonight’s story, you – an immortal elf – face the end of an age in your realm. As magic fades from the world, you and your kind construct a new, enchanted world to inhabit, leaving the ordinary behind. But you...
Published 04/02/24