In Babylon, Ishtar encompasses the fullness of womanhood, including being a maternal nurturer, an independent companion, an inspired bed partner, and an insightful advisor in matters of the heart.– Patricia Telesco, 365 Goddess: A Daily Guide to the Magic and Inspiration of the Goddess
Once Upon A Time
there was a Babylonian goddess of the Moon, fertility and battle named Ishtar.
Her love story with Tammuz is legendary. It all began with her decision to visit the dark realm of her sister, Ereshkigal, Queen of the Underworld.
Ishtar dressed in the most beautifully adorned outfit. Imagine sexy satin draping around her voluptuous curves and bright blue flashes of lapis lazuli. When Ereshkigal hears that her sister is dressed so lovely, she assumes that Ishtar came to conquer the Underworld. I know, who heads to battle in an evening gown?
In any case, the evil sister crafts a plan to literally strip Ishtar of her power. As Ishtar descends through the Underworld, she is forced to remove an item of clothing or an accessory at each of the seven gates. Until she finally arrives naked before Ereshkigal, who then kills her. Ishtar’s violent death resulted in the ending of all intimacy and fertility on Earth, until she was revived that is.
Upon returning to the land of the living, Ishtar sees her lover relaxing on a throne, smoking a reed pipe, without an ounce of sadness for her death. Furious, she orders her band of demons to take him to the Underworld where he then initiates his maturity. And so, Ishtar became known as ‘the maker of kings’.
Ishtar teaches us that we don’t need to fear all that we cannot see. Even on the darkest of nights, the universe brings signs and messages to communicate exactly what we need to know in that moment.
Feel into the moment, and look for synchronicities to see the big picture. Trust that this divine guidance will ultimately help you live in alignment with your higher purpose.
More importantly, if you don’t listen to the signs, you might find yourself down an unpleasant path with hard knock lessons from the universe.