Ishtar Pagan Goddess of Desire, rebirth and Coffee
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also called Inanna
also called Inanna
Her name means “Star of Heaven”.
The worshippers of Ishtar dates back to Paleolithic times
Ishtar was a goddess of many dualities; love and war, water and fire, life and death, positive and negative, tears and joy, enmity and fair dealing, and the lighting and extinguishing fires. She was the Giver of All Life as well as the Destroyer. In her Goddess of Love aspect, physical love or sex to be precise, she was depicted either fully or partially nude.
On the other side of the coin, as the Goddess of War, she was famous for being a fierce warrioress and took the protection of her people very seriously. Sometimes she even had a bad temper and was feared by the other gods, causing them to tremble in their sandals. Ishtar possessed a litany of weapons and one of her totems was the lion, which represented the power of her ferocity. Ishtar was called the Lady of Battles, the Queen of Attack, The Lady of Victory, Queen of Hand-to-Hand Fighting and the Guardian of Law and Order; all linking her to the planet Mars.
Worship of Ishtar spread throughout the Middle East including Egypt and Greece. The Egyptians revered her healing powers and Emenhotep III used a statue of her to heal his abscessed tooth. Her power was quite extensive; she was known as the Possessor of the Tablet’s of Life’s Records and she was the one the people called upon for overcoming obstacles.
Ishtar was also known for communicating with her people, and their leaders, through dreams. It was believed that Ishtar was an oracle and gave prophecy and secret knowledge through dreams. The Assyrians knew that the deities could speak to humans while they slept, sometimes through symbolism, sometimes with a clear message. While some dreams were thought to be the work of demons, most dreams came to the person through divine will. It was said that the gods stood at the head of the sleeping person, which leads one to believe that the gods entered the body of the dreamer through their head. Another theory was that the god would carry the soul after it left the body. Either way, Ishtar’s ability to communicate with her people is likely due to her association with the Moon which brings illumination and enlightenment to the darkness of the night. The kings of Babylon and Assyria relied on these divine dreams to properly rule their country. With the help of the gods, these leaders planned battle or building their cities. As the goddess of War, Ishtar came to Asshurbanipal, the king of Assyria, in a dream when he was feeling poorly about an upcoming battle the she herself told him to wage on a neighboring land. In this dream, Ishtar not only promised to lead the march, but also promised victory.
The lion is an ancient guardian of the thresholds of consciousness. This is an excellent totem for Inanna/Ishtar since she is a Shamanic goddess who travels through the three worlds.
As the Goddess of War and the protector of her people, the winged Ishtar held a bow and quiver of arrows and rode in a chariot that was drawn by seven lions (symbolic of the seven Chakra gateways) or sat on a lion throne made form lapis lazuli. Sometimes, in lieu of a chariot, she rode on the back of a lion. Also, there were times that her chariot was drawn by goats instead of lions. Ishtar was sometimes shown standing on the back of a lion, or in the company of two lions. Sometimes the lion that Ishtar is with is not of the full-grown variety; instead it is shown as a lion cub. And, any warrior needs a weapon, and Ishtar held a ceremonial double-headed mace/axe/scimitar that was embellished with the heads of lions and was an ancient symbol for the power of the matriarchal goddess.
.The woodpecker is a bird of Ishtar as the Goddess of fertility. In the Babylonian language, the word for woodpecker translates to the “Axe of Ishtar
FRUITS AND GRAINS
Because of her link to the sacrificial Vegetation God, Inanna/Ishtar is linked to the apple and wheat, which is also called “corn”.
she is also Goddess of Coffee she gave coffee beans to man and taught him to cultivate it
The apple and the apple tree goes as far back to Inanna/Ishtar, if not before Her inception, and continued to be linked with the Goddess including Aphrodite, Hera, Athena, Pomona, Freya and Cerridwen. One could argue that this symbol, along with the story of the Goddess of Sovereignty mating in Sacred Marriage with the King of the Land for the good of the kingdom, survived form the time of Inanna/Ishtar through history to the time of the hurian legend’s Isle of Avalon (the land of apples). The apple is linked to the element of Water and the planet Venus. When cut crosswise, the apple reveals what the druids call the Star of Knowledge. According to Druidic lore, the apple tree is the keeper of all knowledge, linking it to the Tree of Life which was “borrowed” for the story of the Garden of Eden.
Because of her link to the Harvest Lord, Inanna/Ishtar is a Harvest Goddess honored at Mabon (the Autumnal Equinox) and is Corn Goddess like that of Demeter, Ceres and Isis. Grain was so sacred to Inanna/Ishtar that bread ovens were installed in her shrines or attached to her temples. Sacred cakes that were used in the temple rituals were baked so her worshipers could crumble them and leave the pieces as offerings for her doves.
Inanna wore a starred rainbow necklace, similar to the one worn by Freyja, which links her to physical love. Ishtar wore this necklace as well and she was known as the “Lady of the Rainbow”. This rainbow necklace is what she would hang out in the sky after a thunderstorm or a flood.
Copper was associated with Inanna and Ishtar as the Queen of Heaven as well as the goddesses that evolved from them; Astarte, Isis and Venus. It is a metal of healing because it acts as a conduit for spiritual healing energy. For an added boost, it is combined with quartz crystal
She was so well loved as a goddess she had temples all over the world including rome
where church known a st peters square is actually her temple
She was so well loved as a goddess she had temples all over the world including rome
where church known a st peters square is actually her temple
Here you see a view of the piazza or plaza at the Vatican, also known as St. Peter's square. The papal palace is on the right edge of the photo. The large eight-rayed sun wheel design, symbolic of Ishtar, is immediately noticeable. Look closely in the center of the wheel. What you see there is an obelisk, a genuine Egyptian obelisk shipped from Heliopolis to Rome by the Roman emperor Caligula. The obelisk is, of course, a phallic symbol,* but it also was used in sun worship.
Here is an old photo of the center of St. Peter's square, and note that around the obelisk, at the center of the huge eight-point sun wheel, is a smaller four-pointed sun wheel, the same symbol as found on the altar stone in the temple of Baal in Hatzor!
Here you see the reverse side of a coin celebrating the pontificate of John Paul II, and on it is the obelisk and sun wheel of St. Peter's piazza, and a very distinct sunburst emanating from the Basilica itself. The correlation of the symbology is striking.
Symbol of Ishtar
found in Hazor, Israel
Symbol of the
pagan sun-god Ishtar
found in Greece
found in Greece
Here you see a photo looking up into the dome of St. Peter's. Notice the very obvious 16 ray sun wheel. Indeed the light from the sun streams into the center hub of the dome making a genuine sun-lit sunburst image at the center of the wheel.
It is supposedly a statue of Peter enthroned. Notice the sun wheel above his head? This statue is thought by some to actually be a pagan statue of Jupiter, removed from the Pantheon in Rome (a pagan temple), moved into St. Peter's and renamed Peter. The extended right foot has been nearly worn away from the many pilgrims who kiss it in homage. Note also that the pattern on the wall behind the statue utilizes the symbol of Ishtar / Shamash!
Ishtar was the Lady of the Gods, the Goddess of fertility. She had been unlucky in love. Her husband Tammuz, the great love of her youth, had died when he was still very young. She had fallen in love with Gilgamesh, that great king, but he had spurned her advances.
In Babylon, the dead were sent to the Underworld, a place of darkness ruled over by the Goddess Irkalla. It was said that in this place they lived on dust and mud. After being rejected by Gilgamesh, Ishtar became depressed and decided she would descend into the Underworld to be with Tammuz. So dressed in her finest garments, brilliant jewellery and her high crown, Ishtar entered the cave that leads into the Underworld. Irkalla’s realm was surrounded by seven walls, each with its own gate that had to be passed to get to the dark Place where the dead resided.
When she got to the first gate, Ishtar called out to the watchman: “Yo watchman, please open this gate and let me enter!” The watchman’s faced peered at her from over the gate. He didn’t say anything, but he didn’t open the gate either. So she called out again: “Watchman, if you don’t open this gate for me I will force it open, I will break it down, and I will set free all the dead that reside in this dreadful dark place. I will set them free from their gloom and the rule of your merciless mistress and take them to the land of the living! The dead will be so plentiful on earth that they will take over from the living!”
Nedu, as the watchman was called, looked at this fine lady, her crowned head held high, in her splendid attire, and said: ”Please lady, don’t break down the gate. I will go and take your message to the Lady Irkalla. Please wait untuil I get back.” When Irkalla heard that Ishtar demanded to be admitted to her realm, she was terribly angry. She thought she would teach this intruder a lesson, and instructed her watchman to admit the proud lady. Nedu returned to the first gate, and opened all the bolts and locks. “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady”, he said. “Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took Ishtar’s crown. She wanted to know why he had taken her crown. “Oh lady,” he said, “if you wish to enter you must submit to the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head and went through the first gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the second gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took the eight pointed star which adorned her neck. She wanted to know why he had taken her jewel. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head, her radiance gone, and went through the second gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the third gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took the gold and bejewelled bracelets from her wrists. She wanted to know why he had taken her bracelets. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head, her radiance gone, and without her magnificent gold ornaments, and went through the third gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the fourth gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took the shoes off her feet. She wanted to know why he had taken her shoes. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head, her radiance gone, and without her magnificent gold ornaments, barefooted she went through the fourth gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the fifth gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took the splendid veil that covered her face. She wanted to know why he had taken her veil. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head, her radiance gone, and without her magnificent gold ornaments, barefaced and barefooted she went through the fifth gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the sixth gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took her magnificent outer robe. She wanted to know why he had taken her outer robe. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” She bent her head, her radiance gone, and without her magnificent gold ornaments, without the protection of her outer robe, barefaced and barefooted she went through the sixth gate.
Ishtar walked the short distance to the seventh gate. The watchman opened all the bolts and locks, and said: “Enter into the realm of Irkalla, fine lady. Welcome to the place from where nobody ever returns.” As he spoke, he took her dress. She wanted to know why he had taken her dress, leaving her quite naked. “Oh lady,” he said, “this is the law of Lady Irkalla!” And naked now, she bent her head, her radiance gone, and without her magnificent gold ornaments, without the protection of her outer robe, barefaced and barefooted she went through the seventh gate, where she found Irkalla.
Irkalla, the Queen of the Underworld had the head of a lioness and the body of a woman; in her arms she carried her pet, a deadly serpent. She summoned Belisari, the lady of the desert who was her scribe, and who came carrying the clay tablets on which all of Irkalla’s decrees would be written down. Behind these two the dead gathered. There was no light in their eyes; they were dressed not in cloth but feathers, and instead of arms and hands they had the wings of birds. They lived in darkness. Ishtar became frightfully anxious seeing them, and she wished she had never ventured in this dark place. She had expected to find Tammuz here, but now she realised that this was a hopeless quest. Desperate, she begged Irkalla to allow her to return to the land of the living. Irkalla uttered a cold and contemptuous laugh and when she spoke it was as if an icy wind blew against Ishtar’s naked body. Irkalla said: “Ishtar, you may be the Lady of the Gods, but you are in my realm now, and nobody returns from this place of darkness. This is called the House of Darkness for good reason, and whoever enters here, magistrate or warrior, king or shepherd, milkmaid or goddess, can never return. Whoever enters this house has no more need of light. Dust will be your bread and mud will be your meat. Your dress will be a cloak of feathers. The gates are already bolted behind you, lady!”
Having said this, Irkalla summoned Namtar, the demon of the plague. Namtar appeared from the darkness, a viper’s head on a human body, naked underneath a cloak made of bones, and eagles claws instead of feet. He embraced Ishtar, making sure that the plague spread over her whole body. Feathers grew on her, and the light disappeared from her eyes. She tasted dust and ate mud. All memory of her past existence, of her great love Tammuz, disappeared with the light.
On earth a great change came when Ishtar descended into the Underworld. Love and desire became strangers to man and animal alike. Birds no longer sang. Bulls no longer searched out the cows. Stallions were no longer attracted to mares. Rams no longer cared for ewes. Wives no longer caressed their husbands when they returned from business or war. Husbands no longer longed to lie with their wives. The women in Ishtar’s temple became lonely, nobody wanted to spend time drinking and singing and making merry with them. Shamash, the sun god, was deeply perturbed when he saw the changes that had befallen earth. He could foresee the disaster that awaited earth. Without procreation, without regeneration, there would be no life left on earth once the people and animals who were there now died off. The beings that the gods had created would all be extinct. He knew this was because of Ishtar’s descent into the Underworld, but he also knew that his power was not great enough to overcome Irkalla. So Shamash went to see Ea, the great god, and told him that earth’s creatures were not renewing themselves. “How is this possible?” asked Ea. Shamash then related that Ishtar had descended to the Underworld, in search of Tammuz, and had not returned.
Ea then created a being he called Udushunamir, which he made devoid of all emotion or fear. With the power of all the gods, Ea sent him as an emissary to the Underworld court of Irkalla, where he would demand the water of life from the dark queen. Because Udushunamir had been created by Ea, the great god, Irkalla had no power over this creature, and could not stop it entering her realm. So Udushunamir entered the Underworld, and stood before Irkalla, where he demanded in the name of the great gods that Irkalla provide him with the water of life, and that Ishtar be brought from the darkness. Of course Irkalla was furious at this demand. Her body trembled with rage as she roared and cursed both Ishtar and the emissary and all the gods everywhere, but to no avail. Udushunamir, being devoid of all emotion or fear, was unaffected either by the terrible sights in this dark place or by Irkalla’s curses. Irkalla could do nothing but submit, and she ordered the water of life be given to this creature, and so it was. She then summoned Namtar and ordered him to bring the Lady of the Gods from the Darkness.
Ishtar, covered in feathers and her feathers covered in dust, was brought before Udushunamir, who then liberally sprinkled the water of life all over her. The dust fell off Ishtar. The mud fell off Ishtar and the feathers and bird’s wings fell off her. She was alive again. So she stood before her enemy, Irkalla, her head still bowed, colourless, weaker than a newborn human, just as naked and shaking like a leaf in the storm, but dead no longer. Udushunamir guided her through the darkness to the seventh gate, where Nadu the watchman handed her the dress he had taken from her earlier. She covered her nakedness with it. She passed through the seventh gate and Udushunamir guided her to the sixth gate. The watchman opened it and gave her back her outer garment, which she put on over her dress. She passed through the sixth gate and Udushunamir guided her to the fifth gate. The watchman opened it and he handed her back her splendid veil. She took the veil and covered her bare face, then passed though the fifth gate. Udushunamir guided her to the fourth gate, where the watchman handed her back her shoes. She put them on her bare feet, and proceeded through the fourth gate. Udushunamir guided her to the third gate. The watchman opened it and handed her back her bejewelled bracelets. She took the bracelets and put them on her bare wrists. She passed through the third gate and Udushunamir guided her to the second gate. The watchman opened it and gave her back the magnificent eight pointed star. Ishtar accepted the jewel and put it back on her neck. She walked through the second gate and Udushunamir guided her to the first gate. The watchman opened it and gave her back her high crown. She took it in her hands, and put it back on her head. Now Ishtar, her garments and ornaments reinstated, could leave the realm of Irkalla.
When she emerged from the cave, the earth was silent. There was no birdsong. No sounds came from the herds of cows and goats. No sailors’ songs came from the harbour. No music came from her temple. But as she walked from the cave her power returned, her neck straightened and her head bowed no longer, her splendour shone brilliantly and she walked as a goddess once more, a smile on her face. The stallion bayed and the bull bellowed. The rams reared high. Soldiers and merchants alike made excuses to rush home to their wives’ fond embraces. The women in Ishtar’s temple picked up their instruments and sang beguiling words to the men passing by below. All of creation rejoiced in the return of Ishtar. And all the gods rejoiced too, knowing that their creations would renew themselves and would survive to honour and serve them.
There is more than lesson to be learned from this myth.
Inanna/Ishtar’s choice to journey from the Heavens to the Underworld is symbolic of her choice to turn her mind from conscious to the unconscious or from the “above” to the “below”. Inanna/Ishtar made this journey to the deepest part of her soul during a phase in her life that we would equate to a “midlife crisis”. This is the shamanic sacrifice of her very own persona so she could gain deep wisdom. Afterwards the conscious and the unconscious are united and the goddess has a brand new identity. We humans must not fear giving up our symbols of worldly power when doing so provides us with spiritual initiation and rebirth of the soul.
Her death in the Underworld is also a metaphor for the death and rebirth experience.
Ishtar is still worshipped to this very day as The Goddess of Coffee that most people in the world drink every single day
the most popular drink in the World COFFEE
the most popular drink in the World COFFEE
the Starbucks logo the woman thats Ishtar
2 parts acacia resin
1 part mixed cereal grins
½ part date palm leaves
½ part vine leaves
1 part frankincense
A few drops frankincense oil (optional)
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