A Book for the Goddess

Feb 18th, 2019 | By | Category: Articles

 

It has been a season since I last had time to write a blog, between Samhain and Imbolc, or three complete moon cycles. It is a time of death and rebirth, when an idea or thought is transformed into existence into the physical realm, a world of constant change, of emotions and feelings that reflect the interaction of the opposing forces that guide us towards our earthly fate. During that time I have been writing a book for the Pagan Portal series of Moon Books about the early Babylonian sister goddesses Ishtar and Ereshkigal. I took three months off work living off my savings to immerse myself into the realms of the daughters of Sin, the Moon God that ruled the Anunnaki pantheon of gods and goddesses who walked on the Earth six thousand years ago. The early Asian deities oversaw the humanising of the Stone Age people and taught them to live in a civilized manner within a society with godly knowledge and laws.

At the same time, the planet was releasing hold of its latest ice age, warming the northern and southern hemispheres enough to allow Stone Age tribes to migrate across the new fertile land. They erected great temples and monuments to honour the celestial bodies they saw floating across the sky, each with its own regular journey in heaven, which gave a sense of a past and future that allowed the recording of time creating a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and longer calendar. It gave them a sense of a moment in time in an ever-changing space. It also gave our early ancestors a moment of space in an ever-changing moment in time.

The planets, which included the sun and moon became important influences to the early astrologers who turned them into gods and goddesses who mankind would serve to build cities with palaces for royalty and temples for the priests and monuments for the gods.

Venus, our nearest neighbour, not counting the moon was seen as the Goddess of Love the Babylonians called Ishtar who after a fifty-day absence behind the sun would return to the heavens coinciding with the flooding of the River Euphrates, fertilising the low lying desert each spring. Ishtar was the Morning Star who appears in the night sky just before the rise of the sun, her twin brother Shamash, the God of Wisdom before being hidden in the light of the day allowing her to roam in the heavens unseen. Ishtar heralded in her brother and was seen as the Light-bringer, or Lucifer, the first Queen of Heaven and goddess of love and light.

Ishtar’s sister, or hidden dark side Ereshkigal, was the evening star who arrives in the sky just before the sun sets, protecting those ladies that worked at night. Ereshkigal was the dark bringer, a time of fear and uncertainty for the early city dwellers who prayed to the gods each night for protection from the demons that roamed in the night; Ereshkigal’s demons.

Ishtar and Ereshkigal leads a wild spiritual dance that manifests as change in the physical world. Between the two forces, birth, growth, reproduction, maturity and death occurs allowing the continuation of life on an otherwise sterile planet. They are nature and exist so that our soul can exist in a realm of matter and change within space and time, fuelled by gravity and made complicated by human failings like emotions and feelings, desires, our dealings with love and our fear of death. Ereshkigal is the Queen of the Underworld, the realm of ghosts and demons, a bleak and dismal realm, unless the corpse was sent on its journey with proper funerary rituals by the priests when the spirit could look forward to an existence of paradise with their ancestors and loved ones.

 

Venus was the only woman in the solar system of brothers. Her father was Sin, the moon god who was conceived when his father, the God of Air, Enlil forced himself on the grain goddess Ninlil. Refusing to be parted from Enlil during his punishment, Ninlil would have given birth to the moon in the dark confines of the underworld if it was not for the intervention of the God of Water Enki, the Lord of the Earth. Ninlil was allowed to return to the surface to give birth to Sin in the open space of the sky.

 

Shamash, the sun god and brother of Ishtar and Ereshkigal was fair and wise and consulted by the other gods. He was the son/sun of the moon, or Solomon.

 

Our close neighbour Mars was called Nergal, the king of death and husband of Ereshkigal. Nergal was the God of War and when not on home leave with Ereshkigal guarded the gates to the heavenly realm of Anu, the father of Enki and Enlil.

 

Nergal’s brother was Ninurta, the Lord of Saturn who held the ‘Tablets of Law’. The guardian god of limits and boundaries oversaw the fate and destiny of humanity.

 

The king of the solar system Jupiter was the God of Justice, Marduk who rose to become the Lord of the Universe by conquering the ancient Mother Goddess Tiamat and taking her ‘Tablet of Destiny for himself.

 

Finally little Mercury, or Nabu, the son of Marduk and priestly scribe of the gods. Nabu was the messenger between the will of heaven and the people of the earth.

Ever since we have been observing the heavens, watching the planets and stars migrate across the night sky, we have wondered and imagined what the universe is and what our purpose is in the grand scheme of things.

Who are we, where do we come from and where are we going?

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4 Comments to “A Book for the Goddess”

  1. Griff says:

    Interesting stuff Scott, looking forward to the book.

  2. Gill says:

    great writing Scott, will it have pictures?

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