The Queen of Imbolc   Part II

Feb 14th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles

 

Past Lives

 

Brigit was associated with the Roman ‘Queen of Heaven’, Minerva who was around at the same time. When they were not trading with the Romans the Celts would have been at war with them and would have had no problem transforming the aging Minerva into the young vibrant Brigit. Both were aspects of the mother goddess and inspired creativity.

Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom and the patron of the arts had an interesting birth, conceived without a need for a mother and born out of Jupiter fully grown and clothed. Her name is believed to mean ‘thought’ and stood proud as a warrior goddess dressed in armour guarding the Empire’s capital city of Rome with her lance.

 

There is not much information regarding Minerva as she is essentially the older Greek Goddess Athena. The Romans didn’t spent time transforming the old deities into new ones; they simply changed their names and made them work for Rome. Athena was around hundreds of years earlier protecting the capital state of Greece, in battledress with her lance; Athens, which is named after the goddess. Greece rivalled the ancient kingdoms of Babylon and Persia at the time who were busy striving for power in Asia with one eye on Europe and its trade routes across the rich fertile land. Athena was a virgin Goddess of War and the Arts and was born out of the head of Zeus. She was associated with intellect and invention. According to Greek literature it was Athena that taught humanity the art of spinning and weaving at the end of the Neolithic period when hunter gatherers became farmers. It was her, the Greeks tell us that tamed the savage nature of the old stone age people by introducing arts and crafts to stimulate and enrich the mind. With her came industry and the need for a labour force to clear forests, mine quarries and construct great stone temples in the landscape. Athena, it is said invented the plough, rake and yoke and was credited for the invention of numbers, the flute and navigation. She had cows, bulls and rams sacrificed to her and would go out her way to help heroes on quests and reward bravery on the battlefield.

 

In her younger days Athena was linked to the Phoenician Mother Goddess Astarte, Lady of Heaven and wife of the rain god and Lord of heaven Baal. To the Hebrews, Athena was Ashtoreth, a fertility goddess promoted to a Mother Goddess to rival her ‘sisters’ as the Israelites began to empire build. The Hebrew ‘Queen of Heaven’ was worshipped in Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago when he was king of Israel. Ashtoreth was popularly adored by the Hebrews for 400 years until the reign of King Josiah when he instigated huge reforms throughout the nation, changes that turned the revered goddess suddenly into an evil demon, an abomination and charged with participating in and encouraging sexual rituals and all things involved with joys of the flesh, a sin in the eyes of YHWH.

Ashtoreth, like Athena grew out of an older and retired Babylonian fertility goddess Ishtar who had become the ‘Whore of Babylon’, whose followers according to the Greeks, indulged in ecstatic dance and orgiastic rites. For the Babylonians she was the Queen of Heaven, an aggressive and passionate goddess that connected Earth and Heaven from around 1800BC. Ishtar’s sister Ereshkigal ruled the underworld and between them governed the whereabouts of Ishtar’s husband, the fertility god Tammuz throughout the year. During the winter months Tammuz resided with the dark sister in the underworld and would only be released into the light of day at spring so he could be with his wife to guarantee the fertility of the earth would continue. To ensure the release of the fertility god sacrifices were made by all the city states of Babylon.

Ishtar was the Goddess of Venus and as the evening star would look out for harlots going about their business as night fell. Any poor soul that fell in love with her would die. As Babylon began a conquest for neighbouring lands Ishtar became the ‘Lady of Battles’, the promoter of terror to the enemy and came to represent the violent horror at the very centre of combat.

 

Ishtar was derived from the earlier Sumerian Queen of Heaven, the Goddess Inanna who also had great influence in the creation of the Egyptian Isis. Inanna came into prominence across Neolithic Mesopotamia around 3,500BC taking over the role of the Stone Age Mother Goddess. She was independent, self willed, ambitious and was an expert at stirring confusion and chaos among those she saw as enemies. Inanna’s sister was also Ereshkigal and queen of the underworld, the ‘Dark ‘sister and Goddess of Death and opposing force of the ‘Light’ Inanna goddess of sensual love and fertility who resided on Venus. Like the Babylonian Ishtar, Inanna lost her consort to death and had to make a deal for the release of Dumuzi each spring so together they could fertilize both the tribe and the land.

The symbol for Inanna was the serpent, the same creature that represented the Hindu Goddess Shakti as the kundalini that activated the chakras along the spine that creates the bliss of orgasm. When the Sumerian empire faded in the shadow of Babylonia Inanna became personified as the women that prowled the old cities in search for sexual adventures for its own sake and once sated would return to the shadows of her existence.

The shadows of existence were born when Lilith was drawn into the physical realm like a flame striving to seek purpose in the darkness around 6,000 years ago. Her enquiring mind was released when Lucifer entered the Queendom of Eve so she could experience the existence of being in the physical world. Like a child in a sweet shop Lilith explored and tasted everything she encountered on her path. She seeked pleasure and in particular loved to experience the intimate moment of the orgasm that she saw as marrying the essences of both the physical and the spiritual realms.

 

Lilith gave birth to Inanna, the first goddess with a human identity and personality and from her came all the other goddesses. With Lilith being released from the shackles of the human mind, the unknown spiritual goddess became manifest in the physical realm. Lilith walked the earth experiencing worldly delights.

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