The Weekly Goddess, this week…
(above) Universe Discovered
close up view, acrylics
By: HMBT 2005 (sold)
Ishtar was the great Mother Goddess in ancient Assyrian and Babylonian mythology. Believed to be the daughter of the sky-god, Anu, she presided over love, procreation, and war. Gradually over time, she absorbed characteristics of various goddesses and became a multi-faceted diamond.
This ancient goddess of the Eastern Mediterranean represents a complex image of the multiple possibilities of womanhood. Her energy encompasses all that is “woman” – nurturing mother, inspired companion, playful bed partner, wise advisor, and insightful leader.
Here are some important characteristics to help you channel Ishtar’s power:
In this tale, Ishtar gets on a lion and embarks on a journey to the underworld. Armed with only a quiver and a bow, Ishtar feels safe and powerful. Despite the fact that no one ever returns from this awful place! It’s her unwavering faith and self-belief that keeps her away from danger.
Use Ishtar to give you courage and super-charge your self-belief. Remember that your thinking manifests itself into reality. We are having an inside-out experience on this planet. And if you are going through a dark patch, remember that you always carry your own light.
“Having zero doubt, is like saying to the universe, ‘I believe I have the power to attract what I need in my life, and I expect it will come to me in the best way possible,'” says Malena.
Then, (here’s the tricky part) let go. Yes, let go and let the universe do its work.
Let’s say you’re in a relationship and you know you should part ways. Or rather, your higher self knows this. But you remain and let it drag on and on. You need strength. You need vision. You need Ishtar.
Ishtar sets boundaries; she doesn’t settle for less. Call on her for will power, for she knows how to stand up for things that that are bigger and better, says Kelly Sullivan Walden, author of Discover Your Inner Goddess Queen http://www.goddessqueen.com. “She doesn’t just say ‘no, no, no’ for the hell of it. She means it. She has what it takes to go above and beyond.”
Ishtar represents the fullness of woman-hood and dares us to dream. Her power is strongest at the full moon, when the essence of womanhood heightens in response to the moon energy that is all-encompassing.
Ishtar reminds us to thrive in our sexuality and our sensuality. She beckons us to ask, “where can love take me?” And she welcomes us to adore our womanly shape for she loves being a woman and all that it entails. Remember you are able to create life. Think of this awesome truth and allow it to give you a skip in your step or a sway to your hips. Allow it to renew your energy and vitality.
Ishtar’s message is this; you have the power to be yourself, your body is sacred and beautiful. Period.
Are you feeling that someone is making you feel like a workhorse instead of the wondrous being you really are? The only way to truly have enough to give, is to care for you. Ishtar reminds you that it’s time to tune into your needs and pay them some attention in order to rejuvenate your core style and grace. Don’t be a martyr. It’s really not attractive. Take some quiet time for your self.
Bring Ishtar’s loving warmth to your heart and home on the night of a full moon. Wear clothes or jewelry that contain Ishtar’s symbols – stars, the moon, the lion or the dove. Play a drum, listen to your heartbeat and send it through your shoulders, arms and hands and back to the drum. Feel the infinite power of connection to the earth as the vibrations travel back through your body to your core. Energy flows, love grows.
Ishtar is not much different than women of today. We have the same power available to us as the ancient goddesses of yesteryear because heaven is still interacting with us every day. Yet we need this realization in order to regain our power as individuals.
Today I will be painting, for a look at what I will be working on…just scroll down. I am so down with Ishtar today, I can’t wait for my wondrous day to begin. I spent a lot of time outside and I played drums yesterday to get myself really grounded, my hands hurt like hell because of it, but do I care? Hell No! I will strap paint brushes to my freaking toes if I have to. I have to get the boys ready for their last couple of days at school before the holiday, and I want to make the most of my quiet time while it lasts…I can’t wait to get started.
Have a happy, powerful day.