In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Glossary: Ishtar

A Goddess of unbridled sexuality, war, and ego-death. She descended to the Underworld, died, then rose from the dead; She later went after the “hero” Gilgamesh (a megalomaniacal rapist) and threatened to start a zombie apocalypse. Still later, She became one of Seth’s girlfriends in Egyptian mythology. Ishtar is the pure mammalian drive to eat and mate, and She became the inspiration for the “Whore of Babylon” in St. John’s Revelation. She’s also the origin of the Lucifer story, being a Deity associated with Venus (“the Morning Star”) who refuses to accept Her “proper place” in Her pantheon of origin. Also known as Inanna, Astarte, Ashtoreth and Babalon, Ishtar is my wife’s primary Deity, and I worship Her as the second most important Deity in my life. I often call Her “the Scarlet Woman” or “the Lady Lucifera.”

A statue of Lady Ishtar that my wife and I keep on our living room shrine

Further reading: Ishtar (Part 1), Ishtar (Part 2), A Month of Written Devotion to Lady Ishtar

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