Ishtar, Seth, and the Question of Worship
November 15, 2016
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I can’t seem to identify the artist who created this (any pointers would be appreciated), but I think it’s perfect for Ishtar.
Ishtar is the only Deity apart from Seth-Typhon to whom I’m devoted for the long haul. I’ve also had interactions with some other Divinities, but these were all very brief in comparison to my adventures with Big Red and the Scarlet Woman. I’ve been wanting to reach out to some other Goddesses as well, including Nephthys and Taweret; but I’m so dang Typhonocentric that even just finding time to include Ishtar in my spirituality can sometimes get dicey. I’m not willing to put anyone else before Ishtar but Seth, and I’m not willing to put anyone else before Seth at all; so I guess you can say I only have the time and the attention span for two Divinities at most. I just don’t think I can handle an entire posse of Them like some folks can!
That’s okay though; I feel like I’ve got everything I need (in terms of sheer Godpower) between the Lord of the Northern Sky and the Lady of the Morning Star. With Big Red, I’ve got a good male role model who shares all of my most important interests and who helps me and my family put the smackdown on evil. With Ishtar, I’ve got a good female role model who helps me with my marriage and who teaches me to be a better man. (It certainly doesn’t bruise my ego to know that the Hottest Chick in the Universe apparently knows my name and is willing to give me the time of day, either.)
Of course, it occurs to me that there are probably people reading this right now who don’t experience the same kind of divine companionship I’ve just described. Maybe you’ve been reaching out to one or more Deities, but to no avail; maybe you don’t feel like anything’s really happening in your rituals, or maybe you don’t feel like your offerings are being accepted. I’ve been there before, and it’s a lousy thing to experience. There’s not a whole lot that can be done about it, either. It could be that you’re reaching out to the wrong Deities, or that They’re testing you for some strange reason that we can’t possibly know. All I can say is that there are many different kinds of relationships we can have with Deities, and that not all of them have to be personal or devotional.
I know some folks will think I’m committing “blasphemy” by saying this, but spiritual paths that treat the Gods as archetypes are valid and you are allowed to explore them if you want to. Not everyone is meant to be a devotionalist, so if you feel like it might help you to explore ceremonial magic or Humanistic Paganism or something like that, give it a shot. Even if it’s not where you’re supposed to end up, it could be that exploring that kind of stuff will help point you in the right direction somehow. (On the other hand, maybe it is where you’re supposed to end up; and if so, who the hell am I to tell you otherwise?) Anyway, it’s just a suggestion; take from it what you will. But I think that a big part of the trouble, at least, is that people assume we must always have “Deity-and-worshiper” relationships with the Gods, and that’s just not true. Devotionalism is not necessarily the “highest” form of spirituality (I don’t believe any form is really “higher” than any other); nor is it necessarily the “right” form for everyone.