“We call upon the Queen of Venus’ fire,
Nubile ISHTAR, arousing lust and ire!
You who faced ERESHKIGAL so dire;
You who rose from death to inspire;
You who throw men’s egos to the pyre!
Embrace us, Your witches and Your squires,
And help us manifest our desires!
IO ASTARTE PHOSPHOROS!
IO ASTARTE HESPEROS!
IO THEA SOTEIRA!
IO ASTER LAMPROS PROINOS!
Welcome to my virtual shrine to Ishtar. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) I’ve created it for anyone who wishes to worship Her with a shrine of some sort, but who isn’t able to have one of their own for whatever reason. This particular location in cyberspace is devoted to the Scarlet Woman, no one else, and I will keep it that way for as long as I can keep this website going. This way, anyone who wants to “go to shrine” for Ishtar can do so wherever and whenever they might want or need to do so, as long as they have a computer or smartphone.
For this virtual shrine, I selected a version of the Burney (or “Queen of the Night”) relief, which I believe to represent Ishtar rather than Lilith or Ereshkigal (though it’s a mystery which of these three it’s actually supposed to signify, if either of T/them). I consider the Burney to be my absolute favorite depiction of Ishtar, though, so I decided to go with that. The poster in the middle is a photo of the surface of Venus, and the image to the right is one of two album covers I’ve seen for Desire’s Magic Theatre (2016), the most recent album by Purson. (I am indeed using this image without Purson’s permission, but I do hope Rosalie Cunningham will appreciate being put beside Ishtar of all things, and I encourage everyone to jump over to Amazon and buy one or more Purson albums right now.) The lion poster, on the other hand, is public domain and was found on Pixabay.com.
Please feel free to leave any prayers or symbolic offerings (i.e., images, videos, etc.) you might wish to share in the comments box below, and may She bestow His celestial iron upon you. (Note: Anything offensive will be removed.)
Note: If you have any trouble posting images in a comment here at the shrine, bear in mind that the comments are HTML-enabled. If you don’t know HTML, no problem; just post the URL of the image and I’ll fix it up for you.