Goddess of Love, War, Fertility, and Sexuality
“You are a most powerful woman. Call upon me when you feel taken advantage of and I will protect you.”
Traits Ishtar Embodies:
- Feminine power
How to call on Ishtar:
Known for being a bit of a Black Widow when it came to her lovers, Ishtar asks Gilgamesh to marry her and he refuses (you can’t really blame him – who wants to die?). Angered, she asks her father Anu (King of the Gods) to punish Gilgamesh by sending the Bull of Heaven to kill him. Knowing his daughter well, Anu declines. Ishtar threatens to bowl open the gates of hell and let all who reside within out to wreak havoc on the world (boundaries, remember?). Anu decides to just give her the Bull of Heaven. Sadly, Gilgamesh kills the Bull and Ishtar’s plot for revenge goes unfulfilled. Ishtar then devotes herself to being a patron Goddess of love and helps all women in affairs of the heart, even helping temple prostitutes learn to set healthy boundaries with the men in their lives.
Prayer to Ishtar:
Ishtar, Divine Mother
Nurturer and Protector of Women,
Hear my Prayer!
I need your Strength, Support and Guidance
In my hour of need.
Help me protect what I hold dear to me,
Most of all myself.
Help me set loving boundaries
That serve to Honor and Protect my body, mind, and spirit.
Thank you, Ishtar!
Tribute to Ishtar:
As Ishtar was a protector of women, especially those being abused, donate your time and money to women’s shelters or organizations that care for victims of domestic violence as a tribute to Ishtar.