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DECEMBER 2005 GODDESS OF THE MONTH

Ishtar

Ishtar is the multilayered Babylonian creator goddess, the source of all life and embodiment of the power of nature. She is the giver of plenty, a lawgiver, a judge, the goddess of time as well as the goddess of both love and war. Her name means "giver of light," and derives from her role as Queen of Heaven. She is the planet Venus as both morning and evening star, and her girdle is the zodiacal belt. Ishtar descends to the underworld and restores the vegetation god, Tammuz, to life and thus restores fertility to the earth. As she descends she removes a veil at each of seven gates. While she is underground all life on earth is depressed and nothing comes to life. Ishtar is a multifaceted, powerful symbol of a forthright mode of being that is unafraid to venture the depths of the underworld. She represents the creative feminine, active and strong.

From GODDESS KNOWLEDGE CARDS,
Susan Eleanor Boulet Trust.
Text by Michael Babcock.
Published by Pomegranate
Box 6099, Rohnert Park, California 94927


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December 2005
Table of Contents
December
Daykeeper Home
Maya: 2006—A Challenging Year
Alex Miller Mignone: Paris Is Burning
Centro Engel Update
Crystal's Oak Moon Meditation: New Year, New Love-Light
Daily Success Guide
Dec. 1 through 31
Monthly Astrological Influences, December 2005
General Sun Signs,
December 2005
Retrograde Watch: Green Lights Say "Go"
Skywatch
Goddess of the Month: Ishtar
Book Review: Ecoshamanism
Sign of the Month: Sagittarius Maya's Sun Sign Archives

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