Oy, how did I not see this? The last card I pulled before pulling Astaroth again was Ishtar from the Moon Oracle (see previous post). Ishtar-Astarte-Ashteroth… Maybe this Astaroth card IS associated with the goddess Astarte for me right now. I feel like it’s been waving a big banner at me and I’m blind in one eye and can’t see out of the other. Now to try to figure out what all this is pointing to. Combining the two, with the message of Ishtar from the other day, and ‘misfortune’ associated with this card, it’s all sounding very bleak.
And then on the Goddess card Ishtar, she’s holding her totem animal, a lion. The lion thing… hearken back to the reading on February 1, featuring Sabnock who according to Waite has a lion’s head, and Suckling says his totem animal is the lion. I feel like I’m weaving a tapestry together here, being handed one thread at a time. I find these tie-ins all the more noticeable since I really don’t read for myself all that often, so to have cards repeat like this is like someone firing off signal flares in the night to get my attention. I am feeling very dense though because I still don’t know what they’re trying to tell me. Lions, Ishtar, Astaroth, Astarte, Sabnack, soldiers, Celts, legionaries, Rome, The Eagle, Mithras, protection, hard times, misfortune.
The only thing I’m coming up with is Ishtar (Ashteroth, Astaroth) wants my allegiance. Since learning about Mithras I’ve been focusing my worship and rituals on him, but maybe I can combine the two. I’m not ready to let go of Mithras, I still think he’s part of this somehow. The draw is too strong still. BUT, when I shifted my focus to Mithras, I began neglecting the Goddess, and perhaps that was my error. In the ancient world people appealed to and worshipped many gods, so I don’t think it’s an all-or-nothing proposition for me.