Ishtar – Astarte – Ashteroth

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.


6 thoughts on “Ishtar – Astarte – Ashteroth

  1. I think you may have hit upon something with your thought that she might be saying, “don’t forget about the goddess.” Maybe there’s too much male energy going on. An imbalance of sorts.

    Have you tried asking Ishtar to come to you in dreams? Perhaps meditate upon her name at night.

  2. Could be. I had some very vivid dreams last night, most of which did not get written down, although I did get some down. Nothing goddess-oriented, though. I got a weird little rhyme that woke me up and I got it written down.

  3. If I remember correctly, the Mithraic Cult was big with the Romans, so that connects as well. Whenever I see Ishtar, I think of Underworld journeys. There’s also the Lilith link, which… seems to feel right witht he fallen angels… Don’t worry, the pieces will all come together!

  4. Yes, Mithras was popular with the Roman soldiers, and that’s one of the reasons it’s commonly assumed women did not participate in Mithraism. There is some evidence saying they did, though. Good point about Lilith and the fallen angels, I’ll have to give that some thought.

  5. Kinda-sorta. It wasn’t great poetry or anything, but it was just so clear and overpowering. I’ve never heard anything like that in a dream. It really was like a voice in my head. I’m still mulling it over.

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