Her Sumerian name "Inanna" is probably derived from the word, "Nin-an" meaning "Lady-Sky" or

"Queen  of Heaven".
 Worshipped in the ancient regions of Mesopotamia, around  the Tigris and

Euphrates rivers, Inanna (or Inana) is the goddess of the Sumerian pantheon. Her other name,
"Isthar",

was the name given to Her by the Semites. Because She was also worshipped as the goddess of War She

is often depicted wearing a horned headdress with wings and with weapon cases at Her shoulders. As

the Goddess Inanna ruled the people of Sumer, their communities prospered and thrived. As daughter

of the Moon and sister of the Sun, Inanna is the morning and evening star. Worshipped as the goddess

of Love, She was the progenitor of Venus, Aphrodite and Astara. There are ancient myths of how She

materialized in pubs dragging soldiers and attractive men out by their hair to have sexwith them.
Offerings to Inanna
One of the most popular myths of Inanna is when She travels to the realm of the dead or Underworld,

also known as Kurnugia, to visit Her sister Ereshkigal. Ereshkigal ruled this Underworld and it is said

that Inanna was concerned for Her sister, even-thought they were not on good term  In order to get to

the underworld  Inanna needed to pass through seven gates. At each gate She had to relinquish one

piece of garment or possession. By the time She passed through the seventh gate She stood naked and

vulnerable before Ereshkigal.
In one version of the myth Ereshkigal feared that Inanna came to take Her kingdom. In another

Ereshkigal was angry with Inanna for taking so long to visit Her. At any rate Ereshkigal, the Queen of

Death, turned Her sister into a corpse. But, before leaving for the Underworld Inanna left orders for

Her Earthly Spirit, Ninshubur, that if She did not return in three days that the Spirit would contact

Her father, Enki, the "great god of Wisdom" to rescue Her. Enki sent Ninshubur with ‘food of

life’ and ‘water of life’ to Kurnugia to feed to Inanna. Once She was revitalized Inanna requested

that She be allowed to return to the upper-world.  Eriskegal consented, but only on the condition that

someone would return to take Inanna’s place, part of the year, to keep Eriskegal company. When

Inanna returned She was unhappy with Her husband, Dumuzi, apathetic behavior toward Her absence,

and decreed that he be carried off to the netherworld for six months of each year. At the autumnal

equinox, which marked the beginning of the Sumerian new year, Dumuzi returned to the earth. His

reunion with his wife caused all animal and plant life to be revitalized and made fertile once again.


The goddess Inanna represents the many facets of being a woman and of roles they play. She is a

example of the feminine courage, of not being afraid to face the changes that are required during the

course of a woman’s life.  Her courageous travel, into the dark places of the soul, is a guide for

spiritual perseverance in times of tribulation. But, most of all, Her travel into the Netherlands to face

the "Dark Self" mirrors our own trip into death and rebirth, shedding the veils of the previous world

and baring our souls to any Universal judgement, or self judgement, that is destine.   


Because She is a goddess of Fertility Her earliest symbol is a bundle of reeds tied in three places.

Later Her symbol changed to an eight pointed star or a rose. She is often associated with a lion or

snake.
 
She is the Goddess of the Sky.
The Original "Queen of Heaven and
Earth".
Goddess of Love and War.

Lover to the Vegetation and Harvest God Dumuzi.
She was the Supreme Goddess Worshipped in
the Ancient Lands of Mesopotamia.
 
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