Astarte as the Divine Feminine

Astarte is the goddess, the embodiment of the divine feminine. One of her titles was the Queen of Heaven.

The Mesopotamian Goddess Astarte was closely associated with the goddesses Innana and Ishtar. The Mesopotamian region is known as the “Cradle of Civilization,” having begun the domestication of animals and the development of agriculture, and creating the concept of time, math, the wheel, sailboats, maps and writing.

Astarte eventually came to be worshipped by the Romans and Greeks as Venus and Aphrodite. She was imported into the Egyptian pantheon as the consort of the Egyptian god Set, and was associated with Isis and Hathor. She was also worshipped as the female counterpart of the Phoenician God Baal.

The name Astarte is the Hellenized version of the Mesopotamian name Ashtart. Her name appears in the Old Testament as Ashtoreth. She was worshiped by Solomon, who was chastised in the Old Testament for having an altar to her near or in his great temple. She came to be demonized by the Abrahamic religions as the demon Astaroth.

"The scientific mind is atrophied, and suffers under inherited cerebral weakness, when it comes in contact with the eternal woman: Astarte, Isis, Demeter, Aphrodite, and the last and greatest deity of all, the Virgin." — Henry Adams
Astarte by John Singer Sargent (Boston Public Library)

How did I come to have the magical name Astarte Astaroth? Looking at this beautiful painting of the goddess Astarte, I idly wondered if my magical name might be Astarte. She immediately answered, becoming my protectress and namesake. “Astarte Astaroth,” she said. “Go large from the start.”

Twilight in the Underworld

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