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Blessings of Inanna

The great queen of heaven, Inanna, I will hail!
The only one, come forth on high, I will hail!
The pure torch that flares in the sky,
The heavenly light shining bright like the day,
The great queen of heaven, Inanna, I will hail!
Of her standing in the sky like the sun and moon,
Known by all lands from south to north,
Of the greatness of the holy one in heaven
To the Lady I will sing.

Hymn to Inanna, from The Treasures of Darkness:
A History of Mesopotamian Religion by Thorkild Jacobsen

The birth of the great Goddess Inanna has been celebrated annually on this day since very ancient times. Inanna is the Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth. She was the Great Goddess of Babylonia and Assyria. The meaning of Her name is not known, though it is possible that the underlying stem is the same as that of Assur, which would thus make Her the ‘leading one’ or ‘chief.’

She is a Goddess of love, fertility and sexual activity, as well as the Goddess of war. In Her astral manifestation, she is the planet Venus shining in the sky and is also a Goddess of the Moon. She was the most important Goddess of the Sumerian pantheon of ancient Mesopotamia (now the war-devastated region of Iraq).

During and after the decline of the Sumerian kingdom, Inanna became the Semitic goddess Ishtar, whose followers continued to honor a Great Goddess at Inanna’s original temples in the cities of Erech, Kish and Ur.

Inanna is also believed to have been the predecessor of Isis, Aphrodite, Astarte, and Cybele. And the story of Her descent into the Underworld is echoed in the later tales of Persephone. But where, exactly, Her name originated is uncertain. Most clues point to Erech (an ancient city in the land of Shinar, believed among scholars to be Uruk (modern Warka) in southern Mesopotamia). In the oldest period of Babylonian history, She was revered as the Great Mother Goddess, and was independent of any association with a male counterpart.

She also appears under other various names, among which are Nanã, Nina and Anunit. Even where the older names are used, it always means the Great Mother Goddess.

Although the 12 days of Christmas continue through Jan. 6, today is the day when most people go back to work and schools reopen. The magic spell of the holidays fades, and the “time out of time” of the Halcyon Days and Yuletide recedes, as the demands of ordinary life return. So be especially gentle with yourself today, so that this return to the mundane is not a painful one.

Let Inanna guide you with love.

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