Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Jan. 2, 2007

We welcome Winter, season of the Guardian of the North. Now we honor the Element of Earth, the physical world, our bodies, our homes. It is the realm of practical matters, work, and abundance. This is the energy of the dark, fertile womb of the Mother, the realm of plants, animals and the Wild. It is the time of the resting, empty fields; the silence of strong roots going deep; the waiting, nurturing and renewal within the dark.

She is clothed with pleasure and love.
She is laden with vitality, charm, and voluptuousness.

Ishtar is clothed with pleasure and love.

She is laden with vitality, charm,
and voluptuousness.
In lips she is sweet; life is in her mouth.
At her appearance rejoicing becomes full.
— from an Akkadian hymn to Ishtar, translated by Ferris J. Stephens

Although the 12 days of Christmas continue through Jan. 6, this is the day when most people go back to work and schools reopen. The magical 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 world is not a rude one.

Prior to the New Year’s holiday, I was writing at length about the Dark Feminine Divine. But having spent a lot of time delving into the dark, prior to, and since Winter Solstice, I am taking this week’s Tarot Card to heart, and shifting the focus. For I feel that its message to me was, “The Sun is returning, every day gets longer, the light stronger. The dark Holly King has fallen, the Divine Child of Hope is born. Enough, already!”

So instead, I will shift the focus, noting with joyfulness that since ancient times, today has been celebrated each year as the birth of the Goddess Inanna. Inanna, known as Ishtar by the ancient Akkadians, is the most important Goddess of the Sumerian pantheon in ancient Mesopotamia (now war-devastated Iraq). She is a Goddess of love, fertility, and war.

Inanna is the source of all life and embodiment of the power of nature. She is the giver of plenty, a lawgiver, a judge, and the Goddess of time. Her name means “giver of light,” and derives from Her role as Queen of Heaven. She is regarded as a daughter of the sky God An, but also of the Moon God Nanna. A variation of her name is Ninnanna, which means ‘Queen of the Sky’. She is also called Ninsianna, as the personification of the planet Venus, both the morning and evening star, and Her girdle is the zodiacal belt. As such She is also the predecessor of the Greek Aphrodite. She is usually depicted as a richly dressed Goddess or as a beautiful naked woman. Her symbol is the eight-pointed star. Important sanctuaries of Inanna were in Uruk, Zabalam, and Babylon.

This morning, the Moon will move into Her own sign, preceding the Full Moon in Cancer that occurs tomorrow morning at 8:57am (Eastern time). The Full Moon of Cancer only comes once a year (when the Sun is in Capricorn), and since the Moon is “ruled” by Cancer, this is a particularly intense time of lunar energy. If you are doing spellwork to do with increasing the love in your life, harmony of home, abundance and health, the Cancer Full Moon is the most ideal time for it. Tonight’s Moon energy will be on the increase, rather than tomorrow night, when it will have peaked already.

This is also a powerful Moon for charging Moon water (as I described last Autumn) for various magical purposes throughout the coming year. However, in many places it may get below freezing tonight, so you may want to keep your water indoors in a window, rather than outside.

Speaking of previous topics, if you missed one, or wish to re-read any of my daily updates, you can now do so. Starting with my posts since Winter Solstice, I am now archiving each day’s tidbit. Even better, it is now easier than ever for you to respond and comment. So I warmly invite you to visit here, and share your thoughts and ideas.

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  • January 3, 2007, 8:50 pm lpruteanu

    Fabulous! I’ve been thinking lately that you would do well with a blog so that readers could more easily respond. As importantly, I get bummed out when I miss a day on your website, so having this second chance is most appreciated. Your website posts are so amazing and reflect such welcome insights that help me to stay focused on what’s really important. Thank you, and happy 2007!!