The birth of the Goddess Inanna has been celebrated annually on this day since ancient times. Inanna is the Sumerian Queen of Heaven and Earth, and a deity who presides over both love and war.
Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart
child of the Moon God
a soft bud swelling
her queen’s robe cloaks the slender stem …
Steps, yes she steps her narrow foot
on the furred back
of a wild lapis lazuli bull.
And she goes out
in the dark vault of evening’s sky
star-steps in the street
through the Gate of Wonder.
Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna
excerpt from translation by Betty De Shong Meador