Inanna ~ Ishtar ~ Venus
Descent into the Underworld ~ Inanna, Ishtar, Venus
Ancient Sky watchers closely observed the movement of stars - points of light in the sky. The original screen is the night sky. The star show is brilliant! Venus being one of the brightest visible sky lights garnered much attention. It also did some shapeshifting – sometimes visible in the night sky, and sometimes before dawn in the morning sky.
Observing this Venus star disappear from the morning twilight sky and then reappear just after sunset in the evening sky was a spectacular celestial event.
For skywatchers, Venus gets lower and lower in the morning sky until it is no longer visible as a Dawn Star. It then disappears for a time, to reappear in the evening sky just after sunset. Venus rise time gets later and later until it is visible in the evening sky well past sunset, reaching an eventual high point. And then the process would reverse itself and night by night, it sets lower and lower during sunset, until one day you cannot see it. It has rejoined the sun. Several weeks later, the silver light of a new “dawn star” appears. As if from nowhere. A birth of LiGHT. And it cycles again. Each morning it rises higher and higher, reaching an apex nighttime position and then many months later it reverses course, until it sets closer and closer to sunrise. And once again “joins the sun” and becomes invisible to us folks on earth. And, whala – about 40 days later, a new light, a new star in the evening appears.
In our current cycle, the last time Venus was visible as a morning star was late August-early September 2022 – depending on where on earth you are longitudinally. We are in the “invisible Venus” window now – until Venus emerges in the dawn sky at the end of November. We can start to look for Venus again around November 22, and by November 28 (at my latitude) it should be clearly visible – with a clear eastern horizon view.
This Venus Cycle transformation sparked many myths to explain this mysterious and captivating celestial activity. Venus disappearing from view was equated with a Descent Into The Underworld. The planet becoming visible in the morning or evening sky was equated with a rebirth, a resurrection, a renewal.
In ancient Mesopotamia myths and tales of the Goddesses Inanna (in Sumeria) and Ishtar (of Babylon) were crafted to explain and explore this celestial transformation. Venus disappearing from view was equated with a descent into the Underworld. In the myths, the goddesses would face grave danger, confront demons, overcome obstacles and emerge with many gifts and lessons, and a renewed sense of self. In some tales she was killed and resurrected, reborn again.
The Underworld symbolizes the deep inner recesses of your being. Diving into the Underworld takes you deep into your own darkness. Darkness is the fabric of creation, from which all light and life emerge. It is primal, so when we consider our personal inner space underworld, we consider the fields of body and heart and mind. This inner space can get “cluttered” with physical, emotion and mental debris. When you are busy busy and on the go, you can ignore the inner clutter. When you are quiet and reflective, free of distraction this “debris” hits you with full force. Allowing yourself to go fully into this process is made possible, knowing that these ladies of light have gone before us. In each tale, she emerges victorious. So too can YOU! These tales are meant to give you hope and fortitude when things get intense.
October 2022 and The Current Underworld Trio
You may be feeling a stronger than usual pull to your transformative underworld cycle.
Seasonal Shifts + Venus Cycle + Eclipse = Underworld Trio
In my corner of the globe, mother nature is a huge factor in this turning inward at this time of year. The days get shorter and shorter, and colder and colder. The leaves fall, the trees become bare. The air is crisp and biting. All this is a natural time to turn inward. It goes perfectly along with the Halloween/All Souls Day thin veils we celebrate during the end of October and first few days of November. Seasonal Shifts.
We precede the annual seasonal inward cycle this year with a Venus Cycle and descent into the inner planetary darkness culminating this weekend, October 22/23. Venus is “in the underworld” – invisible to us and within the glare of the Sun.
We begin next week with a (partial) Solar Eclipse on Monday October 25. The solar eclipse is also an influence of introspection and retrospection, and eclipses generally produce conditions for inner renovation.
We are IN IT DEEP – triple deep my friends!
Honor this time. If you need more rest, take it. If you need more quiet time, find it.
Time in nature under the trees, under the sky gazing at the stars, anything that connects you to the natural rhythms of this time of year will help. Spend time with the sun and that ancient remembrance of the introspection and inner work with your personal body/heart/mind underworld.
(Down under southern hemisphere friends, you navigate this too as you emerge into spring, still a great time to clean inner house, I acknowledge I write this from my northern clime post at 42 degrees above the equator.)
Inanna/Ishtar’s Descent into the Underworld
What can we learn from Inanna & Ishtar to assist us on our own personal journey?
Inanna was considered a celestial deity. She was believed to be the offspring of the sky god, An or Anu. Being the daughter of the god of the sky, she’s often associated with thunder, storms, and rain, and was depicted as a lion roaring thunderbolts. From this connection, the goddess was also connected to great power in war. She was also commonly associated with the planet Venus.
Ishtar is the goddess of love, desire, beauty, sex, fertility, and war, political power, and justice.
“The Sumerians knew as early as 5,000 years ago that the morning and evening stars were one object in the night sky. They saw Venus as their goddess Inanna, who was also known as Ishtar by the later Babylonians. Inanna was a goddess of love and war and ruled over birth and death. In one myth called Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld, the goddess descends into the netherworld where she is killed, then resurrects three days later to return to the heavens. This myth reminded the ancient Sumerians of the movements of Venus and its disappearance from the sky from time to time.”
~ from: https://nightskytourist.com/venus/
“The Star of Venus, also known as the Star of Inanna or the Star of Ishtar, is a symbol most commonly associated with the Mesopotamian goddess of war and love, Ishtar. The ancient Babylonian deity Ishtar’s Sumerian counterpart was the goddess Inanna.
The eight-pointed star is one of the most predominant symbols of Ishtar, next to the lion. The goddess was also often connected to the planet Venus. Therefore, her star symbol is also known as the Star of Venus, and Ishtar is sometimes referred to as the Morning and the Evening Star Goddess.”
~ from: https://symbolsage.com/star-of-venus-ishtar-meaning/
The Cosmic Star of Venus made itself known to me during our last Venus Sun Conjunction in January 2022. It was the “gift” that I emerged with during the January 8/9 2022 Venus Underworld descent. I kept getting the strong inner feeling that the Rainbow Rays were associated with Venus. When I resurfaced and researched into this I came upon about the Star of Inanna, The Star of Ishtar, The Cosmic Star of Venus. It is amazing, and I have been playing with it all year here at Inner Space and I am excited to be able to share it with all of you. We will explore the Light Body Technology of this Cosmic Star of Venus together in depth. It is powerful! You can see it above her head in the images below.