Into the Dark of Night
Ishtar Is above all associated with sexuality: her cult involved sacred prostitution. Her holy city Jershon was called the “town of the sacred courtesans”; and she herself was the “courtesan of the gods”. Ishtar had many lovers; however, as one Priestess notes,
“Woe to him whom Ishtar had honoured! The fickle goddess treated her passing lovers cruelly, and the unhappy wretches usually paid dearly for the favours heaped on them. Animals, enslaved by love, lost their native vigour: they fell into traps laid by men or were domesticated by them.”
Ishtar is not considered a good or evil goddess she is considered to be unconcerned with such issues, as much as she is unconcerned with what is lawful, or tearing down lawful society. What is is concerned with is human fertility, the safety and protection of those involved in sacred prostitution, recently she has also become a goddess of luck, and gambling.
Ishtar is described as a sensuous woman, with bells on her ankles. She is always dressed fashionably and seductively. Her outfits changing with customs and traditions.
Her holy symbol is an 8 pointed star
Portfolio: Fertility, Sex, Prostitution, Seduction, Erotic Entertainment, Gambling, Casinos.
Domains: Life, Love, Luck