Isis in Egypt. Astaroth. Father Enki. Inanna came first, the goddess of the Sumerians. Ishtar came after, the goddess of the Babylonians and Assyrians.]
Symbols: Snake Asclepius & Caduceus Lion Dragon 8-point sun wheel Whore of Babylon Building symbology
Ishtar Gate (Hollywood)
Astaroth (also Ashtaroth, Astarot, and Asteroth), in demonology, is a Crowned Prince of Hell. He is a male figure named after the Canaanite goddess Ashtoreth. The name Astaroth was ultimately derived from that of 2nd millennium BC Phoenician goddess Astarte, an equivalent of the Babylonian Ishtar, and the earlier Sumerian Inanna. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaroth
The name Ishtar is Semitic for the goddess Inanna of Sumeria.
sacred “prostitution” was part of the religion as Ishtar was the
courtesan of the gods”...Ishtar possessed a litany of
weapons and one of her totems was the lion...Ishtar
was called the Lady of Battles, the Queen of Attack, The Lady of Victory, Queen
of Hand-to-Hand Fighting and the Guardian of Law and Order; all linking her to
the planet Mars.
Again, in her aspect of Warrior Queen, Ishtar held a labrys, scepter or a staff with either one or two snakes coiled around it. In this aspect, the snake stood for the ability to take a life. It seems that this staff/scepter started out with only one snake and then ended up with two. The healing god Ningishzide, who goes back to Mesopotamia, was a lover of Inanna/Ishtar. He carried a single-serpent wand, but this snake had two heads and both male and female sex organs in the one body. This kind of Mesopotamian snake was called a Sachan, and was Ningishzide’s symbol. Regardless as to how many snakes, there were, the staff, which became the healing caduceus of Hermes, was a symbol of Inanna/Ishtar’s power to grant life, to heal, or to take life away. Before it became the Greek caduceus, this staff had a solar disc on top with two snakes that looked like horns (see below for “cow”). Later, Hermes came to own the staff, by this time it had two snakes intertwined around it, and this was his symbol as the Psychopomp, the Conductor of Souls.
Inanna/Ishtar was known as the Eye Goddess and she had Eye Temples. One of the oldest of these Eye Temples, dating back to about 3000 BCE, is at Tell Brak in eastern Syria. Found inside were thousands of figurines of the Eye Goddess, each with staring, wide, owl-like eyes which are coiled like snakes. It is thought that these eyes that stare are eyes that see justice.
A larger version of the serpent, Ishtar was shown with dragons by her sides when she was in her aspect of the Goddess of War or when protecting her people. Inanna was one of the three main deities involved with a major battle between good and evil. The evil was known as he dragon Kur.
COWS Like Isis and Hathor of Egypt and Io and Ionia, Inanna/Ishtar was a Cow Mother Goddess. She, like Kybele/Cybele, was pictured with bovine horns or as cows with lunar horns. Inanna/Ishtar, because of her association with the Moon, is also linked to the horns of a bull. These bull horns also link her to fertility, due to their similarity in shape to the fallopian tubes. Some myths have Inanna/Ishtar giving birth to bulls or golden calves. Let’s Spell it Out
Ishtar (a.k.a. Inanna in Babylon, Isis in Eygypt, Astarte or Aphrodite in Greece and Libertas/Venus in Rome to name just a few) http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/esp_ishtar.htm
The destructive nature of the Canaanites upon other nations in which they
settled is nowhere more strongly demonstrated than in Egypt, the first land to
be corrupted by their barbaric practices. Originally, "Baal" simply meant Lord
in the Canaanite language. The obscenity of the rites soon developed a popular
which had three heads, the head of a cat, the head of a man, and
the head of a toad. His wife, Ashtoreth, also known as Astarte and Ishtar, was
the principal goddess of the Canaanites. She also represented the reproductive
principle in nature, and in case anyone might overlook it, all of her rites were
sexual observances. In Babylon, the temples of Baal and Ashtoreth were usually
together. Mainly, they served as houses of prostitution, in which the
priestesses were prostitutes, and the male priests were Sodomites who were
available for the worshippers who were of that persuasion. The worship of the
Canaanite gods consisted of orgies, and all their temples were known as centers
of vice. They also originated voodoo ceremonies, which became the rites of
observance in Ethiopia through the Ethiopian Jethro, the tutor of Moses. These
same rites now enthrall tourists in the Caribbean.
It was not long before the simple ceremonies of vice began to pall on the worshippers of Baal. They sought greater excitement in rites of human sacrifice and cannibalism, in which the torture and murder of small children were featured. To consolidate their power over the people, the priests of the Canaanites claimed that all firstborn children were owed to their demon gods, and they were given over for sacrifice. This lewd and barbaric practice was noted in Isaiah 57:3-5:"But you, draw near hither, sons of the sorceress, offspring of the adulterer and the harlot. Of whom 'are you making sport? Against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? Are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood? Inflaming yourself with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the cleft of the rocks?" Chapter 1: The War Against Shem
Ishtar held a labrys, scepter or a staff with either one or two snakes coiled around it
One version of the star symbol of Inanna/Ishtar
Obelisk So in St. Peter's square, the symbol of Baal is within the symbol of Ishtar, and at the center is an Egyptian obelisk, all representing pagan sun worship.
Here is an old photo of the center of St. Peter's square, and note that around the obelisk, at the center of the huge eight-point sun wheel, is a smaller four-pointed sun wheel, the same symbol as found on the altar stone in the temple of Baal in Hatzor! http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/wheel.htm
A decorative wheel found on the altar of a Roman Catholic church. http://www.remnantofgod.org/images/IGC/pagan-rcc.htm
Triumphant Inanna-Ishtar, winged, with foot on her roaring lion and star symbol, being worshipped by a lesser goddess. Black-stone cylinder seal. Akkadian, ca. 2334-2154 BCE.
S. Beaulieu, after Wolkstein & Kramer 1983:92
Istanbul, Turkey: Museum of the Ancient Orient: Ishtar Gate, dragon 'Mushushu' panel (reconstructed, original was c 575 BC)