8th Week of Spring, Goddess of the week
This article is part of the Goddesses for Every Season Journey I have decided to take and I am following the book Goddesses for Every Season by Nancy Blair. A year long Journey to meet a different Goddess a week.
Astarte is the Great Goddess of the ancient Middle East and goes back to Neolithic and Bronze ages. She is a Goddess of war and love but she is also other things as time has gone on as she is connected to the Goddesses Ishtar, Hathor, Isis, Nut, Stella Maris, Venus and the Queen of Heaven. With these connections she is the Goddess of fertility and motherhood. She gave birth to the universe and all things. She is the giver of life. She rules the night, the sun, moon and stars. She looks out for us all and cares for us.
She is also the ruler of the spirits of the dead who reside in heaven (up in the stars) and is the Moon who is surrounded by her star children and known as the Mother of souls in heaven.
I came across this description of her, which I really do love and wanted to share it with you, however I do not know the author:
“She was the Mother of the Sun, Daughter of the Moon, Ruler of the Stars and Keeper of the Earth. In the beginning, Astarte was the whole.”
Queen of the Morning star, Queen of the Evening star, Our Lady of Byblos, Heavenly Virgin, Goddess of Light
Green, red, silver, pink, white
Rose quartz, Emerald, Ruby, Meteorite, Labradorite, Moonstone
Oils & herbs
Rose, Juniper, Pine, Cypress, Myrtle
Doves, Lions, Horses, Stars, Moon, Sun, Lotus flower, snakes, The planet Venus (the evening star), Papyrus, eggs
Meditation to connect with Astarte
Light a candle, put some incense and some relaxing music on, sit and close your eyes. Take three deep breaths and relax. Hold your intention in connecting to Astarte, the Great Mother Goddess. You could say this in your head three times, ‘My intention is to connect with Astarte.’
Imagine you are at a bottom of a mountain. It is a beautiful sunny day and you can hear the birds singing and there is a sense of peace all around. You notice there is a path leading up the mountain and you take this path. Climbing higher and higher. As you climb a blanket of dark and stars come rolling across the sky turning it to night. You are amazed as it feels as though the Goddess has just covered you in love as the night starts.
You are now very near the top, a couple more climbs and you are there. Once you are at the top you notice you can see all around. You are at the top of the world looking down on all. You feel amazed by it all and see the beauty all around you. You look up at the sky and see all the twinkling stars. Being here gives you a sense of peace and comfort.
You then notice a big bright star in the sky and as you notice this it suddenly starts moving and gets bigger and bigger. Its coming towards you. Bigger and bigger and it is there, in front of you. The bright light turns into a beautiful woman. This is the Great Goddess Astarte. She says ‘You wished to connect with me?’ You reply ‘Yes’. She smiles at you and says ‘Come’ and takes your hand. She then flies you up and up and out into the universe. You are hovering above the Earth and you can see the magnificence of the it all. The Earth, the Sun and the Stars. Astarte then talks to you giving you a message. When she has finished giving you this message you can talk to her and ask her other things if you would like.
Once you have finished your conversation, Astarte takes you back to Earth to the bottom of the Mountain. You thank her for connecting and she tells you ‘I am always here for you. All you need to do is call and connect and I am here.’ She then turns bright as a light and shoots up back into the sky as a star.
Feeling a sense of peace and awe and when you are ready to come back, take three deep breaths, feeling yourself back in the room.
Write down your experience. What was Astarte like? What was her message to you? Was there anything else in the meditation that you noticed that could be a message or a sign?
My Journey with Astarte
As I said at the beginning of this, I decided to take a journey to connect with a Goddess a Week and Astarte is the first. I didn’t know really anything about her and before I researched her I wanted to connect to her myself first as I didn’t want any pre-conceived ideas about her. I did however read the part in the book about her though.
So I went on a drum journey to meet her. I beat my drum and went into the lower worlds. My power animal was there to great me and she took me to where I needed to go to meet with her. Astarte showed up as a bright star, which came down from the night sky. She was a beautiful dark skinned woman, dark hair and had big wings. She was wearing a white robe/cloth of some kind. She took my hand and flew me up out into the universe and I could see it all, the Earth, Sun and Stars. It was amazing. She then gave me a message, which made a lot of sense to me and then took me back.
I felt the connection and the love from her, the Great Mother Goddess and I look forward to connecting with her more this week.
After I had this connection I then researched her a bit more and I love that a couple of the things I received from my connection were things that have been found out about in her history and legend. For example, she appeared with wings and through the research it shows she has been pictured with wings. Another example is, she came to me as a star from the sky and according to legend Astarte descended to earth as a fiery star landing near Byblos. These little things confirm to me I did connect with Astarte.
Sometimes we may think ‘Am I really connecting or am I making this up?’ This is why I like to try and connect first then do a bit of research and I encourage you to do the same. You will be amazed at what confirmations you will get by doing this.
I hope you found this information helpful for your connection with Astarte and you connect with her like I have. My journey inspired me to write the meditation for you above with a few little changes and I hope you liked it. I also have not given any history really about her as I wanted more to tell you about what she is overall and give you a sense of who she is. If you would like to have more information on her I have listed at the bottom a list of resources I used to research her, where there is more historical information.
I would love to hear from you if you have started this Journey with me, connected to Astarte and want to share your experiences. Please leave your comment below. If you wish to ask me any questions, please do contact me. You can do this either by the contact page on this website, through Facebook, Instagram or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Love & Light
Picture credits: Top right is a painting of Astarte at Sargent Hall, Boston Public Library. Picture from http://www.jssgallery.org/Paintings/BPL/Pagan_Gods_detail_Astarte.htm#Pic , Middle right: Sculpture of Astarte, picture from https://www.mygodpictures.com/category/goddess-astarte/, Shooting Star from http://www.shortday.in
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