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Who is Ištar?

Ištar was the original Queen of Heaven. Intimately connected with fertility, sexuality, and war, Ištar's symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle emulating the planet Venus. She has been known as the deified evening star, and the morning star. The worship of this goddess was constant, dictating the lives of people and societies over thousands of years. In Mesopotamian iconography, the most common symbol of Ištar is an eight-pointed star, originally associated with Inanna but by the Old Babylonian Period it had come to be specifically associated with the planet Venus. Starting during this same time, the star of Ištar was normally enclosed within a cir

Ancient Credit Cards and Wall Hangings

“Hey, René?” “What?” His thoughts were elsewhere. “Have you seen statues of Ištar, René? You know, out and about, at the places where you’ve gone. I remember you told me you saw my statue.” “Oh, yeah. At the tavern in Ninevah.” He grinned. “They were obscene, pornographic almost. But, it was a tavern. Why are you asking?” “Well, do I look fat? In those pictures, those frescos you saw? Do they make me look fat? Do you think I’m fat, René?” — Of Gods and Mortals (Jim Aarons) He looked at her open-mouthed, like she had gone off the deep end. He had a dreadful feeling and knew he must proceed very carefully. “Katie.” René took a moment to think. “Do I think you’re fat?” He repeated the q

Stealing Ostrich Eggs

The birds arrived in early December, their presence changed things a lot. Each evening large booming calls of the males punctuated the night

Tevis Cup Part 1

Whoa, Gara! Calm down. Sorry, Marol!” Jen exclaimed, squeezing her legs together to keep her horse from backing. “It’s okay, boy,” she reassured the lean, muscular grey Arab gelding, realizing how wet his neck was when she patted him. Agitated, Gara was not tired. Despite trotting, cantering, and galloping the last twenty miles, he remained in tune with his task, moving his head back and forth, scanning the terrain while traveling forward, turning his ears this way and that, independent of the other. The perspiration Jen felt was from the adrenalin rush, the thrill of the race. Gara’s anticipation started as soon as Jen placed a saddle on his back. He was sweaty even before the person in the

Tevis Cup Part 2

Waiting for Jen to catch up, Marol walked Babe towards the vet zone, where four veterinary teams evaluated the horses. “There’s an opening. Why don’t you take it? I want to talk to Rory.” Jen nodded, smiling somewhat. Marol waited for her turn for her preferred vet. “Hi, Rory.” “Hey, Marol! How’s the ride going for you?” “Good,” she replied with a wide smile. “Jen and I, how are we doing time-wise compared to everyone else?” “You’re a half-hour behind the first group,” Rory replied. “Oh well, it looks like I won’t go home with any trophies.” “But you’ll get a belt buckle if you finish; everyone who completes the ride gets one.” Rory began his examination. Approaching Babe in a calm, relaxed

Evolution of the Earth Goddess

Earth Goddess-Ninhursaga-Inanna-Ištar-Astarte-Aprodite-Venus Early civilization worshipped a Great Goddess who represented fertility and the earth. The earliest depiction of a human is a woman's pelvic area. Two upright legs support a woman's pubic triangle. The charcoal drawing is over 30,000 years old, one of the oldest paintings in Chauvet Cave. The bull was painted over it at a later time. At this early time in humankind's religious development, the Great Goddess was equated with the earth. Early peoples observed that the Earth, like women, gave birth, nurtured, and finally “took back” life into some mysterious underground realm (Womb/Tomb) to return again in the springtime. That's why c

ACL Repair

Honey called Rory early the next morning as though nothing had changed in the last month and a half. “Hey Doc, I’m back in town, living above the clinic again. I’m down here in your reception office. Bonnie tells me you’re doing an ACL repair today. I’m ready to help. Are you willing to put me to work?" “You bet! I've missed you, Honey. Katie said you were back. It was too late to call last night. When do you want me?" “In an hour. Conrad just dropped Feeney off. I'll show Bonnie how to do this." "Wonderful. Thanks." What a pleasant surprise to have Honey back, and wanting to start up as soon as she could, Rory though. Now he would need to drop Bonnie's hours back. Hopefully, this job wasn'

Our First Gods Were Female

Earth Goddess-Ninhursaga-Inanna-Ištar-Astarte-Aprodite-Venus Early civilization worshipped a Great Goddess who represented fertility and the earth. The earliest depiction of a human is a woman's pelvic area. Two upright legs support a woman's pubic triangle. The charcoal drawing is over 30,000 years old, one of the oldest paintings in Chauvet Cave. The bull was painted over it at a later time. At this early time in humankind's religious development, the Great Goddess was equated with the earth. Early peoples observed that the Earth, like women, gave birth, nurtured, and finally “took back” life into some mysterious underground realm (Womb/Tomb) to return again in the springtime. That's why c

Learning to Ride

I could have been sold a pig in a poke; I knew so little about horses. However, Gale said Susie had good conformation, seemed to be in good

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