“Ishtar Star,” for Esther

IMG_3564Esther of the Bible was born as “Hadassah” a Jewish queen, who, through the story told in the Book of Esther, was willing to sacrifice herself to save her people. She is known as the mother of her people.

“Hadassah” means “myrtle” in Hebrew, a five petal flower that looks like a star. The myrtle flower is sacred to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of procreation, love and beauty, and also Demeter, the Greek goddess of fertility of the earth, and the harvest.

It is also believed that the name “Esther” came from the name “Ishtar” an Assyrian/Babylonian goddess of fertility, love, sex, and war. Ishtar is represented by an eight-point star, and her symbol was a lion. She is said to be the “divine personification of the planet Venus.” Venus is also the Roman goddess equivalent to Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

Esther could also be derived from the Persian word for star: “setareh.” The “Morning Star” and “Evening Star,” a bright star, and is considered the “song for the morning star.”

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The four main points of the star represent the four main areas of the goddess Ishtar:

  • Sex – a union of two circles making one, and also the symbol of infinity. Myrtle flowers in the background, also symbols of male fertility, and the general symbol of a flower for female sexuality (see Frida Khalo and Georgia O’Keefe).
  • War – the flames of destruction, but also represent the rebirth after the end, symbolized by the feathers of the mythical phoenix that is reborn after it is destroyed in a fiery eruption.
  • Fertility – the fish, an age-old symbol for fertility, and the concentric circles, and ancient symbol of fertility.
  • Love – symbolized by the tree of life that love builds through relationships with each other. The moon in its constant cycles, like love. Ishtar’s stars keep watch from above.

The stars and myrtle flowers on the other four points represent the alternate names of Esther, and the lion in the center, Ishtar’s symbol.

by Emily A. Willard, a.k.a EmaBee, 2014

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