As I write today we have Saturn stationing direct, after a lengthly period in retrograde. For most of us in 2020, I'm sensing that Saturn, the planet of karma, discipline and limitations, is teaching patience.
Patience is one of the two words that came through during this broadcast. The energies of Aries full moon likely have us ready for action and almost feeling like that things have already been taking too long!
Grateful, the antidote for feeling time pressure is here :)
This Full Moon in Aries (Sun in Libra), together with the energies of Mars and Saturn (as discussed in the podcast) provide us with the perfect alignment remember Goddess Astarte.
Who is Goddess Astarte?
Astarte was a goddess honored in the Eastern Mediterranean area, before being renamed by the Greeks. Variants of the name “Astarte” can be found in the Phoenician, Hebrew, Egyptian and Etruscan languages.
A deity of fertility and sexuality, Astarte eventually evolved into the Greek Aphrodite thanks to her role as a goddess of sexual love. Interestingly, in her earlier forms, she also appears as a warrior goddess, and eventually was celebrated as Artemis.
The image to the right is a carving with rubys of Astarte in the Louvre, you can see her cow horns or lunar disc at her crown. Her hips are round to signal she is a fertility goddess. The stones placed in her eyes and at her navel (I believe) signal her power of seeing and knowing together with creating and birthing things into the physical plane.
Astarte was worshipped by Canaanites, Egyptians, Hebrews, Philistines, and Phoenicians, but who is she? In the tradition of West Semitic spirits Astarte means “the womb,” “the conceiving womb,” or “full womb” and is a title for the goddess Anat, but it may also be a title for other goddesses associated with fertility.
Astarte was connected with fertility, sexuality, and war/(which inner current times signals transformation, as I mention in the broadcast). Her symbols were the lion, the horse, the sphinx, the dove, and a star within a circle indicating the planet Venus. Pictorial representations often show her naked, as seen left
Astarte first appears in Ancient Egypt beginning in the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt along with other deities who were worshipped by northwest Semitic people. She was worshipped especially in her aspect of a warrior goddess, often paired with the goddess Anat.
Lisa Marie Haley