"Ishtar is the multilayered Babylonian creator goddess, the source of all life & embodiment of the power of nature. She is the giver of plenty, a lawgiver, a judge, the goddess of time as well as the goddess of both love & war. Her name means "giver of light" & derives from her role as queen of heaven. She is the planet Venus as both morning & evening star, & her girdle is the zodiacal belt. Ishtar descends to the underworld & restores the vegetation god, Tammuz, to life & thus restores fertility to the earth. As she descends she removes a veil at each gate. While she is underground all life on earth is depressed & nothing comes to life. Ishtar is a multifaceted, powerful symbol of a forthright mode of being that is unafraid to venture into the depths of the underworld. She represents the creative feminine, active & strong."