Inanna was the Queen of the Sumerian Pantheon and Goddess of love, fertility and war. Her other names included Ninanna (Queen of the Sky) and as Ninsinanna she was personification of the planet Venus, linked to the morning and evening star. The Babylonians knew her as Ishtar. Sacred marriage rites were performed at the Sumerian New Year. At the ceremony this Goddess would be invoked to bless the couples with fertility.
Ninsianna : The Black Venus- Babylonian Goddess seen as the personification of the planet Venus As the goddess of war and strife, she held the title Nin- kur-ra-igi-ga, "the queen who eyes the highland" meaning that other lands feared her. Battle was called the "dance of Inanna' and she was at the very heart of it. She was 'the star of the battle-cry.' Her symbol is the eight-pointed star. A goddess of sexuality and fertility, her worship included sacred prostitution. A goddess associated…
Inanna, Queen of Heaven - Sumerian Great Goddess and forerunner of the Babylonian Ishtar. She is the first daughter of the moon, and the Star of Morning and Evening. Inanna is linked to the planet Venus and is a love Goddess. Legends show Her to be a woman of powerful sexuality - Art by Thalia Took
Inana (Sumerian)/Ištar (Akkadian) is among the most important deities and the most important goddess in the Mesopotamian pantheon. She is primarily known as the goddess of sexual love but is equally prominent as the goddess of warfare. In her astral aspect, Inana/Ištar is the planet Venus, the morning and the evening star.