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originally posted by: beansidhe
a reply to: Harte
Your (excellent) encyclopaedia lists it as Adad's (Iskur) lightning bolt and this article by Gavin White (colour names are a necessity in this field, it would seem) helps to explain why it links to Virgo and the Furrow. It's a good idiot's-guide to Babylonian skylore, which I enjoyed very much. Make of that what you will.
Thanks to both you and K,
A symbol of Sala was a barley stalk, suggesting
that she was perhaps an agricultural
deity. One text links Sala and an ear of grain
147 with the constella tion called the Furrow
(Virgo), whose brightest star, in modern
terminology, is Spica (Latin virgo, 'maiden';
and spica, 'ear of grain').
See nude woman; zodiac.
Ishara was also worshipped within the Hurrian pantheon. She was associated with the underworld. Her astrological embodiment is the constellation Scorpio and she is called the mother of the Sebitti (the Seven Stars) (Seux, 343).