reply to post by autowrench
How did the 'queen of heaven' become the 'whore of Babylon'?
Firstly they are not the same thing but have some crossover aspects, let me explain (I will need two posts to do this).
The self proclaimed false goddess 'the queen of heaven' Ishtar/Istar (Ashtoreth, Astrate), aka according to top Satanist Crowley in reference to his
masculine/feminine dual aspected/natured deity this 'perfected man', is Mary, Isis, Bhavani, Artemis and Diana, are other names for its 'feminine'
p. 635, Chapter 67 'Confessions'
by Aleister Crowley
Inanna (sumerian name), Astarte (kanaanäic name), Arinna (hethitic sun goddess), Tanit (karthargic name). Babylonian scriptures called her
the "Light of the World", the Light-bringer, Leader of Hosts, Opener of the Womb, Righteous Judge, Lawgiver, Goddess of Goddesses, Bestower of
Strength, Framer of All decress, Lady of Victory, Forgiver of Sins, Torch of Heaven and Earth.
Many are her sacred titles - "Exalted Light of Heaven", "She Who Begets All", "Guardian of the Law" and "Shepherdess of the Lands"
What have we got here with all these titles? It seems to me that is false deity is taking upon themselves all this titles belonging to Holy Trinity
Jesus, Father, and Spirit, Jesus and the Father who are actually in Heaven right now administering the Law as they conduct the Investigative Judgment
as the rightful Righteous Judge, rather than being kicked out of heaven and stuck down here (as acknowledge by Crowley). We also find that this false
god says that there are Laws, Sins, Heaven. Does Wiccan theology about the 'goddess' talk in accordance to a Devine Law, Sins, the need for
Forgiveness and Heaven? If not then they are not being true to the 'goddess' and her claims.
What is the association here with being the "Light of the World" or the "Lightbringer"?
"Lucifer, the Light-Bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the
light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!"
(Albert Pike, Morals and Dogmas p.321 - source book of Scottish Right Freemason doctrine to high degree initiates only)
We also hear about the most important oaths Freemasons take are related to this goddess
Albert G. Mackey, 33 degree Mason, states:
"The right hand has in all ages been deemed an emblem of fidelity, and our ancient brethren worshiped DEITY UNDER THE NAME OF FIDES or Fidelity,
which was sometimes represented by TWO RIGHT HANDS JOINED, and sometimes by two human figures, holding each other by the right hands...
Numa was the first who erected an altar to FIDES, under which name the GODDESS OF OATHS and honesty was worshipped. Obligations taken in her name were
considered as more inviolable that any others."
- Albert G. Mackey, 'A Manual of the Lodge (New York: Charles E. Merrill Company, 1870), p. 40-41.
Jeremiah 44:17 'But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of
We have a parallel text here from Jeremiah 19:13
And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs
they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
Hmm, so what really went on at this 'Tophet' and who were the deities these tophets were dedicated too?
They have built pagan shrines at Topheth, the garbage dump in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I
have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!
I don't particularly support this goddess Ishtar (Tanit) when she seeks human sacrifice at her Tophets.... I have to draw the line somewhere.
Tanit was then seen as demanding child sacrifice
The cemetery at Carthage was in use from around 700 BCE to 146 BCE. It contained over 20,000 urns holding the cremated bones of young humans and
animals, 80% of which were fetuses or neonates (Aubet 2001: 251-252; Schwartz 1993:49). The accepted scholarship agrees with the excavators that the
bones are the result of thousands of sacrifices, especially since the inscriptions were mostly votive; that is, they indicated that the depositors
owed the deities a return for a favor. source
Next post will be on this slightly different 'Whore of Babylon'