Above: Statue of Semiramis (Dallas Museum of Art), prostitute consort of Nimrod, and source of all goddess worship.
“The dawn of history in all parts of Western Asia discloses the established worship of a nature-goddess in whom the productive powers of the earth were personified. She is our Mother Earth, known otherwise as the Mother Goddess or Great Mother. Among the Babylonians and northern Semites she was called Ishtar or Nanai: She is the Ashtoreth of the Bible, and the Astarte of Phoenicia. She was later known by the Greek’s as “Ma” at one of her mountain shrines.” Note: Read my post “Nimrod Part 17: The Transit of Venus and the Queen of Heaven” to see how both Nimrod and Semiramis (along with her illegitimate son) were deified, and that once the peoples of that time were dispersed after the fall of Babylon, they naturally took their god’s and goddesses along with them, which over time became different names. They also added new god’s and goddesses (still based on Nimrod and Semiramis) under polytheism.
On her being “self-reproduction” and Tammuz
“The power of self-reproduction, complete in herself, was widely believed in states of primitive society. However that may be, a male companion is none the less generally associated with her, even from the earliest historical vision of Ishtar in Babylonia, where he was known as Tammuz.” [Pinches, Cult of Ishtar and Tammuz, 1909]
“The general tendency of myth and legend…reveals him (Tammuz) as her offspring, the fruits of the earth”. This can also be seen in “Adonis”, who descends for the 6 winter months to the underworld, brought back to life through the divine influence of the goddess.”
“It is reasonable to believe that long before the curtain of history was raised over Asia Minor the worship of this goddess and her son had become deep-rooted” (Also read “Nimrod Part 15: Lent and Tammuz the Solar God“)
On the goddess having young lovers, and Emasculation of the Male:
“The idea that the youth was the favoured lover…was safeguarded in popular legend by the emasculation of “Attis”, and in worship by the actual emasculation of her priesthood” (Compare this to the cult sensation of female “Cougars“, preying on young men for sexual conquest). This was also the same type of cult worship (Baal-Peor) that Jezebel, wife of Ahab the Israel King, had made the state religion in the time of Elijah the prophet. It is also that type of corrupt influence that the Book of Revelation talks about:
“…Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols….”
The Hittites had already become known at the close of the 3rd Millennium B.C. (KJV, Chronicles), with numbers of them settling through Syria and Palestine at the time of the Patriarchs. Their chief deity was a god omnipotent, the “Lord of Heaven” with lightning in his hand, the controller of storms ruling in the skies, hence identified with the sun”. The other name for this Assyrian storm god was “Adad“. He was, in summary, a “god” of the skies, identified with the sun, all powerful, and symbolized by the Bull. (Read “Nimrod Part 4: Perseus as Nimrod” for his link to Sun God worship, and “Nimrod Part 10: The Book of Rolls“)
The chief Hittite goddess is a nature goddess, and is symbolized by the lion, mural crown and double-axe. This double-axe (called a Labrys), is historically associated with the Amazons, warrior women who did not allow men to live among them and only procreated with men for female propagation (they would kill the male babies, or send them away). The Roman History finds that Semiramis, consort of Nimrod, was a Amazon, “…Caesar reminded the Senate of the conquest of large parts of Asia by Semiramis and the Amazons…” [article on Wikipaedia]
The bull is a symbol of Zeus (who is a personification of Nimrod) and indeed the labrys is associated with an archaic symbol of the thunder deity whom Zeus and others become as storm gods wielding their thunder weapons and are found in familiar motifs of Indo-European mythology. Examples are the Nordic god Thor, who hurls his mjolnir to cast thunder and lightning upon the earth, or Indra, who uses his favourite weapon the vajra. Similarly, Zeus throws his Keravnos to bring storm. The labrys, or pelekys, is the double axe Zeus uses to invoke storm.
“Many points go to prove that the double-axe is a representation of the lightning …and it appears in later historical times in the cult of the thundergod of Asia Minor (Zeus Labrayndeus). An impression from a seal-stone shows the double-axe placed together with a zigzag line, which represents the flash of lightning” states Chr. Blinkenberg Control over a frightening natural phenomenon such as lightning always has been a chief reason for propitiation of deities [ref: Labrys], and was one of the things Nimrod had secret knowledge of (along with fire).
In feminist interpretations (particularly by Marija Gimbutas) however, it is also interpreted as a symbol of the Mother Goddess (Minerva) and compared to the shape of a butterfly rather than an axe. Robert Graves interprets it as the symbol of the moon (i.e., Venus) of the great goddesses, with the two curved edges indicating the waxing and waning phases on either side of a full moon.
It should be noted that the “Mother Godess” or Queen of Heaven (which is mentioned in the Bible as demon-worship), can be traced back to Semiramis, and is whom the Statue of Liberty symbolizes (You can also see her prominently on the Great Seal of the state of California)
The labrys is also used to represent lesbianism and feminism, and female or matriarchal power. [read: The Queen of England].