Statue by Netjerwaret, Deviant Art
Today, we look to Ereshkigal, Sumerian and Akkadian goddess of the Underworld, also known as the Mesopotamian Irkalla, Great Lady Under the Earth. The Sumerian name for the Land of the Dead was Attalu, the place of ancestral memories. That, I think, is a beautiful name, the place of ancestral memories. It holds a sweetness, a dreamy quality for me.
Ereshkigal's myths are varied and I shall encourage you to explore them. She is variously viewed as jealous, bitter, mourning the loss of Her love, powerful, and also a Crone or Hag, again bitter. She was also revered by other gods and goddesses. I see Her as a goddess who rules over Her realm and can assist us with loss. She is powerful and holds that power giving no quarter. How do you see Ereshkigal?
Devotional activity: Explore a few of Ereshkigal's myths and decide which resonate's with you most. Does She frighten you? Again, as we did yesterday, write a short devotional prayer or verse for Her, reciting it after dark and lighting a black candle for Her. Feel free to post your prayer/verse in the comments section, as well as any thoughts or experiences.
Blessings dark and deep!