Life Connective (Crescent Moon) Goddess Ayu, Inanna, Ishtar, Artemis
Druid Goddess Comparisons
Life Source Goddess (Outer Layer)
Symbols: under-dome, arms across or on stomach to form under-dome shape
Epithet: (none known yet)
Ayu (Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Artemis, Hathor)
Life Connective Goddess (Middle Layer)
Symbols: crescent moon, wings, bees, hands just under breasts
Epithet: Reed-Boat, Opener, one of the "Controllers" (along eagle-vultures)
Asher (Asherah, Venus)
Life Manifestation Goddess (Inner Layer)
Symbols: hands on breasts with upward angled arms
Epithet: (none known yet)
Selu (Salu, Selene)
Motion Source Goddess (Outer Layer)
Symbol: glowing things, heavenly bodies in the night sky. Air, feathers, song birds, Hands pointing upward
Epithet: (none known yet)
Life Connective Goddess Ayu
Marble Ayu from Sesklo Culture in Northern Greece c5000 BCE
Statuette at National Archaeological Museum of Athens 8772. Photo via Wikmedia Commons at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Female_figurine_marble_Thessaly_5300-3300_BC,_NAMA_8772_080802x.jpg
Goddess Ayu Figurine Found at Skorba Temple, Malta (4400-4100 BCE)
Photo at Wikimedia Commons by Hamelin de Guettelet. Online at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:D%C3%A9esse-m%C3%A8re_de_Skorba.jpg
Minoan Ayu (1680 BCE)
Israelite Ayu (Astarte) (700-600 BCE)
Now at the Met Museum in New York Number 34.126.53. Online at:https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/323163
Silver Hoard 4 Found at Ekron which was a Philistine city in what is now Israel (720 BCE)
Silver pendant from hoard 4 at Ekron Showing the Winged Goddess Ayu 720 BCE
It is 5.2 cm high. Its top lop is broken suggesting it was in the hoard only for its silver value at this time. Now on display at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem. Online at: https://www.imj.org.il/en/collections/380228-0
She is standing on lions which means she controls the sun power and brings order to the land. She is assisted in this by the motion power owls flanking her. She edits (cuts or gates) the life network with her eagle vultures. Her eagle vulture aspect is shown by her bird claws. Her snake headdress indicates she is a deity having the power of life and death. This snake hat is typically worn by most early Mesopotamian deities (and some priests).
This relief was originally painted the life color of red as indicated by red ocher pigment still existing on her left hand. Its find location is unknown and it appeared on the antiquities market in 1930.
Ayu (Mesopotamian Ishtar, Sumerian Inanna)
(July 3, 2022) Ayu directed the transporter of fertility fluids from the divine realm to the earth. She was the river bank to the river. Her main correspondence was with bees because bees with their golden pollen carrying ability also directed fertility.
Entry from Alphabetic Akkadian Lexicon (Olmsted Jan 1 2022):AY, ‘Y [Akkadian ayyu, ayu] goddess Ayu (noun) - feminine life-growth connective power and the complimentary power to masculine Atu. Ayu assembles the life-growth network through which flows the fertility fluids. Her orderly form complementary to the sun god Hu of Atu represents a well-structured network. That orderly form is represented by the crescent moon which is why her epithet for that is “Reed Boat.” In contrast her chaotic storm form complimentary to the storm bull form of Atu is the dark part of the moon, Thanu, not normally seen when the moon is in crescent form. Thanu means “grinder.” Ayu edits the divine network with the divine birds, which are owls and eagle-vultures, a trait she shares with magic-crafters. She is the Mesopotamian Ishtar, Sumerian Inanna, Egyptian Hathor, Greek Artemis. The word “Artemis” derives from Aru-Tu-Maṣȗ to which means "The Controller's-enabling-magic" where “controller” is an epithet for Ayu. The “setter” is another epithet because Ayu is responsible for setting or fixing the connections of the divine network at dusk.
Red Skorba Pottery from Malta with Crescent Moons Representing Ayu (4400-4100)
Photo from: https://www.odysseyadventures.ca/articles/malta_temples/maltaTemples02_settlement.html
Cucuteni–Trypillia: (5500 to 2750 BCE)
Cucuteni–Trypillia culture was one of the first Druid cultures to Fall to the Indo-Europeans around 2750 BCE.
They grew wheat, rye and peas. Tools included ploughs made of antler, stone, bone and sharpened sticks. The harvest was collected with scythes made of flint-inlaid blades. The grain was milled into flour by quern-stones. Women were involved in pottery, textile- and garment-making, and played a leading role in community life. Men hunted, herded the livestock, made tools from flint, bone and stone. Of their livestock, cattle were the most important, with swine, sheep and goats playing lesser roles.
During its middle phase (c. 4000 to 3500 BCE), populations belonging to the Cucuteni–Trypillia culture built the largest settlements in Neolithic Europe, some of which contained as many as three thousand structures and were possibly inhabited by 20,000 to 46,000 people
Goddess Ayu from Cucuteni–Trypillia with Network Lines and Spirals (4000 BCE)
Not all goddesses with this shape had spirals. Most just had lines representing the life network.
Photo by Marius Amarie from Archaeology Magazine. Online at: https://www.archaeology.org/issues/107-1311/features/tattoos
Goddess Ayu from Cyprus (1450-1100 BCE)
Goddess Ayu with an eagle-vulture head and crescent moon ears is from Cyprus and made from terracotta. Here the eagle-vulture head and life-network line replaced her wings as the indicator of her function. Eagle vultures trimmed the links of the life network.
British Museum Number: 1898,1201.218https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/G_1898-1201-218
Left Side of Serabit el-Khadim Hathor Sphinx Found at Serabit el-Khadim
(August 5, 2022) This graffito is pro-magic again
Text in Akkadian (right to left)
- Ṭu le’ȗ dalû
- Pu šâku nâ[pu]
- Magic's astrological-powers bring-water.
- The Opener (Ayu, Hathor) is making-narrow the fil[ter] (network)
Thu is the magical hermaphrodite connective motion power deity of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm.
Line 1 is stating that the motion powers brought to earth by Thu are important for manifesting rain.
Line 2 is stating that some of the blame for a drought lies with the life network thread opener which is restricting the number of threads which reach earth.
ReferencesButin, Romain F. (1928) The Seribit Inscriptions: II. The Decipherment and Significance of the Inscriptions. Harvard Theological Review. Vol 21 No. 1 pp. 9-67
Butin, Romain F. (1932) The Proto-Sinaitic Inscriptions. Harvard Theological Review. Vol 25 No. 2 pp. 130-203
Faulkner, R.O. (1962) A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian. Griffith Institute, Oxford
Photo by Pascal Radigue via Wikimedia commons online at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St%C3%A8le_signe_tanit.jpg
(August 29, 2022) This gravestone was found in the children’s cemetery in Carthage. It's shape is likely meant to represent Selene with her upraised arms. The Phoenicians were big fans of the magical motion powers and this likely carried over to their colony of Carthage. This gravestone dates sometime after 400 BCE when texts first started to appear on gravestones there (Sheldon 2020) and before the destruction of Carthage in 146 BCE. The text reveals that the child seems to have died from starvation due to a drought which dates it to about 170 BCE.
Translation in Akkadian (Med Text 12)(read right to left. Capital letters on stone. Inner vowels inferred)
- IRu BaQu Ya Qu, Gi Qâ Lu. Nu Ba'u Ya
- UYa ARu NuNu. Ba'u YaḪu MaNu. AMu Nu
- Mu A'u Bu Pu AMu Ma. Nu EŠu Lu. RaBa Nu
- 'Bu Pu Mu. Iwu EŠu Gi. Ru AZu Qu.
- A Ru MiQu MuRa Zu
- Astrological-powers are not swarming the life-growth-threads, (because) energy lacks threads. The Revealer (Yahu) is not being nested.
- Misery makes anarchy. The nesting Controllers (Ayu and eagle-vultures) are paralyzing the Revealer. The Reed-Boat (Ayu) is revealed.
- The fertility-fluid's motion-powers are nourishing the Reed-Boat's fertility-fluids. The Revealer lacks confusion. The Authorities (astrological powers) are revealed.
- Life-priests are opening the fertility-fluids. The Redirectors (Ayu and eagle-vultures) are confused by the energy. Eagle-vultures are getting involved with the life-growth-threads.
- Those undermined eagle-vultures eliminate the rainstorms.
ReferencesSheldon, N. (2020) The Tophet of Carthage: Archaeology and the Question of Sacrifice. From History and Archaeology Online at: https://historyandarchaeologyonline.com/the-tophet-of-carthage-archaeology-and-the-question-of-sacrifice/
Thu is misidentified as “Velia Velcha” in Orcus Tomb map above. See Tomb of Shields for positive identification of Thu
(Photo: Rönnlund, Wikimedia Commons, 2012). Letters added by Olmsted.
Etruscan Orcus Tomb Image 1: The Connective Layer "Controllers," Hermaphrodite Motion Deity Thu and Life Goddess Ayu, Have Been Weakened
(Sept. 8, 2022) The texts and images in the tomb of so-called Orcus 1 tell a story when viewed clockwise from the tombs entrance. The story's first scene is shown on the right. "Controllers" are the mid-layer deities of the Ancient Pagan Paradigm.
Translation in Akkadian (Text Med 18.1)(read right to left. Capital letters on stone. Inner vowels inferred)
- ARu Ne'u : Pu E Lâšu A : (Med 18.1.1)
- Gi ELu .... (Med 18.1.2)
- The Controllers (Ayu, Eagle-Vultures) are being affected : None of the Openings are being influenced by them :
- High energy ....
The rightmost image in the scene is the life power goddess Ayu (Inanna, Ishtar, Hathor) who is identified by her snake skin hat having a network pattern revealed by its scales. She is responsible for editing the network by removing and adding network links. She seems to be holding a young plant stem spurting fluid which likely corresponds to a network link. Another sign of her life power is that she is tanned from the sun because she is the feminine power compliment to the sun god Hu.
The leftmost image is the middle layer motion-power hermaphrodite deity Thu who is wearing the laurel crown to indicate their divine role as a motion deity. The fast-growing laurel tree (Laurus nobilis) is also called the Bay Laurel because its bay leaves are a spice having a unique odor and taste. Either because of its fast growth or because of its aroma this tree has been associated with speed and motion. It was placed on the heads of Greek runners to indicate they were the fastest. They were a champion and from that the laurel crown came to indicate any sort of victor. The hair of Thu has both masculine and feminine components relative to Italian culture with long side hair (feminine) and short back hair (masculine). That this image represents the hermaphrodite deity Thu is provided by a painting in a different tomb called the Tomb of Shields who is “associating” with unknown deity or demon.
Inanna's Life Network Construction (2100 BCE)
Unfortunately the symbol giving the order of the priestess has been rubbed out and the find location of this seal is unknown. It reads (by Olmsted)
- Tremble at Anu's watchfulness.
- By means of Anu overcome the divine-network's construction.
from sign assignments:
- (right column) UR AN AB
- (middle column) TA AN I GAD Dù
Once again the translation provided by the British Museum is wrong. British Museum number 101958 acquired in 1905) probably came from Ur but that is not known for sure. Online at: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/W_1905-1111-9
Bronze Crescent Moon of Ayu from Israel (700-600 BCE)
Inanna Holding Back a Lion (1800 BCE)
Only the 4th column from the right is complete and its says:
- An's spouse Inanna greatly shakes the fertility fluids
from sign assignments:
- AN DAM INANNA A SIG3 NUN
This seal (Oriental Museum number A27903) is from Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago at https://oi-idb.uchicago.edu/id/90eec75d-0343-4a85-8810-ad0cdcc2a081
Seated Inanna (2100 BCE)
- Goodness is purifying the milk-powers (fertility-fluids)
- The strength of Anu lifts the strength of the net
- Anu makes good Inanna,
- his wife
from sign assignments:
- (right column) SAG9 KUG GA NI
- (middle right column) ŠU AN ŠU SA LAL
- (middle left column) AN INANNA SAG9
- (left column) DAM NI
Registration Number: A30568, Accession Number: 3346, Field Number: 5 N 236. Online at: https://oi-idb.uchicago.edu/id/968fe5d1-5627-4c33-8ae7-96da263845ae
Sumerian Inanna (2100 BCE)
- A person weepingly-approaches Anu
- to offer the land's-produce.
- A priestess of Inanna approaches the fertility-fluids
from sign list:
- (right column) LU AN SES.TE
- (middle column) RI.ES SAR
- (left column) DUMU.GAD.IG.ŠE A TE
The phrase "priestess of Innana" is literally DUMU.GAD.IG.ŠE meaning child.fabric.gate.grain or "daughter of the divine-network gate for grain." Inanna guides and controls the fertility fluids.
The British Museum translation is wrong (apparently it has never been reviewed since its first pioneering translation. It was found in 1867. British Museum Number 89069. Online at: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/W_1867-0815-4
Inanna's Followers (2100 BCE)
- Tremble before Anu's earth strength
- you humble children of the thread.
from sign list:
- (right column) UR AN ŠU KI
- (middle column) DUMU UR (new sign
Once again the British Museum translation is wrong. Museum number 129488. Online at https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/W_1945-1013-32
Greek Artemis (Roman Diana)
(July 3, 2022) Artemis had the greatest number of temples of any deity in the ancient world. She was the Greek equivalent to Ayu but in Greek cultures she was given a bow to represent the crescent moon. This associated her with hunting.
Greek culture was a merger of the old Neolithic farmer Akkadian culture with the newer Indo-European culture. This tension gave Greek culture its vitality and innovation.
Her connection with hunting via the moon bow comes mainly from Homer:Artemis of the wilderness (agrotera), lady of wild beasts (potnia theron). (Homer, Iliad 21. 470 ff, trans. Lattimore)
Over the shadowy hills and windy peaks she [Artemis] draws her golden bow . . . The tops of the high mountains tremble and the tangled wood echoes awesomely with the outcry of beasts." (Homeric Hymn 27 to Artemis, trans. Evelyn-White)
The Greeks properly associated the sun with crescent moon since both were the main connective life deities of the sky according to the Ancient Pagan Paradigm. This connection of Apollo with Artemis is found in Hesiod line 918-922:And Leto was joined in love with Zeus who holds the aegis, and bore Apollo and Artemis delighting in arrows, children lovely above all the sons of Heaven.