Inanna (Ishtar)

Inanna/Ishtar, the Mesopotamian (Sumer, Babylon, Akkadia) goddess of (sexual) love, fertility and war.

Archetypes Embodied:


Shapeshifter — The Shapeshifter’s mask misleads the Hero by hiding a character’s intentions and loyalties

Enneagrams:minor archetypes – One: Reformer, Critic, Perfectionist [Anger]. This type focuses on integrity. Ones can be wise, discerning and inspiring in their quest for the truth. They also tend to dissociate themselves from their flaws and can become hypocritical and hyper-critical of others, seeking the illusion of virtue to hide their own vices. The One’s greatest fear is to be flawed and their ultimate goal is perfection.

The Soldier: Strong, willful, and looking for a fight, whether it be for profit, or to avenge the death of a loved one. One type of soldier encompasses those who seek to do justice in an evil and dark world: The rugged heroes who are strong in arm and wit, but have some fatal character flaw (dealing with the death of a loved one, pride or vanity, a weakness for damsels in distress…) that will be the end of them if they don’t figure out how to solve it.

Chinese Zodiac: Snake: High moral principles, mostly when applied to others. Sophisticated and charming. More than meets the eye.

Typically associated with:

Embodiment of Venus, the morning & evening star.  Often associated with the moon.

Forces of nature (rain and thunderstorms)

Ring-post/sacred knot

Symbol – 8 pointed star

Sacred number: 15

Sacred animal: lion (dragon)

Often pictured with long robes and a crown, naked with her arms folded across her chest, in a chariot pulled by lions, or in an embrace with her lover.


Adams Leeming, D. (1990) The World of Myth (pp. 136-145). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


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