Goddess Symbol Meaning for the Goddess Inanna
The goddess Inanna has herself been a symbol of provision, fertility and abundance for centuries. It's no wonder her prime symbol is agriculturally based.
The spiral, the reed, and specifically a bundle of spiraling reeds are a common goddess symbol of Inanna, the Mesopotamian goddess of life. Inanna represents the divine feminine and the power of creation.
The goddess Inanna for whom this symbol is represented is known by many names, Astarte, Ishtar, Asherah to name a few. This bundle of reeds is her sacred symbol as one legend states Inanna bound reeds together to make a vessel that would sail upon the waters of the great flood caused by Enki who wanted to annihilate humankind. Inanna gathered up all humankind upon her reed boat and thus saved the human race. She is also known as the River of Life as she travels on the waters saving mankind.
This goddess symbol of the sacred bundle of reeds is symbolic of Inanna's attributes such as:
The goddess symbol of reeds represents water, and the symbolism of water has a universal undertone of purity and fertility. Symbolically, it is often viewed as the source of life itself as we see evidence in countless creation myths in which life emerges from primordial waters.
Interestingly, we are all made of water, and so we can liken many of these myths and allegories to our own existence (the macrocosm mirroring the microcosm and vice versa). Further, we can incorporate symbolism of circulation, life, cohesion and birth by associating the creative waters of the earth with the fluids found in our own body (i.e., blood).
The spiral symbol (spiraling reeds) is symbolic of the way of life. Specifically, the center circle represents the seed (birth) of human life (or consciousness). The reeds moving out from the seed is symbolic of growth, expansion and evolving awareness into new areas of development. This also speaks about nourishing our souls for optimal growth.
Honor your ability to create and live life to the fullest by spiraling your awareness around the themes offered by Inanna and her special goddess symbol. Check out the links below for more god/goddess symbols, and check out these fine resources from Amazon for your further research.
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
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