If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock,
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.
I will bring up the dead to eat the living.
And the dead will outnumber the living
—Ishtar, Descent of the Goddess Ishtar Into the Lower World
I'm also thinking a lot about Ishtar in terms of tomorrow being the beginning of NaPoWriMo, the 30/30 challenge, and the state of my current manuscript which is channeling some REALLY, REALLY powerful women and female characters that manage to transcend time and space, blow in like banshees to kick over mic stands, smash dishes, and basically bring the roof down. I wondered for a long time why I was drawn to these narratives until I realized that these women were showing up to teach me some tough love life lessons through their stories. Ishtar has been no different. A powerful deity, as you can see from the quote above, she literally felt like she had the capacity to move all realms and shake things up until she felt her principles were met. Ishtar feels highly principled to me, very stick to your guns, very much a follow-through kinda gal.
So, speaking of principles. Tomorrow is the beginning of my raw food challenge. When Ishtar says, "I will bring up the dead to eat the living." it feels kind of like a metaphor for the quality of food or food-like stuffs...much of it feels or smells dead, as though the food is what's feeding on people. So, this quote for me has become not just about resurrecting zombies to do her bidding, but a way to think about dead food versus living food.
So! That said, I am super excited to kick my day off with a Green Thickie. A tall glass of green, sumptuous, raw, thick, goodness. Something Ishtar might slug down right before she goes to beat down the gates of the underworld.