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(Pronounced anat)

Anata (also Anath, Anatu or Astarte) is the goddess of war, hunting, sexual love, and fertility. As Anata, she is a Phoenician goddess but was known back into prehistoric times. She is recognised as the Canaanite goddess of the Ishtar form, who was in turn the Babylonian form of Innana.

Daughter of El, sister and consort of Baal, twin sister of Myrrh (or Marah).

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She is a goddess of paradoxes, both of consummate love as well as bloody wars.

As father and son struggle against each other, Baal requires the help of his mother Asherah, and sister Anata. Ba’al needs Anata to speak to Asherah to have them both step in for him. Anata intercedes with El on Baal’s behalf to obtain the necessary permission for a palace to be built for Baal.

“The bull, my father will yield,
He will yield for my sake, and his own;
For I shall trample him like a sheep into the ground,
Make his grey hair flow with blood, the grey of his beard with gore,
Unless he grants Baal his wish…”

Later, fighting ensues, and Baal is killed by Mot (Death) in an archetypal battle. But Mot killed the husband of the wrong goddess. She buries Baal, hunts down Mot, and avenges Baal’s death by cutting, winnowing, grinding, and burning Mot like grain. She then plants him in the fields.

Baal is eventually resurrected through the implantation in the earth of Mot’s corpse. Here is a symbol of divine sacrifice – the cycle of nature of destruction and renewal, both in the power of this goddess.

Though very aggressive and violent, Anata’s battles are to seek justice. She teaches us that complacency and subservience is unwarranted in a woman, and that even the great Father figure can be usurped.

After battles she renews herself with dew.

As goddess of sexual love, she is said to take thousands of lovers. But is called the Virgin, as a proclamation that she is owned by no male. She annually renews her virginity in sacred waters.

The dew is a symbol of Anata – waters that renew. Her fetch is the lion.

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~ by sandra on December 23, 2005.

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