Artist: Roxana Paul
Sitting on a carpet in the Babylonian palace, a beautiful young woman closes the jaws of a lion. She is relaxed, and controls the lion without any efforts, applying not force but kindness and tenderness. It is an image of the goddess Ninhursag.
In Sumerian mythology, Ninhursag was the earth goddess. She was one of the oldest Babylonian goddess and mother of the principal deities of ancient Sumer. Ninhursag’s name means literally “Lady of the Mountain” because she was worshipped as a goddess of sacred mountains. She personalized the powers of the Divine Feminine. Ninhursag was known to have had her temple in the city of Kish.
The Strength typifies self-control, courage, and persistence to follow a chosen path, overcoming obstacles. Through determination, strength, and compassion Strength is able to control situations and influence people. Accepting and understanding others, Strength guides them indirectly.
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