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The labrys is a double headed ritual axe. It is found in ancient Minoan depictions of the Mother Goddess, where its symbolism is related to the labrynth. The word “labrys” is Minoan in origin and is from the same root as the Latin labus, or lips.

Similar symbols appear on Norse, African, and Greek religious objects, where it is most often a feminine symbol, most likely lunar in origin.

Use of the labrys has been documented on medieval charms used to attract women.

Today, it is often used as a sign of identity and solidarity among lesbians.

Cretan Labrys

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Venus of WillendorfThe Venus of Willendorf is a small, carved stone figure of a woman, most likely a representation of a Goddess. It takes its name from the site where it was discovered in the early twentieth century in Willendorf, Austria.

The figure is dated between 22-24,000 BCE. The purpose of the statue cannot be determined because of its great age, but it is assumed to be a fertility charm or a representation of a goddess. Its most striking features are its exaggerated, voluptuous form, and its lack of a face- braids or decorative work continues all the way around the head. Faint traces of red ochre pigment suggest ritual use.

To date, hundreds of similar carved ritual figures have been discovered all over the world- their exact purpose can only be speculated about.

To see more Goddess Images, check out the Neolithic Goddess Gallery

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The Knot of Inanna is a stylized bundle of reeds, an emblem of the Babylonian goddess Inanna.

This symbol was early written form of the name of the goddess, whose name was composed of two characters, the post and the ring of rushes..

It is related to the tyet knot of Isis. As a symbol of divine authority, it is the ancestor of the crozier, a staff carried by Catholic bishops.

Inanna with the ringposts

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Knot of Inanna



This symbol, a winged staff entwined by twin serpents called a caduceus, has been nearly universal, found in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and India, where it is a symbol of harmony and balance.

The symbol may have originally been a symbol of the sovereignty of the Goddess Tanit, and has been used as an emblem of the goddess Ishtar and the Sumerian creator god Enki.

The most recognizable form is the Kerykeion, or herald’s wand, an emblem of authority carried by couriers for safe passage, and most often associated with the Greek Hermes and the Roman Mercurius. It has been mistakenly utilized as a symbol of the medical industry in the place of the wand of Asclepius (Asculapius).

In the Hermetic Tradition, the caduceus is a symbol of spiritual awakening, and has been likened to the twin Kundalini serpents of Hindu mysticism.

The Goddess Ishtar Hermes
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