Blessing: Ereshkigal is a stern, implacable mistress of the underworld and the spirits of the dead. She can be violent and vengeful – but is also a terrible defender of those whom she cares for. She was frequently invoked alongside Hekate in the Greek Magical Papyri because of her fearsome reputation and her power over khthonic spirits. Those who are in mourning or dealing with other forms of grief could learn much from her. But she is also a harsh, demanding mistress that does not tolerate weakness in her votaries – so expect to be whipped into shape if you approach her – quite possibly literally!
Epithets: “Great Lady Under the Earth”, “Mistress of the House of Dust”, Allatu, Irkalla
Alternate forms of her name: Eriskigal
Equated with: Hekate, Nephthys
Associations: ash, beer, bones, cemeteries, figs, gates, ghosts, hook, lapis lazuli, lions and lion cubs, mint, noose
Festivals: To be determined
Ways to honor: Make offerings to the deceased, give support to rape victims and the grieving, explore your own dark side. Magic and shamanic underworld descents are also ways to connect with her. Some modern votaries also engage in BDSM in her honor.
Ancient hymns and poetry – forthcoming
Ancient texts – forthcoming
Modern hymns and poetry
The Appearance of Ereshkigal in Egypt by Phillupus
Prayer to Ereshkigal by Rebecca Buchanan
Hymn to Ereshkigal by David
Hymn to Ereshkigal I by Rebecca Buchanan
Prayer to Ereshkigal II by Rebecca Buchanan
Modern devotional texts