Ereshkigal – Goddess of Death and Renewal

  • Attributes: Goddess of death and transformation, queen of the underworld
  • Symbols: Horses, lions and death itself
  • Place: Mesopotamia
Illustration of Ereshkigal | Wicca, Magic, Witchcraft, Paganism

Inside a palace of Lapis Lazuli lies a large black-haired nude woman who draws the dead to herself. This is the Goddess Ereshkigal, Queen of Irkalla or Attalu, the underworld in Sumerian and Babylonian Mythologies.

Sometimes she is also called by the name of the lands which she rules. She is depicted nursing lion cubs or mounted on a dark horse. She is Goddess Inanna‘s sister.

It is also said that she ruled the underworld alone for a long time, but fell in love with Nergal, who sent her food offerings during a banquet. As only the dead could remain in the underworld, he was forced to leave her. Ereshkigal was so irritated by his departure that she threatened to bring all the dead back to life. Under such threat and fearing the consequences, the great God Enki allowed Nergal to return whenever he wished. In this way, Nergal and Ereshkigal remain together and reign in the underworld.

Counterpart to the sky

Ereshkigal is seen by scholars as a different facet of Inanna, as the two also represent the changing seasons of the year. The first sister represents the winter, as well as Cailleach in Ireland, because the plantations die and the land becomes unproductive. The second sister represents the spring, when everything flourishes again and becomes fertile.

In Wicca we can associate her as the Crone face of the Triple Goddess. She is powerful, fearless and causes transformation. One of her symbols is the black horse, which also represents change: once death is nothing more than the end of one cycle and the beginning of another.

Summoning Ereshkigal

As a Goddess of Death, Ereshkigal puts an end to the entire cycle of events, as does the Hindu Goddess Kali. We can summon her during the Waning Moon or the New Moon if we know how to control the energies well.

This Goddess helps us in the transformation and renewal of ourselves.

Necessary items:

  • 1 black candle
  • 1 white candle
  • 1 metal container with water
  • Location of the cardinal points

After purifying yourself the way you used to do, arrange the items as follows: The white candle to the north, the water container to the center and the black candle to the south.

Open a magic circle, light the black candle and say:

“Great Goddess Ereshkigal
Join me tonight and help me grow
I ask your wisdom so my feelings can flow
Teach me how to deal with love and kindness
With all that is directed to me, including cruelty and madness”

Pass your hand through the black candle and say,

“Goddess of the underground, with the fire of this black candle, help me burn and remove all obscurity from my life”

Visualize all the bad things, everything you want to free yourself from, coming out of you and burning in the black candle flame. Take a sip of water from the container and be sure that your are being purified and free from any harm.

Light the white candle, watch its flame and think about this process transformation. Think of the good things you want to attract into your life.

Thank the Goddess:

 “Ereshkigal, I seek my inner renewal. Help me heal the wounds left from the world that now is not part of me any more. “

Close the circle. Let the candles burn.

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