Pronounce Ishtar like Easter because …

That’s where it comes from .. according to some.

Collage taken from web; text unattributed but image is of Queen of the Night from Brit Museum

Collage found online; text unattributed but image is of Queen of the Night from the British Museum in London

Colourized reconstruction of the Queen of the Night, scanned in from a book of the same name published by the British Museum in 2005

Colourized reconstruction of the Queen of the Night, scanned in from a book of the same name published by the British Museum in 2005

Notion that Easter derived from Ishtar is making the rounds again. Tis the season after all.

Myself, I always reckoned Easter came from Eostre or Ostara, hence the bunnies and Easter eggs.

Perhaps oddly, the Wikipedia article on Ishtar doesn’t mention she was the inspiration behind Easter, let alone the word itself. Wonder why that is?

Evidently she did resurrect, however.

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Cut out of shot taken at front facade of Notre Dame cathedral, taken by Jim McPherson in Paris 2014

To the right of the main entrance to the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is this stone relief. Seems medieval patriarchies reckoned the serpent in the garden was female; none other than the Demon Lilith, mother of Cain, Slayer of Abel

Michelangelo's version of Lilith as the serpent in the garden, image taken from web

Michelangelo’s version of the Demon Lilith as the serpent in the garden; image taken from the web

Lilith as Serpent of the Garden by Hieronymous Bosch's Vienna Last Judgement, image taken from web then adjusted by Jim McPherson

Lilith as Serpent of the Garden by Hieronymus Bosch’s Vienna Last Judgement, image scanned in from a wall calendar then adjusted by Jim McPherson

In the Phantacea Mythos, the image used in the top graphic isn’t of Ishtar. It’s of Primeval Lilith, the Demon Queen of the Night.

Hieronymus Bosch, Michelangelo and the folks behind the ornamental front facade of Notre Dame seem to think she was the serpent in the garden.

Which sort of fits with the notion promulgated most recently in “Helios on the Moon” that she was the mother of Cain, Adam’s first born son and the slayer of Abel.

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The Queen of the Night has been in the British Museum for a number of years. This is the explanatory plaque as shot there by Jim McPherson in 2012

The Queen of the Night has been in the British Museum for a number of years. This is the explanatory plaque as shot there by Jim McPherson in 2012

Drawing of Ostara by Johannes Gehrts taken from web

Drawing of Ostara by Johannes Gehrts (1855-1921) taken from web

Scanned in the coloured reconstruction of the Queen of the Night from a booklet of the same name published in 2005 by the British Museum. Notre Dame GIF is mine, as is the shot of the British Museum’s explanatory plaque re same.

Like the collage at top of page, the Michelangelo Eden scene and Gehrts‘s Ostara came from the Web. Scanned in the Bosch from a wall calendar for 2015.

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Lethal Lily took over Master Morgan Abyss in “The Death’s Head Hellion” and features significantly throughout the upcoming, open-ended saga of Wilderwitch’s Babies.

Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) did a couple of the images featuring Lilith that appear in pH-Webworld. Great Night is here whereas his Night Hag is here.

From the sounds of things in the revised, more like rewritten, version of the ‘Decimation Damnation‘ web serial, Miracle Memory stole Primeval Lilith from Pyrame Silverstar in 5950 during the Male Entity’s eleventh lifetime and kept hold of her until his one hundredth thirty years later.

Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — Decimation Damnation”

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ISBN must mean … yep, it’s officially “Decimation Damnation”

One thing about living in Canada, ISBNs cost zilch. Now if only the Canadian dollar would reach a sensible level, Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 could begin to see the printed page:

Hello Mr. McPherson,
I have assigned to your novel :
Decimation Damnation (book) = ISBN 978-1-927844-15-1
Decimation Damnation (digital) = ISBN 978-1-927844-16-8
Decimation Damnation (pdf) (electronic book) = ISBN 978-1-927844-17-5
Since you are a Canadian author/publisher, you are required to send copies of your publications to Library & Archives Canada. This is the Legal Deposit process.
Here is information on Legal Deposit:
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/…/legal-d…/Pages/legal-deposit.aspx
Thank you,

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Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — Decimation Damnation”

2005 working cover for Wilderwitch’s Babies. Thinking it might be too dark. Still fond of eye-stave gargoyles on back and the angry house-head on front.

Statue shot by Jim McPherson in backyard of Leighton House, London, England, late 1990s

Sundown type with spear and snake but on a horse, not Raven’s Head, statue shot in backyard of Leighton House in London, England, late 1990s

Cut-out of the eyeless face used in the cover collage; taken from a wooden plaque shot in Montreal in April 2000 by Jim McPherson

Cut-out of the eyeless face used in the cover collage; taken from a wooden plaque shot in Montreal in April 2000 by Jim McPherson

1. Wilderwitch with fearsome soul-self extracted from a wooden plaque spotted and shot in Montreal in April 2000;
2. house-head spotted and shot in Hasankeyf Turkey in 2003 then given blue eyes (also here: http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm#logo);
3. Sundown figure on corner of house-head is a statue spotted and shot in backyard of Leighton House in London sometime in late 1990s;
4. gargoyles and caduceus on back from, I believe, Paris circa 2004;
5. Tuareg figure scanned in from the Vancouver Sun at some point. Even if this guy appears white, it’s reminiscent of Trinondevs of Weir.

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More cliffheads link from here
; more on the cover collages here.

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

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“Decimation Damnation” cover collages

Cover collage prepared by Jim McPherson, 2005

Variation of a cover collage prepared for what’s now called “Decimation Damnation” ca 2005

Here’s another take on the cover for “Decimation Damnation“, a web-serial that appeared in its entirety on pH-Webworld (aka Phantacea on the Web) starting around twelve years ago. (Might have been called “The Weirdness of Cabalarkon” then, at least for awhile.) New version won’t be the same, though.

BTW, it came in at 170 pages but an as yet unwritten Auctorial Preamble and a Character Companion (some of which is here) will enlarge that.

Potential Dust Cover for "Wilderwitch's Babies 1", collage prepared by Jim McPherson ca 2008

2008 version of cover for “Wilderwitch’s Babies 1 — Decimation Damnation”

Might go back to it if I go with a collage cover along the lines of the 1000 Days mini-novels.

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Wooden plaques spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Montreal, 2000

Wooden plaques spotted and shot by Jim McPherson in Montreal, 2000; no information on the artist’s name

Isolation shot of the wooden plaque used in cover collage, photo manipulation by Jim McPherson

Isolation shot of the wooden plaque used in cover collage

Both parts of the Wilderwitch figure were taken from a snap shot in Montreal in April 2000. The wood plaques are all by the same guy; unfortunately there are no names I can find on them.

Her “fearsome” soul-self is in foreground; not looking very fearsome I’m sorry to say, but the lack of eyes does make it kind of spooky.

As an aside, and hopefully without giving too much away, what happens to Blind Sundown when he is given crablike, ommatophorous eye-stalks is anything but ducky. It’s truly beyond either fearsome or spooky.

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Caduceus with gargoyles collage prepared by Jim McPherson

Utopian Warriors of Weir manifest gargoyles atop their eye-staves; Mel-Illuminatus manifests a healer’s caduceus; graphic combines both

A hairpin shaped like a caduceus, image taken from web

A hairpin shaped like a caduceus like the one Mel-Illuminatus manifests atop her dinky eye-stave in the mini-novel

Two gargoyles atop Notre Dame, photos by Jim McPherson, 2004

Two gargoyles shot atop Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral in 2004 by Jim McPherson

The caduceus is actually a hairpin. Not sure where it came from but the gargoyles are definitely from the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. They were taken in 2004, when you could still walk up steep — I’d call them precipitous — stairs to the gargoyle level. Not sure sure whether you can do that anymore.

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Hasankyef House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Hasankeyf House Head Given Eyes by Jim McPherson in 2008; shot taken in Turkey, 2003

Part of the Hasankeyf ruins, shot in Turkey by Jim McPherson, 2003

Part of the Hasankeyf ruins in Turkey, 2003; suggestive of a House Head; also seen here: http://www.phantacea.info/fallof03.htm

Early version of DecDam front cover, prepared by Jim McPherson, ca 2003/4

Possibly the earliest version of DecDam’s front cover

Giving the stone, house-head ruin from Hasankeyf eyeballs must have been fun.

Can’t recall whose they were but flipping the shot does make it look almost human.

Not sure I like the text name at top of page on the tentative front covers shown but might keep it just for variety.

However, compared to the second cover at top of page, do prefer the pink background to Mythos area and the vaguely purplish overall background in first graphic.

Similar images are used on the related Serendipity and … entry as well as the entry for Mel-Illuminatus in Witches page on pH-Webworld..

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A couple more aspects of the covers at top of page are highlighted here.

Welcoming portal for pH-Webworld as of Spring 2015

Entry port for pH-Webworld, first appeared in the 2015 Spring update

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