Ishtar: Boundaries

Card Meaning: “Love yourself enough to say no to others’ demands on your time and energy.”

Message from Ishtar: “A sincere desire to give of service is wonderful. However, there’s a distinction between giving of yourself and giving up yourself. If you feel tired, guilty, or resentful while helping others, then you’re not truly helping them, are you? You’re injecting poisonous energies into the relationship, and then no one benefits. Step back and reassess the situation. As you respect your own boundaries, others will begin to recognize and respect them within you, and within themselves as well. Now that’s a healthy behavior to teach to others!”

Various Meanings of This Card: You’re giving too much • Become more assertive • Don’t do things out of guilt or obligation.

About Ishtar: She’s been worshiped and invoked since ancient Babylonian times as the embodiment of Venus’s womanly energy. Ishtar represents the Divine feminine in all of her aspects, including nurturing, mothering, sensuality, fertility, healing, protection, and wisdom. As a multidimensional goddess, Ishtar doesn’t tire of helping the men and women who call upon her for assistance.

This card is from Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards.