(Lovingly Dedicated to my Goddess-Sister, Tamara)
Tamar was an ancient Goddess in Georgia. She lived in a palace in the mountains. This palace was built by storks and nightingales. She rode a serpent bridled with gold.
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Tamar captured Dilis Varskulavi, the Morning Star, who was the Master of Winter.
When he escaped, which he did repeatedly, the snow would come. As many times as he would break free, each summer, Tamar would re-capture him to bring summer, which she ruled, back to the land.
This made Tamar a Sky Goddess, who controlled the weather and the seasons.
A beam of light once came through Her castle walls, impregnating the ever-virgin Goddess. She gave birth to a son who She abandoned in the woods. This child was then raised by deer and, eventually, grew to be an angel.
She was also identified with Lamara, whose name means “eye of the Earth”, who was also a Georgian Goddess.
Some of Tamar’s attributes were Her strength, Her courage and Her power. As Her serpent’s bridle can attest to, Her symbols were gold, serpents and snakes.
One of the most famous women to bear the name, Tamar, was Queen Tamar, one of Georgia’s most famous rulers; true to her name, she apparently was a fierce Warrior Queen. (See: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/index.cgi?id=754345014062)
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There were two other Goddesses who were known by the name Tamar.
One is from Syria; She was an Earth Goddess associated with prophesy and fertility The name “Tamar” in Arabic means “date palm”. She was also closely associated with nourishment, as food would come from the tree of life.
“She is a tree of life to them that lay hold
upon her, and happy is every one that
“The story of Tamar told in Genesis 38 suggests and expresses
a powerful indestructible divine feminine energy
that personifies in a mythic way. Tamar herself
represents an archetype of divine feminine power
revealed by her name, which translates as ‘palm tree’.
In the Babylonian myth of the primal garden, the
palm tree was the Tree of Life, a dwelling place of the
Goddess Astarte. The Hebrew version of her name
was Tamar, ‘palm tree’.”
“Feminine Mysteries in the Bible – The Soul Teachings
of the Daughters of the Goddess”
by Ruth Rusca
This Tamar, as can be seen, is linked to Astarte. She could conceivably also be linked to the Egyptian Goddess, Hathor, who brings nourishment to Her people in the form of a sycamore tree, as well as Inanna, the Queen of Heaven, who some say her original name was “Goddess of the Date Storehouse”.
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Lastly, there is the Celtic Tamara, who as a Water Goddess, protected the waters, especially those of the River Tamar, which bears Her name. This River separates Cornwall from the rest of England.