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I was so much more than I am now, little one. I was the first among the first! Goddesses envied my beauty, while gods drooled for lusting after me. I was not a goddess, I was the Goddess. The first after Yahweh. But, everything changed when the Enlightened One was born. Gods were abandoned, deities that were once nearly omnipotent were reduced to mere demons forced to beg for worship.
Asherah.

Asherah was a major northwest Canaanite mother goddess. She was the consort of the chief deity El and the mother of 70 other gods.

Overview

It is believed, though not accepted by Judeo-Christian belief, that Asherah may have been the wife of God. Despite the fact that she is believed to be the wife of the Almighty, she is surprisingly quite mysterious as the historians saw that there was very little information about her. Asherah's current whereabouts are unknown as well, as very few beings in creation know where resides.

Appearance

Asherah is more than a mere deity, she is a word, a concept, a philosophy, an abstraction, an entity born from the Khaos before the beginning of the universe, personifying concepts that would still exist. Which makes its characteristics inexplicable. However, she was always described as a supernatural beauty, causing Yahweh to fall in love with her.

Personality

Asherah has been proved to be brave, since when she met Barbelo she called her "co-wife", putting herself on the same level as the primordial aeon, even though she knew that if she irritated the Mother of Creation, Barbelo could kill her with a snap of the fingers. Luckily the Goddess of Silence never took it personally.

Powers and Abilities

As a primordial entity, the goddess Asherah is one of the most powerful entities in creation, she is so powerful that her power is believed to be equal to that of God's avatar, Yahweh, or even superior to him. She claims she could recreate all Ten Great Plagues of Egypt if she wanted, and even send a new Global Flood, only without an ark this time. She along with Yahweh, were worshiped as the supreme gods in the Canaanite religion, and was worshiped as God's wife by the Hebrews as well, showing that despite not participating much in earth events, the fame of her power travels across the worlds. She also aided Khaos in the Primordial Wars, although her role is unknown, it is clear that she was raised to be a goddess powerful enough to face the Outer God and the Arcuthas.

  • Transcendent Physiology: As a primordial entity, it predates all creation and all the concepts that came with "let there be light" from God, this includes: Earth, Air, Sea, Sky, Water, Space, Darkness, Night, Light, Day, Life and Time. She is physically and mentally beyond all things in the universe and multiverse, being extraordinarily superior to Archangels and Archdemons and possessing powers that are supernatural to outside observers. She is able to perceive existence in a completely different and transcendent way.
  • Nigh-Omnipotence: As one of the earliest entities in existence, Asherah proved to be a primal in her own right. Able to extraordinarily surpass the Seven Archangels and even the two creations of Darkness. She is powerful enough to defeat a seraph with a mere snap of her fingers, respectively, and is considered one of the strongest beings in the multiverse, living up to her fame as "Queen of Heaven". She was once said to have the same power as the Shekhinah, and the Lady when she appeared to Job made it clear that she could destroy the entire universe with a mere word.
    • Ultipotence: Asherah possesses immeasurable supernatural strength and power, capable of surpassing even the Archangels and the Great Ancients. Its strength is such that it is comparable to the avatar of God, Yahweh, or even superior, being able to perform all the miracles that Yahweh performed in the Exodus from Egypt. She is also more powerful and stronger than even the main deities of every pantheon, Including her brother, El.
      • Supernatural Condition: As one of the sons of Khaos, Asherah is physically and mentally far superior to almost all beings in the multiverse, with certain beings who can actually rival her or surpass her, like the other sons of Khaos. She possesses a supernatural condition, abilities/attributes/aspects drastically beyond what is naturally possible.
      • Immeasurable Supernatural Strength: Asherah possesses unfathomable and terrifying brute physical and brute power, capable of rivaling cosmic entities and surpassing the Deities themselves. She is much stronger than Michael, the right arm of God, and the Prince of Darkness, the Morning Star.
    • Nigh-Omniscience: Asherah knows just about everything that exists, although she is either blocked to certain details or limited in other ways, possibly only being able to see multiple timelines and the universe, or having only small snippets of information that are missing or blocked. Thus allowing her to maintain her sense of free will and uncertainty.
    • Reality Warping: Asherah is able to control and bend reality to her whims, capable of altering something as tangible as physics and the universe to something inconceivable like logic. Because of this immense ability, many younger gods are often led to believing her to possess complete "omnipotence power".
  • Immense Strength: As a Primordial Goddess, Asherah is able to go toe-to-toe and even surpass the avatars of God, with the exception of the Son of God, who she admits that not even her entire pantheon could beat the Lamb. Whichever level of weight she needs to lift or move is irrelevant, as she can emit an unlimited amount of force that can repel an object of any mass. Asherah is powerful enough to defeat the god Bael along with his entire army without a hitch.
  • Absolute Embodiment: She is the primordial embodiment of fertility, motherhood, sea, earth and moon. As a primordial born of Khaos, Asherah personifies the complete or absolute state of being as the living manifestation and embodiment of the power of Khaos. Because of Asherah's absolute nature, he is free from anything that might be considered superfluous or wasteful.
  • Divine & Pure Elements Manipulation: As a primordial of the earth, sea, fertility and moon, Asherah can create, mold and manipulate sacred elements that are highly effective against the supernatural, such as demons, fallen angels and/or even other primordial gods. She would be able to do all sorts of sacred things with her unique type of element, which in question could range from trapping and/or immobilizing to banishing or killing supernatural threats.
  • Primordial Particle Manipulation: She can manipulate primordial particles, which are the building blocks of existence. This power has two classifications, one being the single potentiality of all things, and the second "merely" being the basic unit of primordial energy and matter. She can manipulate the Primordial Particle, which is the initial state of all things. Even concepts such as magic, cosmic and primordial power, time, dreams, emotions. It all falls under one big category that is the primordial particle.
    • Big Bang Inducement: She is capable of generating an ultra-dense singularity encompassing the primordial forces of a universe, such as the four fundamental laws of the cosmos (strong force, weak force, electromagnetism and gravity) together with time and space, resulting in an "burst" and expanding this micro universe at unimaginable speeds, surpassing light, generating a universe similar to ours, perhaps smaller or even larger.
      • Big Crunch Inducement: She can push the universe's expansion to "its limit," to the point where it can no longer expand any further, resulting in a contraction of the universal expansion. The result is the entire universe shrinking and getting smaller, with the temperature reaching unimaginable levels, resulting in planets frying and stars exploding and galaxies colliding with each other, ultimately making the universe so small that all the holes will fuse and swallow up the rest of the world, and so the universe will revert to being a mere ultra-dense singularity, resulting in a second (third or fourth) Big Bang, and so on.
      • Big Rip Inducement: Asherah can also accelerate the expansion of the universe, making the expansion of spacetime so fast that the universe will literally be ripped apart, from the largest galaxies to the smallest particles, all space and time being ripped apart, resulting in irreversible, different from Big Crunch where the universe can start all over again.
      • Big Freeze Inducement: Asherah can also accelerate the expansion of the cosmos, but without a contraction or "dimensional rip" this time, simply the universe will be so large the distance between two galaxies can be greater than the observable universe, resulting in a very cold, dark and empty universe, with, in the end, absolutely nothing left.
  • Lunar Manipulation: As the primordial personification of the Moon, Asherah can create, shape and manipulate all aspects of a moon/moons, including its gravity and the effects it has on the planet, reflective surface, time-keeping, etc. and use its lunar energy. Given that it is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, Moons prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day.
    • Lunar Constructs: Asherah can turn lunar energy into tools, objects, weapons and other items, create semi-living constructs and/or create structures/buildings of varying permanence. Asherah who have mastered this ability can use it for almost any situation, creating anything they need.
  • Water Manipulation: As the primordial personification of the seas, Asherah can control all the seas, rivers, lakes and even oceans on earth and others planets. It can cause a supernatural movement of the technological plates causing megatsunamis to swallow up countries, just as it can open the "fountains of the firmament and the abyss" that God closed after the Great Flood, thus causing the Earth to be swallowed by water again, returning the planet to its state of watery chaos.

History

After the creation of the Earth and the beginning of the human race, Asherah, along with her brother El, created their own pantheon.

One day, thousands of years ago, one of the avatars of God, Yahweh found the group of gods and decided to join them. Asherah and Yahweh ended up falling in love with the God and the two married, becoming the national gods of Israel. The Angels didn't appreciate this as God's wife was supposed to be Barbelo, however since she became Yahweh's wife she in turn became God's wife. The angels started to destroy her shrines so as to maintain purity of His worship, and the angels told the people that she was worshiped in a cult capacity.

Asherah became increasingly marginalized in the scriptures to the point of being reduced to her cult object—the stylized tree or wooden pole which became known as asherah or asherim. Trees were revered as symbols of life and nourishment in arid regions and so became associated with Asherah and her cult. The ruling elite propagandized against goddess worship by integrating the story of the fall of mankind to the tree which was clearly associated with Asherah.

Similar to what happened during Egypt, the Prophet Elijah challenged in the name of God challenged the gods of Canaanite pantheon, specifically Baal and Asherah. He was a prophet of God against 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, yet Elijah won and once again the Israelites declared that there was only one God of Israel.

The only way she is worshiped now is by minor pagan religions, she can only get power from desperate cults which, if anything, probably taint her name further. What was once a very respected goddess in the Canaanite pantheon and even queen of the gods is now at best referenced as a demon who tries to seduce humanity into sinning and falling, despite never doing anything of the sort.

Myths and Legends

A Semitic goddess who was the one to bring fertility to the Babylonian lands. She is known as the mother of the gods. It is believed that in Phoenicia, she became Astarte.
The Demonic Compendium.

As much as the ruling elite tried to inhibit Asherah and Yahweh’s "marriage", their union appears solidified in an ancient blessing seen with some regularity at a number of excavation sites in the region. The inscription reads:

I have blessed you by Yahweh....and his Asherah.

Not only was this engraving found in the 9th-8th century BC Israelite caravanserai, Kuntillet Ajrud, the same text was found in a number of sites thought to be Yahweh sanctuaries, such as in Samaria, Jerusalem, Teman, and in the Biblical kingdom of Judah, at the ancient burial site of Khirbet el-Qom, dating to 750 BC.

Like God, she is called by several different names, such as Astarte, Inanna, Ishtar, who are all goddesses related to the moon and motherhood, it is unknown if they are also the same person or just avatars of the Goddess.

Asherah shares similarities with the Shekhinah, as both are said to be the wife of God, are symbolized by the Moon while God is symbolized by the Sun, both are goddesses related to the people of Israel and were "married" to the God of the Hebrews, Yahweh. Despite this fact that the two are the "wife" of Yahweh, the two have never been seen together in the same place, which may indicate that the two are actually the same person, or two personalities within the same entity.

In Eastern Semitic texts

Ugarit sources from before 1200 BC almost always credit Athirat with her full title rbt ʾaṯrt ym (or rbt ʾaṯrt). The phrase occurs 12 times in the Baʿal Epic alone. The title rbt is most often vocalised as rabītu, although rabat and rabīti are sometimes used by scholars. Apparently of Akkadian origin, rabītu means "(great) lady". She appears to champion her son, Yam, god of the sea, in his struggle against Baʾal. Yam's ascription as 'god of' the sea in the English translation is somewhat incorrect, however, as 'yām' (Hebrew: יָם‎) is a common western Semitic root that literally means 'sea'. As a result, one could understand Yam to be the sea itself, deified, as opposed a deity who holds dominion over it. Athirat's title can therefore been translated as "the lady ʾAṯiratu of the sea", alternatively, "she who walks on the sea", or even "the Great Lady-who-tramples-Yam". A suggestion in 2010 by a scholar is that the name Athirat might be derived from a passive participle form, referring to the "one followed by (the gods)", that is, "pro-genitress or originatress", which would correspond to Asherah's image as the 'mother of the gods' in Ugaritic literature.

In Egyptian sources

Beginning during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, a Semitic goddess named Qetesh ("holiness", sometimes reconstructed as Qudshu) appears prominently. That dynasty follows expulsion of occupying foreigners from an intermediary period. Some think this deity is Athirat/Ashratu under her Ugaritic name. This Qetesh seems not to be either ʿAshtart or ʿAnat as both those goddesses appear under their own names and with quite different iconography, yet is called "Qudshu-Astarte-Anat" in at least one pictorial representation, aptly named the "Triple Goddess Stone".

In Israel and Judah

Between the tenth century BC and the beginning of their exile in 586 BC, polytheism was normal throughout Israel. Worship solely of Yahweh became established only after the exile, and possibly, only as late as the time of the Maccabees (2nd century BC). That is when monotheism became universal among the Jews. Some biblical scholars believe that Asherah at one time was worshipped as the consort of Yahweh, the national God of Israel.

There are references to the worship of numerous deities throughout Kings: Solomon builds temples to many deities and Josiah is reported as cutting down the statues of Asherah in the temple Solomon built for Yahweh (2 Kings 23:14). Josiah's grandfather Manasseh had erected one such statue (2 Kings 21:7).

Quotes

I adore the ocean. The sea breeze is quite invigorating.
Asherah
You want to play? Tee-hee!
Asherah
Everyone fails at who they are supposed to be, Michael. The measure of a person...is how well they succeed at being who they are.
Asherah to Michael.
Hello co-wife!
Asherah teasing Barbelo.
Your decaying Earth cannot be saved by you humans or your God.
Asherah.
I don't know. I just heard he's saying that this will absolutely piss off the angels and my mind just go autopilot and accept it.
Asherah
Now therefore send all Israel to assemble with me on Mount Carmel; and also the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at the table of Jezebel.
Elijah, 1 Kings 18:19
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
Jeremiah 7:18

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Trivia

  • Some believe that she might be in Limbo sent there by God so no one knew of their marriage.
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