Ishtar was the goddess of love and war in Mesopotamian mythology. Her priestesses were sacred prostitutes who conducted their rituals and sacrifices so that she would bless the people with fertility.
In 2700 BC, Qataka posed as Ishtar and based herself in the temple of Ishtar in Kish. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys)
Ishtar was associated with Venus, and her symbol was an eight-pointed star. She was known for descending to and returning from the underworld. (PROSE: Walking to Babylon)