"Astarte was the supreme female divinity of the Phoenician nation and a predecessor to the Greek Aphrodite. She symbolized all which was female with Baal being the corresponding male god who symbolizing maleness. As Queen of the Morning Star, Astarte was considered a
goddess of war. As Queen of the Evening Star she was the goddess of love appearing as a beautiful woman in a chariot drawn by seven lions and accompanied by doves, her crown made from myrtle leaves. "
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Mystery: lo! betwixt the sun and moon
Astarte of the Syrians: Venus Queen
Ere Aphrodite was. In silver sheen
Her twofold girdle clasps the infinite boon
Of bliss whereof the heaven and earth commune:
And from her neck's inclining flower-stem lean
Love-freighted lips and absolute eyes that wean
The pulse of hearts to the spheres' dominant tune.
Torch-bearing, her sweet ministers compel
All thrones of light beyond the sky and sea
The witnesses of Beauty's face to be: That face, of Love's all-penetrative spell
Amulet, talisman, and oracle, -
Betwixt the sun and moon a mystery.