Articles/Essays From Pagans
September 11th. 2016 ...
Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?
How Did I Get Here? (My Pagan Journey)
What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?
Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess
August 12th. 2016 ...
When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch
Hungarian Belief in Fairies
Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament
July 13th. 2016 ...
What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses
Magic With A Flick of my Finger
An Open Mind and Heart
Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum
June 13th. 2016 ...
Pollyanna Propaganda: The Distressing Trend of Victim-Blaming in Spirituality
Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia
My Father, My First God
Life is Awesome... and the Flu
May 15th. 2016 ...
Faery Guided Journey
How to Bond with the Elements through Magick
Magical Household Cleaning
Working with the Elements
April 2nd. 2016 ...
An Alternative Conception of Divine Reciprocity
Becoming Wiccan: What I Never Expected
The Fear of Witchcraft
Rebirth By Fire: A Love Letter to Mama Maui and Lady Pele
Blowing Bubbles with the Goddess
Magic in Sentences
The Evolution of Thought Forms
March 28th. 2016 ...
Revisiting The Spiral
Lateral Transcendence: Toward Greater Compassion
Spring Has Sprung!
January 22nd. 2016 ...
Coming Out of the Broom Closet
Energy and Karma
Community and Perception
December 20th. 2015 ...
Introduction to Tarot For the Novice
Magia y Wicca
October 24th. 2015 ...
Facing Your Demons: The Shadow Self
The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans
Native American Spirituality Myopia
A Dream Message
Feeling the Pulse of Autumn
October 16th. 2015 ...
Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts
September 30th. 2015 ...
September 16th. 2015 ...
Nature Worship: or Seeing the Trees for the Ents
Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate
August 6th. 2015 ...
Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale
July 9th. 2015 ...
Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Magic of Weather
June 7th. 2015 ...
A Pagan Altar
A Minority of a Minority of a Minority
The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?
Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism
May 6th. 2015 ...
Gods, Myth, and Ritual in Naturalistic Paganism
I Claim Cronehood
13 Keys: The Crown of Kether
March 29th. 2015 ...
A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft
March 28th. 2015 ...
On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations
March 1st. 2015 ...
Choosing to Write a Shadow Book
Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story
February 1st. 2015 ...
Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader
The Three Centers of Paganism
Magick is No Illusion
The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames
The Gods of My Heart
January 1st. 2015 ...
The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch
Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft
Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs
Pagans All Around Us
Broomstick to the Emerald City
October 20th. 2014 ...
Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits
A Microcosmic View of Ma'at
October 5th. 2014 ...
The History of the Sacred Circle
Abandoning Expectations and Remembering Your Roots
September 28th. 2014 ...
Seeking Pagan Lands for Pagan Burials
Creating a Healing Temple
September 20th. 2014 ...
GOD AND ME (A Pagan's Personal Reply to the New Atheists)
September 7th. 2014 ...
August 31st. 2014 ...
Coven vs. Solitary
NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.
Looking for Lilith
Article ID: 14262
Age Group: Adult
Days Up: 2,060
Times Read: 3,567
RSS Views: 15,280
Author: Spirit Walk Ministry
Posted: February 6th. 2011
Times Viewed: 3,567
Myths and legends are funny things. They are usually born out of chronicles about actual people or events, but by the time the tales have morphed and entered into the realm of folklore they have often transformed into narratives that reveal more about the people who are telling the story than they do about the people in the story.
The legend of Lilith began somewhere amongst the ancient Sumerian and Babylonian peoples. Lilith was originally their mysterious goddess of the night. The name “Lilith” in ancient Assyrian meant “screech-owl”, which is another mysterious and raucous creature of the night.
Over time the legend of Lilith began to change to reflect the fears of people that grew out of the night. Lilith took on an air of sexual mystery and malevolence as she was turned into a succubus that men could blame for their nocturnal emissions. Before long anything that went bump in the night got laid at Lilith’s doorstep.
By the time the legend of Lilith reached the ancient Hebrews and became incorporated into the Judeo-Christian mythology that we know today the story had taken a very interesting turn. The Hebrews gave the Lilith story a twist that seems to do more to expose their own Freudian slip than it does to unveil the mystery of Lilith herself.
This new “biblical” legend had it that Lilith was the first woman and first wife of Adam, before Eve arrived on the scene. Both Lilith and Adam were created together, on the sixth day, from the same dust of the Earth. Lilith was created independently from and equal to Adam, which is where the trouble began.
The most commonly reported point of contention in the Garden of Eden between Adam and Lilith was that Adam always liked to be on top when making love, which Lilith had a problem with. This was of course merely a symptom of some deeper differences, but it was this issue that supposedly caused the rift in the end.
After a particularly fierce argument, which Adam attempted to win by an act of marital rape, Lilith had taken all she was going to take and she decided to leave. When God tried to interfere by forbidding Lilith to leave, she flew into a rage and uttered the powerful and unspeakable “Name of the Almighty”, which had some sort of disempowering effect on God and off she went to live in the wilderness with the plants and animals, thus becoming the first Earth Mother.
Feeling a bit sorry for himself, Adam complained to God that he had been abandoned, so God sent three angels to persuade Lilith to return home. According to Adam’s version of events the angels told him that they found her on the shores of the Red Sea in a place inhabited by demons with whom they said Lilith was adulterously involved and that she was giving birth to hundreds of little demons every day.
It may be of interest to note here that later on in the same book, when Moses gets to the Red Sea these demons seem to have vanished as Moses makes no mention of them being in the area. So maybe Adam was exaggerating a bit about what his estranged wife was up to in an attempt to get a bit of sympathy for himself in the media.
As the story continues, the three angels tried to coax Lilith into returning to Adam. When this didn’t work the angels threatened to kill Lilith if she did not return, but rather than back down, Lilith got ready to rumble. The angels tried, but failed to kill Lilith, for she had acquired some sorcerous survival skills during her exile. Having failed to kill Lilith, the angels then set about slaughtering her children instead.
So much for God's concept of marriage counseling.
Having failed in the attempt to reconcile the original pair God then provided Adam with a new mate in the form of Eve whom God fashioned from one of Adam’s ribs. This would therefore make Eve the first trophy wife.
Lilith however, like most maltreated wives wasn't about to let the matter end there. According to the original version of the story, Lilith was said to have returned to the Garden of Eden in the form of a snake. A spokesman for snakes however denied that any snakes had been involved and in a subsequent version of the story Adam claimed that Lilith had returned in the form of a serpent instead. Seeing how it is that even to this day people cannot agree on exactly what a serpent is this version of the story is the one that has stuck. It is far more likely though that Adam actually referred to his interfering ex-wife with a slang term for a female dog, rather than calling her a serpent.
The story goes on to say that Lilith took Eve aside and that Lilith persuaded Eve to eat the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that then awakened Eve to the realization that what was going on in the Garden of Eden was all an illusion. A modern version of events would probably have it that Lilith persuaded Eve to take a women’s studies course at the local community college which awakened Eve to the realization that she shouldn’t be accepting less pay as a woman for doing the same job as a man. Either way, the party was over and God voided Adam and Eve’s lease, casting them out of the Garden of Eden and into the wilderness where Lilith was already homesteading.
Which is supposedly how we all ended up in the mess we find ourselves in today; it was the woman's fault.
Ever since this eviction from "Paradise" the patriarchal churches have vilified and defamed Lilith as demon and pariah, but what exactly was Lilith's crime?
Undiplomatically, Lilith had asserted the claim she and Adam were created equally and should be treated equally, thereby challenging outright the male hegemony on which these churches have based their authority.
Lilith is the primeval free spirit and to some, the first feminist, an idea that still does not go over well today. The message in the story of Lilith, the "screech-owl", is about having a voice and using it. Lilith continues to speak and sometimes even scream against the continued misogynistic calumny that is railed against her.
This Goddess refuses to go quietly away.
Copyright: ©2010 John Reder “Spirit Walk Ministry”
Spirit Walk Ministry
Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Author's Profile: To learn more about Spirit Walk Ministry - Click HERE
Other Articles: Spirit Walk Ministry has posted 3 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email Spirit Walk Ministry... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2016 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.
Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wrenâ€™s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witchesâ€™ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.
Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
of The World
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).