Archive | September, 2011

the Goddess found in the Bible

27 Sep

It is interesting even as the church prosecuted the worshippers of the goddess in the middle ages. that hidden within the Bible especially the book of proverbs was the goddess.
from chapters 1 through 9 it is rich with images of the goddess. as creator, protector, nurturer, tester, corrector.
this wasn’t lost to the mystics of judaism known as the kabbalists. as well as the christian mystics  known as the gnostics. the former called her the Shekinah. the latter refered to her as Sophia.
although the early church stamped out the old religion. they couldn’t remove the goddess from the hearts of mankind. she resurfaced as the Virgin Mary. whom is Mary of Nazareth wife of Joseph, mother of Jesus.
To some what i write here is blasphemy.  however on the surface when one looks at it with objectiveness. one can see the similiarities when one  does comparisons.
In the end it is a sign of the Goddess returning. Not in my opinion to replace the image of God as a father. but God also being a Goddess the mother.
And they are one.

lilith an enigma more info

27 Sep
lilith the high priestess

lilith by richard g. tanzer

Lilith an enigma re-editedBy richard tanzer (formally richtan on hubpages)PART1: Lilith; goddess to demoness; and back againThere are many articles and essays about Lilith. so mine isn’t any different. For the exception as a student and practioner of Shamanism as well as a student of mysticism especially the Kabbalah. and the occult. I myself had a fascination with Lilith when i was young. Which lead me to a relationship with one of her ‘daughters’ later in my life.
Which has lasted well over a year. Because of this i have an ‘understanding’ about her.
What is known and taught in the myths of mesopotamia which found its way in jewish mysticism about Lilith is this:
Lilith was originally seen as a goddess known as Kalili mother goddess of sex and fertility. and was equated with the goddesses Balili (assistant to Ereshkagil the goddess of the underworld who was the sister of Dammu), Inanna/Ishtar, and Abtagigi.
With Inanna she was the Hand whom brought men to worship the goddess in hertemple. She later was merge with Abtagigi who is another goddess that was involved with the sacred aspect of sex; such as a cult prositute. However Lilith was later referedto as Ardat Lili and Lilitu the succubi that plague men of mesopotamia.
So how did a goddess of sex and fertility was seen as a demoness in Judaism?
Simple: change in viewpoint. Remember the Jews of ancient times were monotheists and patriarchial in their views. The Tanakh called the old testament in western bibles never refered to any goddesses in a positive light. The only book in the collection of books that make up the Tanakh that refers to the Divine Feminine is the Proverbs.
Lilith was seen as not only a Succubus but as a child killer which is the incorporation ofthe child stealing demon of Mesopotamian beliefs named Lamashtu.
What maded matters worst was that their homeland was invaded by the Babylonians in586 bce. And the jewish people taking into captivity until the Persians came a couple100 years later. So naturally they adapted some beliefs of their Babylonian captives.
And demonized their gods and goddesses. Lilith was one of them.
This continued up through the middle ages with Lilith incorporated in their legends and mysticism as the first wife of Adam. And elder sister of Eve. Who later fell after her quarrel with Adam. and became a lover of Demons. As well as a succubus and childkiller.
However it is interesting to note despite all the negative press of Lilith in the middle ages by Jews, Christians, and even Muslims there were some scholars mystics, and writersthat saw Lilith in a positive light. Among of these was a Rabbi named Issac Luria.
Rav Luria saw that Lilith was to be restored to Adam. this was to be done in the marrige of Leah to Jacob. There was another book of the Zohar entitled the book of concealment that said Lilith and her daughters were restored to Adam through the wisdom of Solomon in the symbolism of the two prositutes that came before him. And other passages that i will not go into detail that spoke of the reconciliation of herdaughters. and so forth.
In Muslim romances we have the story of Laylah and her lover. And later between the19th and 20th centuries the romances of the christian writer George MacDonald’s Lilith.
Indeed the demonizing of Lilith came full circle. She was seen in a new light as fallen being to be later restored.
This doesn’t mean that there isn’t a demon named Lilith. On the contrary as Rav IssacLuria taught there were many Liliths. the most evil and darker of these is the feminineaspect of Samael. This is found in the Zohar 1; 5 a-b. In contrast of the first wife o{ Adam the other Lilith who finds rest. Zohar 1:34 a-b.
Rabbi Luria believed that there was another Adam called Adam Qadmon. And he had awife named Lilith. This is the Lilith who is the hebrew goddess.
Here we find the restoration of Lilith as part of the Divine Feminine. Sister of Eve.
Daughter of Wisdom whom is the ShekinahPART2: Is Lilith a goddessIt really depends on your belief. i myself believe their are many gods and goddesses.
they are aspects of the Divine which is both God and Goddess.
And Lilith is part of this Divine. however she is a primal being. was there at the creation of the universe. existed along side her husband and brother whom kabbalists called Adam Qadmon. she is, borrowing from a gnostic treatise called the Thunder the Perfect Mind  Sophia; a virgin and a prositute; the wise woman and witch; the high priestess and seer.
to me she is both a dark angel full of love and passion. as well as a demoness of wrath and vengeance. but only other demons need to fear this aspect. not humanity; whomshe has loves dearly; even though she has been ostricized from them.
she is wild and independant. but at the same time is fiercely loyal to those who honor her and are devoted to her.
Lilith is mother, sister, daughter, lover. she exists through her avatars her children her sons and daughters called the shedim, lilim, seirim, lilot (shiddahim) . and in the heartsof men and women. in men she is the anima. in women she exists as the animus. you may hate her; fear her. but never deny her existence. for she will remind you she is a round!
she calls to a man through the eyes of a woman that he desires. if the man does what is right towards the woman. he will win Lilith’s heart. but only if he loves the woman without fail. and without any condition. and in mutural love. the anima also represents lilith as the guide and teacher as well as a lover.
she calls to a woman through her animus not only as a lover. be that lover a man or woman. but also in fellowship of womanhood. a sisterhood in which she once shared with Eve.
This is what Lilith isPART 3 mystery of rahab

Rahab is a mysterious figure found in scripture. seen in the negative rahab is found in isaiah51:9, psalm:89:10. as noted in my other hub: respect for satan: the reason whymichael didn’t revile against satan over the body of moses. rahab has been identified in symbolism as egypt. and egypt symbolises one of satans reconciliation to God.. there isalso a teaching among the jewish mystics that rahab is another symbol of Lilith as does the (female ) leviathan. ( she rides the leviathan actually; a symbolism of her connection to the name as the blind dragon).
this connection of Lilith is found in the book of Joshua chapter 2 as in the innkeeper/prositute name Rahab. Rahab actually shelters two israelite spies while they were in jericho. and later she was saved along with her family. when the israelites invaded the city after the walls fell.
jewish mystics who wrote the Zohar the book of concealment had seen this. and wrote in an allegory in chapters 4 and 5. although in some commentaries these chapters the two spies were interpret as the watchers who fell after being seduced by ‘daughters of adam’ later identified as Lilioth. there is a hidden connection that points to the salvationof a prositute and her family. and Lilith is a patron goddess of prositutes and cult prositutes in the ancient middle east.
and the name Rahab means to be proud. which not only is reference to satan’s fall. but into Lilith leaving Adam. and later leaving Samaels

PART4 : ritual in summoning lilith? and her avatars?
to anyone who wishes to learn how to summon lilith.
well in truth. you will get to know Lilith through her avatars: the succubi.
this i learned later in my relationship to my succubus. however there are rituals. i foundsome in which i add the link below to one such. but my advice is do not try it! the reason why i say this is that there are many Liliths. and one of them is pure evil.

Lilith: From Demoness to Dark Goddess

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The Hebrew Goddess 3rd Enlarged Edition

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window of the soul: the kabbalah of rabbi issac luria   by jd dunn

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The UltimateGuide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies,
Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses

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conclusion to the summary of the book: sexual alchemy by donald tyson.

14 Sep

in conclusion to the summary. i think the book is an excellent  resource on the rarely known practice of tantra. and relationships with spiritual entities whatever they be gods, succubi /incubi, children of lilith.
it covers the history of the subject including marriges of shamans to spirit spouses. and witches with familiars.  and gives  a brief account on related subjects like the djinn and the fay. as well as the theory and practice of alchemy in general.
concerning the rituals however i feel one should do more research on the practice before one uses them.   as for spirits themselves. if one is not already involved in a  intimate relationship  with one.  and is doing it as a curiousity.   such individals should be discourage. from my own experience in my relationship to a succubus. some of these entities do have feelings. and each has their own viewpoint. like  those who go out seeking a relationship at some night club or bar where the opposite sexes mingle. these beings seek the same purpose. some for just sex. others a long term relationship and commitment.
unless one does not make it clear in what they are looking for. feelings can get easily hurt. these beings are no different.  so be sure what you want. make it clear what you want. and above all else be honest, be sincere, be respectful.
richard tanzer

my summary of the book: sexual alchemy by donald tyson

12 Sep

i’m writing this  as just a primer for anybody who wishes to read this book. that is if they can afford to buy it since it is out of print. and is being valued over the price that it is listed as (29.95).
the reason why this book is out of print and is a collector’s item is that it works!
i’ll start out with the basics. mr tyson starts out at the introduction the reasons why he wrote the book. and his rituals that lead to writing the book. which were basically on seeking a sexual relationship with a spirit that who help in the development of his spirit which is a form of alchemy of the spirit.
he had succeeded in this from studying books on tantra, the kabbalah, and a supposely 17th century tome called the liber lilith. whatever the latter is a real book that helps one to connect to the mother of succubi and incubi known as the lilim  (males are called lila; females lili). as well as shedim and lilioth) is open to conjecture.
in the first chapter he discusses the history of human spirit relationships. listing the legends of sexual interplay between the gods and goddesses of mortals to jewish legends of Lilith and the watchers known as the nephilim a name that also applies  to the children of the watchers. he also mentions the relationships of djinn as well as faery lore. and of succubi and incubi.
he goes into detail about Lilith. that there were two Liliths. one he refers to as grandmother Lilith the other the younger is also refered to as naamah. as well as malahat and agrat bath malahat. well i agree that there are many aspects of Lilith. i must disagree with the idea that the succubi queens such as naamah. malahat, etc. are her aspects.  the author never mentions the famous/infamous succubi djinneyeh of north africa: aisha qandisha. he does mention about female djinn. but never their connection to Lilith. since it is a legend among the peoples of the middle east that Lilith is the mother of the djinn.
however despite this oversight. i enjoyed the book greatly.
the rituals in the book are based on the rituals of the Golden Dawn Tradition. ( chapter  16 )which had for its members such as crowley and mathers. he is also includes the newer versions of these rituals known as new millenium magick rituals.
i myself believe and practice the teachings of shamanism which doesn’t use these types of rituals to summon spirits. since in shamanism; it teaches to regard spirits with respect and love. in other words one does not command  an entity. one may asked. however shamans do apply protective measures like drawing a circle and/or using ancient names of divine and meditations and rituals.
there is a well known story of a magician who dismissed a spirit. however the spirit resented the magician. so he pretended to leave. and waited for the magician to step  out of the protection circle. and when he did. the spirit pounced on him. love and respect is the key to any relationship including with spirits.
i also think the making a vessel is unnecessary. ( chapters 8-10) as well as making sigils of the name of the entity  that you wish to summon.  the latter can only be done if the spirit inspires the contactee to create  such. but again always with respect. and love. i had learn from my succubus that such things are not required.
getting back to the vessel. the vessel that i’m writing  about here is not a vessel such as a gemstone that contains a spirit. or a haunted item.  the vessel mention in this book is a statue created by the mage or alchemist for the spirit to communicate with.  although making a statue or buy a statue of god or goddess to symbolise and  honor the entity is harmless. i advise against it. most spirits even those that of deities  would be uninterested since they seen other kinds of the eons they live. some may even offended. where succubi are concern it amuses them. ( i have statues of lilith and of dark faeres and succubi. my succubus and her sisters although they like them. tell me the statues are unnecessary. the djinn  that are also with me  tolerate them). however some spirits do attach themselves to any object including statues. the reason i’m against it is because an unwanted entity might attach itself to it. instead  the intended entity.  here again i advise let the spirit tell you if they desire a vessel. and use a formal ritual to dedicate it to them.
all in all the book is great reading.  and makes a great reference material.  especially on the history of alchemy that he gives an account of in chapters 4-7 as well as sex in magic and mysticism chapter 3.
although i question the rituals of the Golden dawn found in chapter 16 which is based on  victorian view on magic rituals and spirits.  i do  like chapters 11, 12  on meditation and simple yoga exercises. i also like chapters 13-15 that lists meditation exercises for cleansing and protection.
i also support the author’s suggestion in reading  of the cleansing prayer based on psalm 51 (page 224) which although is found in christianity, judaism, and islam. the prayer actually predates these religions. and based on an ancient israelite/ semitic prayers.
richard t