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lilith an enigma revised

30 Jan
  Lilith from Goddess to Demoness; and back again.
The story of Lilith is perhaps the oldest as Humanity’s time on earth. She first started as Lilitu a goddess of fertility and sex in Mesopotamia. And has been identified with Abtagigi as Kalili. And later identified as the Hand of Inanna/Ishtar and her high priestess. In her darker side she has been identified with Ardat Lili a summerian succubus as well as with Lamashtu  a female demon that preyed upon children and  and pregnant women. When in 508bce the Babylonians  under Nebuchadnessar  attacked Jerusalem. And took some  of the Israelites back to Babylon. The jewish captives incorporated some of the gods and goddesses into their Religion. and labelled them as demons.  One of these was Lilith.She appears in the book of Isaiah chapter 34:14-15 and the Alphabet of Sirach. the latter as the first wife of Adam. who left him after an arguement over equality. and was demonized. This demonizing of Lilith continued through the middle ages in mystical commentaries of the Torah such as the Zohar. Which borrows from the Alphabet of Sirach. and looks upon Lilith as a queen of demons. and mother of the succubi whom are known as the Liliot or Lilim and as Qarinah Djinneyeh in Islam.  However not all of the books of the Zohar saw Lilith as evil.  In the Zohar the book of Concealment chapters 4 and 5 tells of the symbolism of the two prositutes whom came before king Solomon. who were amazed by his wisdom. and was attached to it. it also speaks of the daughters of men who seduced the sons of God would be reconcilied to Adam through  the Wisdom of solomon. the daughters in some commentaries  are actually  the daughters of Lilith. (see the Zohar volume 5 the pritzker edition pages 569-580 notes 67-68;79 translated by daniel c matt). One kabbalist of the 16th century who’s name was rabbi Issac Luria went further to say that Lilith was actually reconciled to Adam through the marrige of Leah to Jacob. (see window of the soul: the kabbalah of issac luria pages 85, 158) and there are many Liliths (148). the other Liliths one is the wife of adam qadmon also refered to as the first eve. another Lilith is refered to as isheth zenninim.  or Malahat a darker Lilith whom is the wife of Samael.  identified with Cain and Esau in the kabbalah.  In the late 19th to early 20th century a christian fantasy writer by the name of george mac donald  wrote his book Lilith. that tells of Lilith’s reconciliation to Adam and Eve.
Lilith in Islam is hardly mention except as Al Qarinah the mother of the Djinn. whom is later identified as Laylah A mysterious divine feminine entity in the poetry of the Sufis. Most Muslims and Sufi agree that the Djinn can be redeemed if they turn away from evil as surah 72 or sura al jinn teaches.
what all this means is that Lilith is slowly emerging from being ostracized and demonized; to be restored as one of the Aspects of the Divine Feminine.  whom is called the Shekinah, Allat, Sophia.
in celtic mythology she is linked to the Morrigan the phantom Queen . through their shared Avatar Morgan the Fey.
and in greek mythology with Hecate, Medea, and Lamia.

for  me personally  Lilith is the primordial Eve, She and her daughters whom are also Liliths are Grandmothers, mothers , sisters and at times spouses to the human race.

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the tetragrammaton ritual

25 Aug

this ritual was discovered by accident during my studies in the zohar. as well. as inspired by the work of donald tyson entitled tetragrammaton.
as taught in the zohar and other books such as the sefer yetzirah the four letters of God’s name are establish in the four directions
of the earth as well as the universe. they are as follows:
the first letter yod is towards the east; it represents god the father,
the second letter hey is towards the south; it represents goddess the mother,
the third letter vau is towards the west; it represents  god the son,
the fourth letter hey is towards the north; it represents goddess the daughter
when  i do the ritual i  do the following:
in my living space of my home. i light a candle and burn stick incense.
and i say the following:
in your name  Infinite One God father mother i bless my home. and i invoke the letters of your name and bless them in the four directions
of the earth and the universe.
i face the east and i say barakh yod;
i face the south and i say barakh hey
i face the  west  and i say barakh vau
i face the  north and i say barakh hey.
i turn and face the east. and i  close the ritual with this prayer:
how great is thy name oh God. may it clear all negativity from this space and dark spirits.
barukh attah Ha Shem amen.
put out the incense. but  let the candle stay lit a little bit longer.

my views about the divine

21 Jul
lilith a succubus weeps by richard g tanzer

lilith a succubus weeps by richard g tanzer

i write this as an explanation of  my convictions on what  i believe in. first of all i do believe in a god. that god has been revealed through out history in every religion; in every philosphy. in every belief system. whatever it be as God, adonai, allah, cerunnos, dagda, odin, shiva, etc. i believe that every god in mythology is an avatar of the divine masculine. and that these gods exist as such as well as being his sons. i believe in the goddess. and she too has been revealed in every religion; in every philosphy, in every belief system. whatever she be  as Sophia,  mary the virgin, the Shekinah, Wisdom, allat, shaktai,  frigga, boann,  etc. i believe that every goddess in mythology is an avatar of the divine feminine and these goddesses  exist as such and   are her daughters. i believe there are angels. they serve as  messengers of the divine between the high god/goddess to his/her children the gods and goddesses. i believe in demons or dark entities whom believe that they are outside divine rule. but they are not. for they serve as  testers of  one’s will and faith in the eyes of the divine. even in their hatred of the light in itself is a form of correction. i believe in the existence of beings that exist between angels and demons. and are in service of the gods and goddesses. but are also their children. these beings are called the fae or djinn. their mother is a goddess one of the feminine divine’s first. she is Lilith. it is said she was the wife  of adam qadmon the primodial being father of all. and she is the first eve ;mother of all. however they had other children these were another Adam, Eve, and Lilith. these were the great grand children of the Divine Feminine and Masculine. and like her mother the second Lilith became a mother of newer group of fae and djinn. this is my belief. and although this is what i believe in. it is always changing as i learn something new. i know that  not everyone will share this belief. and i’m certain that they will have strong evidence. to backup their beliefs. i’m always open to new ideas, to new inspirations, to new insights that help my beliefs to grow. for the one thing that the divine asks of us is to love. and be tolerant of others. and always be open minded while staying true to our based convictions. namaste!

Lilith and her connection to other goddesses

17 Apr

it is always with caution that you try not to offend other peoples beliefs when you make comparisons between deities of one’s religion to another.
in my case it is with the goddess Lilith  whom is considered by some a demoness. to me she is not.
and  there are similarities to her with other goddesses that couldn’t be ignored.
one example is Inanna the goddess of love in summerian religion. whom is called Ishtar in babylon.
the similarities is that both are seductresses. as ardat lili  (hand maiden of Lilith) Lilith or Lilitu would come to a sleeping man and seduced him through dreams. and at times she would visited him when he was awake.
Inanna in the epic of gilgamesh tried to seduce the hero after a successful mission.
it is said she would send out her priestesses to bring men to her temples for the great rite.
later Lilith as Lilitu was maded into the hand of Inanna. and was called  abtagigi.
because Lilith is seen as the mother of Djinn, Shedim, Lilim, and all spirits as well as their queen. i drawn similarities to the Keltic Goddess the Morrigan.
the Morrigan is fiercely independant. as well as a goddess to make her own rules. she is the goddess of the great rite as is Lilith. and takes several lovers at a time.
both goddesses are linked to Morgan the Fae. and which she serve as an avatar to both.
both are connected to dogs, birds such as owls and crows. as well as the colors red and black. and to the moon. especially in it’s last quarter.
the Morrigan is called the phantom queen. and Lilith is refered to as the queen of demons; and other spirits.
and there are similiarites to the djinneyeh of morocco known as aisha qandisha
all this for some is coincidence.  but i wonder.
to me Lilith is a very ancient goddess with many daughters and sisters.

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

references on lilith

The Hebrew Goddess 3rd Enlarged Edition

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window of the soul: the kabbalah of rabbi issac luria   by jd dunn
price$20.00

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

Amazon Price: $16.00 List Price: $29.90
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other links
www.kabalove.com/articles/teachingsoflove/lilithare-readingofthefeminineshadow.2ndgate
www.kheph777.tripod.com/lilith