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Lilith is not merely the television wife/ex-wife of Fraser Crane on Cheers or Fraser.  Lilith is much, much more.  She has made cameo appearances as the first wife of Adam in the Garden of Eden (but dumped him when he whined just a bit too much), as the paramour of lascivious spirits in the Red Sea or the bride of Samael the Devil (both cases of slander and libel), as the Queen of Sheba and Zemargard (i.e. men such as Solomon the Wise do not do stupid things; they are bewitched by seductive women!), and as the Consort of God Himself in fifteenth-century Cabbalism (the latter which was just one more justification for The Albigensian Crusade).  But her greatest role seems likely to be as handmaiden to The Great Goddess, Inanna.  

The earliest representations of Lilith seem to be as a great winged Bird Goddess, a wind spirit, or one associated with the Sumerian, Ninlil, Goddess of the Grain, and wife to Enlil.  As the “hand of Inanna”, Lilith was notorious for bringing men from the street and fields of war to Inanna’s temple for holy sexual rites, in which the intention was to civilize the people.  The sacred sexual customs were, in fact, considered the greatest gift of Inanna.  

As Adam’s first wife, however, Lilith really got into trouble with the patriarchy.  She had the audacity to want to be treated as Adam’s equal.  According to Hebrew mythology, the Babylonian Talmud, the Zohar, and the Alphabet of Ben Sira, Lilith refused to lie below Adam, and thus set the archetypal example for later feminists.  God allegedly threatened her by decreeing if she did not submit to Adam, that “one hundred of her children would die every day.”  Lilith chose exile.  

Which really got Adam’s goat!  Despite being ostensibly happy about having Lilith out of his life (and later blessed with a subservient, if not occasionally misguided Eve), Adam apparently never gave up resenting Lilith for having chosen exile to being with him.  Not a lot has changed in thousands upon thousands of years: A woman deciding her life is better alone than with a particular man is still the height of insult to that male.

The male patriarchal traditions, therefore portrayed the situation as one in which the first woman on Earth, who was created equal to man and a free spirit to boot, would be condemned to survive for eternity as a she-devil, mating with demons and devils and bearing monsters instead of human children.  “This image was to serve as a threat and warning to any woman who might consider leaving her husband or defying male authority.” [1]  

But it was all to no avail.  For now Lilith, as the sexiest aspect of the Dark Goddess, at a time in The Great Cycle known as the Dark of the Moon, is back, stirring up trouble, and reminding us all of “a time in the ancient past when women were honored and praised for initiating and fully expressing their personal freedom and sexual passion.” [1] And if you think she's not fully capable of raising havoc with the patriarchy, consider the classic portrait of Lilith by Hon John Collier, 1887.



In addition to the good news that “Frodo Lives”, Lilith is also present; if only as an Archetype within every male and female, a primal, instinctive feminine sexuality.  Lilith’s type is the free and unrestrained animating, pulsating, transforming sexuality that evokes the original orgiastic aspect of The Great Goddess.  She is that part for which the masculine both fears and longs for -- the woman who runs with the wolves!  Lilith is the woman who refuses to nurture men, and thereby threatens their survival.   

As the Goddess of the Dark Moon, Lilith “ruthlessly destroys all that is not our true individuality or appropriate life path.  She will not lead us to our goal by revealing what it is, but rather by eliminating everything that it is not.  The black aspect of Lilith closes all the wrong doors that face us.” [1]  

“The black Lilith in us will accept nothing less than our true individuality, not in the sense of separateness, but in the sense of who we intrinsically are.  When we are secure in acknowledging and expressing our true self, we do not falsify ourselves in order to be accepted by others.”  “Consensus does not require the kind of compromise that pressures us to give up our essential values while mediating with another person.” [1]  

In all respects, Lilith’s charging to the forefront during the Precessional Cycle’s Dark of the Moon, is the good news.  It’s also a slight taste of what is to arrive with the ultimate Return of the Goddess in the very near future.  Say, maybe, around 2012 A.D..   

Are you ready?  


The Goddess Within         Sacred Orgasm

Dark of the Moon         The Great Cycle         The Great Goddess

Forward to:

Return of the Goddess         Inanna         Descent into the Underworld



 [1]  Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon, The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess, Harper San Francisco, 1992.



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