Lilith is understood to be the Sumerian/Babylonian Dark Goddess, and Devil Goddess. She was depicted with dark wings and often with clawed feet. It appears as though she may have originally been seen as a Bird Goddess from ancient cultures. She also has strong associations with snakes, and in some of her depictions in earlier misconceptions, she is depicted as having half of her body through a snake, and the other half with breasts which of a lady. Some conflict her origins stating that she was much older than the Sumerian/Babylonian culture. Her most popular representation and misconceptions concerns us from Hebrew texts in the Story of Adam.
Her initial myth from Sumerian culture speaks of her being the “hand of Inanna”. She was said to discover males in the streets and lead them to the temples of the spiritual prostitutes. She was also known to assist in childbirth and child care. Lilith lived inside the huluppu tree which grew in Inanna’s garden. After a few years, Inanna came out to gather the tree for a throne she wanted to develop, just to find a serpent living at it’s base, a Zu bird with a nest in the branches and the Goddess Lilith living in it’s trunk. Gilgamesh, who was known to be a demigod and a king in Sumerian folklore, assisted Inanna eliminate the snake, and the bird, then he forces out the Goddess Lilith who fly’s away into the dark sky.
Her most well known myth originates from the Hebrew stories of her being the first wife of Adam. Considering that Lilith was a powerfully independent, sexual Goddess, she was not used to being submissive to males. That was not how her culture worked. Sexuality was not seen as something bad or evil in the ancient world. Just when the patriarchal cultures such as Judaism and Christianity took control of did sexuality end up being viewed as a wicked sin. So Lilith chose not to rest on her back while Adam took the dominant sexual position. She thought that love making ought to be equal. Adam did not concur with this and required that she be submissive to him. So Lilith left the garden of Eden. Later on in Hebrew myth, she ended up being demonized as a wicked sexual devil who preyed on males in the evening. Better known as the Succubus, she would sneak into males’s bed rooms during the night and give them damp dreams.
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It appears that Lilith, like lots of other Goddesses, was demonized by Patriarchy, in an effort to stop her worship. Today Lilith represents a strong woman positive in her sexual powers. She teaches us to not hesitate or ashamed of being sexual, and to be comfortable in our sexuality. To be strong and never be submissive to anybody. To stand up for ourselves and be strong confident women. Call on Lilith when you need to feel more power to deal with a difficult situation, or to feel more positive in your sexuality as a woman.
Lilith, in my opinion, is truly a Goddess for ladies. Whatever she represents is females’s power and strength, and her sexual side represents that females too are sexual beings. Which’s not something to be demonized as it has been for several years. Sometimes in our society, if you are a woman who is comfortable in her sexuality, you might be viewed as being “promiscuous”. It is not as appropriate for a female to be sexual than it is for a man. It was not this way in the ancient world. Sexuality was seen as completely equal for both males and females, and had no relation to anything evil, wicked or dirty.
On your altar for Lilith, have an image or statue of the Goddess, colors of black, red, white and blue, have dark plumes and a representation of a snake. Have crystals of blue-green, moonstone, black obsidian, herbs of mugwort, vervain and mandrake. Her moon stages are dark and new.