Lilith Goddess Of Agriculture  

Posted by Stella Clark

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LILITH IS A POWERFUL GODDESS WHO HAS BORNE THE BRUNT OF PATRIARCHY AND STILL MANAGES TO SURVIVE. I LOVE WORKING WITH THIS GODDESS WHO CAN HELP US TO MOVE THROUGH OUR SHADOW WORK. LILITH FIRST APPEARED IN SUMERIAN MYTHOLOGY ABOUT 5,000 YEARS AGO. IT APPEARS THAT SHE IS LINKED TO THE SUMERIAN GODDESS, LILITU, WHOSE NAME MEANS 'WIND SPIRIT'. WE ARE FIRST INTRODUCED TO LILITH WHEN SHE MENTIONED IN A POEM ABOUT INANNA AFTER THE HERO, GILGAMESH, HAS CUT DOWN INANNA'S TREE:

GILGAMESH STRUCK THE SERPENT WHO COULD NOT BE CHARMED. THE ANZU-BIRD FLEW WITH HIS YOUNG TO THE MOUNTAINS. AND LILITH SMASHED HER HOME AND FLED TO THE WILD UNINHABITED PLACES."

SHE WAS THE GODDESS OF AGRICULTURE, AS WELL AS THE HANDMAIDEN TO INANNA. AS A YOUNG HANDMAIDEN TO THE GODDESS, INANNA, IT WAS LILITH'S JOB TO GATHER MEN FROM THE FIELDS AND LEAD THEM TO THE TEMPLES OF THE SACRED PROSTITUTES FOR THE HOLY RITES AND SEXUAL CUSTOMS OF THE TIME. IT IS ALSO SAID THAT LILITH HELPED WOMEN IN CHILDBIRTH AND NURSED THEIR INFANTS. HER SYMBOLS ARE THE CROSSROADS, OWLS, SERPENTS, AND THE DARK MOON.

WHEN JEWISH PATRIARCHY TOOK OVER SUMERIA, THEY DESTROYED THE ANCIENT SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES OF THE REGION, AND LILITH WAS MADE EVIL IN ORDER TO STOP THE PEOPLE FROM WORSHIPPING HER.

THE GODDESS WHO HAD ONCE PROTECTED MOTHER'S AND CHILDREN WAS NOW BEING PORTRAYED AS A DEMONESS WHO CAUSED ABORTIONS AND MURDERED INFANTS IN THEIR SLEEP.

IN HEBREW TESTS, LILITH IS MOST POPULARLY KNOWN AS THE FIRST WIFE OF ADAM; SHE LEFT HIM WHEN HE TOLD HER TO LIE BELOW HIM WHEN THEY MADE LOVE. LILITH REFUSED AND POINTED OUT THAT THEY HAD BEEN CREATED EQUAL--SHE WAS FORMED FROM THE SAME DUST OF EARTH AS ADAM. LILITH THEN WENT TO JEHOVAH, TRICKED HIM INTO SAYING HIS SECRET NAME, AND WITH HER NEWLY FOUND POWER, PERSUADED HIM TO GIVE HER WINGS. SHE THEN FLEW AWAY TO LIVE IN A CAVE BY THE SEA. A COMPLETE DEMONIZATION OF LILITH THEN TOOK PLACE AS SHE WAS INCORPORATED INTO THE JUDAIC PANTHEON. LILITH BECAME THE ESSENCE OF DEPRAVED SEXUALITY. SHE WAS BELIEVED TO STEAL THE SEMEN OF MEN WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING, WHICH SHE THEN USED TO FERTILIZE HERSELF, PRODUCING DEMONS. MANY SCHOLARS ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE SERPENT WHICH WAS DEPICTED IN THE STORY OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS ACTUALLY LILITH...WHO HAD RETURNED TO AWAKEN EVE TO HER INNER POWER.

Lilith is the dark feminine aspect of the Divine creation and the Goddess of the balancing of yin and yang. By rejecting the fetters of masculine domination of the spiritual realm and leaving the Garden of Eden for the wilderness beyond, She actually became the first child of Mother Nature and in Her Divine mutiny, the first witch. Lilith offers us a vision of freedom and independence. We all know women who have been demonized because they are independent and refuse to be someone's subordinate. Let us remember the oppression of women, past and present, and lend our support. Let us remind our friends about such women and light a candle in the honor.

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