Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess Gallery Presents...
John Collier (1892) Oil on canvas
 By Willow Rayne

Lilith As Human:
Some of you may be familiar with the recent debate about Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus which resurfaced with the release of the movie The Davinci Code produced from the book. Although the book had been around for quite some time prior to t he movie, the making of the movie brought it to the attention of those who were not familiar with the book (movies tend to expose people to more information these days then books even). It was an awareness that was brought to light that not only the possibility existed, but most likely the Bi ble was not a book that is complete. Mary Magdalene is not the only woman whose story is left untold within the books of the Bible, there are many others. One being Lilith.
Two texts excluded from the Bible, tell her story in detail. The first called the Zohar also known as the Book of Splender is assumed to have been written in the 13th century. The other is called the Alphabet of Ben

According to these texts, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. It is written that Adam and Lilith were created from the same dust at the same time- separate but equal. Adam apparently did not wish for it to be as so, and he commanded Lilith- "lay beneath me woman" and demanded she become subservient and submissive. Lilith refused, insisting on equality with her mate and that intercourse be side by side and in some accounts Lilith wanted to be on top of Adam.

When Adam tried to force himself onto Lilith she said out loud the true name of God, the Divine name that was not to be spoken. When she spoke this name she became empowered, grew wings and flew away t o a cave near the Red Sea.

Three angels- Semangelaf, Sanvi, and Sansanvi were sent to convince Lilith to return to Eden. They brought a message to Lilith from God saying "if she agrees to come back then it is good. If not she must permit one hundred ofher children to die everyday." Lilith refused to return in spite of the threat.

Lilith now being gone, God then presents Adam with another wife. Put into a deep sleep God then removes one of Adams ribs and creates Eve. Eve being created from Adam, he now has power and control over Eve and she submits to him.

Lilith, now in defiance and angered to prove that Eve was not all she was made to be and that she too was capable of defiance disguised herself as a serpent. As we see in the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Lilith present Eve with the fruit of the tree of wisdom which was forbidden to be eaten. Eve eats of the fruit, and also offers it to Adam who too eats of the forbidden fruit.
The Temptation by Michelangelo

With the rise of Christianity, there began the original story of Lilith through ancient writings being hidden away and from twisted tales sprang the fear of the woman who had become known as the one who had defied the God that the Christians revered. As time turned he stories turned darker and Lilith became more hideous and frightful. As a being she who was in non- compliance with Gods law she could not be acknowledged by godly people by anything but a demoness. With infant mortality rates being what they were due to harsh living conditions that plagued the days of old Lilith was seen as vengeful ans that she in have been be cursed to loose her own children and set out to punish godly people by taking their own children. The human imagination especially in ancient times searched for answers to things of which was difficult to accept or could not be explained. It was in fear that gave birth to notions of the darker Lilith because to godly people, clearly it could not be Gods will for the loss of their children, therefore since Lilith had gone against Gods will surely she must be to blame.
Filippino Lippi
If there is any doubt that the story of Lilith be not told within the Bible, one only has to look closely at t he Book of Genesis to see the gap within the story. In Genesis 1:27 it says "God created man in his own image- male and female he created them". It is here that we can assume that Adam and Lilith were created at the same time in the same fashion. A few pages later it states in Genesis 2:21-22 "God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep and while he was sleeping he took one of the mans ribs. Then the Lord God created a woman". These two passages contradict each other and one can clearly see there is a piece of the story missing.
Why were these writings not included in the Bible?
What made religious figures so uncomfortable with Lilith was her association with seduction. In becoming the serpent that tempted Eve she is the temptress. In not submitting to lay beneath Adam and insisting on sex side by side or Lilith on top it portrays her comfort with her sexuality. This was perceived as ungodly sexual pleasure. Authoritive male religious figures of those days were also threatened that Lilith stood for equality amongst men and women. There was no equality in these times of patriarchy which would explain the omitance of these writings.
Lilith as Goddess:
The following is a translation of the ancient Sumerian legend of Lilith as Goddess (called Lilitu in Sumerian). Lilith is an agricultural/fertility goddess, her myth is found in over 100 different religions and has numerous variations on her name (Lilit, Lolita, Lilitu, Lilith).
Before the stars were born
Before people built great cities
The great mountain Atlen shook
And bled fiery blood
As it gave birth to Lilitu

The land all around burned
Many animals and people died
When Lilitu opened her eyes
Lilitu saw the ashes of her birth
And wept tears like rain

Lilitu's tears became rivers and streams
Flowers grew where Lilitu walked
Trees grew where Lilitu sat
The ashes became fertile soil
And an orchard became Lilitu's home

In Lilitu's orchard many animals are
People came to live in paradise
Lilitu gave them grain and taught them to harvest
Lilitu made bread and beer
The people rejoiced, ate and drank

One day a great prince came to the land of Atlen
He spied Lilitu and wooed her
But Lilitu spurned and rejected him
The great prince became very angry
He spied two lions and killed them both

Lilitu wept for the lions
She cradl ed their heads in her arms
The lions awoke to her tears
The lions licked away her tears and became strong
They became Lilitu's loyal friends

The grea t prince saw this
And again he wooed Lilitu
But Lilitu became a bird
She flew away from him
Angry, the prince began hunting birds

Lilitu saw this and was upset
To spite the prince she spat at him
And mated with a serpent
Lilitu gave birth very quickly
Her child was like no oth er

The child had six arms
The child had a serpent's tail
The child was very strong
Lilitu called the child a marilitu
The Marilitu attacked the great prince

The great prince and the marilitu fought
The fought day and night
For night after night
And day after day
But neither could win the fight

Lilitu saw this and mated again
Another marilitu was born
And another and another
Two hundred and sixteen were born
In fear the great prince ran away

The people of the orchard rejoiced
The marilitu's farmed the land
The marilitu's protected the people
But the great prince swore vengeance
He cursed the mountain Atlen and its land

Atlen became angry at this curse
The mountain and the land shook
Atlen shook and bled and cried
Its fiery blood made fires
And its tears made floods

Afraid Lilitu turned into a great bird
She grasped people in her feet
She carried animals on her back
The marilitu's and the lionscarried people too
Together they fled the land of Atlen

Lilitu went west and east
Lilitu went north and south
Finally she came to dry land
The p eople thanked Lilitu greatly
The people built statues in her honour

Lilitu wept for her lost home
Her tears formed two rivers
The rivers joined together
They flowed into the ocean
The people grew grain by the river

The people grew great orchards
They built buildings and towers of stone
The people grew healthy and the land rich
Merchants from far places travelled there
News of the wealth of the land grew

The great prince heard of the land
He sent his heralds to inquire of its lady
But Lilitu fed his heralds to her lions
The great prince sent an army
But the marilitu's destroyed his army

Finally the great prince went
When he saw the beautiful orchards
When he saw the six-armed marilitus
The great prince knew the lady was Lilitu
In fear he disguised himself as a woman

The great prince went to Lilitu's temple
His disguise fooled the people
But the lions knew his scent
The two lions warned Lilitu
So Lilitu prepared a trap

Lilitu summoned thirty-six young men
She filled a hall with thirty-six silver platters
She ordered thirty-six beasts slaughtered
At last she was ready
She invited the people to the feast

People came from all over the land
The great prince came too
The great prince arrivedin disguise
But Lilitu knew him eagerly
She welcomed him as an honoured guest

The great prince accepted her hospitality
He sat before all the people
The thirty-six young men were brought forth
"Please choose a man," Lilitu commanded
Not wanting to be rude the great prince chose one

Lilitu bade the great prince to sit beside the young man
The silver platters were brought forth
The people feasted on the meat of thirty-six beasts
Great gifts wer e brough forth
Lilitu gave the gifts to the great prince

Confused the great prince accepted
Then the feast was finally over
Curious, the great prince questioned Lilitu
"Do you always give such grand gifts to strangers?"
"Only when someone is married," Lilitu answered

Realizing what had happened the great prince became angry
He ripped off his disguise
He drew his sword and his dagger
"Why have you made me marry this man?" he demanded
"Because you can never marry me," Lilitu answered

Enraged the great prince attacked Lilitu
The two fought endlessly for Lilitu was very strong
Whenever the prince would get too bold
Lilitu would change into a bird
The great prince fell to the ground and wept in despair

The great prince professed his love
He promised that he would never quit
He prepared to cut his own throat
Finally Lilitu grew tired of this game
She felt pity for the great prince

"I will grant you one kiss," Lilitu declared
Desperate the great prince accepted
The moment the great prince's kiss had been dealt
His body flooded with life and then death
So great was the pleasure of=2 0one kiss that he died

Lilitu wept for the great prince
But the great prince remained dead
Saddened Lilitu knew she could never love
No mortal man could taste her kiss and live
Her tears brought life, but her kiss brought death


Atlen means "paradise", so the words "Atlen mountain" roughly translates as "mountain paradise".
The fiery blood is obviously lava from a volcano, Atlen was evidently volcanic.
Etlen or Eten is the Egyptian word for "paradise". It is also the same word used to describe "Eden" and also "Atlantis". The Lilith myth seems to be a combination of both myths, likely before it split into separate ideas.
Fact: Ashes make good soil for planting.
In Buddhism, lotus flowers grew wherever Buddha walked.
Its important to note that Lilith doesn't seduce the prince. He merely falls in love with her beauty and pursues her.
The two lions are frequently found flanking Lilith in sculptures.
Sumeria (where modern Iraq is now) is the first location that domesticated grain was grown, and also the invention of beer and bread.
Lilith's Statement:
Lilith boldly instructs us to stand up for what we believe in, unbridled and courageous no matter what the cost.
Her Mantra:
I forgive
I welcome forgiveness
I am free from judgement
I deserve to be free from g uilt
I am creating the life I love
I am tolerate of unenlightened people
My vital energy resurfaces naturally
I am honest and truthful in all I say and do
Gemstones associated with Lilith:
Amber, tigers eye, garnet, bloodstone, tourmaline, smokey quartz
Her Symbols:
Crossroads, owl, serpent and the dark moon
She is associated with:
wind, storms and the astrological sign of Scorpio
Her card in the Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky tells us:
I dance my life for myself
I am whole
I am complete
I say what I mean
and I mean what I say
I dance the dark and the light
the conscious and the unconscious
the sane and the insane
and I speak from myself
with total conviction
without regard for how I might look
All the parts of myself
flow into the whole
all my divergent selves unite as one
I listen
to what needs to be heard
I never make excuses
I feel my feelings
deeply an d profoundly
I never hide
I live my sexuality
to please myself
and pleasure others
I express it as it needs to be expressed
from the core of myself
from the wholeness of my dance
I am female
I am sexual
I am power
I was greatly feared

Meaning of the Card:
Lilith appears to tell you to take back your power. Where are the places you have lost or given away your power? What beliefs do you hold that deny yo ur power? Have you been told that powerful women never find mates? Or that women can’t have power because that would make them unfeminine? Have you been teased, shunned, ostracized by others when you’ve stepped into your power? Are you afraid of misusing your power to dominate or manipulate? Lilith says that the way to wholeness for you now lies in acknowledging that you’re not connecting with your power, then second coming to terms with and accepting your power.
To call on Lilith
Take a gemstone of your choice from those listed associated with her.
Reflect on her statement as written above.
While holding it in your hand- repeat the affirmations associated with her and invite Lilith into your life.
Carry the stone with you and infuse your life with your feminine power and abilities!!
One thing I would like to add here that I have not yet come across in all my research of Lilith is an association that I see of Lilith myself. I see her as the protector of any woman who has been in or is in an abusive relationship, or has been dominated by a partner. She is a symbol of our free-will and we can call on her for assistance when we can no longer find our strength on our own. With Lilith we grow our wings and find our freedom and our strength to be independent and free from fear.  
I would also like to share one of my favorite songs and a video dedicated to Lilith

The Heart of Lilith by Inkubus Sukkubus.
Credit to sources:
 Banned from the Bible as shown on the History Channel
Goddess Oracle by Amy Sophia Marashinsky
 This page is the intellectual and creative property of Willow Rayne.
September 09