LILITH - Drawing Inspiration from “The Menstruation Goddess”

There are many stories around this mystical character. As claimed on the net, the name Lilith is a girl's name of Assyrian origin meaning "ghost, night monster". Lilith is derived from the Akkadian word lilitu meaning “of the night.” Lilith is portrayed as an evil soul with evil deeds.

Wide description as found in Urban Dictionary portrays Lilith in different lights. In Jewish folklore, she is portrayed as Adam's rejected first wife, who was turned into a night demon for refusing to obey him. She was recognized in many ancient cultures under a variety of different names and was seen as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, independence, freedom of thought and liberation for women. The last is where the myth of her being "the first wife of Adam" stems from.

So the story goes, Lilith refused God's laws about men being superior to women and she proved this by being on top during sexual intercourse. For her boldness and defiance, she was thrown out of "the garden" and then came her successor, Eve, the perfect stay at home MOM. This story was invented by people and holds the view that a woman’s place is in the home serving the husband. Women are told to be like the good Eve, and shun the ways of "evil Lilith". This was to suppress the Ancient Goddess and turn her followers away from her. They made her appear as an evil force.

All this was to encourage a subservient attitude and to urge women not to be independent, as this was of Lilith. To them, any woman who was independent in some way was "of the demon Lilith and was evil and unChristian". Lilith's sacred animal is the Owl, symbolizing wisdom and learning, associated with magic and mystery, of night and freedom. Owls are also beautiful, and Lilith, although strong and independent, is also beautiful.

Lilith also stands for sexual pleasure and the right to use contraception and abortion. Abortion is where the story of Lilith "killing babies" comes from. Lilith never literally killed babies, she just supported the fact that a woman can choose to have an abortion if she does not wish to have the child that she has conceived. Lilith knows the importance of freedom of choice. The idea of Lilith murdering children was another analogy that came along with other beliefs. Lilith is also associated with the Serpent, with Lucifer. It is believed that Lucifer too was a God before the coming of Christianity, and Lilith is the wife of Lucifer, God of light and knowledge. The Serpent has been the symbol of knowledge in many ancient cultures. The Hindu, Buddhist, Shaman, Celtic, etc and were only really labeled as a symbol of evil later.

Lilith represents freedom, wisdom, knowledge, independence, power, divine beauty and the right to question things and think for yourself, going against the herd mentality.

We hope you draw inspiration from the mystical Lilith and boldly make choices that affect your life.

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