As patriarchy took over the vast power of the Goddess, Lilith became legend in a dark fashion, reviled as a destroyer and seducer of men. Even as Inanna gave up the power of the Bird and Snake Goddess, so too did the symbol of a woman's power become the bed and the throne. Throughout history Lilith was the one who would not submit. Passed down from Sumeria, the Hittite Empire, Babylon to the Semitic peoples, she became the archetype of the dangerous woman who refused submission. She was vilified as Harlot, Serpent, Blood Sucker, Impure Female, Hag, Witch and Enchantress. Yet, in the beginning her epitaph was that of 'Beautiful Maiden'.
i shall find a quiet pool in the forest and i shall be alone there often. i shall gaze into the deep, still water and that stillness will be in me. i shall sleep by my pool and dream, and i shall leave you messages in oracles and poems. or you may dream with me, (for you are as much myself as i am you and your dreams are also my dreams) you may join me and wait through the night till the animals come to drink. then i will show you the shape changing and we will become the animals. my magick can heal, for it comes from the place where there is no separation and we are all one, where the water of the pool merges again and is lost in the ocean.
Banishing Negative Self-delusion Needed: Salt, Sage Smudge Stick, Matches, Athane Some symbol of pain or loss 3 Candles: Goddess Candle, Black Candle, White Candle Clear bowl of water, Mirror, Flower: Lily, Poppy, or Lotus Blessing Oil Body:Cleansing Bath with salt, Meditate on Intent, Open Self, Light Goddess Candle, Invoke Elemental Quarters, Cast Circle with Athane, follow with a Casting of Salt, Place clear bowl of water on top of mirror, flower beside it. Place symbol of pain/loss beside or under the Black Candle, Light the Black Candle, Place 1 drop of Blessing Oil in bowl of water. Chant: Lilith, Handmaid of the Three, Come, please now, we Invoke Thee, See our pain, rejection and loss, Due to delusion, influence and gloss. As Light becomes Dark and Light again, Clear our Selves to the Goddess within. Dip fingers in water and touch chakra centers, Light White Candle,Repeat Repeat Above Chant. Snuff the Black Candle to banish the Negative Self Delusions/Images. Place Flower in bowl of Water Hold Mirror and Look within. Repeat Above Chant. Visualize White Light swirling all around and through body and mind. Accept this Light into Self. Meditate. Ground. Give Thanks. Open Circle.
Demetra George, Mysteries of the Dark Moon; Harper San Francisco, 1992
Melin Stone, When God was a Woman; Harcourt Brace Jovaovich, 1976 The Lilith Shrine