A magical new semester has begun at Art Witch Academy. Amongst all the inspiring new seminars on offer, I was drawn to start Goddess Studies with Emily Mulroney . I have chosen to work with Lilith and, in doing so, to reclaim her as a figure of feminine strength and power.
When I found this beautiful fair-trade, eco-friendly journal, I knew I had discovered just the right book for Lilith. It is also going to be my very first grimoire — a special place for all my witchy art, recipes and spells. There’s a Tree of Life on the cover – which couldn’t be more perfect for a figure born in The Garden of Eden.
The paper is made out of leftover cotton from the Indian garment trade and the texture of it reminds me of ancient parchment:
I am working with Lilith both as a goddess and as an archetype which I am seeking to integrate within myself. I read up on her in The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai but found myself getting angry at the way in which she has been portrayed as a child-killing seductress demon for millennia. To me she is a raw, earthy, sexual, and powerful figure that has been demonised for speaking out and challenging the patriarchy. The Book of Lilith by Barbara Black Koltuv was much more interesting to me – acknowledging Lilith as an an archetype, an aspect of the feminine that has been cast out and that seeks reintegration.
I cry in the bathroom
and the man and the god
I couldn’t live with”
— From the poem, ‘Lilith’ by Enid Dame.
My exploration of Lilith is very much inspired by the book, ‘The Holy Wild’ by Danielle Dulsky . In the chapters on the element of Earth, Dulsky explores the flight from Eden as a moment that is hugely significant in our lives, often several times from different Edens. This book is featured in one of the awesome book reviews by Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd at Art Witch Academy.
I have not forgotten you
This page in my grimoire is inspired by the Burney Relief — also known as the Queen of the Night relief — currently housed at the British Museum. The relief is a Mesopotamian terracotta plaque of the Old-Babylonian period, dated between 1800 and 1750 BCE. It is under debate whether the goddess depicted here is Lilith, Inanna or Ereshkigal.
The Lilith Question – an excellent article written in the early days of Lilith Magazine (a Jewish Feminist publication) which put the fire under my rocket for this whole exploration. I loved it so much, I subscribed to the magazine as well!
The Lilith Library – one of the most incredible resources I have found for Lilith online. It gathers sources, art, poetry, articles, links and books. Well worth checking out!