Lilith as the Suppressed Feminine

Some recent conversations have got me thinking a lot about Lilith.

I feel like I’ve observed a reverence which, if I’m not careful, I could easily offend with the casualness of which I speak of her, especially as our wound.

My understanding of energies like this is as fields or matrices of energy which make up the natural world. This energy is both “inside” and “outside” of us, as we are just a cell of everything, and all things are made of the same stuffs.

Gods/deities/orisha/etc are forces of nature personified for human access and relatability. They are resonance portals. Meaning, by attuning ourselves to their nature/energy, we *become* them. This is what it originally meant to “worship.” To become.

We can look to Jung’s psychological archetypes to apply this in a “scientific” framework, if that helps. Or to Campbell if we need help understanding the common threads of world Mythology and its Power.

Lilith is the part of the human psyche, of which everything is also made up, which is the wounded Feminine. She is the rejected, the raped, for her refusal to submit, for standing in her power as woman.

We Western women hear that and love her! We see a hero. A saint, even! Resist The Man!

This is the only perspective that we have of Lilith, because this is the lens through which she came into the human psyche. As I understand it, our earliest records are from Judaism, which was already an extremely patriarchal culture.

But when we pull our lens back and step a bit out of our Western-centric perspective, if we take a peek at how we got here in the first place, we can see that Lilith is an evolved expression of an earlier energy known as Osun.

We can easily lay a map of the Orisha aside any Greek, Roman, or Egyptian (etc) Pantheon and see where the understanding of this energy, the energy of Feminine Sexuality, is rooted.

Lilith is a cultural perception, embedded now into the human psyche, of women as being demonized for standing in our sexual power–the damned, the persecuted, banished from the Garden.

But there was something before the demonization, and this is an important thing for Western women to recognize. The beginning of women is not damnation!

And not only that, there are still living maps to help us Remember who we are and who we were *before* the demonization. We will find these maps in pre-patriarchal cultures.

Unfortunately, even by the time these understandings (which are now praised and credited to Western intellects) reached Egypt, they were filtered through misogyny.

How can we use these models as Guides for who we are and how to be our best selves?

If these energy bodies are resonance portals, we must be mindful of what we “worship,” or wish to become. Lilith should not be demonized, she must be healed with love. She represents the wounded aspect of Feminine Sexuality and Motherhood. She is the us who has forgotten our Magic because the religion of the land deems it evil, deems us evil, and yet wishes to harvest and employ our Magic (Sexuality) for their gain (advertising, social control, legal control, etc).

We must heal Lilith.

But this will be done in the Reclamation of our Sexuality, not in the reverence for our wounds (the product of our victim experience) as who we are.

Our trauma speaks to us so we will heal it. Osun can help us Remember the Magic that is Feminine Sexuality as Sacred Medicine, because she integrated into human consciousness before the shift to patriarchy.

We do not shun the wound, but we do not strive to be it. We recognize it as communication and we heal it with Love (alignment). 


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