Lilith Tempting Adam and Eve
The Fall of Man and the Expulsion from Paradise
Michaelangelo – Sistine Chapel, Vatican
The ‘ Dark Goddess ‘ is a figure who appears in most mystical traditions . Lilith is the name for the Dark Goddess in the Kabbalah and is sometimes referred to as Adam’s first consort before the less threatening Eve . Here is a description of Lilith from The Mystica.com :
” A female demon of the night who supposedly flies around searching for newborn children either to kidnap or strangle them . Also she sleeps with men to seduce them into propagating demon sons . Legends told about Lilith are ancient . The rabbinical myths of Lilith being Adam’s first wife seem to relate to the Sumero-Babylonian Goddess Belit-ili or Belilli . To the Canaanites, Lilith was Baalat, the Divine Lady . On a tablet from Ur, c 2000 BC, she was addressed as Lillake .
It is from Hebraic, rabbinical tradition that the substantial myths of Lilith really come . One story is God created Adam and Lilith as twins joined together at the back . She demanded equality with Adam, failing to achieve it, she left him in anger . This is sometimes accompanied by a Muslim legend that after leaving Adam, Lilith slept with Satan, thus creating the demonic Djinn .
In another version of the myth of Lilith, she was Adam’s first wife before Eve . Adam married her because he became tired coupling with animals, a common Middle Eastern herdsmen practice, though the Old Testament declared it a sin ( Deuteronomy 27 : 21 ) . Adam tried to make Lilith lie beneath him during sexual intercourse . Lilith would not meet this demand of male dominance . She cursed Adam and hurried to her home by the Red Sea .
Adam complained to God who then sent three angels Sansi, Sansanvi and Semangelaf to bring Lilith back to Eden . Lilith rebuffed the angels by cursing them . While by the Red Sea Lilith became a lover to demons and producing 100 babies a day . The angels said that God would take these demon children away from her unless she returned to Adam . When she did not return, she was punished accordingly . And God gave Adam the docile Eve .
Those who she helps know the ecstasy of being a man or woman . Aleister Crowley referred to her as ” uncleanliness and sorcery ” the same nature as her mother Az in earlier folklore . To Crowley Lilith symbolized the Biblical Babylon, the Whore which rides the Dragon with several heads . Crowley was fascinated with the Babylonian Whore which many believed to have been his inspiration for his Scarlet Woman . “
Source : Mystica.com