10/24/04 11:43 am - herfragility - poem
I guess this had better be my introduction.
I'm pretty new to LJ and to Lilith - I've only recently been drawn to her as an entity, concept, ideology, etc. I'm still exploring both others' images of her and what she means to me. Since reading her story I've been feeling curiously... inspired. Certainly very creative!
You've all almost certainly seen this, but it's one of my favourite pictures of her.
Er, and here my inspiration ends, I'm all nervous!
9/21/04 11:32 am - thebratqueene - I Come Bringing Links To Really Luscious Artwork..
I too am a devotee of Lilith and I was surfing the internet today and I came across this lovely gallery devoted to Lilith-inspired artwork:
This artist does some really amazing stuff and these are the ones I think are just.. gorgeous:
Hope you enjoy.
9/12/04 12:01 pm - mistressoflight - Is this one or part of the actual story to Lilith?
Soon afterward the young son of the king took ill, Said Nebuchadnezzar, "Heal my son. If you don't, I will kill you." Ben Sira immediately sat down and wrote an amulet with the Holy Name, and he inscribed on it the angels in charge of medicine by their names, forms and images, and by their wings, hands, and feet. Nebuchadnezzar looked at the amulet. "Who are these?"
"The angles who are in charge of medicine: Snvi, Snsvi, and Smnglof. After God created Adam, who was alone, He said, 'It is not good for man to be alone' (Gen. 2:18). He then created a woman for Adam, from the earth, as He had created Adam himself, and called her Lilith. Adam and Lilith began to fight. She said, 'I will not lie below,' and he said, 'I will not lie beneath you, but only on top. For you are fit only to be in the bottom position, while am to be in the superior one.' Lilith responded, 'We are equal to each other inasmuch as we were both created from the earth.' But they would not listen to one another. When Lilith saw this, she pronounced the Ineffable Name and flew away into the air. Adam stood in prayer before his Creator: 'Sovereign of the universe!' he said, 'the woman you gave me has run away.' At once, the Holy One, blessed be He, sent these three angles to bring her back.
"Said the Holy One to Adam, 'If she agrees to come back, fine. If not she must permit one hundred of her children to die every day.' The angels left God and pursued Lilith, whom they overtook in the midst of the sea, in the mighty waters wherein the Egyptians were destined to drown. They told her God's word, but she did not wish to return. The angels said, 'We shall drown you in the sea.'
"'Leave me!' she said. 'I was created only to cause sickness to infants. If the infant is male, I have dominion over him for eight days after his birth, and if female, for twenty days.'
"When the angels heard Lilith's words, they insisted she go back. But she swore to them by the name of the living and eternal God: 'Whenever I see you or your names or your forms in an amulet, I will have no power over that infant.' She also agreed to have one hundred of her children die every day. Accordingly, every day one hundred demons perish, and for the same reason, we write the angels' names on the amulets of young children. When Lilith sees their names, she remembers her oath, and the child recovers."
9/3/04 06:31 pm - marle - Formal Introduction of Marle
My name is Lauren but everyone calls me Marle.
I am currently a senior in high school with great expectations in life. I have my own business which is steadily growing for me and meeting new people often. At the moment I have a relationship with a rather interesting individual but I have yet to be asked to be his lady friend. It doesn't matter, I have never felt the need to re-offerm myself by being with a man.
I've always had a facination with Lilith, I thought she was beautiful and yet mysterious and enigmatic with a certain alluring darkness to her. I began writing a vampire series with her being the mother of all vampired awhile back. Perhaps I'll share some excerps in due time.
I believe in never compromising who you are for anyone. If you change, change because you want to, no other reason. Be proud of who you are and be strong. Everyone is beautiful.
8/30/04 01:41 am - lily_cat - ~*Introducing LilyCat!*~
I'm finally getting around to doing this introduction! :)
I'm Lily Cat, I'm 22 and I'm currently located in Sunny Florida, working on my master's degree in Digital Special Effects.
I currently share an apartment with my dog, Lily; two rats and an opossum. I love to read, draw, swim and laugh. I'm an Aquarius, and a ballerina (but only in my shower ;P)
I've known the stories of Lillith since I was a child. Although, the story that accompanied this community intrigued me, because I although I had heard that there was a version that put Lillith as Adam's first wife, I had always believed this tale:
I had always heard that Lillith was the twin sister of Aam, and dwelt in the Garden of Paradise with him. Adam was king of Eden and Lillith wished to be co-ruler with him, but the Lord of Light permitted it not. Lillith was beautiful and wise. She wearied of her brother, Adam, who was less wise than she. Lillith refused to bear children from Adam. The Lord of Light was angered and turned Lillith out of Paradise. Samuel, an angel of the Lord of Light and a son of god, fell in love with Lillith. To Samuel, Lillith bore three half-god, half-human children, all called the Nephilim. Their wisdom, power and beauty was so great that the children of Darkness were afraid of them and called them monstrous names to defile them. Lillith would not be defiled. From her beloved Samuel she learned the wisdom of the Lord of Light and became the first witch. She lived as a daughter of the night mother, calling the people to dance and be joyous by the light of the moon. Her symbol was the night owl, and those who followed her called her Arionrhod. The children of Darkness trembled and barred their doors at night seeking to protect themselves lest Lillith take them and teach them the ways of the wise ones, the witches of old.
The Nephilim themselves are an interesting story. The origination of the Nephilim begins with a story of the fallen angels. Shemhazai, an angel of high rank, led a sect of angels in a descent to earth to instruct humans in righteousness. This instruction went on for a few centuries, but soon the angels pined for the human females. After lusting, the fallen angels instructed the women in magic and conjuring, mated with them, and produced hybrid offspring: the Nephilim.
But the Nephilim are not supposed to be. Half Angels, Half Mortals, other stories say that they are twisted and deformed, their human bodies unable to contain the divine souls inside them. So God sends the Seraphim back to earth to reclaim their souls and take them back to their rightful place in the Heavens.
Well, that's my contribution for the moment. But I'm very interested in knowing if there are other stories of Lillith. I've heard so many, including ones that say she may be the Mother of the first vampires.
A picture of this version of Lillith was done by the amazing Joseph Michael Linsner, creator and artist of "Dawn", which I have here for all of you. :)
( LillithCollapse )
I'm also including a link for JML's website about Dawn, because as a female comic reader, she's definitely one of the most powerful female characters I've ever encountered.
Look forward to hearing from you ladies!
8/29/04 09:54 pm - entwined_in_ivy
I am absolutely thrilled with how well this Sisterhood is thriving!!
A few things to ask you all:
I will be your friendly Sorority Mod, but as I cannot always be here, I would like a few others to join with me to keep this a nice, respectful community! I cannot imagine that we would have a problem with the amazing women here, but others might join to pick fights or what have you...so we will be prepared!
Basically, what you would do is just keep an eye out for any trouble or rudeness and such, and let people know, if necessary, that we do not tolerate such things. You would have access to banning people if needed. So, any volunteers? I thought you might especially, cat_the_knife, since this is your baby :o)
Also, I created this community rather quickly, and so we only have 20 interests listed....feel free to share any you feel are appropriate to get us up to 150! The more interests, the easier it will be for like~souled sisters to find us! *merry grin*
~The Lilac Nymph~
8/29/04 09:32 pm - angeling - Introduction...
My name is Camilla, and I'm a 20 year old freelance artist living in Brazil. Nice to meet you all. :)
I'd heard of Lilith not too long ago, and was fascinated by the story. So much that I wanted to join this community the second I saw it!
Of course I don't hate men. I just dislike the idea that women should be inferior. Although many have changed their minds in this aspect nowadays, many still have that idea... and many women are guilty of that!
Regardless, I look forward to getting to know you all. Sorry for the short intro post, I'm no good at these. D:
8/28/04 01:54 pm - wikkidgothbabe - Finally, an Intro!!!
So, a little about me... i'm a 34 year old aspiring actress... living in the Northern VA area... more on my info page...
i actually first ran across the legend of Lilith in a *Sandman* comic... and was intrigued...
i hadn't found too much else written on the subject except that she's apparently some evil bloodsucking monster... however i recognise that the Judeo/Christian mythos tends to demonise strong women for the most part... especially ones that won't submit to man's all knowing... well, all that hooey!
Disclaimer: i'm not against men, of course... they've just gotta realise we're better than they are!
So, i look forward to reading more about Lilith... if anyone has anything to share...
8/28/04 08:40 am - fremen_dancer - Intro post...
I'm very pleased to see the creation of this community, as I'm all for anything that celebrates the power of the woman AND touches upon more-or-less obscure religious allegory. (Because I'm a history/mythology geek and self-taught theology student... Not merely Xtianity, but ALL religions.)
A little about myself:
I'm 23 (as of 8/22/04) years old and live in Central FL., with a wonderful man who I've shared my life with for going on 3 years. I've been a Pagan (formerly Wiccan, specifically) since I was 10 years old, so I'm very well acquainted with the concept of feminine power, and the potential of duality in the female consciousness: warrior/nurturer, creator/destroyer, mother/lover, ad infinitum. Lilith is a gorgeous example of that. As a great deal of my ethnicity is Jewish, I gained familiarity with much of the biblical allegory that many of the Christian faith had chosen to hide away or ignore from their own texts like Lilith as the first wife of Adam.
Although I have a straight vanilla job full-time during the day, I also work as a professional dominatrix, which is just another way that I am able to fully enjoy embracing the power of my womanhood, revel in it, and let others revel in it too.
I'm by no means a "feminist" in the traditional sense. I love men, and admire and prize the unique strength that men possess in beautiful contrast to that of women. However, I take great pride and pleasure in the glorious state that is womanhood, and all that it entails. I don't believe in women as a whole should be held above men. I believe in and want equality to men , which does not mean special rules and privileges. Men should be worshiped for their strength and specialness just as much as I feel women should be. I feel very fortunate that the country I live in has a culture that permits women to embrace their strength alongside men, when women in so many other cultures seem to be suppressed and challenged for their innate power.
Thanks for having me here, and I imagine we'll be having many interesting conversations in this community. :)