Pagan Portals - The First Sisters: Lilith and Eve by Lady Haight-Ashton explores sacred femininity. In this excerpt from the book’s introduction, Lady Haight-Ashton gives us a sense of her purposes in writing this Pagan Portal.
Was it just a word here or a word there in a very old biblical story that was changed or misinterpreted in translation altering the Feminine hierarchy’s destiny?
The First Sisters: Lilith and Eve questions biblical myths from many directions.
It was said in the beginning, in a garden called Eden, that woman was created at the same time as man, and not from his rib. A first female created equal to stand as a first “partner” not a “wife.” She was a person so troublesome that she vanishes from her rightful place in civilization’s mythological legends in place of Eve, the first “wife.” What if this story was meant to be told another way and it was this “female” as Lilith who was created first, before Adam?
With her younger sister Eve’s story heralding the future of all womankind, Lilith and her story stands alone as a testament to the Sacred Feminine and man’s fear of the mysteries that lie within her. I believe Lilith’s story of “disobedience” marked a transition in our ancestors’ thinking. Her defiance of Adam and subsequent banishment proclaimed a change that crept slowly into the world. It was a change so powerful that it threatened the very core of ancient beliefs. In many cultures positions of dominance switched as women were no longer valued on top or regarded as equal, but relegated to the bottom. With the additional legend of Eve’s hereditary guilt to secure the transformation, the ancient matriarchal belief system was turned upside down.
Which inevitably brings us Lilith and Eve with their story as two sides of the same coin. Feminine empowerment and restraint. My purpose is not to re-tell an ancient story with a modern interpretation, but to invoke an “awakening.” How potent is the power of suggestion through biblical words and how important those words were on the plight of womankind in the ancient Christian world and beyond …
Lilith stands both as an icon to the downtrodden and an inspiration to the nonconformist that lurks in the minds of each of us. Her memory summons our fears as it sparks our motivation to experience life to the fullest without restraint or boundaries. She epitomizes freedom. Eve on the other hand shows us something different. Does she submit to temptation or not? History relives Eve’s choice and the subsequent punishment of women through the ages. But how ironic that the cursed “apple” should ultimately become the staple of every happy normal family in the standard “apple pie”; but there are other thoughts on the Eve scenario. One is that it wasn’t an apple at all but a pomegranate which is thought to be an aphrodisiac! And second, that the serpent was Lilith and she was simply reminding Eve of their sisterly connection. Their stories are different but they intertwine and together they define a compelling aspect of the Sacred Feminine.
If Lilith was allowed her rightful place, would her story and the plight of women have been non-existent? Thus, by stimulating these controversial and thought-provoking myths, I hope to take my readers on a journey of liberation.
One cannot begin to understand the ancient creation myths of Lilith and her sister Eve or their impact on civilizations’ existence without first delving into the “real beginning” when societies of the pre-biblical Matriarchal era regarded females as the real-life symbols of the Great Goddess, the Primordial Mother of all.
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