I had planned to post today more about the Uranus and the Aries archetypes and ways by which we could be healthy channels for this unstoppable energy. By my perception, this is THE energy point in our wheels where the action is building, rising, pressing. There may well be multiple ‘tries’ before the winning insight takes root.
It’s also Embolc today.
Embolc honours Bridgit, patron goddess of poets, visionaries, crafters and childbirth and is associated with flame. The theme here – creativity channeled via the Individual
as contribution to the Community – is on tap for all of us. From deep beneath the surface of the cares and heirarchies of life, our need to bring forth our gift continually rises. These characteristics all speak of the higher spectrum of Uranus in Aries energies, too. I will continue to work on that post but an article I happened upon today brings to mind the placement of Lilith just through the portal of Virgo – archetype of the Virgin/Whore – at 7′. The synchronicity of the U-in-A build-up, the full moon in Leo, the intense purity of Bridgit and this Virgo spectrum through which Lilith will express herself in the cosmos is a topic for our current contemplation – whether we identify our Self as male or female. So I guess that means we are in the midst of a mini-series here. 🙂
The following is an excerpt from a post on Modern Mythology by James Curcio:
Lilith, the first Eve, is first recognized by her defiant nature; she is another anti-patriarchal, anti-authoritative symbol. At least, this is the form we encounter her in as she left Babylon with the Jewish exile. So on the one hand we have Lilith as a spirit of the desert, a creature that could slip into your house and devour your children. This is how she would be presented to women, a bogeyman to keep them in place. Of course, this fear tactic isn’t often capitulated consciously; it is something that all the members of a cultural domain participate in unconsciously.
On the other, there is this idea of her as the seductress, luring men away from their societal commitment to the “good mother.” This is an element which some superficially similar symbols, such as Kali, lacks. Without needing to return to textual source, it’s easy enough to typify “this sort” of woman. She has the audacity to do what she wants, and it very well might not be what you or the society wants. There is something impetuous and child-like about her, which can manifest as a resolute defiance when placed within the context of a system of rules. So long as she’s cast in the role of villain, this arouses the suspicion and fear of the wives of men, and their shameful observance to whichever force is the stronger.
This is an important point: Lilith often appears in a different guise to men than women. Of course, there are personal and cultural factors. To women, especially within sexually restrictive cultures, we see more of the “devourer of children,” aspect. To men, she appears as the seductress, the dark anima. The kind of girl that you don’t take home to mother. But in either case she represents a direct threat to the established social order, especially the order of marriage and monogamy. She is an enemy of stasis, of duty and societal bonds. In modern contexts, the threat posed to women is re-enforced by the ad and fashion industries efforts to increases competition and insecurity, as well as the conflict of the myths of domesticity, “slut shaming,” and so on. In a softer, more romanticized form, it is not surprising that Lilith has re-appeared as a potent symbol in bi-, lesbian, and polyamorous communities, especially amongst those who might have some derision towards “breeders.” However, Lilith is not simply a symbol of liberation. She also represents a point of contention between personal senses of restriction and freedom.
Yes, that’s her and she is a part of our communal subconscious energy, working to be heard and seen. The issue is whether her symptoms, felt by us consciously in our microcosm, are actually being given their due opportunity to lead us individually to a greater wholeness as both bowl and bell, sustainer/nurturer and creator. I am wishing us the courage of an open mind (it’s almost never as scary as we think it will be). Contact me via my email, below, to find out how she works in your life and how you can learn to ‘sit’ with her.
The transcript for our recent workshop, ‘The Fifth House: My Creative Gifts’ is now available via email. This set of worksheets explains the meanings of the archetypes of Leo and the Sun and provides key words and phrases for your personal wheel to integrate as a whole, as well as question and discussion points for further introspection – and action! Next up will be the 11th House. Over the course of the year and at your own pace, you will end up with your very own reading and the knowledge to keep on growing.
Your thoughts are welcome, by comment or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.