Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Outraged Ancestral Mother by Molly Remer

''Transforming Vision'' by Elisabeth Slettnes


The Outraged Ancestral Mother
has awoken.

She howls through canyons
claws away insecurities and doubts
and stomps illusions into dust.

She rattles hailstones
on rooftops
and whips the seas into
a froth of fury.

She dances the wind
into hurricanes
and she kindles
a wildfire
saying
watch out
it burns
pay attention.

She uproots trees
with her storming
thunders leaves, branches, and houses
down around your ears
crying wake up.

She screeches
on the winds
her voice becoming
a tornado
swirling madcap
down the corridor
of time.

She lifts a chalice
of armadillo skin and whale bone
and she cries out
for change.

In the howl of outrage
and sweep of fury
in the crackle
of iced lightning
in the waves
which crest
against the shore
and drag
you out to sea.

In the ferocious beauty
of her howling dance
we glimpse the sun-heart
of love
sharp-edged
ragged
hot
slicing through
the veils
that shroud our thinking.

We step through
and join her dance
raising our voices
in the chorus
of her song.

Draping a necklace of skulls
around our throats
and drumming
a wake up call
to our sisters and brothers.

Arise!

The Outraged Ancestral Mother
calls your name.

Your blood is on her teeth
she tastes your fears
and your courage…



An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.


Molly Remer, MSW, M.Div, D.Min writes about thealogy, nature, practical priestessing, and the goddess. Molly and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, ceremony kits, and mini goddesses at Brigid’s Grove. Molly is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, She Lives Her Poems, and The Red Tent Resource Kit.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Table of Contents for Original Resistance

Cover Art by Arna Baartz


There is, perhaps, no more powerful archetype of female resistance than Lilith. As women across the globe rise up against the patriarchy, Lilith stands beside them, misogyny’s original challenger. This anthology—a chorus of voices hitting chords of defiance, liberation, anger and joy—reclaims the goodness of women bold enough to hold tight to their essence. Through poetry, prose, incantation, prayer and imagery, women from all walks of life invite you to join them in the revolutionary act of claiming their place—of reclaiming themselves.

My College Roommate
Foreword by Priscilla Warner

Reclaiming Our Time: Why Women Must Uncover Our Ancient History
Preface by Christena Cleveland, Ph.D.

Birth Mother
Introduction by Monette Chilson

A Note About Styles and Preferences
Trista Hendren

The Song of Lilith
Liliana Kleiner, Ph.D.

The Garden of Lilith
C. Ara Campbell

Ashes and Spark
K. A. Laity

Dare to Say Her Name
Susan Morgaine

Clay, not bone
Donna Snyder

Lilith: The Essence
Maureen Owen

Goddess #5 (from the Goddess series)
Birgit Langhammer

No T
urning Back
Birgit Langhammer

Lilith as Sexual Liberator

Joey Morris

Hear Lilith
Patricia Campagna

Daughters of Lilith Can Be Muslim Too
Riem Farahat

Garden of Eden
Asia Morgenthaler

Dissolution
Laura Witham

The First Resister: Evoking Lilith for Transformation and Freedom
D’vorah J. Grenn, Ph.D., Kohenet

Another Way
Monette Chilson

Lilith Reviled, La Muerte Revered: Two Rebellious Heroines In My Interfaith Family
Anna Miriam Keller

Lilith Goddess Mask
Lauren Raine

At Last I Grew Wings...
Lauren Raine

And She Shall Be Called
McKenna Revel

My Name is Lilith
Arna Baartz

Hymn to Lilith

Nuit Moore

Reclaim Lilith and BE the Original Resistance
Hazel DaHealer

She Meets Herself
Lucy Pierce

Lilith Eve, a Child and a Woman for our Tomorrows
Lizette Galima Tapia-Raquel

The Wisdom of the Snake
Krystal Alexander-Hille

Lilith Speaks
Molly Remer

Daughter of Lilith
Tamara Albanna

The Wound
Lucy Pierce

Eve
Lucy Pierce

The Dark Goddess in the Sky: Black Moon Lilith & Asteroid Lilith 1181
Nicole Fair

Lilith I Am
Arlene Bailey

The Coming of Lilith
Arlene Bailey

My Body, Her Body
Arlene Bailey

Lilith Rising
Arlene Bailey

And I Rise
Arlene Bailey

Journeys from the Wasteland: A Lifelong Conversation with Lilith
Leni Hester

The Deep Within
Lucy Pierce

My Daughter
Terry Whitebeach

Lessons from The Dark Mother
Jaclyn Cherie

Shamelessly Naked
Donna Snyder

Lilith and Eve
Luisah Teish

Ode to Lilith
Joyce McCauley-Benner

Ode to a Sudanese Girl
Joyce McCauley-Benner

The Forgotten First Woman
Arna Baartz

Lilith—Sacred Sovereignty of the Womanspirit
Nuit Moore

Lilith’s Song (Fly Away)
Vicki Scotti

Painting Lilith, Queering Lilith
Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber

Goddess, Demon or Femme Fatale: the Indomitable Lilith in Literature
Dr. Gillian M. E. Alban

The Song of Lilith II
Liliana Kleiner, Ph.D.

Tempest
Mélissa Gustafson

Anointing the Lilith Within
Rita Lucey

Unapologetic
Sinem Alev Wiederkehr

Lilith and the Black Madonna
Susan Scott

Lessons from Lilith
Paige Nolan

Lilith as Archetypal Guide
Lauren Raine

I am Lilith
C. Ara Campbell

The Hag’s Prayer, Hissed from Crone to Innocent
Danielle Dulsky

Lilith's Prayer
Arna Baartz

The Outraged Ancestral Mother
Molly Remer

Outraged Ancestral Mother Prayer
Molly Remer

Wind Dancer Wind
Elisabeth Slettnes

The Status Quo Has to Go
Trista Hendren

Joyous Lilith
Nuit Moore

Invocation of Lilith
Nuit Moore

Transforming Vision
Elisabeth Slettnes

Reclaiming Ourselves
Conclusion by Trista Hendren

List of Contributors

Acknowledgements

Stay Tuned


Pre-order your copy of the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Clay, not bone by Donna Snyder


Painting by Lucy Pierce




An Eden of unnecessary
women who worship Lilith,
the goddess of the other place,
where a woman can eat apples,
serpents twined around her arms
like jeweled bands. A matching crown
caresses a brimming head empty of guilt,
full of knowledge, her fist just as filled
as her head, with both autonomy and life.



An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.


Donna Snyder founded the Tumblewords Project in 1995 and continues to organize its free weekly workshop series and other events. Her poetry collections include Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal from Chimbarazu Press, I Am South from Virgogray Press, and The Tongue Has its Secrets from NeoPoiesis Press. Her poetry and book reviews appear in many publications including such journals and anthologies as Red Fez, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, VEXT Magazine, Mezcla, Setu, BorderSenses, Puerto del Sol, Inanna’s Ascent, Jesus, Muhammad and the Goddess, and Speak the Language of the Land. She previously practiced law representing indigenous people, people with disabilities, and immigrant workers.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

My College Roommate - Foreword by Priscilla Warner

Art by Liliana Kleiner



In my sixty-five years on earth, I’d barely heard anyone mention her name.

I’d heard of Lilith Fair, a concert tour organized by Sara McLachlan in the late 90’s, featuring a roster of female artists.

But Lilith herself?

We were certainly never on a first name basis, despite the fact that I had studied the Old Testament at a Hebrew Day School, and Lilith was said to have been Adam’s original companion in the Garden of Eden.

Of course, I was mostly taught by stern men wearing black suits back then, and they were clearly not focused on a feminist interpretation of the religion that they dominated so thoroughly.

So when I was asked to write a foreword for this book, for the first time I found myself doing some research on the woman who is now just as relevant – if not more so – than she has been for centuries.

Lilith was Hillary before Hillary, Gloria before Gloria, Oprah before Oprah…

You get the idea.

It’s surprising that I was never drawn to learn about the female archetype said to be the predecessor of every strong woman on earth. Because after sixth grade, my father decided to send me to an all-girl Quaker school. I graduated from that high school with a certain amount of confidence, perhaps because I’d never measured myself against boys academically.

But when I got to college, I became very distracted; I didn’t know who to be in relation to the young men I saw all around me.

I wasn’t used to feeling a man’s gaze upon me in class, as I struggled with an Art History quiz or tried delving into Russian literature.

I could have used a friend like Lilith when I walked across the campus, disoriented and self-conscious.

Lilith would have been a wonderful college roommate.

She would have taught me to wear whatever the hell I wanted to wear.

To cover myself up completely or bare whatever body parts I chose to bare.

I could have dyed my hair any color, tattooed anything I wanted onto myself.

I could have stayed home or partied all night.

I could have slept with a hundred men or remained a virgin.

I could have gained fifty pounds instead of worrying about my waistline.

But better late than never.

Perhaps learning about Lilith in my seventh decade on earth was exactly the right timing for me.

Women are hard on themselves; and they’re sometimes hard on each other.

So I won’t beat myself up about not ushering Lilith into my life when I was younger.

I had other Liliths in my life – the four strong, wise female therapists who helped me heal from hundreds of panic attacks and decades of anxiety.

Deep inside of myself, it turns out that I was also Lilith all along – strong, powerful, sassy, bold, steady in my convictions, joyful and self-accepting.

I just needed a few good women to teach me that.

And one good man.

My husband of thirty-seven years turned out to be a true feminist, since he demanded only one thing of me – that I become the very best version of myself. The person I never even dreamed I could be.

Soft when I want to be soft, kicking and screaming at times, a Buddhisty-Jew, a sensitive artist, a dutiful daughter, a sometimes defiant wife, an advocate for myself, for my husband and our two beautiful sons, an artist, writer, haphazard cook, well meaning friend, frightened, strong, funny, confident and bewildered woman humbled and grateful, nakedly authentic as I face the next chapter of my life.

A Lilith in Priscilla’s clothing.

An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Priscilla Warner co-authored the New York Times bestseller The Faith Club, a memoir about her interfaith relationship with two other New York mothers. After traveling across the country for three years, speaking to audiences in churches, synagogues, and mosques, she vowed to heal from the panic attacks that had plagued her for decades. Priscilla learned how to meditate and wrote about her adventures with Buddhist teachers, therapists and healers in another bestselling memoir, Learning to Breathe.

Priscilla lives outside of New York City where is working on her next book, and making art inspired by her childhood drawings. You can find her at http://priscillawarnerbooks.com/


Friday, June 21, 2019

Dare to Say Her Name by Susan Morgaine

''Wind dancer wind'' by Elisabeth Slettnes


When my children were small, I was good friends with a woman whose birth family practiced Orthodox Judaism. We had known each other many years, our children were close, and we had each been to many family gatherings. One summer, we were attending a pool party at her house and her parents were in attendance. I went to say hello to her father and then asked him about Lilith, as the first wife of Adam. His response was to look at me, say nothing, then turn to walk away. He never really spoke to me afterward.

THAT is the power of Lilith.

Who was this powerful woman? Was she a demon? Was she a woman that refused to be subservient to a man? Did she leave Eden on her own? Was she kicked out?

Her origins seem to be rooted in Babylonian demonology. In Sumerian, her name is expressed as “lilitu,” which means “female demon” or “wind spirit.”

In the Sumerian tale of Gilgamesh, the hero (Gilgamesh) goes to help the Goddess Inanna, who was being beset by demons, one of which was Lilith. This part of the tale was added some 600 years after the original, which to my mind was just another way to demonize her.

In Jewish tradition, Lilith is a dark demon, but others see her as a dark Goddess. Either way, she is ancient and powerful. In the Talmud, she was described as being sexually wanton and the stealer of men’s sperm from which she gave birth to demons. The Talmud, the book of civil and ceremonial law, states, “It is forbidden for a man to sleep alone in a house, lest Lilith get hold of him.”

It is in the Genesis Rabba, religious texts with rabbinical interpretations of Genesis, that we first hear of Lilith as the first woman, created at the same time as Adam.

Adam demanded that she lie beneath him and she refused. Adam wanted her to be subservient to him and she refused. She stated, “We are equal because we are both created from the earth.”

This myth was included to The Alphabet of Ben Sira, which added that Lilith then fled into the desert. Adam complains to God that the woman that was given to him has left. Three angels are sent after her. The angels tell her that she must return but she refuses and says, strangely, that she knows that she was made to harm children, but that if she sees the names of these angels on amulets, then that child will be saved. Again, this is a way to demonize her, as our children are sacred to us and what worse than to be a murderer of children?

Some would say that when she refused to lie beneath Adam, that she was turned into a demon, a succubus, and banished from Eden. For some, she became a sacred whore, beautiful and dangerous, who would seduce men and kill them.

Eve was then created from Adam’s rib, rendering her "made" from him—re-enforcing her submission by lying beneath him. Of course, Eve would bear the brunt of bringing original sin into the world, and cursing women forevermore with pain and bloodshed—the first woman to become scapegoat for man’s weakness.

Lilith has been an influence in literary characters, such as in The Coming of Lilith by Judith Plaskow, among many other stories, novels and poems. It is said that in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, the White Witch was influenced by Lilith. There is also Lilith Fair, which raises money for battered women’s shelters and breast cancer awareness.

Girl God Publications offers the “My Name is……” series, written for children, where Goddesses who have been demonized have their stories told in a positive, affirmative manner. The third in this series is My Name is Lilith, by Monette Chilson, which I highly recommend.

Lilith has become an icon for feminists who see her refusal to lie beneath Adam as a call to freedom, a rallying cry to break away from the bonds of patriarchy.

She can be looked to for inspiration in being and accepting who we are – strong, empowered, independent women, making our own choices and living the lives we choose.





An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.


Susan Morgaine is a Daughter of the Goddess, Priestess, Witch, Writer, Healer, Yogini. Her writings can be found on PaganPages.org, and MysticalShores.wordpress.com/blog, along with The Girl God Anthologies, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak, Jesus, Muhammad and the Goddess and Inanna's Ascent—as well as Mago Publications She Rises, Volume 2 and Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess. She has also been published in Jareeda and SageWoman magazines. She is the author of My Name is Isis, the Egyptian Goddess, the fourth of the “My Name Is………” series of children’s books published by The Girl God. She is currently co-editing On the Wings of Isis: A Woman's Path to Sovereignty, which is scheduled for Summer 2021.

Susan is a Certified Women’s Empowerment Coach/Facilitator through Imagine A Woman International founded by Patricia Lynn Reilly. She has long been involved in Goddess Spirituality and Feminism, teaching Kundalini Yoga classes, Goddess Spirituality workshops and Priestesses a local Red Tent. She is a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon. She can be reached at MysticalShores@gmail.com and her website is www.mysticalshores.com


       

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lilith in Hebrew Mythology by Nuit Moore

Art by Arna Baartz



In Hebrew myth, Lilith is said to be the first wife of Adam. Adam became arrogant and began to claim dominion over land and animals, and then attempted to claim dominion over Lilith, demanding She lie beneath him, both literally and figuratively, sexually and symbolically. Lilith would not have this, and She refuses. To lie “beneath him.”

It is interesting to note that the missionary position is the position in which the overwhelming majority of women find it most difficult to achieve orgasm without aid- also it has long been thought to be the position for easier conception, and in most heavily patriarchal cultures, it is the encouraged and often only acceptable sexual position between married partners. Consider that both under-positions are related to control over female sexuality and fertility, and we start to see plenty of correlation.

Lilith, as I’ve said, would not put up with this demand from Adam. She uttered the Secret Words of Power in Her possession (which of course they claim She stole from God), which enabled Her to grow wings and remove Herself from Adam’s sphere. Her journey reveals Her connections as a Menstrual Goddess; She flew across the Red Sea (menstrual blood) and took refuge in a cave (womb, yoni) where it is said (in the patriarchal mythos) that She begat many children while copulating with demons for Her own pleasure.

In service to Lilith, I received the seed that these “many children” actually symbolized the gift bestowed on women of the multiple orgasm. Later, Biblical myth brings in Eve, a docile partner made from Adam, instead of equally the same red earth of the Mother. Later in medieval religious art depicting the Garden, we find snakes with heads of women tempting Eve with the fruit of the Goddess—our Serpentine LILITH—residing again in Her tree of life.

Eve claims her birthright within the fruit, yet it is said to result in the downfall of humankind—although it is clear that women are to literally bear the brunt of this. And the shame and repression destroy the Heaven on Earth that is Her Holy Garden.

An excerpt from "Lilith—Sacred Sovereignty of the Womanspirit" in the upcoming Original Resistance anthology.


Nuit Moore is a witch and priestess whose work and temple serve the Goddess and Her return to the collective consciousness, focusing especially on the empowerment of women, the return of the Goddess temple, and the potent medicine of her path and teachings. Although she comes from mystic traditions from both sides of her bloodline, she began her personal path as priestess in the Dianic and Wise Woman traditions, and is also an ordained priestess with the Fellowship of Isis. Nuit has offered classes and ceremony on female wicce, women’s rites/rights, the harvest mysteries, trance arts, wise woman ways, serpent/shakti power, ceremonial movement and sound, liminal magick and ritual theater, etc for over 25 years, and travels frequently bringing temple and ceremony to festivals and communities. She has been a visionary/channel of the menstrual mysteries and eco-menstruation movement since 1991, and is a long standing weaver of the web of women's blood mysteries. Much of her work as an eco-feminist activist is in connection with her teachings on eco-menstruation. Nuit is also a performance artist/sacred dancer, ceremonial visual artist, and founder of the Ishtar Noir Ritual Theater collective- and is the creatrix of Shakti Goddess Arts (www.shaktistudios.etsy.com) which carries her altar art and ceremonial offerings, wise women herbals, crystals, and her writings. Her website can be found at www.scarletshakti.com and she is also on Facebook at: Nuit Moore, The Scarlet Shakti and on Instagram @thescarletshakti

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Hear Lilith by Patricia Campagna

Illustration by Arna Baartz, My Name is Lilith



In dark wind, tree branches brush hair 
Equal with Adam, she rejects subordination 
Older sister of Eve slithers
Stealer of the childish 

Generating Furies
Diana, Hecate, Cassandra scream
Kali stands firm with Her sword
Salome and Delilah, provocateurs unmasking

Magdalene loves the human 
Kiss me, shrew Kate
Witchs brew, Elphaba flies
Virginia Wolff calls bluff 

Sylvia Plath burns
Hedwig, nature’s angel, soars
Over Angela Davis’ halo and 
Notorious AOC 

Love forged in fire
She has been warned
Nevertheless, She persists
And yes, Im still with Her 

Emma calls BS
Oracle at Delphi, She creates 
The words you hear 
What truth pours on anointed 

Know thyself but not too much, honey 

Lilith, Destroyer of destruction 
Daemon in service of divine creation 
Prophet of earth, waking us up 
Hear Her roar before the silence 

©2019         Patricia Campagna 


An excerpt from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves.
       

Patricia Campagna was a ballet dancer and Pilates teacher for forty years before the poetry came. She has read her poems in Texas at Inprint House, Ecclesia, Unity Church of Houston, Poets Reading the News, various protest marches and Round Top Poetry Festival. Her poem, "Woke" was published in the Round Top Anthology 2018. She has written a childrens book and four books of poetry, among them A Post-Obama Survival Guide. She lives with her husband and their rescue dog Bella in Houston.