Lilith Rising – the Vital Role of the Dark Feminine

One of the aspects of the Divine Feminine is called Lilith and well, what can we say this Judaic spirit? She is not very pretty, it’s true, and nor is she sugar and spice and all things nice … but it’s much more than that. Her refusal to brush her hair and put on her lipstick are the least of the problems that she has caused to man over the ages, and by ‘man’, on this occasion, I mean the male of the species.

I believe it was the mythic stories about the behaviour of Lilith that was used as justification for the patriarchy to stamp its authority over religion and thus, world affairs, and for a new story (and from their point of view, better story) to be told to the human race about who we are and where we come from. In this way, men disempowered and domesticated women in the same way that the early farmers, around the same time in the Neolithic, used breeding techniques to turn their strong aurochs into much easier to manage cows.

The goddess Ishtar, who was the goddess of war and love to the Babylonians, was split down the middle by conquerors of Babylon under the command of Alexander Great. Her war aspect was given to Ares and her love aspect to Aphrodite; later on, the Romans called them Venus and Mars. That Venus can only love in a certain way, without her necessary war aspect, is the perfect metaphor for how women are expected to behave today.

This has all served to effectively dumb down the Lilith aspect of our personalities, not just in women but also in men, although it is how this has impacted on women that I want to deal with here.

We’re no longer allowed to express Lilith, and the penalties for doing so are manifold.

Dumbed down Lilith is writ large in a lot of television programming, such as The Real Housewives of Orange County, which may as well be called Stepford Wives With Bling and Botox. The Housewives in the title is a bit of a joke, seeing as few of them have never so much as picked up a vegetable knife. They are women that are married to millionaires, often multi-millionaires, and they have had to sell out their Lilith side to the point of caricature.


The bodies of these ‘housewives’ are honed, manicured and sculpted to perfection by Michelangelos of surgeons who, instead of extracting a masterpiece like David from the material supplied, have produced sets of near-identical Barbie dolls.


Something has happened to their voice registers too… I’m not sure how this has been achieved, but they sound like chipmunks. And they can’t speak properly. I don’t know why they can’t seem to pronounce their As, but they say ‘thenk you!”, and their conversation seems to be limited to known and recognised call signs such as “Oh wow! Look at you! Don’t you look great!” while their Botoxed faces are frozen in expressions of complete disinterest.

How to become one of these millionnaire’s wives is all explained in the programme which follows the Real Housewives: Millionaire Matchmaker where we’re taught how to attract a millionnaire, how to go out on a first date with a millionaire (“only two glasses of wine”, and “no sex before monogamy”).

Basically it seems to be an exercise in keeping your legs closed in order to show that you’re nothing like the other cheap hos this guy has been hanging out with, and that if he wants to get into your knickers, he’s going to have to sell his freedom for it. In this way, in one easy step, you then go from Whore to Madonna in his eyes, and he decides to worship you by offering you all his worldly goods. I’ve actually watched a few of these programmes now, and so I’m good and ready to go out on my first date with a millionaire. Trouble is, if Lilith decides to come too, all bets will be off!

I don’t mean to be horrible to these ladies. I’m sure some of them are very nice people. They certainly do do a lot for “cherity”…well, they don’t have anything else to do…ok, I’ll stop now! I just wanted to go to the other end of the spectrum, to exaggerate to make the point. And although I’m kidding around a bit, it is a deadly serious matter because I believe now is the time, for me anyway, to re-member my Lilith side.

In dumbing down Lilith, we are allowing that part of us that will stand and fight to protect the tribe to be sent to sleep. So that when our people are being threatened, all we can so is just turn the other beautifully blushered cheek as the Romans programmed us to do, or create a hypnotic state of inertia with useless platitudes containing the words ‘love’ or ‘light’.

30 kinds of love

Love doesn’t have to always be nice to be love. Love can manifest is many different ways. The Greeks had more than 30 words of love, each one reflecting a different kind. Today, we just have the one word ‘love’ and it’s used to sell everything from insurance and life-time mortgages to holidays and energy supplies. It has become diluted to the point of being meaningless.

So it’s time for that Lilith energy to arise. She doesn’t take prisoners, as you can see from the skulls around the neck of  Kali, her Indian version.


Lilith was misunderstood by the Jewish patriarchs who thought her to be a demon. That’s how she got such a bad press. She’s not a demon. She’s a force of nature and sometimes into every life, a little rain must fall. She is a spirit, in other words. In the Akkadian language, lili or lillitu meant ‘spirit’.

She can cause problems, but only when she is suppressed. In this case she becomes, as they say in the Tarot, ‘ill-disposed’, and then we reap her whirlwind.

The spectre of the evil wife or mother as Lilith is fairly recent and stems, I believe, from the medieval Jewish folk story in which Lilith is Adam’s first wife in the Garden of Eden. She refuses to become subservient to him (which would have been enough to get her drummed out of Millionaire Matchmaker for sure!) and she ends up leaving Adam for an Archangel, Samael ~ not quite the Puerto Rican pool attendant, but at least as shocking to rabbinic Jews.

It is thought that she is mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls, but I think this is a mistranslation and that here lili or lilitu is meant in the more generic sense. This is from Songs of the Sage, fragment 1:

And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers…] and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their […] desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of lig[ht], by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, [bu]t for an era of humiliation for transgression.

In any case, as my bolding shows, the whole passage demonstrates the patriarchal thinking of the priesthood who brought in the male solar god- dominated religious thinking at the beginning of the Agricultural Age. They didn’t know, and probably neither did they care, that the destroying angels are needed at times, as is the dark too – otherwise, how would we sleep and dream and how would seeds germinate? And I think the ‘era of humiliation’ for some supposed transgression is well and truly over for mankind and womankind.

Actually a lot of the New Age propensity for ‘love and light’ stems exactly from this patriarchal, guilt-driven, Solar Priesthood, Judaeo-Christian tradition which supplanted the Serpent wisdom teachers. It doesn’t allow in the dark, the feminine, the negative…. only the positive, the light, the male. The feminine is dark but she is no less lovely, even when she is cursing and smiting and biting the heads off the enemies of her tribe. In any case, you need both for balance, as in the Chinese system of yin and yang. Sometimes you need the Sun; sometimes you need the Moon, or the Queen of the Night.

anita pallenberg
Anita Pallenberg as the
Queen of the Night
in the movie, Barbarella

Ladies, in short, it is my view that this is the time to get tooled up and fight the good fight. They may have tried to cow us into submission, but we still have Lilith’s auroch spirit in all of us and if we call on her, she will arrive. I don’t mean that we literally take the streets. In fact, I think taking the streets would be a huge mistake. But getting in touch with our Lilith side will allow us to not be afraid to speak our truth as we know it as and when we need to, and in this way, we will be able to protect the tribe- the common good – against those that are doing their level best to destroy it.

About me

Hello, I’m Annie Dieu-Le-Veut and I write books on shamanism, Earth magic, the Grail Mysteries, the spirit of Sovereignty and sacred sexuality. I also decode ancient myths to show how they are actually the vessels or arks of our ancestors sailing the seas of Time and containing, deep in their submarinal holds, precious messages about our innate holographic relationship to eternal astrological and alchemical cycles which drive each of us along our life’s path.

Once we understand the substance of the messages our ancestors left for us thousands of years ago, we can realise the value and meaning of human life and finally know what to do with it. You can read more about My Books here.