For most of the past few thousand years, Lilith was regarded as a demoness and nothing more. In the 20th century, She was reclaimed by many feminists and by some Wiccans and other modern Pagans as a more positive figure, representing female independence, sexuality, and vehement opposition to tyranny. Some other modern occultists revere Her simply as a chthonic figure, rather than as a revolutionary.
There is controversy over whether Lilith, or the ancient Sumerian/Babylonian Lilitu, ever was regarded as a positive figure in the distant past. In our view, it is not necessary to seek remote historical justification for the new, modern, increasingly positive view of Lilith. As human society changes, so too the relationship between humans and the spirit world may change. Even without ancient precedent, a spirit that is hostile toward people in one kind of society could become more kindly disposed toward people in another kind of society, or vice versa. However, if you do make historical claims, you should be prepared to back them up.
A wide range of different kinds of people are drawn to Lilith, including:
- Feminists, LGBT rights activists, and other staunch opponents of the religious right wing.
- Pagans and occultists, with a basically "light" or "right hand path" orientation, who seek greater "balance between light and dark," or who seek to get to know their Shadow.
- "Dark" or "Left-hand path" Pagans, occultists, and polytheistic Satanists.
- Some people in the "Other Kin" and "Vampire" subcultures, some of whom have created alternative extended families and see Lilith as their spiritual Mother. Though they're in many ways very different from the feminist Goddess worshipers who have done the most to popularize Lilith, there are some important commonalities (such as the creation of alternatives to traditional family structures).
- People who can't be pigeonholed as any of the above, but who just feel drawn to Lilith.
Lilith's Tribe welcomes all of the above.
We aim to honor Lilith in all Her aspects. One of our major emphases will be on Lilith as a Goddess who encourages us to reject oppressive traditions, and who inspires the creation of various new kinds of families. We also revere Lilith as a dark, chthonic Goddess.
We are a group for people from a variety of Pagan, polytheistic, and occult paths who revere Lilith. This group is not
intended to provide a complete religion for its members. We expect that most of our members will also belong to other spiritual groups that revere other deities and offer more comprehensive spiritual teachings. (Solitaries are welcome at our meetings and rituals too.) But we all share important common ground in our reverence for Lilith.
Some though not all of our members will be activists in causes such as women's rights (including reproductive rights), GLBT rights, freedom of religion, separation of Church and State, and opposing the literal witchhunts now going on in parts of Africa at the instigation of Christian religious movements based here in the U.S.A. Some of our rituals will include calls to Lilith to bless our efforts toward liberating social change -- and against the religious right wing.
We welcome people of all genders and sexual orientations as members.
We welcome people from across the spectrum of "light" and "dark" spiritualities, as long as they are law-abiding and can respect each other's paths. We reject violent criminal activity in the name of any religion or god.
The current name of this group is "Lilith's Tribe in New York City." We mean "tribe" in a metaphorical sense, not a claim that we're all literally descended from Lilith. We aim to foster a sense of family and commonality among our members, based on our common reverence for Lilith, despite vast differences amongst the many kinds of people our group is likely to attract, including vast differences in our overall approach to spirituality.
As of February 2012, we have begun doing group rituals in addition to our discussion meetings. We aim to develop rituals suitable for a diverse group of people from the many different kinds of spiritual paths in which Lilith may be revered. If you are drawn to Lilith, please join us and contribute your own voice to this ongoing conversation.
We aim to develop rituals that will be meaningful, emotionally moving, and powerful for people of many different paths, and which remind us of the things we all have in common. At the very least, we all have an important common enemy whom Lilith staunchly opposes: the patriarchal religious right wing, which is, alas, on the rise yet again. Most of us also value independence and individuality. Many of us also share an attraction to "dark," chthonic imagery and a desire to explore hidden parts of ourselves.
People who wish to attend our rituals must first attend one of our discussion meetings. Please see also the rules of conduct for our rituals
Other websites associated with Lilith's Tribe in New York City, including a forthcoming Lilith Wiki, will be listed on our central home page: LilithNYC.com
, about which we invite comments in this thread on our message board
Further reading about Lilith
Some resources on Lilith:
Note: We are not affiliated with any of the above, except for Anya Kless. Nor do we necessarily endorse all the claims made in the above sources. Some claims are controversial. The reader is urged to double-check all historical claims via scholarly sources before endorsing them.
If there are any resources you would like us to add to the above list -- or any links that are just interesting and relevant to Lilith, even if not suitable for the above list -- please post about them in the thread Informational resources about Lilith
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