Lilith is connected to many different goddesses outside of her original mythology, in modern popular culture. Kali ma, for example is a famous one, despite the fact that Lilith has no direct connection to Hinduism besides a belief based on mistaken etymology. Morrigan is another one, though this may have come from an old connection in a dictionary and syncretism because of similarities.
While we have covered a bit on the inclusive here, Pan-Dianic Wicca is more than including men, homosexuals, asexuals, intersex, non-binary, etc. As Wiccans, many look to the Rede as ethical advice. However, Wiccans, traditional and those even of Budapest’s traditions, do have more of a history of cursing those who are unjust and/or a threat. (Such as rapists who go without punishment.)
Pan-Dianic Wicca doesn’t actually change that. Unlike other forms of Neo-Wicca, the Neo-Wiccan form of Pan-Dianic includes the need to curse when it is appropriate. In order to do so, the Dianic needs to evaluate the situation for themselves on whether the cursing is justifiable. This is why discussing ethics within the Pan-Dianic structure is very important.
Everyone is pretty familiar with Lilith as Adam’s former wife before Eve, but I want to reinterpret this myth. In a modern context, we can add more layers to this myth. Not just through feminist interpretations either. Through our devotions to Lilith, we can reflect on this myth from a non-traditional standpoint. Being that Lilith is the dark maiden, let’s examine this myth as philosophy for our own lives.
We are given this idea that the Garden of Eden is some sort of utopian existence for its’ inhabitants, that was spoiled by Eve eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Lilith did not want to even stay in this paradise at the cost of her own independence and this is why she left Adam, who wanted her to submit.
Note: This will probably be a pretty controversial opinion blog for pan-Dianic Wiccans who have problems with Budapest’s views, but I have based it on years of research outside of and within Wicca’s history itself. (I like to deconstruct religions and see where people got their ideas from, heehee!)
Many credit Z.Budapest, the famous Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF), with creating Dianic Wicca, though I do not believe this entirely, or personally. I believe the roots of Dianic Wicca go further than Z.Budapest and even Gerald Gardner. I think it goes back to the cult of Isis and Artemis. I feel that Dianic Wicca and the Goddess Movement in large, to say the least, are a natural evolution of religious beliefs/practices that are rooted in those ancient cults from centuries ago.
I see so much confusion over Lilith’s history. This is largely due to much of the Goddess Movement’s attempt at historical revisionism of a once demonic figure. But it is also because Lilith is such an ancient figure herself and spans the globe for 5000 years. So, I am making a brief timeline of her history.
Note: This is sort of a rant and also not geared towards anything Pan-Dianic. It’s aimed at regular Wicca.
I got really, really tired of outsiders of my religion of Wicca, who have never practiced it, telling me that it is gender essentialist/binary and dualistic. Nothing I could say would sway their opinions. All they see is the God and Goddess and think that’s it. That’s all we do. By the way, I am pretty non-binary as a woman and I really dislike people explaining my religion to me as binary, ignoring evidence to the contrary in Wicca.
I got a recent ask on my Tumblr about resources for Pan-Dianic Wicca. So, I poured through the internet and what was selling in the book market. I found nothing. Nada. Not even a speck. The only thing I did find is the priestess who coined the term that was news about her clash with Z.Budapest. There is one Hex Education podcast for 7 years ago, mostly about transphobia in Dianic Wicca and then nothing, with the occasional person inquiring about it because they want to inclusively devote to the Great Mother, without all that political hoopla.
Since this was pointed out to me, I figured that it was time for me to take it upon myself to write about the subject to help people. (Especially, since there is not even one book on the subject I could find.) Yes, I am a random internet denizen and yes, I am willing to share my personal path. Even if it was just my own opinions on pan-Dianic Wicca, I know it will help somebody!
Maybe, you have had signs from the goddess Lilith. You’ve seen owls at night. You’re drawn to the waning moon. You embrace the night. Studied her lore. Perhaps, you have even seen her in your dreams calling you to her embrace…… However, you’re at a lost on what to do next!
Don’t fret! This post is specifically for anyone who is new to Lilith and doesn’t know how to go about it. Let’s start this very slowly.
The first thing you should do on this path is introduce yourself in a ritual to the goddess Lilith and invite her in your life. Do not worry about casting spells, circles, or making elaborate ceremonial rituals. This will be pretty basic.
You will need:
- Red or black candle. (White is a fine substitute.)
- Incense; sandalwood, patchouli, or sage is good to start with.
- A pic of Lilith or a statue. (You can use images from your phone!)
At night, light the candle and incense in front of the Lilith picture. Offer these things to them, state that they are for her. Hold the candle in your hand. Now it is time to do your introduction to Lilith through prayer.
Lady of the Night!
Divine Lady Owl!
Ruler of the winds!
She who was there since the beginning of time!
I answer the call you have given to me!
My name is ________ and I pledge myself to you, as a devotee!
Guide me on the nocturne path!
Teach me of the shadows that harm, and those which do not!
Lead me to think for myself and sustain my independence!
Beautiful Lady Lilith of the wilds,
I invite you into my life!
Ave Lilith! Ave Lilith! Ave Lilith!
Say this prayer as many times as you feel you need to on the first night. After that, you don’t really have to use this prayer again. Unless you feel you have to. But it might be better to find other devotions or write your own.
The candle is your Lilith prayer candle. Do not let it burn down. Light it every time you feel like praying to Lilith, and blow it out when you’re finished. It will last longer this way and (hopefully) not be a fire hazard.
It is completely optional to mark the candles with a marker or ascribe it with a knife the symbols of Lilith and/or her name. If you do not know symbols, there is a list of Lilith correspondences I have made.
Congratulations! You’re now a Lilithian; a devotee of the Dark Mother!
A vast majority of the time I have scheduled posts, however, with America’s current political climate I think that it is sometimes fine to write blogs as things happen. This is one of those times. Specifically, concerning issues that are so connected to our Dark Mother, Lilith.
Note: This is totally my personal Lilithian perspective, as a devotee. I want to put that out there, because no everyone approaches Lilith with the same interpretations. (What do with a multi-cultural goddess?) However, most of us do agree that Lilith is the de facto figure of gender equality. Meaning she would be in direct opposition of what is currently happening in the United States of America.
Pan-Dianic Wicca is a form of Dianic Wicca that is inclusive. (“Pan” meaning “all”.) That is it does not exclude trans people, men, gender non-binary, etc. While Dianic Wicca tends to exclude transgender people and sometimes men, as well as focusing only on female, (With an emphasis on cis-gendered females, in particular.) pan-Dianic Wicca does no such thing.