Mythological Lilith – Symbolism and Descriptions

The following excerpts on Lilith have been gleaned from various writers and web pages.There is a new section below on the psychological Lilth or Demon Sub Personality. I have also updated my various blogs about Lilith here. This page is always being updated and you will find it at the top of my blog “Lilith Edits”


Lillith is found in the Inanna (Sumerian goddess) story “The Hallupu Tree” found in the book “Inanna, Queen of heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer” By Diane Wolkstein, and Samuel Noah Kraemer, published by Harper and Row Publishers 1983. Here Lillith is seen as “the dark maid” who “built her home in the trunk& of Inanna’s Hallupu tree. When Inanna’s brother, Gilgamesh (according to this story) drove Lillith out of the tree she “fled to the wild, uninhabited places.”

The word “lillith” means demon-wind, which could either be a dust devil, or an all-out hurricane at the time the clay tablet was written, around 2000 BC if not earlier.

Lilith being called unfaithful, a “whore” etc. comes from the traditional Jewish legend writing Haggadah (2nd cent bc) that says that the first wife of Adam was made of the same earth he was taken from, because of this she demanded equal rights, Adam did not agree, she fled, having her own children (in what manner we are not told) , upon this Adam approached God saying that the woman he had made him had fled.

God sent 7 angels to bring her back, she refused, upon which a curse came over her where she would loose some of her children to death every day, upon this, we are told, she returns to civilisation to have her revenge, where she kills the one-day old girl babies and three-day old boy babies bore from a human woman.

Because of this, the reader are instructed to use 7 medallions with the Hebrew names of these 7 angels (they are not mentioned in the Haggadah excerpts i have read, perhaps for obvious reasons so to not condone primitive magic).


1) Lilith was not a woman, but a hermaphrodite; as was Adam before Eve’s creation. Admittedly, this is the Kabbalistic understanding of things, but Lilith is generally considered an aspect of the Kabbalah (among Jews).

2) She was made from air and fire, and Adam from earth and divine breath. Some legends indicate that she was made from sterile soil and night wind.

3) According to about half of the tellings of the story, Lilith insisted on exclusive dominance, and when this was refused she lost her temper and

4) The succubus aspects of Lilith are fairly downplayed in Jewish/Hebrew culture as far as we can tell. She primarily was the smotherer of newborns, secondarily the killer of wives, and tertiarily (?) the wasting seducer of young men. This is supported by the proliferation of amulets protecting children and women from Lilith, few if any have been found to protect adult males. It is the children of Lilith who sometimes are succubi and incubi, not usually Lilith herself.

5) Depictions of Lilth on these amulets, when they appear at all, show an insect headed creature covered with hair or spines, a flipper for a tail, and a pair of tentacles for arms. It’s hard to be sure, these were carved crudely onto cheap silver with a heated knife.

6) The three angels were not sent to entrap Lilith, but to inform her of God’s command.

According to a number of sources, among them _The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets_,

Lilith means “screech owl” in Hebrew. She was the goddess of rage, alienation, stillbirths, abortions; and her devotees gave us fingernail/toenail polish. She was Adam’s first wife, and left him rather than suffer the indignity of being on the bottom during intercourse. She flew to an island where she copulated with demons, and gave birth to 100 children a day.

Lilith does appear in the Bible once (Isaiah 34:14). This hebrew word _lilith_ is translated in most English Bibles as”owl”. She is seen in this passage in the negative light, in line with the usual patriarchal/rabbinical attitude.

(Taken from “Fallen Angels and Spirits of the Dark, by Robert Masello.”

Lilith searched for men who were sleeping alone, then seduced them and sucked their blood.  She was also a great danger to . . . any boy under the age of eight, or any girl less than 20 days old.  To protect them,parents were advised to draw a charcoal circle on the wall of the room, and write inside of it “Adam and Eve, barring Lilith.”  On the door they were supposed to write three names ï “Sanvi, Sansanvi, Semangelaf”.

Lilith was originally a Sumerian storm demon, part of a group of vampires, but was adapted to the Hebrew mythology as Adam’s first wife. They had disagreements (of sexual nature), and she gave birth to the demon subclass of the succubi and incubi (sing. succubus & incubus).——-

Identified in post biblical Judaism as a female demon who seduces men and kills unsuspecting children.  Lilith (Heb., Lilit) also became identified as Adam’s first wife, created from dust to be her husband’s equal. As the name of a demon, _Lilit_ is etymologically related to the Sumerian _lil_ (“wind”) and not, as some once supposed, to the Hebrew laylah (“night”).

Yet like the Sumerian wind demon and her later Babylonian counterpart, Lilitu, a succuba who seduces men in their sleep, Lilith is active at night seizing men and forcing them to copulate with her. Although as child slayer Lilith bears greatest resemblance to the Babylonian demon Lamashtu, Lamashtu eventually became confused in the popular imagination with the succuba Lilitu.

Actually, when she fled the Garden, God sent three angels to bring her back. She did not want to go back, so the Angels KILLED 100 of her children per day. This accounts for the fact that she kill/steals children in their sleep.

During the first weeks of their birth, children could be killed by Lilith. (Explanation for cradle death).  Only an amulet with the names of the three angels, adam, and eve, combined with a spell, could keep her away. These amulets are still on display in some museums.

She also seduced men in their sleep, forcing them into sex. She needed the semen to give birth to more demons. This is how they explained the male wet dream. In the bible, she is referred to as Night Demon or Night Rider in Isaiah 37. ( I am not exactly sure, don’t have my reference on me) In later myths, she became the wife of Lucifer. She also has ties with the Greek Lamia.

A Lilith  Bibliography

Cavendish, Richard  Man, Myth, and Magic:  The Illustrated Encyclopedia
of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown  Vol. 6  New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1983.

Edwards, Carolyn McVickar  The Storyteller’s Goddess:  Tales of the Goddess and Her Wisdom from Around the World  San Francisco, California,  Harper, 1991.

Hurwitz, Siegmund  Lilith:  The First Eve  Historical and Pyschological Aspects of the Dark Feminine  trans. by Gela Jacobson, Einsiedeln, Switzerland,  Daimon Verlag 1992.

Koltuv, Barbara Black, Ph.D. The Book of Lilith  York Beach, Maine, Nicolas-Hays, Inc.  1986. Leach, Mark, Ed.  Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York. Funk and Wagnalls, 1950.

Mircea, Eliade, ed, The Encyclopedia of Religion  Vol 8, New York, Macmillan Publishing, 1987.

Schwartz, Howard  Lilith’s Cave  Jewish Tales of the Supernatural   New York, Oxford University Press, 1988.

Starck, Marcia and Stern, Gynne  The Dark Goddess:  Dancing with the Shadow   Freedom, California  The Crossing Press, 1992.

Wolkstein, Diane and Kramer, Samuel Noah  Inanna  Queen of Heaven and Earth:  Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer   New York, Harper and  Row, 1983.

Psychological parallels  Lilith

“The Demon Sub Personality” paper in Tony White’s Treatment of Character 1986 (Psychologist – Psychotherapist).  Omega Distributors 136 Loftus St Leederville 6007 Perth Western Australia.


To see the whole article go to this link.


Tony White’s Blog   

The Demon Sub Personality is a paper citing Eric Berne’s work relating to the Demon ego state. Tony White further investigates the Demon Ego state with case studies, analysis and information regarding the treatment of the Demon part.

Eric Berne states:


Tony White Writes on the Demon:



Astrological Lilith’s


Lilith the Asteroid, Dark Moon Lilith and Black Moon Lilith all have the underlying Lilith qualities however they are different aspects of the same thing. Some interesting and reputable websites on Astrological Lilith’s are;

Juan Antonio True Black Moon Lilith versus Mean Lilith Calculation 

Mean or True Black Moon by Serrenu (Black Moon Lilith) Dark Moon Lilith

Jamie and Marina at Darkstar Astrology

Black Moon Lilith Blogs by Kingsley

Black Moon lilithium

Counter Transference and Lilith

Conversations With lilith


Two Black Moon Liliths

Black Moon and Lilith’s Dark Side

Black Moon Crown

Black Moon Matriarch

Lilith’s Creative Side

Lilithmus Paper


Lilith and Medusa




14 Responses to “Lilith Edits”

  1. 1 SIOBHAN February 22, 2009 at 16:23

    Please send me any information you have on this subject

  2. 2 kingsley February 22, 2009 at 17:26

    Sounds like you want me to do all the hard work Siobhan. Perhaps you are being somewhat presumptuous here? If you look through my blog there are several posts about Lilith.


  3. 3 ian-eric fortin February 22, 2009 at 19:03

    an astrologue told me that i was born on the time of the black moon,plus that i have the black color on me.Can you tell me what it really means.9 march 1967,11:45 pm,montreal,canada.Thank you,ian-eric

  4. 4 kingsley February 22, 2009 at 19:46

    Hello Ian-Eric, thanks for asking a question here with your birth data.

    Ian you were born when the Moon was in a Balsamic phase. That is, your Moon is only ten degrees behind the Sun. It is almost a New Moon. Some astrologers call this moon the “Black Moon”. The moon at the time of your birth is “invisible in the suns rays. This is the only explanation I can offer you. There are plenty of varied and valid astrology ideas out there though. I have no idea about the “black colour” unless that relates to auras and other systems of thought.


  5. 5 ian-eric fortin February 23, 2009 at 06:46

    thank you very much for your time,it is appreciated.ian-eric.Sometime astrologue make up things so you buy there things i suppose.Ireally like your site

  6. 6 Graffiti July 27, 2009 at 12:55

    That is a very interesting statement Kingsley.
    I learnt a lot


  7. 7 kingsley July 30, 2009 at 15:43

    Thanks for your comment Grafitti. I have now included another resource in regard to Lilith. Treatment of Character by Tony White.


  8. 8 Leslie Ann Chandler February 16, 2010 at 00:12

    Does anybody know how to break an eternal curse placed by Lilith in the beginning of time? Eve

  9. 9 kingsley February 16, 2010 at 07:45

    Good question Leslie

    What are the options open to Lilith if she had a mythological time machine. How would she deal with removing her curse?

    I have a few ideas what about you?


  10. 10 crow May 10, 2011 at 20:33

    The Funk Astrology Lilith page has moved. It is now here:

    I also recommend linking to Juan Revilla’s Lilith pages:

  11. 11 kingsley May 13, 2011 at 09:28

    Thanks for that Crow I must get that site updated. I hope you had a good read here?

  12. 12 rawmoon January 25, 2012 at 01:12

    Tony White’s research is quite accurate describing part of what has happened to me in the past. I spent three years under the counsel of a Christian therapist and ended up having an identity crisis because he constantly attempted to “make sense” of what my “inner pantheon” consisted of…

  13. 13 Mary June 27, 2012 at 03:30

    Dear Kingsley, Here I am again. I am studying all the info I can on your site. I was wondering if you were interested in seeing what was going on with the Rielle Hunter, Elizabeth Edwards and John Edwards’ affair. What was Lilith doing in those charts or whose chart “brought it all on”. I also think that they would fit into the narcissist page that you have. Maybe you could do an interesting blog on it.

  1. 1 Black Moon and Liliths Dark Side « Astrology by Kingsley Trackback on April 14, 2008 at 12:22

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