Lilith | Spheres of the Qliphoth

Lilith, mother of demons, queen of vampires, ruler of harlots and the empress of evil, is a deity that has haunted mankind since the time of the Sumerians and right up to present days. She is mentioned in ancient Sumerian manuscripts as Lil and was feared as a devastating storm demon. Her name would later be associated with the Semitic word Layil, which signifies the night. Lilith has been feared, but has also been desired due to her mythical beauty. She haunts both men and women at night, and she seduces those who are asleep with sexual pleasures that surpass anything that could be generated on the mundane level. Lilith is mentioned in old Jewish  texts like the Zohar and the Talmud and in the Alfa Bet Ben Sira manuscripts the classic story about Lilith is told. She was the first wife of Adam and was created independently of him. This led to the situation, as we have previously discussed, when she refused to lay beneath her husband. Lilith withdrew into the desert where she met the damned and banished creatures of Creation, and she is regarded as the mother of the demons.

In Jewish mysticism Lilith is the original moon that radiated from its own force and thus refused to yield to the sun. Therefore, the moon was punished by only being allowed to reflect the light of the sun. Lilith is the primeval feminine force that has been banished since there was no room for it. In Lilith’s stead has been placed Eve. Eve is the good, cool woman who subordinates herself to the bidding of the male god. Lilith is the hot and dark demoness who was forced into exile. Through her condemnation Lilith has passed into a shadowy existence and become a Qliphotic existence. The lunar aspect of Lilith chiefly belongs to the Qlipha Gamliel over which she rules. Lilith is both a Qlipha and a demoness. As a Qlipha she is the wild and dark nature that is the nightside of the material plane and that opens the gates to the other side. As a demoness, she rules the Gamaliel Qlipha that corresponds to the dark side of the moon and the forbidden regions of the dream plane.

The Lilith Qlipha corresponds to the wild and the carnal. Lilith is called ‘the soul of the wild animals’ (Zohar 1:34a), and she is also Mother Earth in her more violent aspects. Among the ancient Sumerians she was called Lil and was the destructive storms and hurricanes. She is the aspect of physical existence of man that cannot be controlled. Thus, man attempts to deny and repress these parts by creating a structure for his existence in which this wild force is unable to fit. But this force, nonetheless, ceaselessly penetrates our structured with its wild force and breaks all attempts at creating a peaceful Eden. Lilith will not lie beneath. This can be viewed as a metaphor of the Mother Earth who does not allow herself to be exploited. At any given moment she can open her womb and swallow man’s phallic monuments. She is the earthquake that devours the sky crappers and church towers in her womb, and she is the Gothic darkness that awakens the demons, even in the mind of the sensible atheist. Romantic ruin artists, such as Caspar David Friedrich and Arnold Bocklin, depict in their work how the sublime forces of nature conquer human civilization. The paintings of these artists, that describe how a dark and grand nature opens the gate to the other side, presents the magician with a good picture of how Lilith Qlipha might appear.

Lilith is the mother of demons, and it is within her that the magician must seek the other Qliphoth. It is toward her that the dark magical pentagram is pointing. The pentagram of dark magic points down toward the earth, the soil, toward ancient times and the primordial. It is here that one finds the Qliphoth. The Qliphoth are the reality that we refuse to see. A dark magician does not, like the adept of the light tradition, stare up to the heavens in search of some heavenly, utopian world. A dark magician gazes down towards the earth to seek the treasures that have been hidden for thousands of years. The womb of Lilith is the gate to the underworld, and the spheres of the Qliphoth and the magician must penetrate into Lilith to be able to reach the unconscious regions in which unimaginable treasures, forces and abilities can be found. It is also from her womb that the magician conjures the demons of the Qliphoth. The womb of Lilith is the grave that the dark adept freely enters, down into the kingdom of death and the underworld in an initiatory journey towards rebirth.

Actually, to find the Lilith Qlipha is the first difficulty for the Qliphotic magician. Lilith is the anti-world to our mundane world, Malkuth. This means that it exists in the middle of our world, but in aspects of which man is normally unaware. Through an exploration of the principles of which the mundane world consists, one can find the Lilith Qlipha by going beyond and against these principles. The normal awakened state of mind is the basic level of consciousness in human existence. Sleep is the absence of the awakened state, and sleep is also the womb of the Lilith Qlipha. Repressed parts of our mind appear in dreams and can often take on a demonic shape reflecting both our desire and our fear.

The Lilith Qlipha can open in the most unexpected ways and in the most unexpected places. A bench in the middle of the city, which for some mysterious reason is rarely chosen or even seen by pedestrians, might be a gate to the worlds of Lilith. A quaint word spoken in a peculiar context might be the formula that causes her womb to open. An effective way to contact the Lilith Qlipha is to go out in the wild at night and meditate on the shadows and the darkness where objects are no longer visible and instead blur into a dark mist; this is where Lilith can be found. This darkness is her womb, and this is the goal of the magician’s invocations. Countless incantations have been used in attempts to banish Lilith, but for dark magicians in all ages invocations to contact her have also been created. If the following formula is chanted thirteen times, Lilith is supposed to appear:

Marag ama lilith rimok samala naamah

During contact with the Lilith Qlipha an abstract idea or a strong emotional impulse might be received. In other instances, the magician might encounter the demon ruler of the Qlipha or enter the Qliphotic tunnels.

The Lilith Qlipha is ruled by a demoness called Naamah. She has been called the daughter or younger sister of Lilith. In visions she appears as a mighty queen dressed in precious garments and jewels. Sometimes she is seductive, but other times she might have a tyrannical character. When the magician wants to channel the force of the Qlipha, Naamah is called upon. This force is mainly used in rituals regarding the influence and control of the material level. Lilith is the dark side of the Shekinah, and she corresponds to the Gnostic Sophia and the Tantric Shakti. The Shekinah, Sophia and Shakti, are the wisdom and force that are concealed in the material plane. When she awakens, this dark and hidden goddess can bring man to the divine level. In myths this goddess is compared to a serpent and corresponds to the terrible primordial force that existed at the beginning of time before the male god of light created the world. She is Leviathan or Tiamat: the ancient chaos that existed before the cosmos was created. In the Tantric tradition, Lilith appears as the goddess Kali. Kali is the wild red force that dances in ecstasy and destroys with one hand and creates with the other. She is both the poison that brings sleep and, at the same time, the wisdom that can awaken. Kali corresponds to the latent volcano that broods in man and is called the Kundalini, which is often likened to a serpent or dragon. In Tantric terminology, Lilith corresponds to the backside or inside of the Muladhara Chakra. Muladhara is the energy zone that is located between the anus and the genitals, which is where the sleeping dragon (Kundalini) rests. One way to contact Lilith is to meditate on the Muladhara Chakra. The Muladhara is compared to a red lotus, and the magician should mediate on the backside of the lotus in this case. Here the first Qliphotic cave can be found in which the Dragon rests before its awakening.