Lilith’s Compost Pile

I have been reading Lilith: Queen of the Desert, a Lilith devotional compiled and edited by Anya Kless and published by Knickerbocker Circus Press. Full disclosure: one of my poems is in it. So hey, quality literature at it’s finest already.

I have to say that I found some sections in the latter part of the book a little weak, mainly due to the authors not defining terms used or explaining philosophical stances taken by their respective subcultures.  There’s a difference between writing for your own home folks and writing for a wider audience. However, the book as a whole is evocative, illuminating, and thought-provoking, even inspiring. Some of the poetry is pretty good, too…

Lilith has a special place in the Feri Tradition; Victor Anderson described her as the deity worshipped by the Harpy Coven, the group who taught him in the 1920s and 30s. The coven’s name reflected Her form: winged, talon-footed, wild. The title of Anderson’s posthumous volume of poetry is Lilith’s Garden (Harpy Press). I found that many of the things said about Lilith in Kless’ book…that she is a harbinger of transformation, that she will push you towards self-knowledge and authenticity, and sometimes turn your life upside down…could also be said about Feri practice. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Though any spiritual path passionately followed tends to do those things, some are fiercer about it than others.

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About Sara Amis

Sara Amis writes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and rants. She is a Faery initiate who kicks it old-school, a member of Hellbender Coven, and has many opinions. Her work has appeared in Datura, Jabberwocky, Lilith Queen of the Desert, Witches and Pagans, Moon Milk Review, A Mantle of Stars, and her blog, the Consequence of Chance. Her poem series The Sophia Leaves Text Messages was published as an artist's book by Papaveria Press. She teaches Tarot and magic sometimes.

  • Galina

    This has absolutely nothing to do with Lilith, but I am so envious that you have a toad. :) I have been trying to draw them into my garden all spring and summer, even set up little toad houses but so far, no luck.

  • Sara A.

    The toad is wee! and cute. I think it’s a Southern toad, as they are the right red-brick color. One of my witchy friends and I have both had visitations from red toads; she found one in the middle of her kitchen after making a momentous decision. We have decided to declare them good omens :)

  • Galina Krasskova

    The Toad actually is a symbol of good luck in many traditions. :) I like them a lot. i’m still hoping that one turns up in my own garden at some point!

  • lilypaddy

    Great article Sara! I also have a red toad, he has taken up residence in one the fairy houses in Danu’s fairy village. There are other toads living there as well, but this little guy really stands out with his red color. He makes me smile when he sticks his head out to say “Hello”!

  • FMJemena

    Dear SaraL

    Ms. Lily Kunning (WitchMom) shared with her readers your link. I asked her about Lilith, you see. (“Tangible Witchcraft: Devotional Mask-making, Part 1 )

    Thank you for this article. As I told Ms. Lily, I couldn’t help smiling and laughing inside as I read about your Lilith.