Reviewed by Geraldine Charles
I'm always happy to see a new book by Theresa, and although this is short, that's deceptive: there's a lot of wisdom condensed here.
My first reaction was to be startled, as a strange experience with an owl is described in the introduction. I've had at least one such experience myself, but for some reason (duh) never connected the owl with Lilith. She is far better known to people now than even twenty years ago, but still few people know the full story, and of course it isn't included in any conventional bible - but in case you don't know, and very briefly, Lilith was the woman created at the same time as Adam, but the relationship didn't work out at all ... so he was presented with Eve, a woman made specially for him. (Er, how did that work out, Adam?)
The book is divided into areas where Lilith is still manifest in our culture, and I loved the story of Lilith as "hairy" woman. It took me back to early feminist days, when leg-shaving was a political issue and can clearly remember shaving one leg and leaving the other hairy as a kind of protest. (Don't ask!) I also loved the chapter on Lilith as Bleeding Woman - and that led me to remember Germaine Greer's invitation to us to taste our menstrual blood (in The Female Eunuch - was that really published nearly 45 years ago?). It may have grossed us out then, as a first reaction - but how about now? Has that much really changed? We're still expected to "take care of" our bleeding, to ensure it doesn't interfere in our lives or become obvious.
Theresa doesn't just describe Lilith, the Goddess who would not submit to male domination, but offers us, with each subject area, a ritual to help us work through our own issues with power, our own shadow selves and our own disowned strength.
The two subject areas that most resonated for me were "Lilith as Raging Woman". Why would a woman not be angry? Yet we have learned to turn that anger inward, to call it depression, to fear that showing our anger will make us unloved, nay, unlovable. "Lilith as Muse" was the other:
"Lilith is creative genius, born only in darkness". She must be recognized, accepted, brought back into the light. She is the powerful woman inside of us whom we continue to send away, reject and abandon. It is she who is generating all the rage". (p17)
If you are interested in different aspects of Goddess, in how Lilith is still very much alive in our culture and our psyches, you can't really afford to miss this.
Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power is published by Dark Planet Publishing and is available on amazon.com, although I couldn't find it on amazon.co.uk.
A web designer and all-round computer person, Geraldine is responsible for a number of websites. In her spare time she writes articles and poems, loves researching Goddess in mythology and also produces artwork on her beloved computer. She also runs an online correspondence course called "Getting to know the Goddess".