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Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine


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Astrology Books:  Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine by Kelley M Hunter

Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine is an intriguing book that presents a thorough study of Lilith through the ages and through religion, the arts, and history.

Title:  Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine
Author:  Kelley M Hunter
Isbn:  9781902405346
Format:  Paperback - 220 pp

Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine by Kelley M Hunter. What is your Lilith "signature"? In these times of global renaissance, the divine feminine is re-awakening. Alluring Lilith, with her dark mirror and vital spiritual impulse, illumines the inner pathway with the most "heart" for each seeker of Truth and Love.

Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine is an intriguing book that presents a thorough study of Lilith through the ages and through religion, the arts, and history. It also includes "case histories," a section on Lilith in the astrological charts of famous figures.

Review:

January 16, 2010: Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine. As I noted in my "pre-review" last year, I have been on Kelley M Hunter's mailing-list for several years and know her as an insightful astrologer with strong connections to the ancient goddess Lilith (Adam's untamed first wife, among other roles). I have been attracted to Lilith ever since reading J.R. Salamanca's eerie, hypnotic novel about a woman of the same name in the early 60's; Lilith is also a Sumerian goddess whose byform is an owl, my favorite bird. When I learned Kelley Hunter was writing this book, I had high expectations -- I wasn't disappointed.

Kelley Hunter points out that in one of the oldest Lilith myths (much older than Genesis), Lilith lives in a primal tree-of-life with a serpent and huge wild bird. Elsewhere, she is connected with wilderness, storms, disorder, sexuality, darkness, death -- i.e., earthly, physical matters. Kelley Hunter's primary focus, however, is not on Lilith as an Earth Goddess but on her importance as the "Cosmic Feminine," viewed through her four astral, or sky, dimensions.

Two of Lilith's sky-dimensions are easy for a non-astrologer like me to understand (physically, that is, not astrologically) because they exist visibly: first, the asteroid Lilith, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter; second, the bright star Algol (mischief-maker, ghoul, demon) in the Perseus constellation, a star "...sometimes called Lilith by the Hebrews" [p.11]; Hunter adds that Algol also "marks the paralyzing eye of Medusa" [p.25]. Thus, Algol, which has its own uncanny, dark reputation, also links two "Dark" Goddesses, Lilith and Medusa.

The remaining two of Lilith's sky-dimensions are more difficult because they have no visible existence. First, there is earth's Dark Moon "ghost" Lilith, about which Hunter writes: "perhaps it is a moon that used to be, or exists on an astral level" [p.18]. Personally, I love the idea of a moon "that used to be" and still is, at least astrally. It reminds me of earth's primeval forests, long-vanished yet still "alive" to the eye of anyone studying our planet from many light-years away. Such an observer would see, not some mystical astral-plane, but light from an *actual* earth that existed billions of years ago. There, the forests are still alive in their own reality -- so too, perhaps, "ghost" Moon Lilith.

The final sky-dimension is Black Moon Lilith. Hunter describes her as "not a body at all; [she is] ....an invisible but meaningful astronomical point of reference" [p.11]. Although I have no problems with a ghost, an asteroid, and a star, I can't make sense of this one -- probably it would take a brief animated film before I could understand it (others, of course, might grasp it instantly and instead balk at the ghost-moon). Regardless, Black Moon Lilith plays a significant role in astrology charts.

About these four astral dimensions of Lilith, Kelley Hunter has an elegant passage in which she explains: "Though there are distinctions to be made about the effects of the various Liliths, there are underlying themes that connect them, like playing the same note in different octaves. The interpretations of each Lilith are not to be taken as isolated from the others. Pluck one string, the others will vibrate" [p.12].

For me, shifting from heaven's confusing math and maps to the realm of music was a brilliant move. It gave me a much better understanding of the role of these four celestial Liliths. Kelley Hunter returns to the theme of musical octaves a few pages later, writing: "With a potential of dangerously repressed anger, Lilith requires channels of expression, conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation, therapy or marriage counseling, before charged explosions explode into abuse. The rage inherent in Asteroid Lilith is echoed, even amplified by the Lilith Star, Algol. Perhaps the asteroid offers a concentrated outlet for the star, which exists on a more remote, collective octave" [p.17].

Elsewhere, Kelley Hunteradds yet another layer of understanding: "Making up over 90% of the universe, dark energy presents incalculable potential in our collective process of conscious evolution. Perhaps Lilith works in this dimension" [p.31]. That insight opens up a vast range of exciting possibilities.

In addition to the four celestial Liliths, I was touched by Lilith's psychological role in Hunter's personal life. For example, about a time when she was playing Lilith for a dramatic presentation at the United Nations in 1993, she writes: "Working with Lilith lured me into deeper aspects of my self experience, as drama work often does. Exploring this character in a theatrical context underscored other aspects of my life and relationships. The creative work provided a channel through which to process an inner and outer transformation, as I came to recognize some darker emotions and to act more strongly from my person center.... Playing with this dark goddess constantly stretches my personal and theatrical boundaries. I enjoy allowing the power to move through me and to move my body, yet each time I must overcome some resistance in myself -- necessary when working with Lilith! I learn a great deal about myself in the process. I discover how I stay in my power and how easily I can lose it" [pp.52-53].

For those interested in Lilith's role in astrology, the book has a section focusing on her positions in the charts of well known male and female leaders, writers, artists, and thinkers. Although not an astrologer myself, I'm nevertheless inspired by Kelley Hunter's wealth of insightful information and find it useful in decoding some of the meanings of Lilith in my own chart (NOTE: an online link is provided where one can get a free chart with all four Lilith positions).

In summary, Living Lilith: The Four Dimensions Of The Cosmic Feminine is well-written, well-illustrated, illuminating book offers a wide-ranging exploration of Lilith in dreams, myths, the arts, and wisdom traditions. There is heartbreak here too, for Kelley Hunter eloquently argues that Lilith's fury and "evil" reputation all express the widespread denegration, oppression, and mutilation of the feminine in the world's largely androcentric societies. If you resonate with mythology's "dark goddesses," and/or are interested in astrology, don't miss this one.


 



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