This is the second in a series of ritual incense blends designed for working with the qliphoth (or kliffot). It contains flowers, herbs and resins connected to the black moon and honors Lilith as the queen of the night side and ruler of the qliphah Gamaliel. This incense is hence used for general veneration of the dark goddess Lilith, in combination with the black mirror and scrying bowls and for astral workings that aim at manifestations.
Lilith is associated with seductions and sexual perversions. According to Proverbs 2:18-19
“Her house sinks down to Death,
And her course leads to the shades.
All who go to her cannot return
And find again the paths of life.”
Within the qliphotic working context Lilith is the ruler of the qliphah Gamaliel, which translates as “reward of god”, but is also referred to as “obscene ones”. Gamaliel is seen opposite the sephirah yesod on the tree of life, which is associated with the planetary influence of the moon – the unconscious in which the other spheres are present yet dormant, like a lake filled with emotions and fluctuating reflections, situated in between the higher planes and the physical plane of manifestation. Therefore Gamaliel is connected to an inversion of these lunar currents, the dark of the moon, and may be envisioned as a lake filled with black water or “soul matter”.
The absence of the sun’s reflected light facilitates recreation and healing, calm, meditation, genuine inspiration and independent creativity. It is also a period, during which the influence of the mundane and ordered world is weakened. A time of silence and looking inward or it may mark the beginning of a journey on a less traveled road… Ventures undertaken during the dark of the new moon are out of sight and safe from the light of the world. Hence it is also a time beneficial for criminals and unlawful acts.
In the darkness of a new moon strange and fantastic flowers may blossom, and in the redness of the eclipsed harvest moon the flow of life’s currents might be reverted, facilitating the occurrence of manifestations or incarnations from the other side.
Of Lilith is also said she is a mother of demons and rules over 480 legions of shadows. Among these ‘shadows’ are the souls of the children that have died as infants, in childbirth or due to abortion. In this context Lilith is envisioned as a demon who “snatches away the souls” of these children and she is portrayed with bird talons or referred to as “screech owl”. Hence protecting amulets against Lilith were hung above cradles for protecting the infant from the grip of Her talons.
Among the herbs sacred to Lilith are Mugwort and Wormwood (both potentially abortive). Both herbs are also employed in astral work, as part of incense for divination (e.g. in dream, necromancy etc.) and philters. Besides these, the blend contains flowers of Jasmine, Lilac, Lily, Lotus and Rose. Sweet Lilac covers the stench of death. Lily is not only evocative in name but also an iconic funeral flower. (To me the sweet morbid smell of white regal lilies is very evocative of Lilith.) Lotus represents female divinity and bears links to the realm of death, rebirth and resurrection. The water lily in turn is connected to nymphs. The rose, both white and red is traditionally used in the worship of Lilith, and represents both mystery and sacredness.
Further ingredients are myrrh, sweet benzoin and dammar resin, as well as camphor. Colored frankincense in red, black and silver – red for blood, the red moon and gehinnom, silver for the astral and black for the goddess veiled in darkness. Calamus root and musk seed address the seductress and dominatrix. Orris root is an aromatic binding agent often employed in dream work. White sandalwood adds a warm balmy scent and is a wood traditionally employed in pleasing the souls of the dead.
Willow bark is associated with ‘female problems’ and facilitates the blood flow. The bark in this blend is harvested from an old hollow willow tree, for it was in the trunk of the ‘huluppu’ tree that the Sumerian demon ‘ki-sikil-lil-la-ke’ had made its nest. The demon is generally thought to be Lilith and the tree has been identified as a willow tree. Lilith is also described as forming the branches of such tree and more demons forming other parts.
Scent: camphorous, floral sweet, slightly morbid
Edition specifics: The first 11 jars came numbered and with a red flyer, which was stained with black cat ink. The first edition sold out over night. All further jars come without extras and are not numbered.