Lilith

”Patriarchy’s treatment of Lilith has been similar to its treatment of Eve. Both figures have been demonized—Lilith for her independence and open sexuality, and Eve for her quest for knowledge. The Zohar, the ‘Book of Enlightenment’ from which late thirteenth century SpanishJewish Kabbalistic teachings emanated, repeatedly links Lilith and Eve in their ‘sinfulness’.”
-Kohenet Deborah J. Grenn, Lilith’s Fire: Examining Original Sources of Power Re-defining Sacred Texts as Transformative Theological Practice

Garden of Eden by Asia Morgenthaler

Eve claims her power

”Imagine that it didn’t happen the way you were told in the religious communities of childhood. Imagine hearing Eve’s words read from the sacred text one morning at your church, synagogue, mosque, or women’s circle:

As the Mother of all Living, I pick the fruit of life. It is good and satisfies hunger. It is pleasant to the eye. It is wise and opens the way to self-discovery and understanding. Those among you who are curious, who lust for life in all its fluidity, dare with me—bite into your life and the fullness of its possibility.

After Eve’s words are read, the elder women give an apple to the first person in the row. As the crone hands you an apple, she looks into your eyes and says:

Take and eat of the good fruit of life. You are good. You are very good. Bite into the apple and savor its sweetness.

After everyone has partaken of the good fruit of life, the closing blessing is spoken:

Open to the depths of goodness within you. Believe in your goodness. Live out of the abundance of who you are as a child of life. Affirm the original goodness of your children until the stories of old hold no sway in their hearts. Bite into your life and the fullness of its possibility.”

-Patricia Lynn Reilly, A Deeper Wisdom: The 12 Steps from a Woman’s Perspective

“Eve Claims Her Power” by Jennifer Bothast

Hunger not the Devil tempted Eve…I concur

“The snake who tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit was not the Devil, but her own instinctive nature saying, Honor your hunger and feed yourself.”
― Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Painting by Sue Ellen Parkinson

Wise Woman

“I knew a Wise Woman
And she said to me
That the river would mold me
And the wild wind would cool me
That the trickster the coyote
He would fool me
That father Sun would warm me
Mother Earth would clothe me
Grandmother Moon would greet me
And of the old ways she would teach me
Wise woman, she told me
To always walk lightly
Tread the earth ever gently
Lovingly so preciously
And take from her sparingly
She said, to share with others
What you have learned from me
Be still and breathe, ever patiently
For the web of life
Has woven what is to be
But you must still chose
Your own path, you will see
And lastly, the wise woman said to me
To listen to the wise one
That dwells within me
To walk my path in balance
Is too be free
More than just words
So mote it be”…

Rape Update :Denmark becomes 12 th country to recognize No consent as rape.

“Incredibly, Denmark has become only the 12th country in Europe to recognise sex without consent as rape, although momentum for change is building in other countries to amend their laws.
Rape in Denmark is hugely under-reported and even when women do go to the police, the chances of prosecution or conviction are very slim.
Every year, 11,400 women in Denmark are subjected to rape or attempted rape, according to the Danish Ministry of Justice. The University of Southern Denmark’s research estimates that this figure may have been as high as 24,000 in 2017. However, in 2019 just 1,017 rapes were reported to the police and only 79 resulted in convictions.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/12/denmark-historic-victory-for-women-as-law-changes-to-recognise-that-sex-without-consent-is-rape/?utm_term=5a7c04623445aea24a02be6b721fff32&utm_campaign=TheWeekInPatriarchy&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=weekinpatriarchy_email