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    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

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    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!

     

     

Kim Falconer: A Piece of Lilith’s Heart

Lilith - Ancient Sumerian Tablet. Lilith with two owls and two lions (circa 2000 BC)

Into the night,
Into the dark . . .
The greater mysteries await.

Kreshkali in The Spell of Rosette

The dark goddesses were a gateway to the great mysteries. A symbol of the sacred feminine, they were honoured, respected and revered. Temple priestesses initiated men into the sacred rights. It was a boon to participate, but as patriarchal cultures conquered those worshiping the Great Mother, the sacred feminine was subjugated and cast out.

Where did she go?

Jung would say she was relegated to the unconscious of both men and women, and not with very positive results. As the saying goes, what we resist persists and the figure of the demonized feminine is alive and well in mythology, folklore and contemporary fiction . . . like Kreshkali.

I didn’t have the ancient goddess Lilith in mind when Kreshkali jumped into the story—I had nothing in mind; she wrote herself—but on reflection she has much in common with the ancient Mesopotamian goddess even though they are from vastly different times.

Kreshkali lives in a 24th century post-apocalyptic Earth where women are persecuted by a totalitarian government. Technology is failing, the oceans dying, tectonic plates shifting. She’s a hardcore survivor though, studying the occult by day and whoring for water by night. Prostitution is the only occupation opened to an unattached female; drinking water the only currency. Lilith lived in earlier times though her life was similarly oppressed.

Ancient Lilith sprang up in Sumer thousands of years BCE. The handmaiden of Inanna, she brought men to the temple for initiation into the sacred rights. Once beautiful, potent and wise, she became demonized as the goddess cults were subsumed. By the time she appears in Cabalistic text, she is the first wife of Adam, a devouring monster who was outcast because she would not submit to him—specifically she would not lie beneath him in sex saying she was his equal. God expelled from the garden and Eve was created from Adams rib (in hopes of a more compliant mate). Both Lilith and Kreshkali were feared and persecuted. As an image of our ‘collective shadow’ they are scapegoats—the despised ‘other’.

Lilith and Kreshkali are alone. They have no mate to explore their worlds with, no sisters to practice their ritual magic, and no creative offspring. In some versions of myth God condemns Lilith to birth one hundred demons a day that she must then kill with her bare hands. Not surprisingly, these outcast women can harbour some bitterness. But to those who gain their trust, they are powerful allies, a source of strength in the search for wholeness. There is something deeply magical about them, as well as deadly.

Perhaps in writing Kreshkali, I was seeking to reinstate the compelling, mystical, potent, sexual and self-determining qualities of the sacred feminine. I know that many readers love her, honour her, and that is fulfilling on more than a personal level. It feels like something in the collective has been redeemed.

Do you have a favourite female character who carries a piece of Lilith’s heart? I’d love to hear about her!

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. As well as her author website‚ she runs an astrology forum and alternative science site‚ trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on the Quantum Encryption Series.

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13 Responses

  1. Sounds like we have some of the same obsessions, Kim. 😉

    • I’m in good company then! Thanks for dropping by, Mary.

      And I would love to hear a snippet about your main female characters. Who are you writing about now?

      • Oh Kim I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say without giving away too many spoilers! 😉 Suffice to say the first book in my series certainly contains a very strong female lead. But the girls really come into their own in the second book. I wound up having a majority of interesting female characters interacting with my male lead – a situation which arose completely by chance. There are four of them. They rock, whether it’s to the beat of life or death (they aren’t all pretty, and they aren’t all good…)

      • Mary! That didn’t give away any spoilers–it just whet the appetite! Thank you!!!

  2. Morgan Le Fay has been treated in much the same way. The connection behind it seems to be strong women. Like Lilith she wouldn’t submit to men’s rule and the only role she’s been comfortably cast in is that of a witch.

    • I was just talking to someone about this tonight, Skaldi–the ‘witch hunts’ and other forms of persecution. What happens when someone become the scapegoat and is demonized by their collective? This is an old old story but one we still tell, perhaps because it is still in our blood.

      Morgan Le Fay is a beautiful example. I agree that strength and individuation are the common denominator.

      When we can read stories about these characters, they live on in us (at least while we are reading) and in that ‘new’ life (and in our new compassion) something can be transformed.

      Thanks for that!

  3. Powerful comparison and exploration of the feminine side of spirit.

    Raises so many questions. Are we not all one consciousness and one being? If so, what are we collectively denying in ourselves by rejecting Lilith or that form of feminine energy?

    Is this the same Lilith referred to in astrology? If so, what role does Lilith really play in a birth chart or astrology? I read that it is the dark moon of your chart, so I interpret that as the deeper, more sober emotional side of a person’s chart.

    Very interesting subject and I love the depth and intelligence with which you approach subjects that most of us know nothing about, Kim. Educational, for sure.

    • Thank you, Dana 🙂

      Good question re the Astrological Lilith. There are THREE of them: 1)The asteroid 1181 Lilith, 2) the “Dark Moon Lilith”—a possible second moon of the earth orbiting 3 times further away, 3)the “Black Moon Lilith” which is an energy “vortex” linked to the focal point in our Moon’s orbit around the earth. I suspect there is an overlap of meaning amongst these 3 Liliths.

      At first Lilith (any or all of them)may feel much as she appears in mythology — an aspect of our personal or collective shadow–that which is not yet conscious. This can be repressed material as well as hidden treasures, the unknown aspects of our nature and perhaps that which we fear or at least, do not understand. In this sense, there can be extreme emotional reactions associated with experiences linked to the sign, house and aspect placement of Lilith. She can erupt as outraged feminine nature, repressed sexuality, emotional manipulation, and acidic rejection. She may also be a powerful, creative aspect of ourselves, a potent source of strength and ability–Individuation!

      In the search for wholeness, as some point, we must find her and ask, what does she want and what does she have to offer . . .

      Thank you for dropping in, Dana. Your question stands: Are we not all one consciousness and one being? If so, what are we collectively denying in ourselves by rejecting Lilith or that form of feminine energy?

  4. Great questions to ask her! When my energy is most bottled, I ask those very questions of myself. Thanks for the expert explanation, Kim!

  5. REALLY need to get the next Rosette-so sorry I have dawdled on this. How amazing to get this link. Transiting Pluto is conjunct my true Lilith at 3 Capricorn.

    What I have realized through “the journey” is that Lilith in Capricorn wants to bring into concrete form, and is willing to work very hard and patiently for, the things that are important to her, regardless of what others think. It is not so much a Uranian thing as it is climbing whatever mountains are instinctual Her.

    Will go get your next book now!!!! Miss you.

    • Cate! Let me look for the best shipping rate for you! They very so much for overseas.

      Interesting synchronicity with Lilith indeed. I agree the Capricorn aspect wants to make things concrete–it’s a time to see the tangible results. Isabel Hickey, one of my first astrology teachers, used to say that Capricorn was the ‘mystery’ sign. If you look close, and it’s drawn correctly, the glyph is made up of two signs–Aries and Leo–the head and the heart. She said, when the head and the heart are united Capricorn’s work is done. Pluto is about transformation and I think the combination will have a profound effect on how you tangibly express your individuality.

      It is coming out in your writing, do you think?

      Great to have you drop by! Will come back with a link for Arrows!

      • Airedale said on the Astro forum: I found http://www.gleebooks.com/ had very reasonable shipping rates. For just over $8 US they shipped to California – arrived in 8 days. I had to email them for a quote before I ordered.

        That sounds like the best around. (some charged over $26.00 AUS for airmail!)

        I know you aren’t used to paying so much for books in the states! I’ll let you know if and when they are going to be released in your territory!

  6. Lilith and the Secret of Tones

    The ancient lore speaks of Lilith the foul
    Sweet Sumerian, screeching night owl
    Seeking dames of a feather
    Casting sound spells, flocking together

    Misty sirens hear them sing
    We hear them all as our ears ring
    Some of us fall upon the rocky beach
    Some to flight beyond ocean’s reach

    Mirror, mirror, oh mirror ball
    Who is the fairest of them all?
    Oh, but Sarah, lovely princess pure
    Her voice the clearest, most dearest lure

    In the rhyme of time, Lilith flies
    Again and again reborn in disguise
    Soft, gentle, as if to further
    Something hidden within her worth her

    The dream, the hope, the bidden foe
    All man’s glory in the glow
    Yet watch, for there is a chance of slight peace
    As in McDonald’s tome of a beast

    Oh better the whole story be told
    And everyone be wiser, young and old
    Watch, listen, feel the bold tone
    You will be the rock…. or turned to stone

    Stoned by Medusa, she herself did call
    Her names were many before the fall
    Adam’s first, or was it the moon’s child?
    Tugged along tide, wet with ocean’s smile

    Was she neutral with the angel’s Holy Grail
    Or quite complicit with Samael’s tale?
    Templars have wondered for generations past
    To the present, the future, a reciprocal impasse

    Androgyny’s children, the touch of orphan’s saint
    Giving solace to those fumbling in ecstatic faint
    Alchemic swirls of the aqua permanence
    The philosophers gem surfacing to dance

    Where is the treasure lost, hidden now-
    Off the coast, in Oak Island’s frothy maw?
    Even Lilith knows not where
    The White Lady of Rosslyn keeps her chair….

    In Rosslyn’s castle, and Holy Chapel Choir
    Drifts the tone in stone of everyone’s desire
    Played in the mist, along River Esk’s glen
    Old Scotland, New Scotland, she taunts all men

    With a treasure, it never fails to mesmerize
    If one whispers just right by truth to wise
    Some even say Lilith herself will appear
    As the holy light, St Clair, so clear

    Oh, but that may be the forgone illusion
    The lighted law that leads to delusion
    The cup that is full but never doth flows
    Drawn in and out, pretending to glow

    Aye, careful then, watch and learn
    Forever her rhymes twist to turn
    When you believe a part of you
    Begs to love all…. of her crystal blue

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