To primitive man, the sky was theatre
Human existence has always looked to the sky in search of answers and insight. Evidence of this is universally found in artifacts, mythologies, and art. The sky would provide us with the first clues to our place in the cosmos and the notion of the passage of time. To primitive man, the sky was theatre, its plot mirroring the cycles of life. Our closest Satellite, the brightest light in the night sky, would be the first to speak to us of both the forward-marching and cyclic nature of time. Thus, the first calendar was made by keeping track of her journey; and, in the case of the English Germanic language, the word Month can be attributed to her.
Almost universally endowed with a feminine essence, the moon would show us her birth, growth, fullness, dissolution; we witness her vanishing, only to later see her reborn. It was in this time of her vanishing that we found ourselves in the darkest and most fearsome of night. Without light and unable to see, man felt himself most vulnerable. As time passed, darkness came to represent all things shrouded in mystery, and it is because they are mysterious that they became feared. This fear of the unknowable and unknown has survived to this day.
It’s no wonder that we looked to the Moon. We see her vanish into darkness during her new phase, then we see her resurrect to grow once again. This sparked the hope that the dark would eventually give way to light, and that our stories would not end in death. The Moon seemed to be telling us that the darkest darkness is a time of incubation; a transformative time of healing and of preparation for our eventual rebirth. In this way, darkness gives us nothing to fear.
The story of Lilith is one of many allegorical tales which was inspired by the Moon’s teachings. Not only is the story of Lilith one of birth, death, and resurrection; it is also a story which would teach us to not fear the dark times we encounter along our path in life. We can live through the night.