Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Satanic Feminine Divine: Part V - Eisheth Zenunim

Originally published 7 March 2011. © Torey B. Scott


Eisheth Zenunim’s origins lie primarily within Zoharistic Kabbalah. Alternate forms of Her name are Isheth Zenunim, Isheth Zennanim and Qodeshah. Alongside Her sister Demonesses, Eisheth Zenunim is regarded as the first of the four queens of the Demons—all goddesses of sacred prostitution and brides of Samael. Little is known of Eisheth Zenunim outside of Zoharistic writings, however many Theistic Satanists and Demonolators include Her within their respective pantheons as a goddess of women’s mysteries.

Like Naamah, Lilith and Agerath bat Machaloth, Eisheth Zenunim is a goddess concerned with the expression of human sexuality in all of its forms. She is especially concerned with the expression of female sexuality and, much like Lilith, is a champion of women. Because Eisheth Zenunim was, according to tradition, the first of the succubi, She is often approached by older women and can be seen by soft polytheists as the Crone aspect of Lilith. Outside of softy polytheist inclinations, others regard Her as the wisest and the eldest of the Four Queens.

Although each of the Four Queens is inherently linked to the Element of Earth, They possess unique characteristics which are demonstrative of the influence of other Elements upon Their natures. Thus I associate Eisheth Zenunim with the direction of Southwest to indicate Her fiery and watery natures—Fire for Her warrior aspect, boldness and concern with matters of sexuality and Water for Her role as the wise Crone of the Four Queens. Thus I assign Her to the 30th Path known as Sekhel Kelali or the Path of Collecting Intelligence upon the Tree of Life and Thagiriron (Disputers) upon the Tree of Death. For myself personally, Eisheth Zenunim is the Destroyer and a goddess of Death. She is the Matron Demon of the innocent and a protector of the frail, infirm, ill, very young and very old. She is also concerned with nursing the ailments of these individuals and may be approached for aid in the event of infantile or geriatric conditions.

Her nature is illustrative of the Satanic philosophy of “an eye for an eye”—although not outwardly aggressive to those who have not crossed Her, She will not hesitate to exact vengeance upon those whom She deems to be deserving, especially in instances in which an innocent has suffered at the hands of the offender. Eisheth Zenunim, like Samael, is closely associated with the Sun—a seemingly strange alignment considering the fact that most goddesses, especially Crone goddesses, are connected with the Moon. However it is very appropriate that She is regarded as a Solar goddess considering Her polarised qualities of both Destroyer and Life-Giver.

Although Her appearance is less often detailed within the annals of Kabbalistic mythology than those of the other Queens, Eisheth Zenunim often manifests in the form of a thin, graceful Crone adorned in robes of sheer golden fabric and wearing a six-horned Solar crown. One of Her additional roles is that of judge—She may be approached for aid in the resolution of conflicts, especially those which involve false accusations.

Primary Name: Eisheth Zenunim

Other Names: Isheth Zenunim, Isheth Zennanim, Qodeshah

Mythological Source(s): Zoharistic Kabbalah, Occult Traditions

Title: The Succubus Crone, Demon Queen, Bride of Samael

Role: Demoness of Sacred Sexuality, One of the Four Demon Queens, Destroying Goddess, Protector of the Innocent

Sacred Animals: Lion, raptors, stork, seal, swan, cats, vulture

Mythical Beings: Will-o’-the-Wisp, salamanders, phoenix, dragon, manticore

Zodiacal Sign(s): Leo

Planet(s): The Sun

Element(s): Earth (Innate), Fire (Primary), Water (Secondary)

Direction: Southwest (Natural), South (Biblical), North (Agrippa)

Colours: Gold, rich amber (Kabbalistic), orange (Atziluth)

Soul Part: None

Sense: Sight

Musical Key: None

Kabbalistic World: Yetzirah (Kabbalistic), Atziluth (Elemental)

Kabbalistic Hell: None

Kabbalistic Palace of Hell: None

Tree of Life Attributions: Path 30 (Collecting Intelligence)

Qliphothic Habitation: Thagiriron (Disputers)

Associated Demons: Thagiriron, Raflifu

Vowel: I

Sounds: b, v, p, f

Environment: Mangasphere

Season: Summer

Magickal Words: Ypephenoury, Iaeouoi, Phimemameph, Nerxiarxin

Consort: Samael

Children: Unknown

Parentage: Unknown

Trees: Laurel, bay

Herbs: Sunflower, laurel, heliotrope, bay, angelica, balsam, cardamom, cabbage, chestnut, chrysanthemum, corn, hibiscus, knotgrass, lavender, lotus, , marigold, marjoram, nettle, orange, barley, palm, rosemary, saffron, sunflower, red sandalwood, sage, tansy, thyme

Stones: Yellow jacinth, fire opal, carbuncle, chrysolite, pyrite, aventurine, sunstone, onyx, diamond, jasper, cat’s eye, ruby

Incense: Cinnamon, frankincense, Kyphi, dragon’s blood, red sandalwood, lavender, lotus, orange, sage, olibanum, golden copal, amber, cloves, myrrh, benzoin

Metals and Minerals: Gold, nitrates, arsenic

Tarot Cards: The Sun (Planetary), Strength (Zodiacal), Judgment (Elemental), the four Kings, Wands, Queen of Wands

Ailments: Infantile and geriatric complaints, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, circulation problems, blood clots, strokes, oedema, cardiac disorders and ailments, spinal conditions, fever, blood disorders

Bodily Government: Female reproductive organs, circulatory system, heart, spine, blood

Sins: Pride

Vices: Pretentiousness, arrogance, false wisdom

Virtues: Humility, gratitude

Holy Days: August 11 (Zodiacal), August 1 (Lughnasadh – Northern Hemisphere)

Time of Day: Noon

Chemical Element: Chlorine

Alchemical Process: Digestion

Symbolism: Lioness, Solar crown

Chakra: Crown, Solar Plexus

Ritual Tools: Censer, burning bowl, chafing dish, lamen, talisman, charcoal

Drugs: Ecstasy, tonics, alcohol

Powers and rulership: Women’s mysteries (especially adult and older women), protection of the innocent and vulnerable, destruction of enemies, vengeance, wisdom, sacred sexuality, death, Crone magick, infantile and geriatric disorders and conditions, prostitution, judgement, reconciliation, false accusations, acquisition of wealth, crops and harvests 


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