The holiday season has come and gone although, there may be some symbols of the holidays still up – lights on a house here and there. If you’re at my apartment door, there’s still a wreath hanging.
If there is anything about the holidays that makes me wonder, it is the mystery of it all. Christmas especially, is magic to me. It’s in the lights and all the other details around it – how we’re more giving and generous and willing to be of service. It’s never about the gifts though. It’s always about the human transactions that are on display, and the lights. I really like Christmas lights!
This past Holiday season, Eve wasn’t around so much. I’m not sure why. She did make herself known from time to time, but she wasn’t in my face. Maybe in large part because I was getting myself ready for the new year and all the goals I am gearing for in 2016. I’d like to think she was proud of my decisions and realizations and didn’t need to show herself.
I will have you know that this past week, as the East Coast waited for snow storm Jonas, she showed herself and I think again, it’s because I’ve gotten weighed down with stuff – work and a whole host of things that aren’t really important to my goals for career and personal life.
Anyhow, last year, as I was getting ready to head out-of-town for the Holidays, I happened upon an interview on Fresh Air on NPR with Neil Gaiman, author of the horror/fantasy comic book series, The Sandman. He talked about his range of interest and how as a Jewish boy studying for his Bar Mitzvah, he was fortunate enough to have a Rabbi who allowed him to be curious and ask questions. He was incredibly interested in mythology at that point and so he loved learning about the mythology behind the religious stories. I immediately perked up because as someone who sees most religion as mythology, I wanted to know more. That is when he mentioned Eve and Adam and how Eve was Adam’s third wife. Can we say mind blown?
Apparently in Judaic mythology, Adam had three wives – Eve was his third. Lilith, the first wife, went off and had sex with demons and spawned monsters. The second wife was formed in front of Adam and he wouldn’t go near her and so God removed her and then put Adam to sleep and created Eve so Adam wouldn’t see her creation. The rest is history.
As a Christian, I had heard of Lilith, but I did not know of her sins. I’m naturally inclined toward Lilith because I’m curious, but I’m also inclined to Eve. As I drove around listening, I remember wondering, why am I hearing this right now? What are you trying to tell me, Eve? After all, couldn’t we say that we all have a bit of Lilith and Eve in us? And even though Eve didn’t go off and have sex with demons, Eve did eat the apple from the serpent, so she is in fact a sinner.
I’ve had this post as a draft for a while now. I was originally going to write this before Christmas. As I said earlier, Eve started showing herself to me again this week and I decided to finally sit down and give this post the attention it deserves. Eve is calling. She’s asking something of me and of you and of us all.
This weekend as I’ve done stuff around my apartment due to the blizzard, I’ve thought a lot about Eve and how the silence of the snow is as natural as Eve’s guidance within me. We have this idea running rampant in our current culture that if you’re not doing something, keeping busy, making plans that you aren’t worth anything. Eve was worth so much and she was the third option. She’s the option that stuck and we look to her with so much reverence, or in my case as a Goddess. So maybe this is really about self-patience?
Maybe the lesson is that all roads have bad and good. That my path, as it gets clearer is always going to be a bit cloudy with some pit falls and possible sins? Part of me wonders if her meaning is really that the third time is the charm. How many third attempts am I on the verge of making this year? How many third attempts are you on the verge of making this year? I’m betting on our need to appreciate these third attempts more. I’m still thinking about this, which is why I’m sharing it with you today. Maybe you’ll have the meaning that keeps being elusive to me? More importantly though, let us not stop believing. After all, Eve is in the word and our third time around is on its way, if we remain with belief.