In the story of the Garden of Eden, the character known as “the serpent” (whom we have identified in previous installments of this series as the hermaphroditic demon Lilith-Samael) appears to be an ancestral spirit that follows the bloodline of the Biblical patriarchs in order to mate with them and to be incarnated into the bodies of their children. The biblical texts allude to these clandestine demonic marriages and the children that resulted from them but do not overtly explain what happened, as the cabalistic interpretations try to do. Lilith-Samael seems to specifically represent a lineage that the authors of the biblical texts would rather not discuss.
Many modern-day witches see Lilith as one of their main spiritual patrons, an ancestral mother-goddess figure, especially to those practitioners of “royal witchcraft.” These people believe that witches are essentially a race of humans with magical powers that have been passed down the generations through blood. The origin of these powers, they believe, comes from the demons of the underworld, whom they actually believe to be their ancestors. Like the story of Lilith, this line can allegedly be traced back to the very beginning, in the Garden of Eden.
We know that Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden and laden with various curses as punishment for their transgressions. But the serpent was also cursed because of its role in the Deed. Genesis 3:14-15 states:
“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
One of the mysteries of Genesis, if it is taken by itself and at face value, is that there are people – the spouses of certain people, and entire bloodlines descended from them – that are mentioned or hinted at, but whose names, origins, and ultimate destinies are not specified. So when the text refers to the serpent’s “seed,” we have to look elsewhere for clues.
God told the Serpent that he would put “enmity” between the Serpent’s “seed” and that of the “woman.” What “seed” are we talking about? Well, again, as stated earlier in this series, Cain, destined to murder his brother Abel, is said, in cabalistic tradition, to have either been the son of Eve seduced by Samael, or of Adam seduced by Lilith. Either way, the result is that Cain was really half-human and half-demon. He and his descendants were the “seed” of the serpent, and there was indeed enmity between him and his brother Abel, presumably a child of Adam and Eve. The cabalists even said that Lilith drank the blood of Abel after Cain murdered him.
There was also a continuing blood feud, according to legend, between the children of Cain and those of his second brother, Seth, who was born after Cain murdered Abel. Seth’s birth was mentioned at the end of Genesis Chapter 4, after the story of Cain and Abel is told. But then the conception and birth of Seth is told of again in Chapter 5. That chapter begins with a yet another reiteration of the story of man’s creation, and it is mostly similar to the Chapter 1 version. Genesis 5: 1-2 states:
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.”
The third verse then tells us that when Adam conceived Seth, he begat him “in his own likeness, after his image.” Clearly it is being indicated that Seth was conceived using a special creation process modeled on the way in which God created Adam “in His own image.” Seth went on to have children of his own. With what women, it isn’t specified, but Jewish legend states that each of Adam and Eve’s sons were born with a twin sister, whom they married. The line of Seth eventually resulted in Noah, and from him the rest of the biblical patriarchs, all the way up to Jesus Christ.
Abel apparently died without progeny. But Cain, who was exiled to “the land of Nod”, went on to bear children, and to establish several cities. All of Cain’s descendants were credited in Genesis, Chapter 4 with inventions key to civilization, including agriculture, animal husbandry, metalworking, and music. Now here’s a strange thing though: the names of Cain’s descendants and those of his brother Seth are almost identical. Cain’s descendants are listed as Enoch, Irad, Mahujael, Methusael, Lamech. Meanwhile, Seth’s descendants are said to be Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Mathuselah, Lamech. It appears that there is again an attempt by the author of Genesis to cover up something disturbing, while still leaving coded allusions to the truth for clever readers to pick up on. It would seem that the author has attempted to write off the descendants of Cain as extinct and historically insignificant.
The land of “Nod” to which Cain was banished seems like an imaginary parallel shadow-world. Genesis makes it out to be a “wilderness.” Jewish legend describes Cain’s descendants as double-headed, dwarf-like creatures that literally live underground. Only six generations of Cain’s descendants are mentioned in Genesis. Lamech, the patriarch of the fifth generation after Cain, is said in Chapter 4 to have slain a “young man”, with no further explanation. One has to look to extra-biblical Jewish legends to find out what this is about. As it turns out, there is a legend stating that Lamech accidentally killed his ancestor Cain while hunting in the woods one day, mistaking him for an animal because for some reason he had horns on his head.
After this brief reference to the slaying of the “young man”, there is no further mention of the descendants of Cain, and the text abruptly segues to the birth of Seth. The implication is that Cain’s race died off. But none of Seth’s descendants, with names so similar to those of Cain’s descendants, are mentioned in Genesis as having invented any of the primary arts of civilization, as Cain’s children did. The next thing that happens in the narrative of Genesis is the Deluge. Seth’s seed supposedly survived this through the family of Noah, while Cain’s would have presumably been wiped out.
But who then passed on the crafts of farming, metallurgy, and music-making? Did Seth’s descendants learn these from the Cainites before the Flood? Or is it true that the story of the births of Seth and his children was invented to cover up the fact that it was Cain’s descendants on board the Ark–that the Serpent’s lineage continued after the Deluge! This possibility seems more likely when we realize that the whole purpose of the Flood was God’s attempt to exterminate this controversial lineage in the first place.