On Succubi and their Queens

Looking back at my post about Lilith, Agrat, Naamah, and Eisheth, it isn’t that extensive. There’s a lot I’ve learned or pieced together since then. This post won’t talk about the goddesses’ personalities since you’d be much better off getting to know them yourself anyway. Instead I want to focus on stuff that doesn’t tend to come up during an evocation regarding their role among succubi.

The deities usually called to the letter method are technically known as queens of succubi rather than succubus queens. This means the original title of my article on them was incorrect. From what I understand, those are distinct occupations. Succubus queens have a much lower rank, based on all of my conversations with succubi. I’ve heard succubi be completely indifferent to what the succubus queen who technically ruled over her thought or ordered on a matter. They haven’t slipped up on the distinction even once.

Succubus queens aren’t hereditary. The process of picking a successor is extremely convoluted and unpredictable. Succession seems to take of lot of succubi’s collective energy and happens frequently. Each group of succubi seems to be constantly looking for a new one of these lower queens because nobody’s really lining up for the position. The queen is supposed to serve a relatively short term before retiring, sort of like a president without the elections. What happens to the queen after she’s done and anything further on the subject of succubus queens is concealed from outsiders. I’ve been offered the position (in which case I would cease to be an outsider) and if you interact with succubi on the astral plane enough you might well be too. I rejected it because there’s probably a reason nobody who’s already a succubus want to do it.

According to somebody who claims to have been a princess in a previous life there’s special training to become a princess. But I think one can become a queen without being a princess. I think there’s special queen training that’s separate from the princess training, but princess training counts on the way to being a queen.

To make everything more confusing, there seem to be an equal number of succubus queens and queens of succubi at a given time. I suspect that whichever language succubi originally used made the distinction clearer. It would be more conceptually accurate to term Lilith and her sisters high queens, even though that phrase is out of fashion. Possibly it would be most correct to call Lilith a great queen of succubi and the others high queens. Empresses are something else associated with succubus queens. I’ve run into a couple of succubus queens and they aren’t goddesses as far as I could tell. Then there are the princesses, which may or may not be the same thing as succubi in line to become a queen.

The jumbled mess I’ve just presented is my best understanding. I know it’s confusing. I could just ask for details, true, but that’s considered a sign of interest in becoming one of the many strains of royal. To make matters worse, one succubus brought up the existence of a nobility beyond that, with no real elaboration on how all of that works. I suspect it’s why so many humans seem to end up in a relationship with a succubus with a fancy title.

Usually, Agrat, Eisheth, and Naamah are called Lilith’s sisters. I’m not sure where in history it originated but they don’t seem to object to that terminology. Lilith even referred to them that way in a couple of conversations with me. I think it’s safe to say that label is solid. When it comes to whether they’re actually sisters, ones who share parents, the answer is most likely no, or at least not necessarily. Some things I’ve been told but haven’t found a way to verify yet imply they definitively aren’t genetically related. It probably doesn’t especially matter either way.

Instead, the word sister is most likely being used in a metaphorical sense, similar to in a sorority or a coven. The succubi I’ve met tend to refer to other succubi in general as being their sisters as well. Similarly, the succubus in charge of a group is called their mother. They don’t seem to say that very much so I suspect it’s not a big deal to them. When Lilith is called the mother of all succubi it isn’t a literal statement that they’re all descended from her (which of course would be impossible if Eisheth Zenunim is the eldest, as she’s told me and others). Lilith’s just in charge. I’m taking the time to address this completely irrelevant topic because of a claim made by a small number of occultists that Lilith is the mother of the other three queens. I have seen nothing to support that hypothesis. It’s more likely that the occultist was looking for some way to post something different and exciting, and was given a statement true in a sense but misleading. It just means Lilith is in charge of the other queens, though “in charge” doesn’t mean much here.

It turns out that the queens of succubi aren’t a fixed set of four. From my other post you should all know about Lilith, Agrat, Naamah, and Eisheth. But these aren’t always the four queens listed. Sometimes Eisheth is replaced with Mahlat or Machaloth, who people generally assume to be Agrat’s actual mother. It’s not a bad supposition, though I doubt anyone directly asking her about it would get an inherently true answer. Regardless, it is reported that Mahlat was once one of the four brides of Samael and mothers of demons. Wikipedia’s article on Naamah cites people mentioning “A 1340 Kabbalistic treatise by Bahya ben Asher”, which names Eisheth as one of Samael’s wives. Strangely, Raphael Patai in The Hebrew Goddess cites that same author, who apparently died in 1340, as including Mahalath instead.

Although Eisheth Zenunim is technically a title and it is not logically impossible for it to be a reference to Mahlat, Lilith is also frequently referred to as such in qabalistic texts. Eisheth Zenunim as a name is a singular entity, which occultists who have met both generally believe to be distinct from Mahlat (at least I haven’t seen anyone explicitly say they’re the same).

It’s strongly implied that Eisheth Zenunim took over whichever role or rank Mahlat used to have, given that she usurps her marriage to Samael, is the mother of a queen of succubi, is depicted as answering to Lilith, and in one place (the source for this claim was a defunct internet link) is described as being one of the demonesses who seduced Adam after the Fall. From all this it would be odd were she not a succubus, equal in authority to her daughter Agrat and Naamah. Note that this is conjecture, but a future post will address the issue further.

A while before I researched Mahlat for the purpose of writing this post I came upon an interesting piece of information in my astral travels. I read in a book that somebody with a name oddly similar to Mahlat was a powerful succubus of a serpentine nature. It turned out that Mahlat generally appears that way when summoned. Of course it could be any sort of coincidence or fabrication, or written by a human with access to the internet, but I think it’s still noteworthy. The name of the book if anyone wants to go find it is Succubi: the Witches of Sex. The style is very strange and any copy you find is likely to be cursed, so be warned.

To me it seems almost certain that Mahlat was a queen of succubi. However, occultists familiar with her tend to think she isn’t one, nor any sort of sex goddess. That means she would have stopped being a succubus at some point. Since angels can stop being angels it’s not that hard for me to believe. That would prove that that queens of succubi aren’t necessarily there forever. While many occultists believe that the astral and mental planes are unchanging worlds of forms, if true this would prove that the spirit realm is dynamic even without human interference. People would have to give the gods a lot more credit than they do.

As to whether there might be more than four queens at one time, I’ve been investigating that too. Just because a deity is unknown on earth doesn’t mean she isn’t real. There’s a great deal more to learn about who’s out there in the astral plane, and even more to learn if they change places all the time.

I hope you found this short treatise on succubus queens and queens of succubi more informative than perplexing. It took a lot of piecing together from hints and comments over time. I will continue to search for answers but if anyone reading knows something I would be grateful if you shared.

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