Investigations into the Mythology of Lilith seems to reveal a dark figure of a tormented woman indeed. The Black Moon Lilith in Astrology in my view focuses on the dark or unconscious side of Lilith in personality. The traditional Lilith mythology is varied and complex, it incorporates the darker side of the female psyche and the sexualization of unbound, non integrated impulses. Perhaps in a complex way, descriptions of the Black Moon Lilith (BML) are the denied emotional aspects of Lilith’s tormented personality.
The Dark Moon is different to the Black Moom Lilith
The Dark Moon describes our relationship to the absolute, to sacrifice as such, and shows how we let go. In transit, the Dark Moon indicates some form of castration or frustration, frequently in the areas of desire, a powerlessness of the psyche, or a general inhibition. On the other hand, it shows where we question ourselves, our lives, our jobs, and our beliefs. I feel this is important, since it gives us the opportunity to “let go” of something. The Dark Moon shows where we can let the Whole flow into our selves, without putting an “I” in the way, without putting up a wall in the form of ego. (Joëlle de Gravelaine in “Lilith und das Loslassen”, Astrologie Heute Nr. 23)
Although the BML and descriptions about Lilith Mythology are not completely synonomous there are however parallels which deserve identifying and differentiating from the biblical notion of Lilith. I have firstly compiled a list of comments and edits from researched articles about the mythology of Lilith. If you are interested click below. I will then go on to discuss the astrological Black Moon Lilith with some interesting case studies and charts.
Lillith is found in the Inanna (Sumerian goddess) story “The Hallupu
Tree” found in the book “Inanna, Queen of heaven and Earth: Her Stories
and Hymns from Sumer” By Diane Wolkstein, and Samuel Noah Kraemer,
published by Harper and Row Publishers 1983. Here Lillith is seen as
“the dark maid” who “built her home in the trunk& of Inanna’s Hallupu
tree. When Inanna’s brother, Gilgamesh (according to this story) drove
Lillith out of the tree she “fled to the wild, uninhabited places.”
The word “lillith” means demon-wind, which could either be a dust devil,
or an all-out hurricane at the time the clay tablet was written, around
2000 BC if not earlier.
Lilith being called unfaithfull, a “whore” etc. comes from the
traditional jewish legend writing Haggadah (2nd cent bc)
that says that the first wife of Adam was made of the same earth
Please go to the above highlighted link to read the rest of the edited comentaries on Biblical Lilith and find other links to Astrological Lilith.
The Asteroid, Lilith 1181 has been incorporated into Astrology along with the main Asteroids such as Ceres, Pallas, Vesta, Juno, Athena and Chiron. These are all important archetypal points in the astrology chart which tend to represent a more spiritual interplay within the psyche. There are many Goddess Asteroids which I believe represent the feminine and evovling intuitive dimensions of the personality. The Asteroids seem to opperate on a “higher level” of consciousness compared to the planets, by offerring a wealth of mythological stories. One can identify with specific traits in ones personality much like the Planets however with greater sensitivity, soul and spirit. The archetype of Lilith and Asteroid 1181 refers to the “other woman”, the temptrest, the femme fatale. The Asteroid Lilith archetype is quite obvious and straight forward in its sexual representation in the astrology chart.
Dark Moon Lilith is apparently a second Moon to the Earth which does not reflect light from the sun. It is a dark moon. Early astronomers reported sighting the moon in 1898 however there is some controversy about it’s orbit. History
It is in this historical context that the astrologer W. GornOld, who published under the name Sepharial, announced to astrologers the existence of a newly discovered moon of the Earth that he called Lilith. The announcement appeared in his The Science of Foreknowledge published in 1918, but the discovery itself had been made (and announced in astronomical circles) by the amateur astronomer Dr. Georg Waltenmath in Hamburg, in 1898. Waltenmath had found anomalous observations, scattered throughout records dating from 1618 to his own day that suggested the existence of a body orbiting earth in a very stable and predictable orbit. Astronomers had failed to discover the body, according to Waltenmath, because it was not highly reflective and could only be seen when transiting the disk of the sun, or rarely at its geocentric opposition with the sun when its full face could sometimes be seen as a reddish glow. Waltenmath predicted the dates and times of several more transits of the body across the sun’s disk, and claimed to have confirmed these predictions by his own direct observations and those of witnesses. In fact, on February 4, 1898, he claimed that he and 11 witnesses had seen the newly discovered moon crossing the sun’s disk. Unfortunately for Waltenmath, professional astronomers observing the sun at precisely the time that his witnesses had made their observations saw nothing of the sort. Waltenmath continued to make bold announcements concerning this and other “new moons,” but astronomers ignored his claims, and he became widely known as a crank. This, of course, did not stop Sepharial. Although the observations of the new moon were thoroughly discredited by astronomers of the day, he included an ephemeris based on Waltenmath’s research, named it Lilith, and made tentative delineations of the body. He was rather circumspect in his explanation of how he had arrived at the name, although he seems to have been guided by the pseudo-historical musings of Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine. Sepharial was one of Blavatsky’s “inner group” of Theosophical initiates, though he had left the group by the time The Science of Foreknowledge was written. Quoted from Frater Rikb
Its the Moon that is there but not there and was appropriately named the Dark Moon Lilith. I for one do not use the Dark Moon Lilith in the astrology chart however the descriptions in her use could be summed up by Catt Foy;
“Lilith’s placement in the chart is especially important to women, and represents the power of the original woman. In a man’s chart, Lilith’s placement will reveal the hidden power struggles or other issues he may have, resolved or unresolved, with the women in his life.”
All three Astrological Liliths seem to refer to the traditional Mythology of Lilith and therefore have brought confusion to the separate forms of Lilith the Asteroid, Dark Moon Lilith and the Black Moon Lilith.
It is the Black Moon Lilith that I am interested in, as here we have a calculated astrological point called “the empty focus moon” which I believe refers to the darker and unconscious side of the Lilith archetype. In my interpretation of the “dark side” and unlike the Star Wars movies it doesn’t mean the evil side of the force, however an unconscious or unaware side of the force. The Black Moon Lilith seems to emerge from ones unconscious world, the hidden elements of ones feeling world, literally emerging from the psyche like a gust of wind perhaps. This could mean a ‘wind’ of anger, lust, guilt, or other feelings (in relation to the Lilith archetype) which may just come out by themselves. Perhaps the BML represents a form of Kundalini in a developed, higher evolutionary form of Lilith awareness?
Perhaps these lilith feelings are antithetical to ones normal and expressive (lunar moon) nature and they may feel somewhat dark. Lilith’s biblical and archetypal meanings also refer to the Black Moon however I find that reading in between the lines becomes necessary to gain an understanding Liliths complex dark side. The Black Moon Lilith is more than the literal representations according to Lilith myths. Imagine becoming inspired to investigate the idea of hidden unconscious forces; senses and impulses underlaying descriptions of Lilith.
Although these type of feelings initially seem like repressed feelings or ‘forces’, one soon learns that Lilith (BML) has an executive capability in the psyche. Lilith emerges to the surface by direct and reactive conduit. She can assume power within the system and like a tornado she wreaks her force and then dissipates. Perhaps the experience of the Lilith’s Dark Side emerging leaves much to process and evaluate for the person open to seeing that sort of thing.
One can only hope to form a working relationship with Black Moon Lilith in the psyche, as bumpy a ride as that might be. She gets to express herself without too much chaos and destruction and the rational-aware side of ones personality, listens to a dimension of themselves which provides greater awareness and evolutionary potential.
This is where my linking of Counter Transference and the Black Moon Lilith function in the chart comes into play.
People we know with prominent Liliths
Moon conjunct Black Moon Lilith;
Jamie lee Curtis, Ted Bundy, Chris Evert, Hermann Goering, Janis Joplin, myself, Burt Reynolds, Bon Scott, Warren Beatty, Schapelle Corby, Federrer the tennis player.
Ascendant and Black Moon Lilith
Julie Andrews, Rutgard Hauer, L Ron Hubbard, Stephan Sondheim, Michael Stich, Pablo Picasso,
Venus and Black Moon Lilith ;
Billy Graham, Goldie Hawn, Adolf Hitler, Brian Burke, Jack Nicklaus.
More on a Black Moon Lilith Case study soon.