In Judeo-Christian mythology, Lilith was Adam’s first wife, created at the same time he was, although some alternative texts have her being created first, on the fifth day. She left Adam because she refused to be subservient to him. She left Eden after she coupled with archangel Samael. Lilith was originally a Sumerian/Babylonian/Hebrew goddess of childbirth, children, women, and sexuality. When the rise of patriarchal Christianity took hold, she was demonized. Alas, many of the old goddesses suffered a similar fate.
Astrologically, The Dark Moon Lilith is represented by a specific point in the Moon’s orbit, not a physical object. It is when the Moon is at its farthest point from the Earth. She moves 40 degrees 40 minutes a year, that’s about 3 degrees and 23 minutes per month. It takes 9 years for her to pass through the whole Zodiac. There is also an asteroid named Lilith. Not the same goddess. The Dark Moon Lilith, or Black Moon Lilith as she is sometimes called is too mysterious and obscure for a physical presence. She is the deeper side of the feminine, the wild, free, sensual being that society and religion shun. She is subservient to no one and revels in the pleasure she can give and receive.
The Dark Moon Lilith’s relationship with the other planets in your chart speak volumes about us. Especially her relationship to Saturn.
In my never-to-be-humble opinion, only opposites and conjunctions carry a lot of weight in a natal chart when it comes to DM Lilith. However, an exact square can also be troublesome. Where DM Lilith is found shows the area of life where it is wise to take step back from emotional involvement and learn to lighten-up, be less serious, and let go of strict adherence to rules. Be a little wild and free.
DM Lilith brings a struggle for perfection that uneasily integrates with Saturn’s obsessive for structure and boundaries. It can work out well, but in aspects that are stressful—squares, inconjunctions, and oppositions with Saturn—DM Lilith can bring conflicting emotions and a super drive for perfection.
Whenever Saturn and Lilith are combined there is a drive for inner clarity, but there will also be obstacles. There is an obsession and struggle to bring our shadow self into the light of conscious awareness. When the choices we have made or our lifestyle makes this a challenge, depression can set in. Still Saturn and DM Lilith together always bring wisdom, deep self-understanding, and an enlivened mind.
With aspects between DM Lilith and Saturn, the mind is questioning and skeptical. nothing is believed or accepted without proof. On the positive side, you aren’t fooled very often, on the challenging side, you search for how things aren’t true or how you are being fooled. This can distort facts and hinder progress through needlessly searching for “what is wrong here” when there is nothing to be found.
When DM Lilith is in a fire sign (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) or fire sign ruled house (1st, 5th, 9th), you can be a constant worrier with an ongoing defeatist or pessimistic attitude. Fire and DM Lilith/Saturn creates a need to be involved in life’s trauma-drama and stay stuck in the shadow self.
DM Lilith in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) or water ruled houses (4th, 8th, 12) , pessimism is rampant with a touch of defensiveness. If, with DM Lilith in water, Saturn is in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), aggressive defensiveness rules. If, with DM Lilith in water, Saturn is in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), you may sometimes think of suicide.
In air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) or air ruled houses (3rd, 7th, 11th), details and endless systems and organization are the challenges. There is often such clear perception that the spirit or soul of any creative project gets lost in a maze of sterility and detail.
DM Lilith in a sign brings a stronger reaction than being in a house.
Wherever Lilith lands, if it is in aspect with Saturn, there is an underlying brooding and seriousness in whatever matters the house and sign rule.
Lilith, in past life, karmic astrology is about detachment. Whatever we have formed strong attachments to in past lives that hold us back from spiritual progress, must be detached from and experienced in universal light. Lilith brings these things to a point of such discomfort that we can no longer ignore them. It is disengage emotional attachment or continue to experience Lilith’s intensity.
Look to house, sign, and hard aspects for the nature of Lilith’s tough love. Any tie with the Moon’s nodes, 8th, and/or 12th houses are clear signposts for what Lilith is trying to tell us to let go of.
For example, Lilith in Leo in the 1st house conjunct Mars in Leo in the 12th could show a past life of fame that led to such ego involvement that you began to believe you were above the rest. It could indicate such an attachment to fame and recognition that nothing else mattered. In this life, you might year for fame but it brings you only misery or that fame is ever a breath away but never comes into reality. Detach and fame can come in a healthy, productive way.
DM Lilith has much to tell us about ourselves, our past, and how to construct a productive, spiritually evolving present and future. Look at it carefully and discover much about yourself.
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