Black Moon Lilith is the most commonly used Lilith and is the lunar apogee. The differences are explain in The Three Liliths post. To understand the Black Moon Lilith, one first needs to get to grips with how she fits into the bigger picture.
The Dark Goddess archetype as a whole is associated with sex, death, obsession, addiction, transformation, resurrection, magic, the occult and the taboo. It is the birth-canal between the spiritual dimension, (or the underworld) and life on the physical plane.
Eris was discovered in 2005, so finally we now have a solid incarnation of the dark goddess in the sky. As Persephone, Eris is the consort of Pluto, so they work as a duet. Together they describe the transformation that occurs from going through a dark night of the soul. Usually the trigger is great suffering, mourning, pain or torture. In their negative manifestations, Pluto represents the abuse of power and is the predator, whereas Eris (as Persephone) can be seen as either the enabler or the victim.
The Dark Goddess Archetype
Negative Eris can be someone who protests at the power Pluto has over them, but still chooses to stay the victim and continue in the abusive situation. The polarity plays out as the victim/saviour dynamic and can be quite sadomasochistic. It is also also reminiscent of the addict who will find every excuse in the book as to why they cannot cease taking their drug, no matter how destructive it is to them. Positive Eris is the phoenix from the flames that escapes from abuse in the underworld and crowns herself queen. Eris can also be the whistle-blower and spy. The crown symbolism is important as you will see later. Eris is irreversibly wiser after her dark night of the soul. Like the tarot card the Queen of Swords, Eris has scars, is now skeptical about life and not as naive as when she first took a bite of Pluto’s forbidden fruit.
Eris as a planet moves so slowly, so its energy can only be looked at trans-personally. Some people will have Eris very prominent in their birth chart if it is connected with the AC, MC, Sun or Moon. These folk then may end up representing the Dark Goddess archetype in the collective. They may become famous for addressing Eris/Dark Goddess themes in their work. The apple connects both Eris and Lilith, as both are exiled, banished outsiders. You could say that Lilith is the lower octave of Eris, just like Mars is to Pluto. Mars = 2 years (to orbit the Sun) while Pluto = 248 years. Lilith = 9 years while Eris = 560 years.
Black Moon Lilith & The Night
Black Moon Lilith is connected with the Moon too which of course is very personal. Lilith is not a solid planet revolving around a central sun, which puts its meaning into a very grey area. This twilight zone could represent the cultural attitude and representation of sex. Sex is a very personal act, the most personal act you can get really (aside from elimination!) But sex has been politicised and there are even laws governing it. You could also say that Black Moon Lilith transmits Eris’s ancient wisdom down to the earth plane through the act of sex. Another phenomena that has happened since Mean Black Moon Lilith was birthed into our consciousness in 1930 is pornography. The regular Moon rules the memory, the imagination and dreams. Eris transmits through genetic memory, that filters down to us through the conduit of the Black Moon. Fairytales, myths, dreams and surrealist art all speak to us through this right brain, symbolic language.
Astronomically, Dark Moon Lilith is the lunar apogee. It does not exist as a physical point in space, but is a point that describes the distance between the earth and the moon, the empty focus. The date of the Lunar Apogee (When the Moon is furthest from the earth) will place Black Moon Lilith conjunct the Moon. While the Lunar Perigee (When the Moon is closest to the earth) will place Black Moon Lilith opposite the Moon. (This only works using the True Lilith which I talk about later). Sometimes Black Moon Lilith is seen as a kind of ghost moon, a shadow. In myth she is also seen as a succubus, a night demon, and a baby killer. Modern day UFO abductions can also be associated with Lilith as are night terrors. The abduction connection with Eris/Persephone is also strong with Lilith. So Black Moon Lilith is a ‘lady of the night’ whatever way you look at her, so of course as the forbidden seductress, Lilith is also connected with prostitutes.
Black Moon Lilith is famously about sex, but not in same way as Mars and Venus. (Ie: For courting and procreation.) No, instead Lilith is about the power, politics and psychology of sex. With Lilith, sex is a powerful weapon and that is why certain religions wanted to have total control of it. The burning of witches is a graphic example of what happens when Lilith tries to break out of cult bondage. The most vile manifestation of Lilith is pedophilia, incest and satanic ritual abuse. Again this mirrors the abduction and rape of Persephone by her much older uncle.