The Three Liliths

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There are three Liliths in astrology that you can place in your chart. We have Black Moon Lilith, Asteroid Lilith and the lesser known Dark Moon Lilith. I used to see them together as the Triple Moon Goddess and thought it made sense to use them in that way. I then found out that Demetra George had come up with a similar concept about Lilith, so I thought we might be onto something. Comparing the three Liliths to the bible story she says:

“The Asteroid Lilith describes the first stage in the mythical journey where she is suppressed, humiliated and flees in a fiery rage to the desolate wilderness. The Dark Moon Lilith depicts the pain of her exile where she plots and executes revenge. The Black Moon Lilith shows how she transmutes her distorted image back into its natural healthy expression” [1]

However, I now believe that splitting the energy of Lilith into three separate parts dilutes its meaning and confuses matters more than it clarifies. I keep this post up just so people understand the difference between the three of them. 

The lunar apogee version, the Black Moon Lilith has always been my primary Lilith, but I no longer use the mean version in my research or readings now. I have discovered that only the True Lilith version has significance astronomically. After more research, I have found that the astrology seems to support that too. You can read about why I came to that conclusion in my “Are We Moon Food” post.

I would say however, that Asteroid Lilith does seem to have a lot to do with 3rd wave, neo-Feminism and will revisit that post at a later date. Like all asteroids, Asteroid Lilith is more interesting as a tool of divination and synchronicity rather than anything classically astrological.

My studies of Eris and Ceres have shown these bodies have far more cosmic meat than a hypothetical body or point. Eris and Ceres are both now classed as dwarf planets, putting them on the same level as Pluto. Anyone who has gone through a significant Pluto transit knows that it is anything but ‘dwarf’.

But for those that want to clarify which Lilith is which here is a short description of each of the Liliths.


Asteroid Lilith

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(1181 on astro.com.) The only solid representation of Lilith found in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

ORBIT. Takes 4 years to orbit the Sun. Discovered in 1927. Diameter of 67km.

Black Moon Lilith

black-moon-lilith-glyph

This is the Lilith most in general use. Comprises True Osculating Lilith (h13 on astro.com.)  & Mean Lilith ( from their regular drop down menu.)

Black Moon Lilith orbit

ORBIT. Mean Lilith has a 9 year orbit and spends 9 months in each sign. The true version fluctuates wildly.

This is not a solid object, it is a point of alignment. The Black Moon is the apogee of the Moons orbit, the point that is farthest from the earth. Just as there is a Lunar Mean and True Node, so there is a Mean and True (osculating) Lilith.

Dark Moon Lilith

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Also known as the Waldemath Moon or Sepharial’s Moon. (h58 on astro.com.) Sighting of this mysterious 2nd Moon goes back as far as 1618. it is supposed to resemble a sphere shaped dust cloud. In 1918, Astrologer Sepharial claimed to have confirmed the existence of Waldemath’s ‘ghost moon’.

ORBIT. It flies through the chart, like a witch on it’s broomstick taking 119 days to travel round the earth spending 10 days in one sign.


The Three Liliths In Your Horoscope

Create your chart HERE. It will take you to a page that shows says free Horoscopes at Astrodienst.
Scroll down to right at the very bottom and click on “Extended Chart Selection
In “Additional objects“, select “Lilith”. This is Black Moon Lilith (Mean)
In the box for “additional asteroids or “hypothetical” planets” add 1181, h13, h58. This will show asteroid Lilith, Black Moon Lilith (True/Osculating) and Dark Moon Lilith in that order.

1. Finding our Way through the Dark. Demetra George. pg 92.

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