The Three Liliths

Lilith in astrology incorporates three entities. We have Black Moon Lilith, Asteroid Lilith and the lesser known Dark Moon Lilith. Together they work as a Triple Moon Goddess, which describes a process of transformation. The three Lilith’s are also useful in pinpointing which brand of Lilith energy is strongest in your chart and at which stage you may have the most issues with.

After studying Eris in detail it is apparent to me that she is the higher octave of Lilith. Eris is the Uber-Dark Goddess and by combining her with the outer planets we can see how each corresponds quite neatly with three phases of the moon.

To see the Lilith astrology archetype in terms as a triple goddess makes total sense to me. After I wrote this post I discovered Demetria George had come up with a similar concept about Lilith. Comparing it 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]

Asteroid Lilith

triple-goddessCRESCENT MOON. 1181 on astro.com. The Maiden (Puberty & Virginity), Colour White.

ORBIT. She is the only solid representation of Lilith found in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Takes 4 years to orbit the Sun. Discovered in 1927. Diameter of 67km.

KEY WORDS. Rebellion, feminist, prostitution, exile, freedom fighter, confrontational, equality, impulsive, innovative, unconventional, asexual, instinctual, hands-on healing.

She is hands on with her energy as represented by the hand like glyph. Earthy and practical, she reflects the part of the creation myth where she protests to God about having the “lay beneath” Adam and not being treated as his equal.

Asteroid Lilith is like URANUS/ERIS. Uranus having been castrated makes him asexual, he is often sited as being the “gay” planet which is suggestive of alternative lifestyles. The fact that he was castrated by Cronus (Saturn) is interesting. Another symbol of patriarchy whipping off power from this eccentric, ball breaker!

Asteroid Lilith Feature.

Black Moon Lilith

FULL MOON. Comprising True (Osculating) Lilith. h13 on astro.com & Mean Lilith from their regular drop down menu. The Mother (Creativity & Sexuality), Colour Red.

ORBIT. It has a 9 year orbit and interestingly spends 9 months in each sign. Very apt for the Full Moon phase. This describes beautifully the gestation of Osculating Lilith to Mean Lilith in the corridor. The corridor being the womb.

KEY WORDS. Magic, animal magnetism, kundalini, creative force, tantric sex, seduction, intuition, psychic ability, imagination, poetry, psychic healing, hypnotism, charisma, glamour, shamanism, mushrooms, psychedelic drugs.

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 points like the North Node and the Vertex are hugely important, so is the lunar apogee.

Black Moon Lilith orbitJust as there is a Lunar mean and true Node, so there is a Mean and True (osculating) Lilith. As I have found True Lilith to have just as strong an influence as Mean Lilith. Together they form according to Lilith expert Kelly Hunter, a Black Moon Corridor. True Lilith has a wildly vacillating orbit and demonstrates the same quality as an anaretic Planet; potent, fermenting, on the verge of changing. Mean Lilith is more like a fermented refined and stable magic.

Black Moon Lilith is like NEPTUNE/ERIS. This part of the Lilith myth corresponds to the forbidden fruit episode, where Lilith comes back as a serpent. The serpent represents occult knowledge, while the apple representing sex or enthogens. Neptune is very much like a psychic sponge. The zone has shamanic qualities, a similar effect to using drugs to break down the barriers to the unconscious. Like deceptive Neptune when drugged, this zone can let in the demons as well as messages from the spirits.

Black Moon Lilith feature.

Dark Moon Lilith

NEW MOON. Also known as Waldemath Moon. h58 on astro.com.( Menopause & The Shadow). Colour Black.

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. 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’.

KEY WORDS. Vengeance, Sadomasochism, Demons, The Shadow, Rage, Anti-mother, Fairytales, Nightmares, Ghosts, Nymphomania, Gremlins, Psycho, Toxins, Depth psychology, Stalkers, emotional pain, Catharsis, Madness.

The Dark Moon is the hurt, nasty side of Lilith, and very much like Algol the notorious Fixed star. It can be channeled beneficially if used without ego to release negativity through creativity or art therapy. It is the part of the Lilith myth where in exile she turned baby killer out of revenge to god. “Dark Moon relates to highly individualized soul desires that are denied personal satisfaction for higher expression on social/spiritual levels.”Kelley Hunter.

Dark Moon Lilith is like PLUTO/ERIS. The shadow and demons are very much part of Pluto’s underworld, generally he is thought to have raped and abducted Persephone (Eris), but in other versions Persephone goes willingly. Dark Moon then can work two ways like the myth, we either face our Demons and release them safely or we bury them. If they are allowed to fester they become enraged, then we risk them breaking out and psychically “raping” us.

Dark Moon Lilith Feature.


The 3 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.

168 thoughts on “The Three Liliths

  • December 7, 2015 at 1:06 am
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    The fourth Lilith is probably, because there is a real and a mean position for the Black Moon Lilith. The real position is often named oscillating Lilith.

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  • December 7, 2015 at 1:10 am
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    None of the Lilithes is prominent in my natal chart. But I’m planning a relocation and I discovered now, that this would place Dark Moon Lilith on my relocated anti-vertex. An advisable thing?

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  • December 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm
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    BML is the apex of a yod in my chart. Vesta, conj asc. is the apex of another yod. Both are connected to my North Node on one side. DML is conj my Venus. I am reading all I can on Lilith.

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  • January 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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    Hello Marina, thank you for this very informative and insightful article. I enjoyed it very much and can relate to your in depth descriptions of the distinctions between the three Liliths. I have added a link to it from one of my websites http://astrology-symbols.com because I feel your article is particularly good at helping people to understand the distinction between the three. Thank you again for such a very clear and helpful article! :)

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  • February 8, 2016 at 3:35 am
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    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Michelangelo_-_Creation_of_Adam.jpg

    In this painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel…there is a woman under God’s arm. I doubt that is Eve, considering Eve was pulled out of Adam’s rib. Like why would God cradle Adam’s creation under his arm when there was a perfectly good Lilith that he had created already? Adam had rejected Lilith because she wouldn’t submit to him, not God. I bet dollars to donuts that this lady under Gods arm, in the painting, is Lilith. God made her equal to Adam. I think that was the whole point of making the painting in this way…where the two are on opposite sides but not quite touching (Maybe they are unaware that they are equals). Lilith is in God’s realm. Hell is life lived in our earthly realm…the world of Adam and Eve (the living and dying cycle sometimes represented as a snake eating it’s own tail – The agony and the ecstasy). That’s why they were kicked out the Garden of Eden. They’re wandering around chasing lies after eating from an apple the snake gave them from the Tree of Knowledge. There is that “snake” theme again…living and dying (our world). There is no evil other than what we produced out of ignorance.

    Anyways, on a different note…wow, never thought of Eris as Persephone. That’s an intriquing idea. But I thought Persephone was the innocent one who was walking along picking flowers before Pluto snatched her up? That doesn’t really fit with the rebellious cleverness that the Eris myth embodies? I never saw Eris as a victim.

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