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Want to know what part of your chart symbolizes your strong feminist side? Find your Lilith.
Lilith is a goddess from ancient mythology, or one aspect of the goddess. She is a dark and powerful one -- and when I say “dark” I don’t mean that she represents evil, but that she’s associated with the wildness and destruction that is part of the creative life force. Similar goddesses include Kali, Hecate, and Persephone. Lilith in astrology symbolizes everything the patriarchy fears: women’s rage, sexuality, power, independence, and our absolute demand for equality.
Other mythologies paint Lilith as a demon, an evil and vengeful goddess or witch. Older astrological texts and even some astrologers now will speak of Lilith in the chart as a representation of your jealous, vengeful side. You know the drill: a story of feminine power is twisted into a story of sin. I reject those interpretations of Lilith. Especially since goddesses are so few and far between in astrological language. The larger celestial bodies are mostly represented as male gods, while goddesses (Vesta, Juno, Lilith, Ceres) are represented by asteroids and are only just starting to be used for astrological interpretation.
In this time of “dire beauty”, as astrologer and activist Caroline Casey would say, we need to access Lilith. In protest of the inauguration of a sexual predator, misogynist and racist, women are marching on Washington. Women are striking on January 20th and 21st. We will not quietly accept these assaults on our bodies, our health care, our right to choice, our paychecks, our time, or our power. Lilith up: the #resistance is now.
And yes, if you’re male, trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming: you have Lilith, too. If you're attracted to women, Lilith represents the type of woman you're attracted to.
Finding your Lilith in the Chart
In the astrological chart, Lilith is represented by three different points: the Asteroid Lilith, the controversial Dark Moon Lilith (supposedly the Earth’s second moon), and Black Moon Lilith, an abstract, geometrical point in space. She’s wild, not simple.
For our purposes, let’s use Black Moon Lilith.
The easiest way for you to get your natal chart, including Lilith, is to email me at email@example.com. Send me the following information and I’ll send your chart free of charge:
1. Birthdate: month, day, and year
2. Time of birth (if you know it)
3. Place of birth: city/town, state, and country
You can find your Lilith on your own with the following steps:
1. Go to www.astro.com.
2. Create your horoscope as a guest user, or create a free registered user profile.
3. Enter your birth information.
4. Click continue.
5. Hover your mouse over "Free Horoscopes" in the navigation bar and click on "Extended Chart Selection" in the lower right (under Drawings & Calculations).
6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says Additional Objects, click the + sign, and add Lilith.
7. Press the button that says "Click here to show the chart."
8. Look for the symbol of black moon Lilith in your chart: a little crescent moon on top of a cross. Check to see which sign and house she's in. Then read your interpretation below!
"No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor." - Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique. Lilith in Capricorn, 1st house.
Lilith by Sign and House:
Lilith in Aries or the 1st house has the strength of an Amazon Warrior, and she’s not hiding it. You probably had to Lilith Up to defend yourself early on in life, since others would have been able to sense your innate strength and independence, and likely some of them resented it. You fight fiercely for the cause.
Lilith in Taurus or the 2nd house speaks of women’s sensuality, unabashed sex appeal, and the right to a full bank account of your own. You trust your gut instincts and your creativity. You don’t apologize for your body or your sexual appetite. Your feminist work is to gain power and resources in a world that wants to keep you dependent.
Lilith in Gemini or the 3rd house makes you witty, tricky, and good with words. A woman with Lilith here plays the game, collecting and using information to her advantage. You need to feed your intellect, and find an outlet for expressing your opinions. Your feminist work is in speaking and writing; your voice won’t be silenced.
Lilith in Cancer or the 4th house resides in the deep core of your soul, where others may not even glimpse her -- but you know she’s there. You have an inner wildness, and a powerful intuition. Women with Lilith in Cancer often see a strong connection between feminism and the environment. You work to empower women.
Lilith in Leo or the 5th house makes no apologies for her outrageous talent. Your strength is in your creativity and performance, your powers of attraction, and your flair for life. Your creative work may be feminist simply because you, a powerful woman, are the creator and star. You need to find an audience for your awe-inspiring performances.
Lilith in Virgo or the 6th house embraces her sexuality in a matter-of-fact way, even more completely than Lilith in Taurus. You have over-the-top powers of analysis and detail-oriented perfection. Women with Lilith in Virgo or the 6th house are excellent healers and social reformers. Your work is feminist simply because you are undeniably competent and in control.
Lilith in Libra or the 7th house has a secret weapon: her charm. She can use beauty, diplomacy, and the art of seduction to get what she wants. Your ability to relate to others makes them love you, allowing you to rise through the ranks to beloved Queen. Your feminist work is to find your way past obstacles. You break through barriers so elegantly that others can’t help but admire you for it.
Lilith in Scorpio or the 8th house is a fearless survivor. Here, she has the most intense sexuality of all. Frank, bawdy, dominating, Lilith in Scorpio is interested in the subjects that are most taboo: money and sex. Others can judge the Lilith in Scorpio woman harshly, so she learns not to care what people think. Your feminist work is to be daring and unconcerned about public opinion.
Lilith in Sagittarius or the 9th house is much too free to be bothered with rules or precautions. She travels alone, she pursues high goals, she enjoys plenty of sex without romantic attachment -- she does whatever she wants, wherever she wants. Limitations aren’t even a consideration. Your feminist work is to remain a free spirit always.
Lilith in Capricorn or the 10th house is a Boss. She desires power and influence, and she knows how to get it. Lilith here has an unmatched work ethic and wildly ambitious goals. It doesn’t matter where you came from; if you have Lilith in Capricorn you’re fiercely determined to make it. Your feminist work is to be the CEO.
Lilith in Aquarius or the 11th house is an original. She can’t help it; she’s ahead of her time and she lives in the future. Lilith here is likely to be an agent of change, but not because she originally set out to lead a cause. Your feminist work is to be an individual, to separate yourself from the herd and create something new.
Lilith in Pisces or the 12th house is powerfully mystical. She’s wild in the sense that she can see between the worlds. Lilith here can give you psychic powers and keep you open to communication with spirits. Your feminist work is to stay connected to the creative source and your own intuition in a world that prefers rationality.
The moon is full at 22 degrees of Cancer tomorrow at 6:34 am EST. This lunation completes a Grand Cardinal Cross with Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Libra, and Pluto in Capricorn.
A Grand Cardinal Cross, involving all of the action-oriented Cardinal signs, is a bombastic energy. This is a burst of initiative, a vibrancy that seems to move in all directions at once and can result in transformation. But I've talked about grand crosses on this blog before, and I didn't want to extend another metaphor for transformation. So this time I turned to the Sabian Symbols for guidance.
Spiritualist medium Elsie Wheeler channeled symbols for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac, with the assistance of astrologer Marc Edmund Jones in 1925. Throughout the course of one day, Jones presented Wheeler with a succession of randomly shuffled index cards, each with a degree noted on the back that Wheeler couldn't see. Wheeler reported on the picture she saw with her inner vision, and Jones wrote it down. By the end of the day, each degree of the zodiac had its own symbol.*
The Sabian Symbol for this full moon is "The Meeting of a Study Group or Literary Society."
Wouldn't it be cool if this is what Elsie Wheeler saw in her mind's eye? Just kidding, sort of. If you didn't watch Community, here's a summary: a cast of characters meet at a community college, form a study group together, and become an unlikely sort of family. Maybe this full moon is asking you to join your own version of a study group.
Who is your chosen family? Who will you meet with to discuss ideas? Who will challenge you intellectually; who will you have respectful disagreements with? And who will help you get through some of the harder aspects of transformation that are coming? It's good to find these people. Cancer is the sign of family, but not all family is biological. We often choose family members in life, and we inevitably learn from those people. With them, you can talk about the subjects that interest you most. Those things that excite you are connected with your path.
The rest of the symbols for this grand cross are quite dramatic. The symbol for Uranus is "A boxer is entering the ring." The symbol for Jupiter is "Chanticleer's voice heralds the rising sun with enthusiastic tones" (chanticleer being a rooster). And the symbol for Pluto is "A soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat." Combat and enthusiasm; sounds of victory! Globally, we are in a very uncertain historical moment, full of political clashes. Tensions rise at every full moon, but we're also getting a taste of the Uranus-Jupiter opposition that will last through most of 2017.
I rarely try to interpret aspects on a mundane level. On a personal level, we do what we can. Form your study group. Educate yourself. Expand your mind through reading. Seeking knowledge, and people with whom to share it: that is one way to strengthen yourself. As Jupiter and Uranus oppose each other, you will find that you want freedom in some part of your life, and you will find ways to make more room. This full moon presents you with an opportunity to spend time with people who share some of your values. If you were to form an actual study group or society, who would be in it, and what would it be for?
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*N.B.: When you look up Sabian symbols for your chart, round up to the nearest degree. The zodiac begins at 0 Aries, but the symbols start with 1 Aries.