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Contrary to popular belief, the first woman in the Garden of Eden was not Eve. According to an ancient Hebrew legend, the first woman created by God was Lilith, a woman full of beauty and ability to enjoy her sexuality. She was made of the same substance as Adam, not taken from one of his ribs. All was well in Paradise, until the time for sex arrived.
Lilith didn’t want to be a slave to anyone. She wanted to be a companion with the ability to share and enjoy. She didn’t want to be subjected to Adam in sexual relations. Actually, she wanted to be dominant in that arena. Lilith defied Adam’s orders, and even God’s. That’s why she was expelled from Paradise.
And so it came to be that a woman’s sexual power was known as something dangerous, something wrong. Maybe that’s why the Church has always seen sex as sinful.
Lilith in the Birth Chart
Lilith represents the creative energy that unites sex with spirituality. It is the instinct of enjoyment and the dark force that exists in every creative process.
It’s interesting that Black Moon Lilith is in each zodiac sign for about nine months, the normal length of a pregnancy.
In the birth chart, Lilith represents the point where we can become transgressors, that is, where we can “cross the line.”
But that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you make it work for you, the sign and house where Lilith is indicates how you can achieve lucidity, personal affirmation, and the ability to enjoy. However, if Lilith is poorly aspected or you have not integrated it into your personality, it can represent issues in which you can be submissive or suffer repression.
But the Black Moon cannot be approached solely with reason or logic, since it’s related to instincts and its nature is powerfully intuitive.
Its interpretation in the birth chart doesn’t seem have the same importance as the Moon, the Sun or the planets. However, it’s worth paying attention to Lilith because it reveals yet another dimension of the character.
But exactly what is Lilith in astrology?
For astrologers, Lilith is not Asteroid 1181 that bears the same name and was discovered on February 11, 1927. For astrologers, Lilith is the apogee of the orbit of the Moon. It is also known as the lunar apogee.
Astronomical Definition of Black Moon Lilith, or The Lunar Apogee
The distance from the Moon to Earth varies constantly. In its elliptical revolution around the Earth, the Moon has a point closest to Earth (the perigee, at about 356,000 kilometers from Earth) and another point farthest from Earth (the apogee, at about 406,000 kilometers).
This perigee-apogee axis is not fixed but moves constantly at a rate of 40 degrees each year, that is, from 6 to 7 minutes of arc each day.
In other words, the perigee-apogee axis makes a complete revolution through the Zodiac in about 3232 days, or in about eight years and just over ten months.
The apogee end of this axis is Lilith (or the Black Moon).
Thus, Lilith is not a planet, but a point in space without a physical body. This is like the ascendant in a birth chart, which also doesn’t have a physical body but is mathematically calculated. However, these key points in space don’t need to have mass or a body to act on us.
Here are the interpretations of Lilith in the zodiac signs.
Black Moon Lilith in Aries
Lilith in Aries gives an absolutist character that pushes you to jump into action, even beyond your own desires. This gives passionate tendencies and great sensuality. You have an indomitable personality and will be able to fight for causes that you consider fair. You value individualism. You firmly defend your points of view.
Lilith in Aries is the moon that lights the sky on the darkest nights of the soul. You are bewitched by the most basic instincts. Your sensuality is overflowing. You are very direct in love, throwing yourself on the object of your affection, even with violence. This can cause your partner to reject you.
In negative people, the dark side of their sexuality can become cruel and brutal. If this is the case, they will suffer much displeasure in marriage due to their being repeatedly unfaithful. People with Black Moon Lilith in Aries know about sexuality from a very young age. Some may even be a “Peeping Tom.”
For your Black Moon in Aries to work well:
Be true to yourself. Examine what circumstances make you jump, or provoke you, and why.
Black Moon Lilith in Taurus
The trial for Lilith in Taurus has to do with sensuality and money. Lilith in Taurus can give a great eagerness to have, or accumulate, whatever you see. On the other hand, it can also make you decide to give up all possessions. In some cases it indicates a very stubborn person. If it influences in an extreme way, (as when in conjunction to sun or moon), it can give greed or poverty.
When Black Moon Lilith casts its dark shadow on the horns of sensual Taurus, it makes for a lustful bull. Sex is very necessary in your life, but forget about wine and roses. If your natal chart doesn’t have anything to contradict this, Lilith in Taurus adds to your sexual style an excessive side, while not adding the kind side of Taurus. Your excessive sexual side may only be known by those with whom you are most intimate. The lowest instincts can appear in both men and women and lead them to the pursuit of pleasure for pleasure itself.
There may also be a total denial of sex and thus an incurable impotence or sexual frigidity, which leads to loneliness. You may think sex is the only object of love. Your partner can perceive this as a lack of love and it can destabilize your relationship. Sex can be denied to you. Then, you will seek peace by sexual misconduct, revenge, and extreme release, with the intention of escaping from sexual denial.
For your Black Moon in Taurus to work well:
Think about this: to what extent does your monetary situation liberate you, or enslave you? Ponder what kind of belongings you want to have. What things in this world do you consider to be yours? Treat money and possessions according to your scale of values. Remember that people are not possessions, and sex does not equal love.
Black Moon Lilith in Gemini
If you have Lilith in Gemini, some of your most important personal trials will be in your way of communicating and relating with others. Your methods of communication may be the definitive test for the full manifestation of your qualities. You must take full advantage of your intelligence and sensitivity, because otherwise you can fall into being a provocateur.
As Mercury is the planet of eloquence, whoever has Lilith in Gemini will seek to captivate their “prey” by means of words. Instead of innocently picking up a date, they tend to seduce a partner to satisfy their personal pride.
Men, especially, are prone to acting like a “Don Juan.” They can partner up just to prance around with their “trophy.” Once they achieve their prize, they go in search of more and more, without giving much consideration to the havoc that they may cause. Sex can become their only objective, using their mental sharpness to reach the desired end. Then, they will be a prime example of a lack of ethics: they will promise what they know they will not fulfill.
In women this feature has been traditionally toned down because of social norms of how women are expected to behave. Women have used this energy in a more calculating manner. They look for alliances with material ends. It is not easy to conquer a woman with Black Moon Lilith in Gemini. And if she were to have a lover, nobody would ever know.
Both men and women with this placement can be superficial in love. They care more about appearances than anything else. But, if someone with Lilith in Gemini really falls in love, they can lose their mind.
For your Black Moon in Gemini to work well:
Try to be yourself in the way you communicate. Decide if you want to use your communication ability to support your personal relationships, or to show off your intelligence like an immature youth.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer
If you have Lilith in Cancer, family will be the test to overcome. Sooner or later you will need to make your own definition of “home and family.” One of your biggest challenges will be to examine your past family ties. You are highly interested in linking yourself to a team, group, or community. In some cases, Lilith in Cancer involves delays in having children.
In addition to revealing sexual impulses, the Black Moon can also reveal inhibitions. This is the case with Black Moon Lilith in Cancer. You sexuality is mostly manifested in daydreams.
In a love relationship, you may be exaggeratedly jealous. You may prioritize having a sense of ownership over your partner, rather than the spirituality of the union. Whatever your sun sign, whoever has Lilith in Cancer may suffer when it comes to sexual relationships. For example, you may end up having to marry someone just for having given them pleasure. Recall that in antiquity, if a woman gave her body, marriage was mandatory.
In private, the Cancer shyness disappears and the opposite effect can take place: you lose any moderation and inhibitions and you become daring.
In some cases, you prefer to “watch” because you do not dare to personally try something. You may like to watch a striptease. You feel it guards your integrity if you look but don’t touch. Passion surrounds you to the point that it suffocates you, sometimes leading you to solitude in the middle of the best marriage. Sometimes, sexuality does not correspond to reality.
For your Black Moon in Cancer to work well:
Ask yourself what you can do to free yourself from the burdens of the past or childhood. Think about what kind of family relationships would motivate you to the fullest.
Black Moon Lilith in Leo
With Lilith in Leo, you must learn where your creative abilities and your core essence reside. If you do not discover your true self, you may feel driven to seek attention or social recognition, or to act out exaggerated shows in order to make yourself noticed. The personality you express must be authentically yours, and not forced.
If you have Black Moon Lilith in Leo, your love is centered on yourself. Psychologists call it narcissism. Both men and women seek to be honored for their beauty and physical appearance. You can cause disappointments by taking advantage of your partner and by not recognizing your sexual-emotional mistakes.
There is a tendency to lie. If you become unfaithful, you will, out of pride, play the misunderstood victim when you know inwardly that you betrayed your partner.
The repressed sexual impulses focus on “I want.” You may have unspoken internal conflicts. These can overflow and cause you to exercise power and dominion over your partner or children “just because” or, as Aesop said, “because I am the Lion.”
For your Black Moon in Leo to work well:
Look for your own identity, without falling into the world of appearances. Focus your fire on what your passions really are. Do not look so much for recognition from others.
Black Moon Lilith in Virgo
Lilith in Virgo affects your daily activities. You will be one sided and likely fall to the extreme: either obsessive compulsive and perfectionist, or very messy. Lilith in Virgo can also give you a lucid expression of sexuality or, on the contrary, a repression of the instincts. You should develop your own ideas regarding health and the sense of discretion.
Lilith reveals certain hidden aspects, even things that you didn’t know about yourself. If your Black Moon Lilith is in Virgo, you will notice that your way of loving is somewhat self-seeking. That is to say that you give of yourself, with the condition that you can get some benefit from the relationship. It is not necessarily about money, although it does not exclude it.
You may boast about a knowledge that you don’t have. You may put material security above your desires. You choose a partner who does not bring problems, or more, one that resolves yours. Everything would indicate that you go in search of security.
You expect too much. You seek an ideal love rather than realistic love.
In terms of sexuality, you are able to achieve what set out for, and even hide your infidelities. You are quite dangerous since you can lose your head very easily, sexually-speaking.
In the worst extreme case, your inhibitions will prevent you from developing your sexual life normally. Rather than endure sexual dissatisfaction, you would prefer to stay alone. These inhibitions will affect your health. In the best case you could transform yourself into a meditative ascetic, but always regretting not finding your other half.
You feel like a victim for finding yourself in inferior conditions. In those cases, you should know that it’s up to you to decide what your body does, and that you have the right to choose.
Your frustrations will be visible and difficult to solve. Not because they are too big of a problem, but because they are many simple little limitations that you impose on yourself.
For your Black Moon in Virgo to work well:
Reflect on why you’re not integrating more into your professional field. Is it that you’re afraid of failure? Do you want to be a perfectionist at work?
Black Moon Lilith in Libra
Your main test will be in the area of personal relationships, ethics, and how you use your degree of magnetism or attraction. If your Black Moon works well, everything will go wonderfully in these matters. However, you can also be too uncompromising or perfectionist, especially with your partner and social relationships. On the other hand, you might believe that society or your partner demand too much from you.
If you have Black Moon Lilith in Libra, sex is your leading interest. Not just sex, but physical beauty or giving great importance to the external aspect. Joy is expressed with sexual energy. It takes only some perfume/cologne and a little alcohol to stimulate you and put you in the mood for physical relations.
But if Lilith has bad aspects, by birth or transit, you become aggressive and you dramatize the sexual relationship. In this position, Lilith is not so dangerous, although she is ruthless. You hide your vulnerability with cynicism.
For your Black Moon in Libra to work well:
Think about what you really expect from others and to what extent you want to get involved in your relationships. Learn to enjoy your one-to-one relationships with serenity and peace. Look for inner beauty and harmony, not only external.
Black Moon Lilith in Scorpio
You must overcome tests concerning passion, sexuality and the ability to penetrate hidden mysteries. You can exert a great transforming power over others, in a positive or negative sense, according to the rest of your birth chart. You need intense experiences.
The Scorpio fascination for sex dates back to your youth, when your intense curiosity was mainly aimed at unveiling all the mysteries and taboos that were imposed by your family.
In private, you can take it to the extreme, either to one side or the other of sexual limits. For example, towards the inhibition of all eroticism, or towards the most unbridled sexuality. There is a danger of exhibitionism and voyeurism in both men and women. Those who have very inharmonious birth charts are the most sadistic beings.
For your Black Moon in Scorpio to work well:
It would be beneficial for you to know what attracts you to mysterious things or people. Avoid acting in an extremist way. Consider that, in addition to all the darkness in the world, there is also beauty and harmony.
Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius
Your test may be abroad in a foreign land. You should learn how to combine your wildest or most adventurous side with your more accommodating and conservative side. If your Black Moon works well, you will be attracted to the development of your intellect and spirituality. Otherwise, you could fall into superstition or become a “player” with a love of the game.
Black Moon Lilith in Sagittarius mixes money with love. Anyone who has Lilith in Sagittarius can invest money to get emotional benefits. “Paying for love” in this way can lead to ruin. People with Lilith in Sagittarius are usually involved in legal proceedings, or being slandered for sexual reasons, or enduring revenge for infidelities.
Perhaps you may practice adultery because you are not exactly contained sexually. Your love for novelty can induce you to infidelity in the most blatant way, but with the false sense that you are innocent. You can live with your two lovers under one roof, maintain two homes at the same time, or even set up group relationships. You can also find yourself in ambiguous situations, such as falling in love with your best friend’s spouse. For you, “all is fair in love and war.”
For your Black Moon in Sagittarius to work well:
Think about what adventures you need to live out in order for you to experience fullness or break out of your current boundaries. Avoid falling into major social nonconformity.
Black Moon Lilith in Capricorn
Your test is related to your sense of responsibility and foresight. You may experience delays in finding or developing your career. If your Black Moon works well, you will have a sense of discipline and duty, so you will achieve prestige. However, you can also be too cold or demanding of others.
Black Moon Lilith symbolizes inhibition of some form without necessarily having to do with sex. In Capricorn, it leads to solitude and introversion and deepens the inner life even more.
As for sexuality, we find it diminished to the point of sublimating it or literally rejecting it. On rare occasions, the approach to the body is through auto-eroticism.
There can be forms of love with people of a very old age in which simple friendship prevails.
For your Black Moon in Capricorn to work well:
Reflect on your feelings and your ability to love and understand others. Don’t close yourself off. Learn to meet others halfway. Think about what your role in society is.
Black Moon Lilith in Aquarius
Your test has to do with personal freedom and the feeling of individuality or differentiation from others. If your Black Moon works well, you will be an independent, but friendly, person. Otherwise, you could demand freedom at all costs or be a rebel without a cause. Or you might be afraid to experience freedom, even if you crave it.
Sexuality manifests itself in permanent change and in very varied ways. People with Lilith in Aquarius look for new erotic sensations in which fantasy plays an important role.
There are periods in which the libido is remarkable, and others where abstinence wins. Then, you remain in a state of incomprehensible chastity. You can appear tame, but when you come into contact with your victim, you are lasciviously devouring. All your instincts are always on edge.
Perhaps, you never had any idea of what a sexual relationship is. And suddenly you marry and go from sexual ignorance to intense knowledge, in which case you become prey to numerous temptations. It is easy to go from there to licentiousness. In extreme cases, we find true sex addicts because they refuse to put a limit on their freedom.
You fear nothing. Adventure is your reason for being and you expect nothing from your partner.
You find it hard to separate the good from the bad. You will always have doubts in the emotional and sexual sphere, which will lead you to disappointments. Sexual desire becomes a goal. You confuse friendship with sex.
You get to experience disturbing sensations. These are not always satisfactory to you because you usually make bad choices in a partner.
Your sexual instinct is anarchic and destroys all taboos. You tend to experiment in all areas in a varied and bold way.
For your Black Moon in Aquarius to work well:
It is beneficial for you to reflect on what freedom is to you, and at the same time, reflect on the idea of respect for others. Reinforce your own personality and be yourself.
Black Moon Lilith in Pisces
Your tests will be related to mysticism or the need to transcend material limits. Your spirituality or creative imagination can give good economic returns. You have a need to dive into the depths of knowledge. However, there is also a risk of falling into chaotic situations or self-pity. You may have personal secrets or be a trusted holder of other peoples’ secrets.
Pisces usually relies on his intuition and his imagination. But this unlimited imagination leads to the disintegration of the self, to self-destruction. This situation makes the libido appear from the earliest youth and extends beyond its sensitive nature to make you cling too much to your partner.
You can become lovesick when you do not accept a breakup. You can even reach the point of blackmailing or threatening your partner.
For your Black Moon in Pisces to work well:
Reflect on how to develop your spirituality. Learn to combine all your intuitive knowledge and your ability to tie up loose ends.