Black Moon Lilith is the apogee of the Moon, and in astrology, is a position that can show a hidden inner power within you to stand up and speak out. Lilith gets a lot of negative attention (no surprise given the story of Lilith!), and it certainly can be challenging, but not always negative if you can use Black Moon Lilith to your advantage.
I've talked a lot about Lilith in different contexts, but for this article, I wanted to explore what it means when you have a strong Black Moon Lilith in your natal chart. What does it mean for you?
How do you know if you have a strong Black Moon Lilith in the natal chart?
You may qualify if your Black Moon Lilith is:
- conjunct a personal planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars)
- conjunct one of the angles (1st, 4th, 7th, 10th house cusps)
- conjunct the ruler of the Ascendant
- conjunct one of the Lunar Nodes (the point's in the Moon's orbit where the Moon crosses the ecliptic; are spiritual/karmic in nature)
- in the 1st house
- anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- at the Aries Point (0 degrees of a cardinal sign)
Any of these can add some juice to your natal Black Moon Lilith and make the energy stronger for you.
The Story of Lilith
First, let's explore the story of Lilith. Lilith was Adam's first wife in the Garden of Eden, refused to be sexually submissive (she believed they were equals since they were both made from the Earth), and was kicked the eff out like a starter wife and replaced by the I'll-do-anything-you-want second wife Eve (LOL! so that would be the modern version?).
Some of the stories say Lilith went stark-raving mad, stole babies, became a succubus, blah-blah-blah - you see what I mean with the negative attention?
No one thought very highly of a woman who could think for herself in those days, so to save the fragile male ego, of course they had to paint her as a wackadoodle. I never fail to get mad at this story!
What does it mean to have a strong Black Moon Lilith in the natal chart?
Anyways - having a strong Black Moon Lilith in your natal chart means Lilith is super important, and likely quite prevalent, in your personality and/or life. You may be someone who has experienced standing up and speaking out in some way but being opposed for doing this, even punished (like Lilith). But like Lilith, you have an inner strength and belief in the right thing that keeps you from budging.
Thanks to the story of Lilith, this position also ties into sexual desires, but I find those with a strong Black Moon Lilith aren't the submissive types (as Lilith wasn't). This doesn't necessarily mean being a dominatrix (unless maybe you have a strong asteroid Sado?), but is instead, being more sexually independent. You don't want to be forced into doing anything you're not into, and you may run from anyone who tries. This can also be tied to more than just sex, and you may have a hard time being forced into anything.
Lilith is also one of the witches, so having a strong Black Moon Lilith usually gives you some mystical, magical, witchy power. How exactly this manifests usually depends on the sign your Lilith is in.
And with the whole baby-stealing thing, I also find those with a strong or challenged Lilith tend to have difficult relationships with their mothers (often outright abusive relationships, though not necessarily physical; I have found many narcissistic mothers who focus on mental/emotional abuse for those with a strong or challenged Lilith).
Black Moon Lilith is a little like Pluto in that you usually have to undergo a transformation in order to fully access your Lilith energy in a positive way. Some of it may come naturally to you when Lilith is strong in your natal chart, but you may also encounter more of the problems and opposition.
Like Pluto, Lilith is a position that is full of power - and with any personal power, you have to grow within yourself to accept it, be comfortable with it, and wield it wisely. The growth and transformation may be tied to your Lilith sign, house, and close aspects (but also focusing on your Pluto transformation as well as your Saturn lessons can be super helpful too - use them together!).
Suggested Reading: The Black Moon Lilith series:
Black Moon Lilith in the Zodiac Signs
Progressions & Black Moon Lilith
Natal Planets Conjunct Black Moon Lilith
That Dark Lady, Lilith
Intro to Black Moon Lilith
Lilith the Witch
Transit Black Moon Lilith
Black Moon Lilith & Love Astrology
Prominent Natal Black Moon Lilith
When You're Cut Off From Black Moon Lilith
Houses Ruled by Black Moon Lilith
Transit Black Moon Lilith in the Houses & Aspects