First, Who am I?
I currently identify as an astrologer and astronavigator, mystic, writer, artist, dancer, researcher, teacher-facilitator, health professional, nervous system nerd, trauma expert, existential thinker and philosopher, meaning-maker, and story midwife.
I have an MA degree in Social Anthropology and a MSc degree in a health profession. I am engaged in professional development training in both traditional, as well as somatic, psychotherapeutic approaches. Mental health and trauma healing are key interests for me and I have recently become fascinated with archetypal and soul-based approaches to psychotherapy. I love weaving psychology and health related content into my astrological interpretations.
I have been studying astrology since I was a teenager, but it was only after some synchronistic events in the last few years drew me like a magnet into the deep end of astrology, that I launched Lilith Rebellion in 2017 on the eve of my 31st birthday. This was around the time I was embarking on the final 10 months of a particularly difficult Saturn Return journey in Sagittarius.
Without exaggeration, astrology changed my life and pulled me out of a very dark place. I have found it to be such an incredible tool for meaning-making, healing, self-awareness and personal growth, that I feel compelled to share it with as many people as I can. Few things make me happier than sharing the grounding wisdom and beauty of astrology with others.
Astrologer Dana Gerhardt, used to tell her clients: “Do your planets or they’ll do you”. In other words, rather than resisting difficult transits, lean into the lessons of the planets and archetypes, and make the energy work for you.
Creating Lilith Rebellion was a conscious act of leaning in to Saturn’s transit and crafting the beginning of a new life story.
For those who understand astrologese: I have an 8th house Pisces Sun and Mercury cazimi. I have a 10th house Gemini Moon exactly conjunct the true Black Moon Lilith, and a hesitant Leo rising, quincunx my Sun and Mercury.
And, Who is Lilith?
Lilith is most commonly known as Adam’s rebellious first wife in Jewish literature, but scholars believe the origins of her myth date may back further. A similar figure can be found in the literature of several other traditions and cultures, such as ancient Mesopotamia (see plaque photo). According to Jewish tradition, Lilith refused to be subjugated to Adam’s dominance and so she defied him and left the Garden of Eden. It is at this point that she traditionally becomes personified as a demon-type character living in exile. Full of revengeful rage, she is depicted as an evil temptress who ate babies and drove men to insanity. In recent times, feminist scholars have rescued this maligned archetype from its demonization and have instead portrayed Lilith as an independent womxn in touch with her wild, instinctual power, who will accept nothing less than equality.
History has demonstrated that portraying powerful womxn as being evil and/or crazy can unfortunately be an effective method for enforcing and pressuring womxn to toe the line in a patriarchal society; to maintain their reputations as good, polite, pretty, nice, smiling members of society. Lilith represents the raw, instinctual feminine energy in the astrological charts of all genders, that struggles against the forces in our lives that try to disempower and oppress us.
Symbolically, Lilith resonates with the archetype of the outcast and the outsider, living in exile on the fringes. She is one who risks social shaming, stigma and exclusion by speaking and acting on unfiltered and uncomfortable truths which threatens status quo and those in power. Therefore, her placement in someone’s chart may also correlate with feelings of rejection, grief, humiliation, and anger at the injustices one has experienced.
At her lowest manifestations, hinting at her fearsome reputation, Lilith may express as cruelly manipulative with an intense defensive nature; blaming everyone else for her problems and lashing out erratically with anger at anyone whom she perceives to be a threat, while bitterly plotting revenge against those who have harmed her.
The Lilith archetype evolves toward her highest expression after she has journeyed the depths of her shadows to address the root wounds of her pain and her anger. In exile, as she embraces her authentic self and primal nature, she discovers a fierce inner strength and freedom that no one can ever take away from her.
In astrology, Lilith refers to several astronomical points in our solar system that were named after this rebellious womxn, and thus these points are seen to embody her energy in an astrological chart.
Lilith in astrology, can refer to…
- Black Moon Lilith (BML), both mean and true/osculating (h13) calculations (the furthest point in the moon’s orbit from the Earth – ‘the moon’s apogee’, which is also sometimes defined as the empty focus of the moon’s elliptical orbit; both are marked by the same astrological point)
- Lilith, the asteroid (#1181)
- Waldemath Dark Moon (h58) (an unsubstantiated ‘second moon’ hypothetically circling the earth, which has been sighted periodically by astronomers since 1618 without being confirmed)
Some astrologers see these different points in a chart as indicating different points of evolution for this Lilith energy. I am most interested in the true/osculating Black Moon Lilith, which is not a physical body, but rather a point in the sky.
Lilith in My Life; Perigee to Apogee
In December 2016, while studying astrology, I realized that Black Moon Lilith is featured quite prominently in my astrological natal chart. I was born when the moon was furthest from Earth – at its apogee, so the actual moon in my natal chart is exactly conjunct (true/osculating) BML. Since the moon’s orbit wobbles, this point of apogee is difficult to predict and its calculation (related to the moon’s current position and speed) acts a type of future ghost or potentiality of the moon. However, when the moon is conjunct or opposite BML, the apogee is no longer an intangible potentiality and mere mathematical calculation. When the moon is conjunct BML, one could say that Lilith becomes fully manifest and visible.
However, were you to meet me, you would not say I was a typical ‘Lilith-type’. In my blog I will profile different people with strong BMLs who strongly embody the archetype; who are apt examples of Lilith-types. My BML is prominently placed in my chart conjunct my moon, in a very public house, but… she’s complicated! In astrospeak, one would say my Black Moon Lilith is ‘afflicted‘, due to the aspects she forms with other planetary bodies. Therefore, the launch of this website, Lilith Rebellion, several months after I discovered her in my chart, symbolizes her nonconformity and defiant uprising in my own life.
Ironically, the last public blog I maintained online (circa 2011/12), was titled ‘Perigee-Syzygy’. This was before I had any idea what Black Moon Lilith was. Perigee is the opposite of apogee. If the lunar apogee is when the moon is furthest from the Earth in its orbit, then the lunar perigee is when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit. Therefore, you can look for the moon’s perigee in an astrological natal chart by finding the point that is opposite Black Moon Lilith’s position.
Perhaps you have noticed the rather overblown ‘supermoon’ fuss that has emerged frequently online since 2011? A supermoon is a sensationalist term used to describe a full moon at perigee, which therefore may appear slightly brighter and bigger from our perspective on Earth. Syzygy simply means that the Moon-Earth-Sun are arranged in a straight line, which is what happens at a full and new moon. So perigee-syzygy is the more technical term for a ‘supermoon’; a particularly bright full moon that is close to Earth.
When I chose Lilith Rebellion as a website name, I did not think to contrast it with the name of my previous blogging platform from 6 years ago. Only upon later reflection, I realized the titles themselves represented a transition from perigee to apogee; from the close brightness of familiar and comfortable safety, to the exiled, but powerful Lilith in the distant shadows.
Other Appearances of Lilith in Modern Culture
The three examples I provide below are just a sampling. The Lilith archetype has appeared in many shapes and forms in modern times. She has appeared in movies, TV shows (e.g. HBO’s True Blood), music, comic books, and her name (and the symbolism it evokes) is also used as the title of a magazine. You will see similar themes emerging across her different cultural manifestations.
- Lilith Fair was a music festival that was founded and spearheaded primarily by Canadian musician Sarah McLachlan, and took place between the summers of 1997 to 1999. True to a feminist analysis of the Lilith myth, Lilith Fair empowered womxn by featuring only female- identified artists. (Wikipedia)
- I’m in love with the photos and descriptions of the Lilith sculpture on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was crafted by Kiki Smith in 1994. Dana Newkirk, writing for Roadtrippers, refers to Lilith as “one of the spookiest sculptures in America” and has posted some great up-close photos of her. Erin Williams Hyman has written my favourite review of the sculpture. She closes with the following:
“Out of a textual absence, Smith creates a potent physical presence. The most pronounced tension in the sculpture as I perceive it is in the way it is so human and so inhuman at once. Smith’s technique of body-casting ensures that this is a deeply inhabited, lifelike, and not idealized female form. The roughness of the bronze, with many unfinished, unrefined patches, heightens this sense of tactile materiality, and points back to Lilith’s earthy origin. Illuminated, the bronze exhibits a rich tonal range, a chiaroscuro effect: bright glare along the S curve of her spine, dark obscurity of her underbelly. And multiple shadows cast on the wall create their own visual effect.
Then there are the eyes. Their icy blue, alert vigilance makes it seem she is tracking you in her peripheral vision — it’s an unsettling, uncanny sensation. Or is she looking back at Adam? At intended prey? Is she menacing or beseeching? Victim or predator? The sculpture of Lilith, like the morphing stories that have evolved around her name, remains wild, suspended, resisting any attempt to pin her down.” ~ Erin Williams Hyman
Kiki Smith and Erin Williams Hyman have skillfully captured Lilith’s unnerving presence and mysterious history.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes did not use the name ‘Lilith’ when she wrote her million-seller titled Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, but I see strong similarities between Estes’ Wild Womxn and the archetype of Lilith. I would argue that they are based on the same archetypal template (see the Archetypes & Psychology section for more on this). Estes uses myths, metaphors and folklore to bring the wild womxn archetype to life. Every mythic story is followed by her careful analysis where she explains how people can draw wisdom from the story in order to embody the energy of the wild womxn archetype in their own lives. I will conclude this section with a classic quote from her book:
“We are all filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed.” – Clarissa Estes
Learn more about Lilith through these Resources…
- Understanding Lilith and her significance in astrology, by Lee Coleman
- Vice article on Lilith
- A Lilith Parable depicting one possible sequence of events for the Garden of Eden saga, by Judith Plaskow
- The Astronomical Variants of the Lunar Apogee – Black Moon, by Juan Antonio Revilla
- The Three Lilith Points @ Darkstar Astrology
- Lilith – The Shadow @ Black & the Moon
- Mean & True Black Moon Lilith @ Serennu
- Lilith in the Houses @ Astro Concept
- Black Moon Lilith in Synastry @ Sasstrology
- The Book of Lilith, by Barbara Black Koltuv
- Living Lilith: Four Dimensions of the Cosmic Feminine, by M. Kelley Hunter
- Lilith: Healing the Wild, by Tom Jacobs
- Mysteries of the Dark Moon, by Demetra George
- Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- The Hebrew Goddess, by Raphael Patai
- Lilith-The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Dark Feminine, by Sigmund Hurweitz
- Lilith’s Cave: Jewish Tales of the Supernatural, by Howard Schwartz
- The Great Mother: Analysis of an Archetype, by Erich Neumann
- Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image, by Anne Baring & Jules Cashford
- Lilith, by George Macdonald (classic fantasy fiction)