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The Black Moon Lilith in Astrology

Black Moon Lilith

“Lilith’s Daughter” by Drusila

As some of you know, I have been exploring the meaning of the Black Moon Lilith ever since I discovered she conjoined my Pluto and South Node, explaining a lot about the trauma in my past and relationship issues.

In my experimentation with clients I have come to think of Lilith as describing a primal female rage against the patriarchy and domination of men.  In the story of Lilith, she was Adam’s first wife and was equal to him. When she refused to lie under him Adam threw her out and asked Jehovah to provide him with a more suitable mate and it was then that Jehovah fashioned Eve out of Adam’s rib to ensure that she would remain submissive to him (except for that whole apple thing).  Lilith “flew away” or was banished, depending on who you believe, and spent the rest of her years howling in the night with rage for her children who were killed by the angels of God.  Under the patriarchal religions of the Piscean age she was transformed into a demon, a succubus,

The Black Moon Lilith (not to be confused with the Dark Moon or the Lilith asteroid)  is not a body in the sky, but a focal point between the Earth and the farthest point of the lunar orbit.  (See this image from Kelley Hunter’s excellent article about Lilith.)

In a regression a few years ago I uncovered an ancient life in which during a bloody battle I was raped and my children murdered in front of me.  I have always been fearful of having children and I felt that the residual anxiety from this ancient life had bled into my current one.  Coincidentally, shortly thereafter I calculated the position of the Black Moon Lilith in my chart and discovered its powerful placement in my conjunction from my Moon (mother/children) to Pluto (death and destruction) which are also aligned with my South Node (the past).  This seemed beyond coincidence to me and drove me to experiment with the Black Moon Lilith in every client chart.  I also noticed that the BML, as she is affectionately known, was tightly aligned with the Moon in the chart of my ex and the Sun in my husband’s chart.

From this research I have found that when  the Black Moon Lilith is aligned with another planet or angle (ascendant or midheaven) in the chart there tends to be, in its mildest form, an innate sense of the inequity of the dominant male culture and desire for justice. and in its most extreme, a profound feminine rage against the patriarchical system in general and sometimes against men in particular.  Men with a strong BML in their chart tend to be drawn to women who exhibit Lilith tendencies – powerful in nature and usually with a strong sexual vibration – although this often manifests as an attraction/repulsion dynamic due to a fear of the power of the Lilith archetype.

Rose McGowan astrologyRecently I listened to a podcast with actor Rose McGowan.  I have seen Ms. McGowan in films and television but knew very little about her.  She has been an outspoken warrior for women’s rights for years, but her naked expressions of rage against the unfairness to women in the film industry and her strong

Rose McGowan astrology

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feminist viewpoints were so profoundly Lilithian I had to investigate further. Sure enough, her chart shows a tight conjunction from the Black Moon Lilith to her Moon and in a square to Pluto.  Last year Ms. McGowan revealed that she had been raped by a studio head, and in the podcast she alludes to other traumas in her past.

The rulership of the world by men began to dominate human consciousness during the Age of Aries, the warrior age (approximately 2000 bce to 0 ce), and continued through the age of Pisces, the religious age (approximately – 0ce to 2100).   It was during the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the mid-1960s that feminine power began to re-emerge, a harbinger of the Age of Aquarius into which we are transitioning.

I believe that the archetype of the Black Moon Lilith is emerging now to help to heal the damage of the past several thousands of years. The fear of the power of women is evident everywhere in our political system right now as the dying Piscean age gives way to the Aquarius ideals and the men that run the world attempt to bring back masculine dominance.  Lilith teaches that we must learn to normalize the archetype of feminine power into our own psyches and our culture in order to find true harmony in the world, and the only way that this can be done is through reclaiming this power within our own selves as women, and for men to honor and respect and even embrace the wisdom of the dark feminine rather than fear it.

 
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By | 2017-05-18T12:49:28+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Astrology, People|10 Comments

Sunday inspiration: We’ve come a long way, baby

The Age of Cancer, approximately 6000-8000 bce, was marked by the rise of agriculture as a more reliable means to feed humanity than simple hunting and gathering.  The Moon, ruler of the nurturing and sign Cancer, became elevated to goddess stature and we begin to see cults of the “Mother Goddess” and fertility cults.  With people beginning to settle into homes and communities, paternity could not be established but maternity could, so the lines of family origin were traced through the mother.  This matrilinear culture persisted through the Age of Gemini (approximately 4000-6000 bce) which continued the establishment of communities and language, and into the age of Taurus (approximately 2000-4000 bce)

Under the influence of the warlike Age of Aries (approximately 2000 bce to the beginning of the common era) the concept of monotheism arose and with it a more patriarchal warrior society to defend the single god.  The role of women became diminished (they are hardly mentioned in the Hebrew bible) and while societies remained matrineal in nature they were ruled by men and dependent on them economically.

This continued through the Piscean age (approximately 0-2100 ce) with the rise of the ancient Church and its denigration of sexuality and emphasis on the idea that any man born from woman is born in sin. While some women rose to power through family connections it was a relatively rare thing and women held no government positions unless they were of royal blood.  They were unable to attend school and were subservient to their male relatives.  If they attempted to take on too much power in their societies they were looked on suspiciously and for about 300 years burned as witches.

It took 10,000 years of female history (and the discovery of the planet of radical change, Uranus) for the first treatise on the rights of women to be written in 1792 (A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft).  It took another 100 years before the idea of woman’s suffrage (the right to vote) took hold in the late 19th century, and it wasn’t until 1920 that women won the right to vote in the US, Britain and much of Europe. Women weren’t allowed to vote in France until 1945.

Women weren’t allowed to own their own property until the early 1900s. They couldn’t get birth control advice, even if married, until 1918 and it took another 50 years before it was legal for unmarried women to seek birth control advice from a physician.  Women weren’t entitled to equal pay until the early 1960s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the rape of a wife by the husband was made illegal.

We’ve come a long way in just 100 years, but there is still a long way to go. The fact that millions of women all around the world marched in solidarity with their US compatriots shows that we are ready for the next step.  As we move from the Piscean age into the Age of Aquarius – an Age of equality and social justice – we will shed the shackles of the past 2000 years and take our rightful place in the culture of human life.  Under the Aquarian influence the traditional roles of sex, gender, race and ethnicity have already begun to fall away and we stand as human beings, connected in community.

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By | 2017-01-22T08:56:31+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Age of Aquarius, Astrology|5 Comments

How the Christ surpassed Yahweh at the dawn of the Piscean age

yahweh Because the earth orbits at a slight tilt, and the tilt of the orbit changes over time, the celestial equator is always moving and the vernal equinox is always moving along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth from our perspective.  We call this the “Precession of the Equinoxes,” and that is what we mean when we talk about the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Pisces, etc.

There is no accepted timeline for the transition from one Great Age to another.  The Great Year is approximately 26,000 years and each Age spans approximately 2160 years. However, because cultural changes mark the shift between ages it becomes somewhat easier to define these transitions.

Yahweh, the god of the ancient Hebrews, was a warrior god- Moses says so right in Exodus in the Bible:  “The Lord is a warrior/man of war.”  In Isaiah 42:13 we find this exclamation: “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.”

There is a great deal of confusion in the Bible over the name of God – both El and YHWH (Yahweh) are used interchangeably.  However, archaeological evidence suggests that El was a senior god in Canaan: a beneficent god who presided over creation and ruled over the more junior warrior gods such as Baal and Astarte.  The use of the plural for god in the Bible – “Elohim” – could refer to the family of Canaanite gods that included not only Baal and Astarte but also El’s consort Athirat.  There is some evidence that El and Yahweh actually battled for control over the area which perhaps explains why Yahweh chose the ancient Israelites to follow him exclusively.

At any rate, Yahweh emerges into history as a force to be reckoned with around 1300 bce, smack in the middle of the Age of Aries.  Aries is ruled by Mars, the Roman god of war, and that period of time is highlighted by brutal conflicts over territories as individual tribal cultures gained power and we see the emergence of the warrior gods.  During the Age of Taurus the Bull (approximately 2000-4000 bce) we see the prevalence of the Goddess cultures which were more agrarian and less interested in conflict and a predominance of bulls in the mythology and art of the times.  During the Age of Aries the ram we see an emergence of rams.  The shofar, or horn used to call to prayer, is a ram’s horn.  Both rams and bulls are sacrificed, perhaps to purge the cultural memory of the previous ages.

In the early history of the Israelites Yahweh is not considered a divine figure – instead he is an active participant in war and urges his people to what we now consider barbaric acts.  The appellation of god may have come later, and we should remember that the ancient Pharoahs of that time also considered themselves gods.  (For more on this idea check out this excellent article.)

Fast forward to the end of the Age of Aries and the dawn of the Piscean age, and we have the story of a young rabbi who advocates for peace.  He becomes the Lamb of God who is sacrificed and martyred (a Piscean theme) to save the souls of his people.  He is the fisher of men (the symbol for Pisces is the fish) and the symbol of the Icthys is the fish.  The religion that followed him required blind faith in a strict theology, Jupiterian themes, and Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces.

So today as we celebrate Christmas, the time of the supposed birth of Jesus, let’s also ponder the fact that as we slide into the Age of Aquarius we are leaving the realm of Pisces behind and emerging into an age of reason and rational thought.  With too much reason and rationality comes the loss of magic, and I hope we will not lose the Piscean inspiration towards ecstasy and mysticism as we enter the age of robots and transhumanism!

 

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By | 2016-11-15T08:35:23+00:00 December 25th, 2015|Religion|7 Comments

Moving from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius


As a species, we are currently crossing from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. Although many people consider the Age of Pisces to begin at year 0 with the birth of Jesus with Aquarian Age beginning at 2000, most astronomers agree that the Age of Pisces actually begin in year 498 C.E., indicating entry into Aquarius in 2658 C.E.

Under the Age of Pisces we have seen the Piscean archetypes of sacrifice of the individual ego, universal love and compassion, assimilation, and the more negative projections of illusion, fantasy and delusion. Each astrological age has been represented by a deistic pantheon; the end of each age is marked by the ending of the worship of that pantheon. The Piscean Age has been marked by the growth of the three major monotheistic religions, each of which claims to be the only correct one, and the attempted dissolution of the individual ego. As we move from the Piscean age into Aquarius, the awakener, we are being shown that the Emperor doesn’t have any clothes, that any unreality upon which we have based our religious foundations will be shattered in the upcoming years. The ideas in The Da Vinci Code have been around for 2000 years, but they are only now erupting into the public awareness. What will this mean for humanity?

The equatorial bulge of the earth causes a shifting in the earth’s axis and the point at which the Sun at the vernal equinox points to the zodiacal constellations. This phenomenon is known as the “Precession” and creates the period of 25,920 years that we call the “Great Year.” The “Great Year” is divided into twelve “Great Ages” each of approximately 2160 years. Because of the “orb of influence,” or “orb,” which describes the fact that a change in sign makes itself known several degrees before the actual change (also known as the “cusp”), there is some flexibility to the 2160 figure.

While the Great Ages certainly go back to the formation of the Earth itself, the Ages that are known to us are:

Age of Leo: 10,300-8,140 BCE. Modern scientific techniques, looking at erosion patterns, agree with the great sage Edgar Cayce, who dated the great Sphinx of Egypt back to a period of great rains in that country, something which hasn’t happened since the end of the ice age (typically considered to be 10,500 BCE). Although little is known of this period, it could have presided over a “Golden Age” (Leo rules gold) where the Sun was worshipped as the primordial god of light and life.

Age of Cancer: 8,140-6,000 BCE. Cancer is the sign of the Moon and the Mother, and this Age corresponded to the worship of the Great Goddess and the Moon. Cancer is a water sign, and many scientists believe that this period corresponded to the end of the ice age and the Great Deluge of myth that resulted from catastrophic melting of glaciers. As humans began to form tribes they became more concerned with family groupings and geneaology, another hallmark of Cancer. Women were considered the source of creation since they bore the children.

Age of Gemini: 6,000-3,800 BCE. Gemini rules communication and speech, and this age saw the development of the first written languages and establishment of villages. The cult of Twin Gods in creation myths began during this period (twins represented the masculine and feminine principle). The wheel and plough are invented (Gemini rules thoughts and ideas), aiding in the spread of agriculture.

Age of Taurus: 3,800-1,660 BCE. Agriculture (Taurus is ruled by the Earth and Venus) makes its way throughout cultures in the Americas, Africa and Asia. The first temples were built in Mesopotamia and the first jewelry and aesthetic objects (Venus) are created. Bull cults (Taurus is symbolized by the bull) were dominant in Greece and Egypt, and the worship of the more sexualized goddess Innana/ Ishtar/ Ashtoreth also became popular.

The Age of Aries (1,662 BCE – 498 CE) was the Age of the Hero and the Warrior. The eruption of the volcano Santorini in 1680 destroyed the Minoan civilization and along with it their Bull cult (age of Taurus). This age was marked synchronistically by the Indo-Aryan (Aries) migration and the beginnings of cattle domestication (conquering the Bull god). Rituals of the Mithraic cult involved slaughtering of bulls, which has come down to us today as the bullfight. The gods of the Age of Aries, as in each age before them, eradicated the gods that preceded them.

Little is known about the origins of the Aryan people, but they were warriors possessing military technology superior to that of their neighbors, facilitating their takeover of much of Asia during this period. The Arien Age also witnessed the first Olympic games in Greece and the development of the Greek and Roman empire. The Hero archetype was central to the Greek and Roman cultures, with their gods who were constantly doing battle. Yahweh, the god of the Jewish people who gained prevalence during this time, combined characteristics of both the Warrior and the Hero. He demanded the transformation of the Hero in his disciple Abraham, and advised on military conquests.

Finally our own Age of Pisces (498 – 2,658 CE ), symbolized by the Fish, and representing the Sacred descending to the Mundane world. Pisces rules universal compassion, sacrifice of the individual Ego, and martyrdom. Pisces is a feminine sign, yet during the reign of Pisces we have seen the suppression and re-emergence of the feminine, and no story tells this quite as dramatically as the transformation of Mary Magdalene, the real story behind The DaVinci Code. The Church recently admitted that Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute but a true follower. However, when the Nag Hammadi scrolls were discovered and translated, it was revealed that Mary was more than a follower but an actual apostle, giving rise anew to theories of Mary having been wife to Jesus.

The story of the life and death of Jesus the Christ and the evolution of the religion that bears his name mirrors the Piscean age perfectly. Pisces is sign of the water element, and the origin of Christianity finds Jesus being baptized in a river, symbolizing the dissolution of the personal ego into the river of faith, a ritual that continues today. Even in pre-Christian times, the sacred wells of the British Isles were places where the gods and goddesses would be present. The teachings of Jesus express the Piscean values of compassion, universal love and brotherhood. However, last 2000 years have not always expressed those concepts in their highest form.

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The call for the end of individualism and the necessity for blind belief that marks the evolution of the Piscean age has led to the more negative manifestation of Pisces: illusion and delusion. The famed Dark Ages in western civilization occurred because the ruling Roman Catholic Church wanted to suppress all knowledge and keep their adherents in the literal darkness. At that time the realm of knowledge spread to the Arab world, which is now in its own Dark Age.

The date for the end of the Piscean age is in much dispute. As earlier discussed, most would like the Ages to fit into a nice 2000 year package which would put us squarely in the beginning of the Aquarian age. However, astronomical calculations tell us that this is not true, and that the Aquarian age technically will not begin until approximately 2600 CE. Regardless, we are in the last decan of Pisces and moving away from the Pisces influence of sacrifice of the individual ego. As the Piscean mists begin to separate, the knowledge and understanding that Aquarius demands is beginning to make itself known.

The religion of Christianity is built around the death and resurrection of Jesus, yet for 2000 years that very tenet has been in doubt. The four gospels each tell a completely different story of the end of the life of Jesus, and there are no details of the resurrection. As with much of the Christian story (and I mean no offence to Christians here), the story of the resurrection must be taken on faith. There are some questions as to whether Jesus even died on the cross – a mysterious individual named Simon the Cyrene offered to carry Jesus’s cross, and some theorize that it was Simon that actually died on the cross and not Jesus. Others question whether the “vinegar and gall” given to Jesus wasn’t snake venom that caused him to fall into a swoon, thereby fooling the Romans into thinking he had died when in fact he was in a deep unconscious state. Pontius Pilate “marvelled if he were already dead” and changed the established procedure of leaving him on the cross to be eaten by carrion, but instead authorized that his body be brought down to leave in his tomb. Many believe that Jesus and Mary were then spirited out of Jerusalem and taken to Europe where they lived happily ever after.

For centuries these ideas were suppressed and their adherents tortured and murdered for heresy, but in the 20th century these ideas began to spring forth anew such as the book Holy Blood and Holy Grail. First published in 1982, this book was a cult classic until the Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code” appeared on the scene. Evidently the collective consciousness is now ready to absorb these ideas and begin to examine the truth that lies behind the faith.

As we enter the Aquarian Age, what will our new gods be? Aquarius rules technology and radical thought, invention and ascension. The last Aquarian age (around 28,000 BC) marked the end of the Neanderthal and the birth of Cro Magnon man. Will our species be similarly transformed over the next 2500 years? We can try to predict the future, but life has a way of evolving in a way that we cannot imagine.

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By | 2006-05-25T10:46:00+00:00 May 25th, 2006|Age of Aquarius, Featured posts, Longreads|Comments Off on Moving from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius
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