Dark moon Lilith also referred to as the 'Dark Moon' was first observed around 1720, or earlier. Astronomers have reported the existence of a rarely seen second satellite of earth, three times further away than the moon. It reflects almost no light and can only be seen when transiting the face of the Sun or totally opposite the Sun. It is believed to take about 118 days to orbit the Sun.
Lilith represents that which is mysterious and hard to understand in human nature. The Dark moon describes our relationship to sacrifice and indicates where we may feel frustration, powerlessness and a general inhibition as well as where we question ourselves and perhaps our abilities and basic nature. Dark Moon Lilith is found in every natal chart.
There are actually 4 Liliths in astrology. They are the Asteroid Lilith 1181, Black Moon Lilith- a mathematical point in space that represents the focus of the Moon's elliptical orbit around the Earth, Stellar Lilith, or the fixed star Algoal, located at 25:28 Taurus, and has a reputation as the most evil fixed star in existence, and Dark Moon Lilith, which is the Lilith I refer to in this article.
Lilith was written about in the Talmud, and some believe she is written about in the Christian Bible. The Talmud states she is the Queen of Evil and the mother of demons proceeding Eve as Adams first wife-whereas Eve was moral and upstanding-different from Lilith.
Famed astrologer Sepharial named dark moon Lilith recognizing her nature as being of the same nature as Sampson's Delilah who became his temptress.
In Jewish writings, Lilith becomes Adam's first wife, who was created at the same time as he, and from the same earth as Adam. This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam's ribs. Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she mated with archangel Samuel. Lilith was pursued by three angels and could not be persuaded to regenerate herself. The story goes that her jealousy of Eve caused her to return in revenge, ensnaring their children and she is blamed for Cain's revenge against his brother Abel-resulting in Abel's death. Lilith is found in some form in every known religion.
As Lilith refused subservience with Adam, perhaps she is considered evil for failing to recognize a male patriarchy. If so, her sin lies in the revenge she heaped upon Adam, as she was created by God as an equal to Adam. In which case Adam would share the blame for failing to recognize his own fault in the matter.
While some astrologers today may downplay the influence of Dark moon Lilith, the older texts regard her influence as malevolent.
Astrologer Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson wrote, "Lilith rules temptation, seduction and betrayal that dishonor if sufficiently afflictive. There is susceptibility to strange influences, delusions and fatal fascinations, infatuations and compulsions."
We must also take into consideration what if anything Lilith is aspecting in the chart, not just its house placement. For example, if Lilith is opposing Pluto from the 7th house of marriage, marriage could be denied or a bad marriage could result. Other aspects in a chart must also come into consideration and the entire chart must be read as a whole to determine the influence of Lilith.
According to Goldstein-Jacobson the angular houses, the 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th deny the greatest good if Lilith is there making hard aspects to malefic planets.
In a man's chart Lilith can represent the type of woman who is most suited to him but complete honesty is called for because the same woman, in some cases (Lilith) might terrify him!
Lilith in a woman's chart can represent the qualities she hides from the or feels ashamed of and are lacking in development and true expression.
Astrologer Marguerite Hafeman wrote, "where a Lilith point is located on a horoscope chart and the close aspects she makes to other planets by progression or transit can indicate quite precisely where one is to encounter the most frustration and difficulty in life, stemming from poor choices, succumbing to temptation or confused thinking. Also the reaping of karmic consequence for avoiding authentic expression of self and persisting in egocentric, inappropriately idealistic or exploitive behaviors that will bring about a downfall. Sexual perversion and mysogyny are other undesirable manifestations of a poorly aspected Lilith. "
Do not ever assume you are doomed in any area just by Lilith's placement. Every human being has areas of life that are weak points and we continually strive to overcome, realize and improve. A competent astrologer should be consulted if you are interested in this fascinating aspect of your chart that to this day is still considered mysterious by many. As a rule most astrologers don't read Lilith in day to day readings, although there are a few who do.
By knowing Lilith's placement in our chart we can further identify our weak points and know what areas of our life need more work and consideration to avoid poor choices, resulting in a truer expression of the self.