Circe, Hecate, and Lilith: Same Goddess and How They Relate to the Dark Moon in Astrology

full-moon-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcHaving studied astrology since the age of 12, and along with my being a practicing solitary witch since the mid-eighties, has drawn me to learn and observe as much as I can about the asteroid goddesses in astrology. How can they best be used and understood? Well, today I’m taking a strong look in my astrological microscope at the topic of the Dark Moon. To note, the Dark Moon in astrology is often linked to the ancient Hebrew original independent woman, Lilith, the first wife of Adam. Well, after studying the Dark Moon for quite some time, I propose the inclusion of the following deities to be incorporated into what we know as the Dark/Black Moon. However, I’ll allow you the reader to decide such for yourself.

First, let me introduce you to the goddesses/deities of which I refer…

circe-offering-the-cup-to-ulysses-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcCirce:
Circe was a powerful sorceress—variously described as a goddess, nymph, or witch—in Greek myth and legend. By most accounts, Circe was the daughter of Helios: Titan of the Sun and Perse the Oceanid. Her brothers were Aeetes, the keeper of the Golden Fleece, and Perses. Her sister was Pasiphaë, the wife of King Minos and mother of the Minotaur. Other accounts make her the daughter of Hecate, the goddess of witchcraft herself.

 

Circe was renowned for her vast knowledge of potions and herbs. Through the use of magical potions and a wand or a staff, she transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals. Some say she was exiled to the solitary island of Aeaea by her subjects and her father for ending the life of her husband, the prince of Colchis. Later traditions tell of her leaving or even destroying the island and moving to Italy, where she was identified with Cape Circeo.

hecate-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcHecate:
Hecate or Hekate is a goddess in Ancient Greek religion and mythology, most often shown holding two torches or a key and in later periods depicted in triple form. She was variously associated with crossroads, entrance-ways, light, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, ghosts, necromancy, and sorcery. She appears in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and in Hesiod’s Theogony, where she is promoted strongly as a great goddess. The place of origin of her following is uncertain, but it is thought that she had popular followings in Thrace. She was one of the main deities worshiped in Athenian households as a protective goddess and one who bestowed prosperity and daily blessings on the family. In the post-Christian writings of the Chaldean Oracles (2nd–3rd century CE) she was regarded with (some) rulership over earth, sea and sky, as well as a more universal role as Savior (Soteira), Mother of Angels and the Cosmic World Soul. Regarding the nature of her cult, it has been remarked, “she is more at home on the fringes than in the center of Greek polytheism. Intrinsically ambivalent and polymorphous, she straddles conventional boundaries and eludes definition.”

lilith2-2016_05_14-02_02_56-utcLilith:
Lilith is a figure in Jewish mythology, developed earliest in the Babylonian Talmud (3rd to 5th centuries CE). The character is generally thought to derive in part from a historically far earlier class of female demons (lilītu) in Mesopotamian religion, found in cuneiform texts of Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, and Babylonia.

Evidence in later Jewish materials is plentiful, but little information has survived relating to the original Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian view of these demons. While the connection is almost universally agreed upon, recent scholarship has disputed the relevance of two sources previously used to connect the Jewish lilith to an Akkadian lilītu—the Gilgamesh appendix and the Arslan Tash amulets.

In Hebrew-language texts, the term lilith or lilit (translated as “night creatures”, “night monster”, “night hag”, or “screech owl”) first occurs in a list of animals in Isaiah 34:11, either in singular or plural form according to variations in the earliest manuscripts. In the Dead Sea Scrolls’ Songs of the Sage the term first occurs in a list of monsters. In Jewish magical inscriptions on bowls and amulets from the 6th century CE onwards, Lilith is identified as a female demon and the first visual depictions appear.

In Jewish folklore, from the satirical book Alphabet of Ben Sira (ca 700–1000 CE) onwards, Lilith appears as Adam’s first wife, who was created at the same time (Rosh Hashanah) and from the same dirt as Adam – compare Genesis 1:27. (This contrasts with Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs: Genesis 2:22) The legend developed extensively during the Middle Ages, in the tradition of Aggadic midrashim, the Zohar, and Jewish mysticism. For example, in the 13th-century writings of Rabbi Isaac ben Jacob ha-Cohen, Lilith left Adam after she refused to become subservient to him and then would not return to the Garden of Eden after she had coupled with the archangel Samael. The resulting Lilith legend continues to serve as source material in modern Western culture, literature, occultism, fantasy, and horror.

Now, with the introductions and a bit of historical reference about these ladies out of the way, let us now discuss…

The Dark Moon in Astrology:
Dark Moon, Black Moon or Lilith (and/or any of the aforementioned deities above), is a hypothetical point in astrology is known by several names. Some argue that the Dark Moon is one thing, Black Moon another and Lilith yet another. The reality is that there is an asteroid named Lilith, but it is not the same as the Dark or Black Moon. However, when used as a point in a birthchart, all names appear valid as they all seem to describe the same.

This point arises due to the Moon’s path around the ecliptic forming an axis of the perigee when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth and the apogee when its orbit is furthest from the earth. It is an empty area, a void created, an empty focus. Moving at about 40 degrees a year, the perigee is from where the path of the Dark Moon is calculated. It takes a little under nine years for it to complete its course.

In astrology, the Dark Moon is representative of the darker side of our nature, the negative side. It is the hidden depths that we know exist yet we prefer not to acknowledge. It is subtle on the surface, yet profound beneath. It is the foundations of our personality and the shocking truth that we often deny and project onto others instead. The refusal to see what is really within ourselves. The subtle refusal to see what part we may have played in some unpleasant drama of our lives, how we ourselves have manifested our fears. It is the kind of thing that we intrinsically know we have to deal with, confront the darker side in order to progress unhindered, yet most often we try to ignore. It is the deeper truth that we are forever in search of within ourselves. Probably the best use we can make of the dark moon is to explore our hidden depths, realise that we all have that darker side and go within to resolve that which ultimately hinders us.

The Dark Moon is representative of the negative traits of guilt, shame, hatred, envy, and vengefulness, often brought about by personal wounds and hurts. The true dark side of things we try to hide.

There is another side of the Dark Moon astrologically. Carl G. Jung, the famous psychoanalyst described something that he called the “anima”. The anima is a man’s image of the ideal woman and also the feminine side of his personality. For a woman it is the image of the ideal man and the masculine side of her personality. So the dark moon in a birthchart will represent these ideals too.

It is also representative of the enchantress or the seducer, one who lures another by use of sexuality or devious means. The kind who tempts another by implying that the grass is greener on the other side, that they can “rescue” someone, but it is in reality for their own selfish gain.

The Dark Moon, Lilith (and her likely other aliases), also has associations with motherhood, like her counterpart the Moon. With Lilith however, the instinctive nurturing is replaced by a strong protection of her offspring to the point that she would kill if necessary any that threatened them or caused them harm. She is also reactive against the ties involved with motherhood and the emptiness that mothers sometimes feel by isolation and the perceived lack of individuality that accompanies it.  These things do not only apply to women, they apply to men as well, as the Black Moon is also their feminine side.

Keywords: danger, darkness, deceit, destruction, devious, devouring, dreams, emptiness, enchantress, envy, fears, guilt, hatred, imagination, isolation, jealousy, magic, marriage-wrecker, mystery, night, poison, secrets, seduction, shame, the “other woman” who thinks a man needs rescuing from the “chains” of his partner, vengefulness.

The manner in which the Dark Moon plays out will be of the character of the sign in which it is posited and with over tones of the ruling planet of that sign. For example, if your Dark Moon is in Aries, it will act in the manner of Aries with overtones of Mars.

Source: Wikipedia (references of the goddesses mentioned)

August’s Esbat: Full “Corn” Moon

Aquarius Corn Moon_Aug 18 2016

NOTE: Even though I make usage of the word “you” a great deal in this forecast, please note that it is meant as a generality and to make this more personal for those whom are reading this entry.

THE SUN IN LEO
These days we tend to love an audience, basking in the attention which comes with being center stage. Most of the time you do manage to attract the attention that you so keenly seek, as your enthusiasm and sense of fun has a contagious effect lighting a spark of fun and joy in those around you. Your generous nature also means that you’re willing to share your abundant goodwill with others. You may also find yourself surrounded by children ready to join your playful games, for you’re adept at bringing out the child in everyone.

THE MOON IN AQUARIUS
You feel secure with intellect rather than emotions. You may be aloof from emotions, or distrust emotions as irrational and unpredictable.

MERCURY IN VIRGO
You have a discriminating mind, and can be critical and analytical. You can also become obsessed with detailed knowledge. This may be to your detriment in daily life, although it is very beneficial for doing any kind of research. You like to be precise in your communications with others.

VENUS IN VIRGO
You will seek meaningful relationships with a practical basis. You will want your partner to be precise, neat and punctual. You may expect perfection. You will enjoy having detailed analytical conversations.

MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
You are an inspirational leader, and have a strong desire for exploration and adventure. You may be one-pointed in your desires.

JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.

SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
You may be committed to higher education and have a strict moral code. You are also an easygoing and optimistic worker.

URANUS IN ARIES
This is a time of initiative and spontaneity. It indicates the breaking down of old structures and the emerging of the new.

NEPTUNE IN PISCES
Many of us may possess the ability to be at-one with “God.” We may be able to express our spirituality through visions and art. Many may also be inspirational teachers, conscious of wholeness.

PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
This is a time of a change in world government. Many will possess the ability to transform old structures into new and enduring ones.

CHIRON IN PISCES
You will have difficulty gaining your own sense of individuality. You have an ability to feel others’ pain and may need to detach and meditate. You may also suffer from your own deep and personal grief.

PALLAS IN AQUARIUS
Your mind can be brilliant, original and insightful. You are able to quickly grasp new ideas and apply them to the future. You fight for your ideals, and humanitarian or political causes.

JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.

CERES IN TAURUS
You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked, and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.

THE BLACK MOON IN SCORPIO
Do you feel that you are often embroiled in other people’s emotional dramas? The Black Moon is in the intense Sign of Scorpio indicating that you often feel that other people invade your life with their crises. You sometimes crave solitude and resent their intrusion. Perhaps you don’t realize the extent to which you are attracted to these dramas. You feel a little more alive and connected to other people when sharing intense moments. Therefore, you need to accept your own need for emotional intensity. You may even decide to opt for work that demands intense concentration, or some form of counselling.

August_Corn Moon

Capricorn Full ‘Hay’ Moon and Earthly Power: July 19, 2016

Capricorn July 19 2016

The Full Moon is today. Look to the House where 27 degrees 40 minutes of Capricorn falls in your own birth chart for what’s on the astrological menu.

This Full Moon illuminates: Survival themes, wisdom of experience, strong roots and traditions, spiritual ambition and wise actions.

Focus on: Self-sufficiency, perseverance, the big dreams, cultural inheritance, financial matters, public image, taking control, personal authority, mastery of skills, getting credentials, strengthening the body (constitution), building real wealth.

The Cancer/Capricorn polarity has mysteries to share, like tuning into ancestral memory. The wisdom of blood and soil are heightened, and a possible source of rare strength, in a time of rootless, synthetic culture.

Earthly Power
A way to muse on this lunar peak is to entertain Saturn, ruler of Capricorn. It’s time for practical magic, with earthy Capricorn upping the drive to tangibly manifest our desires. A huge dose of reality can have a stabilizing effect, since we know what we’re working with (the medium).

A key is finding traction, a weight for the feet, from the awareness of practical realities — without being dragged down by it to a point of inertia. With other factors in play, this is heavy magic. Here now, we align longings and purpose, with actions.

FULL ‘HAY’ MOON

 Jul 19 2016, 5:56:31 pm, CDT +5:00

 Madison WI, 43°N04’23”, 089°W24’04”

 Geocentric Tropical Zodiac

 Koch Houses, True Node

THE MOON IN CAPRICORN

You feel secure when life is structured, or you are working hard. You may be emotionally distant or cold.

THE MOON IN THE 2ND HOUSE

The Moon is placed in the 2nd House suggesting that you seek emotional security through accruing possessions, although this can be frustrating at times because your personal fortunes have a tendency to fluctuate during your life. Consequently, you face periods of economic insecurity when your fortunes suddenly change. Fortunately you’ve the inner resources to adapt to these changes in income and usually you gain rather than lose money.

ASPECTS OF THE MOON

SEXTILE MARS  Orb 2°01′ Separating

You are self-assured and assertive with the ability to achieve your ambitions.

SQUARE URANUS  Orb 3°12′ Separating

You are erratic and stubborn in your efforts to stand out from the crowd. Once you have learned to view things from all aspects your intuitive and exciting nature will flourish.

SEXTILE CHIRON  Orb 2°38′ Separating

You have a compassionate attitude to other people’s pain.

SQUARE JUNO  Orb 3°32′ Applying

Relationships with loved ones provide you with emotional sustenance. Therefore, you are likely to be nurtured, and to nurture your loved ones through food, get-togethers and general conviviality. However, you need to ensure that your loved ones are on the same wavelength. For instance, do your loved ones know of your need for nurturing through shared sustenance? Are you giving more than you receive? When combining with your Moon she highlights your need for domestic warmth, harmony and nurturing. You simply need to ensure that you are nurturing yourself as much as you are looking after others.

SQUARE CERES  Orb 2°55′ Applying

Relationships with women do not flow as easily as you would like in your life. Perhaps you feel that you are misunderstood by the women who are closest to you, or maybe you don’t fully understand their emotions. As a result, you are on a path of integrating your own emotions. This means that you need to nurture and accept the feminine aspects of your own nature. As a result, your understanding of women grows and your sense of loss lessens.

THE LOCATION OF THE GODDESSES AND THEIR INFLUENCES ASTROLOGICALLY

VESTA IN GEMINI

Networking and coordinating are two key factors in your work. You enjoy communicating and exchanging information, particularly at work. You have a tendency to avoid emotions, in favor of intellectual conversations. You may be a committed writer.

VESTA IN THE 7TH HOUSE

Your focus is on intimate relationships. You are dedicated to working on yourself and your role in close relationships, and may become fixated on one important person.

PALLAS IN PISCES

You have a meditative mind, the ability to merge in your mind with the universe. You desire to heal the world through words, and may be involved in some form of artistic expression.

PALLAS IN THE 3RD HOUSE

You are highly intelligent and eager to acquire knowledge. Your communication skills are keen. You have many creative and original ideas.

JUNO IN SCORPIO

You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.

JUNO IN THE 10TH HOUSE

You are committed to your career. You may choose a partner to augment your position in society. Your partner will need to be involved in your career.

CERES IN TAURUS

You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked, and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.

CERES IN THE 4TH HOUSE

Caring for your family, or anyone in your home, is vital to you. Your role as a parent will be a cornerstone of your life. You may have a strong and idealized attachment to your mother.

THE BLACK MOON/LILITH IN SCORPIO

Do you feel that you are often embroiled in other people’s emotional dramas? The Black Moon is in the intense Sign of Scorpio indicating that you often feel that other people invade your life with their crises. You sometimes crave solitude and resent their intrusion. Perhaps you don’t realize the extent to which you are attracted to these dramas. You feel a little more alive and connected to other people when sharing intense moments. Therefore, you need to accept your own need for emotional intensity. You may even decide to opt for work that demands intense concentration, or some form of counselling.

THE BLACK MOON/LILITH IN THE 11TH HOUSE

Friendships are a little fraught. You may feel that your friends fail to live up to your expectations, that you cannot count on them, or perhaps that they don’t listen. The Black Moon is in the 11th House in your birth chart indicating that you like to be part of a group, to be connected to like-minded friends and to socialize. However, you often feel rejected and you believe that it is others who are rejecting you. In fact, the opposite is likely to be true. You may not realize that you are quite fixed in your ideas, or that you are imposing your thoughts and feelings on others expecting them to agree with you. Any sign of disagreement is viewed as a lack of support. It is this and your inability to accept differences in your friends that triggers any social problems that you may encounter. Of course, you can join a group with similar ideals, but sooner or later individuals within this group are likely to hold different opinions and values. You need to learn to face your own intolerance. If you can learn to agree to disagree then you are likely to enjoy connections with other people from all walks of life. Your social life, and any work with groups, is more enjoyable when you learn to be flexible in your attitude.