Is the 30 September New Moon a Black Moon?

Libra New MoonThe Black Moon

Social media is insisting ( I guess the way to make something true is to say it over and over ) that the second new moon in a month is a Black Moon or Dark moon.  I guess folks have the right to call it whatever they want, but to then place it in the sign of Scorpio..... when the new moon is tonight at 8 degrees of Libra, well, I`m sorry, I call shenanigans!

What IS in Scorpio Then?

That would be the Dark Moon Lilith. The glyph used for Lilith is a black Moon, as opposed to that used for the real Moon. From that wonderful site www.astro.com,  we read that Lilith always refers to the second focal point of the Lunar orbit, or to the Lunar apogee, which both are on the same axis and at the same position of the zodiac, from a geocentric viewpoint. The terms 'dark moon' and 'black moon' are both used for the same mathematical point. They even have a helpful diagram:

Black MoonThey explain that "The Dark Moon has also been defined as the apogee (farthest point from Earth) of the Moon's orbit. Both these points, the apogee and the second focal point, lie on the long axis of the orbital ellipse, the line of apsides. Seen from the Earth, they lie in the same direction, and therefore occupy the same place in the zodiac."  Because the orbit of the Moon continually shifts forward in space, the Dark Moon moves along the zodiac at about 40° per year. A complete revolution takes 8 years and 10 months."

The true position of Lilith bounces around quite a bit, because the Moon's orbit is somewhat wobbly.  Often you will see the Mean position of Lilith calculated.  To help you choose between them, i recommend an excellent article by Leah Whitehorse.  They can differ by up to 2 degrees, so if you keep careful notes, you should soon see which one holds true for you.

  lilithHere is the glyph of the Dark Moon Lilith

Lilith gets SUCH a bad rap!  She supposedly was Adam's first wife, who got sick of her man being a whiny misogynist so she hopped the wall (Garden of Eden Wall arguably) and went "home to Mum". She has lots of lovely names like Night Hag and such, basically Judaism and then Christianity stuck her "in the basement" at it were, with everything else they were unable to subjugate or control. 

Lilith is definitely a mitt-full, but she isn’t the evil Mata Hari she is made out to be.  Where you have Lilith, you have an overwhelming urge to colour outside the lines, to free your inner muse, to scratch the burning creative itch. Just be careful how it comes across to others -- Lilith is really not the sort to make the right impression at the debutantes' Ball!

Is there an Asteroid Called Lilith?

Why yes, yes there is!  Her Glyph looks like:

   and she is not used a lot in western astrological practice.  Even the Dark Moon Lilith is found more in French and European practices, although she is gaining popularity here in the West.

So... About That New Moon then...?samhain

A Libra Moon is a cry for balance and peace in our world. That's not easy with the OOB ( Out of Bounds) Mars still running around and causing trouble.  True he has left the sign of the zealot ( Sagittarius ) for a more sensible one ( Capricorn ), but it just means he will get better at planning and carrying out his plan!  Mars is part of a huge Learning Triangle with Jupiter and Ceres -- we still have so far to go to learn the lesson of compassion and the open heart we need to show each other ( the Buddhists call it bodhicitta ) 

Where the dark moon Lilith comes into play is that Venus "disposits" the new moon in Libra and Lilith is only 5 degrees away from her – so while our Identities (Sun) and Feelings ( Moon) crave peace with others, Lilith will make darn sure that it is not at the cost of our deeply held values or our inner wild child.

Mars comes back into the fold on 06 November - just in time for the Celtic New Year. Here we can see that the Sun has caught up with Lilith while the Moon has just zipped past the incoming Mars -- almost like a kind of"welcome home" -- so this Celtic New Year we can ( thankfully! ) renew our striving for peace.

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