Tonight at 8:40 p.m. CST, Jupiter moves from the sign of its detriment (Gemini) to the sign of its exaltation (Cancer) for a one-year stay. As Jupiter makes the ingress, it is at lunar apogee, conjunct the astrological symbol Black Moon Lilith, and this energy colours the entire year-long Jupiter transit.
The wisdom gleaned from our pitch blackest emotional experiences fills our bones like marrow. This becomes our lantern in the darkness, a year-long guiding light through the often horrifying themes and circumstances of the Pluto in Capricorn era.
We draw on the simple, nourishing wisdom of our mothers, our grandmothers, our roots, our families, our clans, our homes, our emotions, and our souls to get through this one. We draw on the wisdom of our early upbringings, particularly the difficult experiences. But we use it to advance, not to fall back. We're hurtling into Aquarius, and there's no going home again, no matter what the Cancerian nostalgia is telling you...
Black Moon Lilith is a symbol of the dark, denied feminine experience. In the cultural stories, Lilith was Adam's first wife. She refused to be his wifely subordinate and was kicked out of the Garden of Eden, exiled, because of it. Adam hooked up with Eve, who was content to be just a rib, just an offshoot of her man. And Lilith discovered that comfy, cosy society would prefer her 'out of sight, out of mind.' Truth be told, it would prefer her dead so that it didn't have to look at what she reflected, represented.
There has been a whole lot of post-post-modern mythologizing about Black Moon Lilith. To the point that it has been swaddled and stifled by the psychological takes.
You have to remember that the myths in astrology exist primarily so that we can get a handle on the energy of the points or bodies. It's about putting them into context so we can properly apply them in our lives and in our selves.
So stripping down all the myth and the layered language: Black Moon Lilith is raw, raging, volatile, marginalized, vilified. It's a caged animal screaming "fuck you" to whoever put it there. It's a trigger point with a deep reach into longstanding issues, grudges, resentments. It touches the historical mistreatment of women and the historical downplaying of feminine knowledge on this planet, in general.
It's also a point of our deepest power, creativity, and hard-won feminine know-how. It's a point where we're willing to stand alone, in our power, in our righteousness, in our marginalized understanding of things. If we tap this point correctly, harnessing the raw and wild energy surging up from its depths, it is source. It is Kali destroying maya, ripping down blinders, yanking heads out of sand, tearing phony constructs asunder. It is Kali forcing us to see, to understand, to know how it really is on this planet and how it really has been.
The state of women on this planet is abysmal. The state of the soulful on this planet is abysmal. Emotional health is in the tank in many, many respects. Our institutions and power hierarchies reinforce this, and Black Moon Lilith transiting Cancer isn't going to let us forget it.
This Black Moon Lilith point, with all its discomfort, alienation, and disturbance, is a primary source of guiding wisdom over the next year. It's our lucky horseshoe. Acknowledging its dark and often disturbing wisdom, accepting it, validating it, drawing it into the whole - this is how we fully capitalize on the blessings Jupiter would now like to bestow.
The cultural wisdom and the cultural myths have mostly been written by men, from the male point-of-view. During the transit of Jupiter in Cancer, women's wisdom and stories are in the spotlight.
Some long-denied issues are coming to the forefront this year, particularly related to mothers, mothering, nurturing, supporting, food, cooking, the nuclear family unit, home life, femininity, emotion, and soul. If we work to bring these issues into the mainstream whole, we can experience both emotional resolution and rapid expansion during Jupiter's transit of Cancer.
The mean calculation of Black Moon Lilith will transit Cancer almost as long as Jupiter will - until March 4, 2014. Both will oppose Pluto in Capricorn and square Uranus in Aries during the transits.
From a previous post:
"Black Moon Lilith in Cancer June 9, 2013 - March 4, 2014: the Dark Side of Mothering, the Nuclear Family Unit, Traditional Femininity, Head-in-Sand Denial, and Security at All Costs
The Black Moon Lilith lunar apogee (mean calculation) enters Cancer today for a nine-month stay in the sign of the crab.
With Black Moon Lilith in Cancer (June 9, 2013 to March 4, 2014) colouring the Uranus-Pluto square, we are being confronted with the dark side of the nuclear family unit, apple pie Americana, and head-in-sand denial.
Nowhere is this head-in-sand denial more apparent than in Cancer Sun nations Canada and the United States, which offer citizens false security and comfort provided by deadly force through the military and police arms of the state...
The deep, dark, denied feminine perspective strongly colours the scene.
A strong Black Moon Lilith in Cancer theme is "the feelings we're ashamed of," and nowhere is this a more prevalent theme than with mothers. Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is a symbol of the underlying feelings related to mothers, mothering, caring, nurturing, and supporting that are too dark, shocking, or upsetting to be accepted by the society at large. These are the emotions that many mothers (and supporters from both genders) are ashamed of: rage, hatred, resentment, depression, desire for freedom.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is mothers going to emotional extremes, crushed by the pressures of their increasingly impossible, dysfunctional, and emotionally-detrimental support positions.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer is the vilified mother. At it's most extreme, it is the child-killing mother. It is the mother pushed to the absolute brink and beyond.
Or it's anyone who feels that way. Anyone who feels he/she can't take the bullshit for even one more day.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer involves dark themes related to traditionally-accepted femininity, as well as aspects of femininity that are amputated to stay socially acceptable. Women's roles. Sweet and gentle. Light and congenial. Supportive and generous. June Cleaver. Mad Men. The Angel of the Household. Taking care of the men. Supporting them wordlessly in their positions of power.
Black Moon Lilith in Cancer relates to the socially-accepted role of the feminine versus the unacceptable and socially-threatening energy of the raw and wild dark feminine. This is the vilified feminine perspective, held by both men and women, that dares to consider things like feelings, soul, care for others, and emotional health and well-being in a Pluto in Capricorn business world that values none of those things - unless it can make money from them somehow.
With all this dark energy related to Cancer over the next nine months, there is a strong theme of "the tyranny of the nuclear family unit." Single people and people without children have had the preciousness of the nuclear family unit shoved down their throats for decades. The norm of it, the desirability of it, the rightness of it. And they're fed up. With the pressure to move beyond old constructs so intense, this "tyranny of the family" is going to be cracking at the seams. Areas of weakness that have been glossed over will start to crumble under ongoing pressure from radical Uranus in Aries and transformational Pluto in Capricorn."
The Sun entered Cancer June 20, and we have just moved through a summer solstice in the northern hemisphere that was at lunar apogee, conjunct Black Moon Lilith.
The Capricorn Full Moon June 23 was at perigee, meaning the Moon was at the closest point to Earth in its orbit, opposite the lunar apogee (Black Moon Lilith) in Cancer.
Black Moon Lilith energy strongly coloured our solstice, and now it strongly colours the Jupiter ingress of Cancer and subsequent transit.
Mercury goes retrograde at 23 degrees Cancer tomorrow morning, indicating a period of mental gear change until July 20. You can read the full article on that retrograde here: Mercury in Cancer Retrograde Within Cardinal T-Square: On Alert, Breaking Out of Mental Comfort Zones
Our hot, overloaded little minds under Jupiter in Gemini now get doused with some cool, refreshing water as Jupiter moves into Cancer. The planet most strongly influencing our expansion, wisdom, and cosmic blessings now shifts from Mercury (mental, verbal, intellectual, social) to the Moon (inner, emotional, soulful, silent). The Mercury retrograde through Moon-ruled Cancer marks this transition.
As Mercury moves retrograde into cardinal t-square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, many sensitive topics will be touched, and we also wrap our minds around the energy shift indicated by Jupiter's ingress of Cancer.
Jupiter now forms a Grand Water Trine with Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces (exact July 17/18), which eases the challenge and complexity of this year and of the cardinal t-squares and Grand Crosses that will be experienced with Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn.