The Moon will be at Perigee in relation to Earth on Saturday March 19th 2011 – the closest it has apparently been for 19 years. In fact the Perigee will coincide with the March Full Moon. Now, Mental Health Practitioners in the UK’s NHS swear blind that a Full Moon always draws their most troublesome clients out of the woodwork. And guess what? The forthcoming Lunar Perigee is causing a whole load of whack-jobs to spout forth on public internet forums about all the kinds of disaster that are going to happen, e.g. tsunamis, earthquakes (“the one in Japan was just a warning” etc), the apocalypse, dogs and cats lying down together, etc.
Astrologically speaking however we are in for a far more intriguing though less dramatic time. “Lilith” the so-called Dark Moon is conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon – on the cusp of the Sun’s entry into Aries at the Equinox. “Lilith” as an astrological phenomenon is a relatively recent innovation, although it has over 100 years on Ophiuchus. It is the one of the two foci upon which the eliptical orbit of the Moon is based, the other being within the Earth’s sphere itself. Hence, when the Moon is at perigee, Lilith will always be 180º (Opposition) to it (conversely when at apogee it will be in conjunction).
Lilith may be said to be the “Dark Side of the Moon,” i.e. it represents the hidden, repressed or unconscious aspects of what the Moon represents to the conscious. Because of the conjunction with the Sun, one may speculate that babies born next Saturday – or indeed events – will have the habit of exposing that which is hidden to the light of day, and not necessarily in a way that one would find desirable.
“The Owls Are Not What They Seem…”
As to who Lilith was, it appears that since the time of the Old Testament she was identified as some sort of “night demon” – the name “Lilith” is etymologically similar to the Hebrew word for night. Indeed, other semitic cultures referred to night-demons by similar names. Lilith is mostly mentioned in the Talmud and Dead-Sea Scrolls where, either as a generic term or as a person, she was held responsible for things like abortions, nocturnal emissions on the part of males, leading men astray etc.
However: the idea that Lilith was Adam’s first wife before Eve does not actually date back to the time of the Old Testament, but much later – the eighth to tenth centuries AD. However one should also note that the Zohar itself is not older, so there is as much to say that the Lilith-as-first-wife myth is a traditional belief as is the Qabalah.
A curious fact is that the Hebrew word for “Owl” is “Night-bird” and thus etymologically similar to “Lilith” as well. This has led some to speculate that references to Owls in translations of the Old Testament are actually referring to Lilith. Not wishing to stir up the Conspiracy Theorists too much but the Cremation of Care ceremony in Bohemian Grove takes place in front of a large Owl-like statue. Just sayin’ 😉