What Does Lilith Represent In Astrology?

When it comes to astrology and the many placements in your birth chart, each one holds a unique significance to your overall astrological make–up. By now, you're probably aware that your sun sign represents your ego, and your moon sign rules emotion. But for those looking to dig a little deeper into their charts –– there's a little-known placement that holds the key to stepping into your villain era. Lilith, also referred to as "Black Moon Lilith," is a point in your birth chart that encourages a person to embrace their darker, hidden side — making it the perfect astrological placement to incorporate into your practice if you're looking to tap into your shadow side (via PureWow).

In astrology, Black Moon Lilith shows the darker side of one's personality, offering a glimpse into what lurks just below the surface of your subconscious. "Black Moon Lilith represents a person's primitive impulses and behavior in their rawest form," astrologer Valerie Mesa wrote for VICE. Mesa goes on to explain that Lilith in the birth chart represents all the areas of life we tend to repress ourselves out of a feeling of vulnerability or even self–doubt.

If you're ready to embrace the chaos and step into your own Reputation Era with a bit of help from the stars, you're in luck. Keep scrolling to learn the history of Lilith in astrology and see what your Lilith placement says about you.

Lilith in mythology and astrology

As the name suggests, there is a mythical and storied history surrounding the origins of Lilith. The history and origins of Lilith can be traced back as far as the ancient Babylonians, referenced in the Talmud and ancient Sumerian texts (via Britannica). Lilith's story revolves around her refusal to submit before Adam and subsequent banishment from the Garden of Eden. Although her actions were originally seen as defiant, modern interpretations see Lilith's actions as the source of her power and liberation. In your birth chart, the sign and house your Lilith placement occupies will illuminate where you too must face feeling suppressed, shunned, or demonized in order to step into your power (via Cafe Astrology).

Lilith also reveals your deepest sexual desires, allows you to accept the darker parts of yourself that you may deny you have, and act as a mirror for revealing your inner truth. "Goddesses are not just about obedience, grace and beauty — like Venus or Juno, who are widely used in chart interpretation," astrologer Adama Sesay tells Astrology. "There are dark warrior goddesses like Lilith to consider, too. Eres and Pallas Athena are also great examples of this. We can't have light without the dark!" Lilith may bless you with dark wisdom, sexual prowess, and allow you to tap into your inner power. However, it also represents the shadow. Understanding and honoring both of these facts will allow you to truly understand the power behind your Lilith placement.

How to calculate your Lilith sign

Lilith may represent the piece of personality that you've been afraid to express, or maybe a part of yourself that makes you feel vulnerable and powerful at the same time. Lilith is not actually a planet or a celestial body at all. Lilith is the point along the moon's orbital path that is farthest away from the Earth (via Astro). So, when looking up what your Lilith sign means using an online calculator or birth chart tools like Sanctuary, CHANI, or TimePassages –– it's also important to look at how your Lilith sign relates to your moon sign as well to get the full picture.

Finding your Lilith sign is easy; it's embracing the raw and passionate energy of Lilith that many struggle with at first. "In astrology, Lilith represents our unmet desires, which cause frustration and the untamed feminine energy, which is not necessarily gender specific," explains AstroLoani on TikTok. She goes on to explain that the house your Lilith placement falls in will show which area of life you may have unmet needs and desires in your life. Once you can unravel the ways in which you're not showing up for yourself and where others might be letting you down, then you can embrace healing and find new ways to embrace your power.

How to work with your Lilith sign

Ready to step into your dark side? According to Well+Good, folks with their Lilith in fire signs (Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius) struggle to express their creative, bold, and passionate sides. On the other hand, earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn) struggle to let go of their need for control out of fear of feeling unstable. If your Lilith sign falls in an air sign (Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius), you'll struggle to embrace the unconventional and unique sides of your personality out of fear of judgment from others. And finally, individuals with their Lilith in a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces) will deal with patterns of being secretive, defensive, or even passive in relationships due to a lack of trust in others.

Healing your Lilith placement can take time. As the experts at AstroStyle point out, there are plenty of activities and rituals you can incorporate into your routine to help get in touch with your Lilith energy. This can include but is not limited to: engaging in creative and evocative expressions of your artistic side, pushing back against rules and gender norms that society expects out of you, working with crystals or journaling out your feelings, working through your shadow side and learning karmic lessons in your love life, and tapping into your wildest fantasies by living your life authentically and out loud. Looking to the sign and house your Lilith falls into will allow you to start living life more like the bad b*tch herself.