Monday, July 1, 2013

Lilith in the 6th House: The Executive

A golden, perfect, corporate image of Lilith - very enticing and sexy!

A Few Observations
·         Normally strong career orientation, and extremely hard workers.  This is THE hardest working Lilith, even more so than 8th House Lilith.  It is NOT a relaxed placement!!
·         Exceptionally strong talent for self-preservation.  The natural energy of Virgo in the 6th House understands all about the perception of “wheat v. chaff”, and this Lilith will remain on top somehow, even if he or she loses a job, or several.
·         These are natural executives, given the chance.  Quoted from
·         Good at offbeat professions.  A typical profile might be a business executive with a youthful background in bodybuilding (Arnold Schwarzenegger), sailing boats around the Pacific, or making a $500 movie and showing it a local theater for $1 a ticket (16 year old Steven Spielberg).
·         Some of these people have incredibly long and varied careers across many industries, or experience working every job in a given industry (Steven Spielberg) – Lilith is a “shape-shifter” who gets easily restless.  If this person is bored, he or she switches jobs quick. 
·         Begins work at a young age, and doesn’t waste a lot of time in retirement.
·         Little patience for the mindless, boring, routine jobs that many young people are expected to put up with while “paying dues” in a profession upon graduation from college.
·         Occasionally, Lilith is channeled through one’s creative output “on the job”.   Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, is one of the most powerful explorations of Lilith in modern American literature.  He wrote it while living in a trailer, and his wife had to get the manuscript out of the trash after he received a $2500 advance from Doubleday.  When Doubleday resold the paperback rights for $400,000 in 1973, and King got the news that he would receive half that amount, it changed their lives forever.
·         Likes having sex with the servants - Arnold Schwarzenegger, who slept with the nanny, or Hillary Clinton, who was rumored to have been involved with her former personal assistant, Huma Abedin.
·         Strong experience of Lilith in childhood, in some cases.  The native is either rejected by their teachers, or hurt by their teachers in some way (six year old JonBenet Ramsey was killed by a teacher).  Or the child gets a mentor with Lilith-like qualities, one who shelters, guides, and protects the native during exposure to dangerous activities in childhood, or during development of their own Lilith-like qualities (Helena Blavatsky, Barack Obama).
·         7th House Lilith gets a perfectionist partner with a rebellious or restless nature.  6th House Lilith is a perfectionist whose restlessness or rebellion gets channeled on the job.
6th House Lilith in Action
Let’s take a look at how many of the above attributes of 6th House Lilith operate in the life of our current President, Barack Obama.  Obama not only enjoys Black Moon Lilith in one of its strongest house placements, the 6th House, but his BML is partile conjunct Mercury at 2 degrees Leo, which strengthens it further, and both are partile conjunct an obscure fixed star, Talitha.  Having BML partile conjunct a planet and a fixed star is fairly rare, so an astrologer should start paying attention – this unusual configuration is important.  It does not explain how he became President, but it does shed a lot of light on how he chooses to wield power.
Barack Obama
In a nutshell, Lilith gives Obama’s Mercury its shape-shifting quality – he is an extremely facile communicator who appeases the liberals of his party while quietly agreeing with a more conservative agenda.  Obama is said to admire Ronald Reagan more than any other recent President, and aspects of his leadership do recall Reagan’s way of getting things done.  In the wake of the Newtown massacre, for example, much of the new anti-gun legislation died in committee, largely because Obama would not get behind it – he enjoys shooting military grade weapons at Camp David, and does not favor curbing the rights of legal gun owners.
Talitha is a lesser-known fixed star set smack in the paw of the Ursa Major constellation.  One thinks of a grizzly bear with a wicked fast paw.  An Arabic story behind this star refers to the “third leap of the gazelle”, which tells of a startled gazelle that leaped to three different points in the constellation.  Again, the idea is of fast motion in the service of self-preservation.
Talitha also means “daughter of the assembly”.  In the gospel of Mark, a ruler of the synagogue (assembly) comes to Jesus to tell him that his little daughter is close to death, hence “the daughter of the assembly”. 
So Jesus goes to the man’s house, where the child is near death or already dead, and says “Talitha Cumi” which means “daughter arise”.  It is a story of healing, compassion, and redemption, and Obama made this his 2008 campaign message.  It reflects both the healing of nation, with regard to its legacy of slavery, and the hope that the American economy would rise from the dead after the October 2008 banking disaster – it did, but never with the same vitality.  Obama may also have tapped the energy of this minor fixed star when he chose the title of his second memoir, “The Audacity of Hope”.
Obama’s Story
Obama experienced a wandering, far-flung childhood, shuttling back and forth between his grandparents in Hawaii, and his mother and step-father in Indonesia, where he spent four years living between the ages of six and ten.  It is difficult to know who or what his childhood mentors were like – his 1995 account “Dreams of My Father” is carefully shaped and tailored to the ears of his intended audience.  The fact that his mother was a Red Diaper baby who wanted nothing to do with her own race is most graciously glossed over, and the fact that his daughter’s nickname “Sasha” was a very common codename for KGB operatives is not mentioned at all.
What is known is that Obama had a powerful experience of shifting his shape, if not his skin, in three distinct cultures while growing up – the Third World, Muslim culture of Indonesia, the white Hawaiian culture of his grand-parents who were thrilled when he was accepted to the exclusive Punahou School, a breeding ground for Hawaiian leaders for at least 200 years, and the African-American culture which he had to access on his own without help from his family.  That Obama appeared to do well in all three cultures spoke to the power of his 6th House Lilith.  So does his wife’s revealing remark that he was “raised by wolves” – Michelle Obama is presumably privy to much of the story left out of “Dreams of My Father”.
Dreams of My Father
Not many people knew about the book when it was first published in 1995, when Obama was 34 years old.  Like most Americans, I did not pick the book up off a shelf at Barnes & Noble until it was reissued in 2004.  As I skimmed through it, glanced at the pictures, read the captions, and got a quick sense of his writing style – I felt a thrill of excitement.  Right then, I knew who had a damn good chance at the Presidency in 2008 – it was never going to be Hillary Clinton.  She was the darling of the American media, but many of the American people couldn’t stand her.
As a white American reader, I understood instinctively that Obama was publishing this book to explain exactly who he was to all Americans before asking them to vote for him as their first black President.  It was only later that I realized that this book was how he tossed his bid in the ring way back in 1995.  Obama would be elected to the state senate of Illinois less than a year after this book was published.  He was bored to tears in the Illinois Senate, and he anticipated this before even getting in the door.  This book was his way of making certain he didn’t get stuck there.  The same was true during his brief stint in the US Senate, where he accomplished very little, using the seat as a stepping-stone for his Presidential bid, and little more.  As a self-aware 6th House Lilith, he hated “paying dues” and knew how best to switch jobs fast.
Lilith in Virgo’s Natural House (the 6th House)
Lilith has some interesting results in this house.  Some of Virgo’s qualities are magnified.  Others get twisted or tainted, similar to what happens when 9th House Lilith meshes with the natural energy of Sagittarius.
Prolific Output from Hard Workers
Stephen King has published 50 novels and nearly 200 short stories over the course of a career that has spanned 40 years.  
Much of Steven Spielberg’s early work featured the sort of horror that was making a reputation for Stephen King as a novelist in the early 1970’s.   He got his big break with the movie “Jaws”, and has often referred to the grueling shoot as his professional crucible.  But he hit the jackpot even harder than King did; the 1975 film made him a household name, as well as one of America’s youngest multi-millionaires at the age of 31.  Spielberg is also notable for having made a film every year for the past 40 years; he is considered one of the most influential Hollywood filmmakers of all time.
In a similar fashion, Hillary Clinton has visited more countries and spent more time on a plane than any other Secretary of State with a four year term.  She reported using the flights as a chance to get work done with few interruptions, and she also apparently believed in a boots-on-the-ground strategy which emphasized face-to-face diplomacy.  While the American public remains deeply conflicted about her potential as a Presidential candidate, there seems little question that she would have made a very hard-working Commander-in-Chief.
Anderson Cooper is another 6th House BML who seems to be everywhere at once. Whether it’s on location for his own show, or as a CNN correspondent, or as a 60 Minutes correspondent, he probably logs more time in the air than Hillary did as Secretary of State.
Problems with Employers
It isn’t so much that 6th House Lilith fears losing a job because he or she is lazy, or not indispensable to the company.  Feeling exploited by an employer or a contract is often the bigger issue for these people.
Stephen King has switched publishers because he was convinced he wasn’t being paid what he was worth.  Later in his career, when he had more clout, he pulled the book, “Rage” from publication, and let it fall out of print, after a 14 year old boy quoted from the story before shooting and killing his teacher and two classmates.
Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Death Row Records altogether because he was convinced he wasn’t getting his due.
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan didn’t have his estimation of what he was worth belittled by employers, but in the eyes of many, he turned into a bit of an ass once he became the boss himself.  6th House Lilith can be a hard person to work for.
During his first season in the NBA, the 21 year old Jordan found himself “frozen out” when most of the other players on his team refused to pass him the ball because they were envious of him.  Lilith asserts herself early in the careers of 6th House natives.  Jordan didn’t let it get to him; he went on to win Rookie of the Year anyway.  That showed the “haters”.
While still a young man, he retired from basketball for the first time around age 30, citing exhaustion (which is how 6th House Lilith feels when he or she is bored out of his or her mind).  He switched to baseball, and then came back two years later.  Jordan was not concerned about the money or his reputation – the ability to do something else, to shape-shift on the job, was more important.
As an older man, Jordan became the first former NBA player to ever become the majority owner of a league franchise at age 47.  His Ketu maturation delivered groundbreaking career success – see my earlier article on executives who take the final steps toward their career dream around this age.  The next year, he took a hard stance on capping players’ income, telling one team owner, “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.”  His team bitterly rewarded him with the worst winning percentage in NBA history that year.
Mentors Who Absorb the Power of Lilith, Thus Shielding Their Proteges
When Stephen King was two years old, his father walked out on the family.  Under the pretext of going out to buy a pack of cigarettes, he left the house, and King never saw him again.
His mother ended up a poorly paid domestic, and King grew up nearly dirt-poor.  Of his mother, and his childhood, he wrote, “We were latchkey kids before there were latchkey kids, and she was a female wage earner when, basically, women did scut work and cleaned up other people’s messes….And I got a sense of who was being taken advantage of and who was lording it over the other people.”
King would have his own career problems as an adult, including a devastating car accident which slowed his prolific output and forced him into early retirement, but it does seem that his mother was the sacrifice.  Some children with a 6th House Lilith get a parent or mentor who deals with unusually difficult life circumstances – the child gets something of a “free pass”, but the parent or mentor is cursed, in rare cases.
Other children who cannot deflect the power of Lilith may end up dead the way Jon-Benet Ramsey did.
Why this happens in the 6th House is difficult to pinpoint, but it is a very different expression of Lilith from what is often seen in the 4th House, where one or more parents reject the child, or where the child finds the parents impossible to live with and rejects them as soon as he or she is old enough to be able to.  6th House Lilith usually commiserates with the sacrifices made by the parent or mentor – the animosity and resentment of the 4th House is largely absent.
Hillary’s Mom, Dorothy Howell Rodham
An even stronger example of this atypical Lilith is the impact on Dorothy Howell Rodham, the mother of Hillary Clinton.  Abandoned by her parents, the young Howell was sent unsupervised on a cross-country train to live with a grandmother so abusive that when she found Howell had gone trick-or-treating one Halloween, she ordered her confined to her room for a year, except to go to school.
At 15, Howell escaped the grandmother by going to work as a nanny for a family in San Gabriel, a position which paid $3.00 a week, and allowed her to attend high school.
In a particularly vicious attempt to exploit her daughter, Howell’s mother waited until she was 18, and then lured her back to Chicago, using the pretext that she would now be able to help Howell pay for college since she had remarried.  Upon her arrival, her mother instead said the offer was only to work as her housekeeper.  Howell fled her mother’s home, and never looked back.
Hillary Clinton has never been anything but supportive of her mother, who she credited as being one of her most important mentors, but a pattern of viciousness in the women of Clinton’s family tree leaves some questions about some of the colder aspects of Clinton’s personality.  Were I to side with her supporters, some of whom feel she is “twice the man” that Obama is, her mother’s lineage might have something to do with it.
When Lilith functions well…
There is a less bitter side to this unusual expression of 6th House Lilith.  Sometimes the child or youth gets a mentor who teaches them astrology, the Tarot, the I Ching, and the runes, and passes on a wealth of mythic knowledge, which the child develops an early fascination with.  Or the mentor may teach the young person to negotiate an unfamiliar culture or to improve his language skills enough to be understood (Arnold Schwarzenegger).  Or this person may shield the child from overly critical teachers without spoiling him.  The young person gets a balanced introduction to alternative lifestyles, and may grow up with a foot in both worlds, so to speak.

Some Final Observations on “Mean” and “True” Lilith
Black Moon Lilith is known as “Mean” Lilith – this is the most commonly used calculation. The Moon's Node is only "true" about twice per month, when the Moon is actually on it, for the rest of the time, it is as "untrue" as the mean Node.
Most astrologers today are using “Mean” Lilith.  I have found “Mean” Lilith to be more accurate across the natal charts that I follow.  The fact that it is a calculated point, rather than an actual physical entity, seems to give it a greater number of predictive associations in each of the houses.  The same is true for Rahu and Ketu in the Vedic system, and this is what first alerted me to the same potential for Black Moon Lilith – I am convinced that modern western astrology misses out on much of the information encoded in Lilith’s house placement because our tradition is weaker with regard to calculated points.
Vedic astrologers identified an age of “maturation” for Rahu and Ketu – the age at which the calculated point gives a potent result in the native’s life, according to house placement.  While nothing this specific shows up across the board with BML, I have noticed that it tends to be more active in childhood (4th House and 11th House, and sometimes 3rd House), late adolescence and young adulthood (6th House, 7th House, and sometimes 9th House), mature parenthood (5th House). 
Some people have a “heightened” Lilith that is active across the life span – these tend to be subjects with a tightly angular Mean Lilith, or in some cases, “True” Lilith, or those with either Lilith tightly conjunct a planet or fixed star. 
Fixed star conjunctions with Lilith affect everyone born across a given month – not all of these people experience Lilith strongly, or even perceptibly.   Where the native has several very tight fixed star conjunctions, Lilith tends to gather energy and manifest more strongly (Marilyn Monroe), but obviously even this phenomenon isn’t true for everyone.
Oscillating Lilith, or “True” Lilith, can show up in a subject’s life in rather unexpected ways, and should not be ignored, particularly if one perceives a heightened experience of Lilith in general.  When I first began writing this series, I felt certain of the 11th House quality of my natal “Mean” Lilith, but as I worked my way through Lilith in each house, I had to acknowledge that it was my “True” Lilith partile conjunct Sirius just inside the 10th House on the 11th House cusp that probably exerted a greater influence on the publication of this series.
What's Next?
What Did I Miss?
Qualities of 6th House Lilith – another excerpt of “Interpreting Lilith” by D.G. Jay
Meaning of the fixed star, Talitha, at 2 degrees Leo
Biography of Stephen King
Stephen King takes “responsibility” for a school shooting
Hillary Clinton spends a lot of time on airplanes
Dorothy Rodham, Mother and Mentor of Hillary Clinton, Is Dead at 92
Celebrities with 6th House BML
Very comprehensive overview of Lilith, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern Wiccca
A thoughtful analysis of the differences between “True” Lilith, asteroid Lilith, and Dark Moon Lilith, is included below, with keywords for each.  Kelly Hunter’s Black Moon Corridor is also discussed, a concept I have found useful in my own work with Lilith.
JUNE 27, 2014 UPDATE

Hillary Clinton's birth time is controversial, and is now most widely reported as 8:02 am on Oct 26, 1947 in Chicago, IL.  There is talk of her birth time being 8:02 pm instead, and I used a birth time around 11:45 pm which was available on the Internet when I originally wrote this article.  In truth, her actual birth time may never be publicly known.

Various hypothetical birth times for Hillary all have points to recommend them (which explains why accurate rectification without a known birth time can be highly speculative).  For a more in-depth look at the question of Hillary's possible birth time, check out, "What Time Was Hillary Born?"

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