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“I was looking for the will of the wild. I was looking for how that will expressed itself in elemental vitality, in savage grace. Wildness is resolute for life: it cannot be otherwise; for it will die in captivity. It is elemental: pure freedom, pure passion, pure hunger. It is its own manifesto…
“…I wanted to live at the edge of the imperative, in the tender fury of the reckless moment, for in this brief and pointillist life, bright-dark and electric, I could do nothing else. By laying the line of my way along another, older path, I would lay my passions where they belonged, flush with wildness…
“… I would only know my deepest glee if I could dive into an ocean full of trilling fish. I wanted to climb mountains until I cracked with the same ancient telluric vigour that flung the Himalayas up to applaud the sky. I was, in fact, homesick for wildness, and when I found it I knew how intimately — how resonantly — I belonged there. We are charged with this. All of us. For the human spirit has a primal allegiance to wildness, to really live it, to snatch the fruit and suck it, to spill the juice. We may think we are domesticated but we are not….
“… wildness is flagrantly sexual – the longest passion of all species, the longing of daffodils for the spring sun, the thirsting of all roots for water, the sensual relationship between humanity and nature, humming with it, earthy to the core.
“To me, humanity is not a stain on wilderness…Rather human nature is one of the most striking realisations of wildness. It is as eccentrically beautiful as an ice crystal, as liquidly life-generous as water, as inspired as air. Kerneled up within us all, an intimate wildness, sweet as a nut. For the rebel soul in everyone then, the right to wear feathers, drink stars and ask for the moon.“
From the introduction to Wild: An Elemental Journey by Jay Griffiths
Kerneled up within us all, Lilith, the Dark Moon, yearning for expression, yearning to re-connect us with wildness and to our own wild nature.
I am always looking for Lilith, the most misunderstood part of the natal chart, digging around to get to the truth of her. I have written about her in the past — in the charts of writers, feminists and Joan Crawford. My colleague, Michael Wolfstar, has found her strong in the charts of comedians.
Lilith is our wildness, our savage mind. In your natal chart she is the black sickle. Where she is and what she aspects will show where you are at your most elemental, most pure. Lilith is not “good” or “bad” in the same way that a mountain or a forest is not good or bad. She simply is.
So much of our “civilised” culture is expended in suppressing and attacking Lilith: Satan, circumcision, deforestation. Civilisations is set up as the opposite of wildness, so that wildness defines civilisation by being the other.
The same is true in the natal chart. Civilisation is at its most obvious as Saturn, the keeper of time, the maker of walls and rules. What is the relationship between Lilith and Saturn in your chart? Lilith time is not the same as the time of clocks and watches, school bells and the news on the hour. When you are with Lilith, you are in the unfolding, spiral time of nature.
This book came into my hands last week: Lilith is trining my Sun. I opened it and found her voice.