The Asteroid Lilith Discovery


Marc Jones wrote very little on the nodes, so last month we took a turn with several other authors and highlighted their work on the nodes. Naturally, we found some better than others like Martin Schulman, Georges Muchery and Bernice Grebner, but in all honesty we did not survey Dr. Mohan Koparkar, Haydn Paul and the Hubers, so this month, June,we are going to continue our with the nodes, highlighting them.

Each month we will be discussing another popular asteroid or transneptunian planet. This month we start the parade with Asteroid Lilith which discovered on February 11, 1927 at 11 pm Parisian Time  by Benjamin Jekhowsky, himself a Russian emigre born of noble parentage, at the French Observatoire De Paris, the national astronomical observatory of France. The observatory was founded by Louis XIV at the instigation of J.-B. Colbert, and construction at the site in Paris began in 1667. It was enlarged in 1730, 1810, 1834, 1850, and 1951 and now houses the headquarters of the International Time Bureau, where the standardization of time occurs for the world’s observatories.

Gian Domenico Cassini, the Italian born French astronomer, was the first of four generations of his family to hold the post of director of the observatory. He was born  Jun 08, 1625 · Perinaldo, Kingdom of Genoa, Italy and died Sep 14, 1712 in Paris, France. The NASA Cassini space probe was named in his honour. The list of all 75,000+ asteroids with their numerical designation can be found here.

Asteroid Lilith is conjunct the Midheaven at its initial debut and is trine Saturn in Sagittarius and just barely, the Aquarian Sun. Apropos to its namesake, it almost has a second grand trine, this time in water, but is missing something in Scorpio. Searching, we found Asteroid Diana, the Virgin huntress, at 18.50 Scorpio. In Greek Myth she is Artemis, the daughter of Selene (the Moon) and Zeus (Jupiter). The Asteroid Lilith is at Leo 7, “the constellations in the sky, ” a symbol that her discovery and subsequent naming was in tune with the infinite. The ascendant at 30 Libra supports that as it is at an anaretic (critical) degree.

There are 3 Liliths used in astrology. The Asteroid Lilith which takes 4 years to orbit the Sun; Black Moon Lilith popularized by Demetra George & Dark Moon Lilith also known as the Waldemath Moon or Sepharial’s Moon. We will survey the others in succeeding months. Only the asteroid is a real astronomical body, the others are like the transneptunians, hypothetical.

According to Martha Lang Westcott, the asteroid Lilith signifies, “important decisions regarding competition and / or playing to win.”


Calling Asteroid 1181

Asteroid 1181 Lilith was named after Lili Boulanger a French classical composer not as many believe the Gnostic dark shadow of Eve, Lilith — that is Dark Moon Lilith. Lili was the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. Her older sister was the famous composition teacher Nadia Boulanger. She rose to fame quite early, when it was discovered when she was two years old, that she had perfect pitch. Her parents, both of whom were musicians, encouraged their daughter’s musical education.

Her mother was Russian Princess Raissa Myshetskaya (Mischetzky), who married her Paris Conservatoire teacher, Ernest Boulanger (1815–1900). Boulanger himself had won the Prix de Rome in 1835 and was was 77 years old when she was born. His father, Frédéric Boulanger, was a noted cellist as was her grandmother Juliette, for whom she was named (Marie Juliette Olga Boulanger). Her father, Ernest, died when she was 7; her mother succeeded her and lived until 1935. Her famous younger sister, Nadia, died in 1979 at 92.

This piece was composed the year she died in memoriam.

Alas Lili was just 24 when she died March 15, 1918 of tuberculosis but in her short life made a great impression in the music world that noted composers wrote music for her that artists still perform. For her chart we picked a morning time that is not fully rectified because of our lack of biographical data.

Lili Boulanger was a Locomotive. The empty houses are highlighted in peridot, the gemstone of her birth month August. In her chart, the yet to be discovered Lilith namesake asteroid is at 7.18 Virgo conjunct her Mercury in a fast mental chemistry position. Asteroid Siwa for sound is at 2.43 Virgo and Asteroid Pandora (unexpected surprises) is partile her Mercury as is Asteroid Photographica. That is prescient — we have lots of photographs of Mademoiselle Boulanger but no recordings.

This hypothetical birth time gives her an ascendant of 23 Virgo or SS “animal trainer” that shows her adroitness and patience in subduing her passions to perfect her craft. It is also conjunct her Saturn, highlighting in her short life the importance of her father and then grandfather.

Interestingly, like Aubrey Beardsley, also born on August 21 in London, she was devoted to things black & white (in her case the piano keys, his drawing) and both died of tuberculosis. None of the asteroids are shown, but asteroid Diana, the Roman equivalent of the Moon goddess and virgin huntress, is conjunct her Sun at 28 Leo, Asteroid Memoria, for memories and memorials, is partile her ascendant sometimes these things are just uncanny.

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