How I Use My Personal Experience as a Black Woman in Astrology To Empower All

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For as long as I can remember—long before the astrological and spiritual path found me—I’ve felt extremely intuitive. It was just normal, natural, and easy for me to have access to hidden information (my sun, Mercury, and Pluto are in Scorpio) or to have a deeper understanding of the truth in situations around me. I may not have always listened to this information, but it was there, whether in the form of prophetic dreams or the ability to tap into the thought patterns of others during conversations.

Growing up, I channeled my intuition into creative pursuits; I studied and played classical violin for years, and throughout most of my twenties, I worked in aesthetic-focused industries like beauty and fashion. I always managed to go after my goals with vigor and energy, even in the face of suppression and microaggressions that I experienced in my professional life as a Black woman. I owe this strength to my matriarchal lineage and to the Black women who taught me through example—a reality that is deeply reflected in my astrological chart.

Black Moon Lilith is a divine feminine archetype in ancient biblical mythology, which is also an archetype used to describe the energy in astrology. The truth behind the archetype is shrouded in mystique, and that's fitting because it's the shadow self and energy that is deeply repressed in individual life. The placement that I use is the lunar apogee, or the farthest point on the moon’s orbit. It is not a planet, but the dark void of the moon. My first house of self and identity connects with my moon, adding this dark feminine struggle to who I am and the women in my family lineage.

My paternal grandmother, Adama (who I’m named after) is from Freetown, Sierra Leone, a small, beautiful country on the west coast of Africa. She worked to send my father, uncle, and my aunts to the United Kingdom and the United States to have more prosperous opportunities than they'd have back home. Sierra Leone was a British colony at the time (it gained independence in 1961 and became a republic in 1971), and my family was economically exploited there, so my grandmother insisted that her children relocate.

In the 1940s and '50s, my maternal grandmother was the first in her family to attend a four-year college. She became the first Black teacher in a majority white school district. She made it a point to share the truth behind our ancestry and integrate Black history into her lesson plans. Because of her strength to push back against racism and challenges as a working Black woman during the civil rights movement, her students would leave her classroom and go out into the world more awakened than other students.

Astrology gave me the template I needed to heal my black divine feminine, and reclaim my power through Lilith.

When I’ve observed the experience of the other women in my family, I constantly hear their stories of being paid the lowest, not being respected, or having to work harder than others. It was my story, too, but through astrology and my spiritual practice, I realized that this was an ancestral karmic loop that I needed to shift in this lifetime. Astrology gave me the template I needed to heal my black divine feminine, and reclaim my power through Lilith. It’s not to say that these things don’t happen to me, but they don’t stop me from manifesting better opportunities. This is another reason why I choose—and also encourage my clients—to be an independent business owner or go after that side hustle to reclaim said power.

It’s a false belief that people of all backgrounds and cultures can’t feel empowered by the story of a Black female archetype. The drive and inspired action of my grandmother is an example of the women in my lineage going against the grain, despite facing obstacles like oppression. This is the fierce mother-protector energy that I’ve grown up with, and when I share the nuggets of wisdom that I've gained through my experience with my clients, it encourages them to find their own intuition and power within themselves.

Every woman in my family was a pillar of strength and alchemy, constantly turning lemons into lemonade. I don’t know any other way to be as a result of seeing how they not only survive but work to thrive in a world that was not built for them. For this I am grateful, and without them, I would not have had the courage to be where and who I am today.

Every astrologer brings their own perspective and point of view into their readings, and mine is through the lens of being an American Black woman.

My astrological work is Lilith Astrology, named after the dark feminine archetype in Astrology. Her experience is of not only the women in my family, but women of color who face suppression in terms of both race and gender. The wisdom I share from my experience and intuition, integrated with my knowledge of astrology can be tremendously healing to all of humanity. Every astrologer brings their own perspective and point of view into their readings, and mine is through the lens as an American Black woman. Lilith can represent suppression, but this placement can also be the best teacher, and is a powerful tool in healing the divine feminine that is within everyone.

In terms of your personal chart, understanding the full depth of the dark goddesses story can help bring limitations to light in order to shift unfavorable patterns in your life. Lilith is the ultimate shadow work. Shadow work is essentially when you bring unconscious trauma and experiences to light in order to heal. This is not only what it did for me, but I was able to feel more empowered as the creator of my own reality. It’s my life’s work to spread the knowledge I’ve gained through healing to empower humanity.

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