by Cindy Fadoir
I am being encouraged these days to stretch in my astrological abilities. Chiron, the Wounded Healer may sound like a dark, unpleasant place to stretch to but it is the next logical step to take. It is time to stretch beyond the normal nine planet solar system learned in elementary school. The latest planet to be accepted as having astrological influence is Chiron, which was discovered in 1977. Images of Chiron can be found as far back as 1895 which allows an accurate plotting of its’ orbit in our solar system. Currently designated a minor planet and a comet, Chiron has characteristics of both asteroids and comets and therefore is also considered a ‘centaur’ asteroid.
This minor planet was named for the Greek mythological centaur, Chiron. His father was the Titan, Cronos (Saturn), and his mother was nymph, Philyra. Both parents had transformed into the form of a horse when Chiron was conceived, resulting in Chiron being half horse and half human. Upon his birth, he was abandoned and rejected by his mother. The psychological wound was eased when Apollo took Chiron under his wing and tutored him in the healing arts, music, poetry and prophecy. Later, Chiron was physically wounded by Hercules. Even though he was now a great healer, the painful wound would never heal, and because he was an immortal creature, he could not die.
The duality of this centaur represents a blend of animal instinct and human consciousness. The orbit of Chiron is highly eccentric. Mostly, the orbit is between Saturn and Uranus, therefore, this minor planet pulls influence from the conventional, traditional Saturn and the unconventional, revolutionary Uranus. Chiron helps us move from the chains of the past and into the possibility of the future. Chiron helps us move through the pain and go on with life, accept what is, gain insight and integrate the wisdom into our lives. Often considered soul wounds, Chiron assists in finding the hidden gifts of self.
Some of the keywords of Chiron are wound, healing, suffering, fusion, dilemmas, integration, balance, acceptance, wholeness, paradox, instincts, gifts, fragments, and pilgrimage.
Where Chiron appears in our natal chart gives insight into where we feel wounded. It may be from a past life and therefore an experience we need to endure and learn from in this life. It may represent a wound from early childhood by someone we trusted. As a soul wound, it really doesn’t matter which lifetime the wound initiated. What matters is how we accept, learn and use the wound in this lifetime. Often, the best way to learn is to teach others. Often, the best way to heal ourselves is to learn how to heal others. The Zodiac sign in which Chiron resides reflects the type of wound suffered and it can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It’s a healing journey that may last a lifetime. The following illustrates the wound and healing through each sign.
Chiron in Aries represents a wound of the sense of self or worthlessness. Healing may come through self-discovery, assertiveness and self-valuation.
Chiron in Taurus represents a wound of the body, self-worth, or insecurity, whether emotionally or financially. Healing may come through balance of body and soul, or enhancement of self-esteem.
Chiron in Gemini represents a wound of being misunderstood, possibly being extremely shy. Healing may come from be more outgoing or building more self-confident.
Chiron in Cancer represents a wound of emotional basis, possibly feeling un-nurtured. Healing may come from recognizing needs and learning to indulge or nurture self.
Chiron in Leo represents a wound to the inner child, ego or self-expression. Healing may come through learning and teaching creativity and playfulness.
Chiron in Virgo represents a wound of imperfection either in health or work. Healing may come through service to others either by volunteering or working in health field.
Chiron in Libra represents a wound in relationship to others, whether a rejection or codependence. Healing may come through grounding, balance and self-acceptance.
Chiron in Scorpio represents a wound of loss, powerlessness or worry. Healing may come through empathy and development of an appreciation for life.
Chiron in Sagittarius represents a wound of belief, spiritual crisis or intolerance. Healing may come reprogramming beliefs through understanding and modest teaching.
Chiron in Capricorn represents a wound of workaholic, power seeking or being ignored. Healing may come through self valuation and acknowledgement or self and others.
Chiron in Aquarius represents a wound of societal rejection and sense of isolation. Healing may come through accepting uniqueness, teaching tolerance and using technology for self-expression.
Chiron in Pisces represents a wound of crisis at universal level, depression or addiction. Healing may come through helping others, self-examination and protecting psychic self.
Everyone has Chiron in one sign or the other and therefore we all are wounded in some way. Hopefully, understanding where you are wounded may assist you in accepting the wound and working toward a healing.
Until next month, may the Spring bring blossoms and the Stars bring delight.
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an edited version of this article will also appear in Star Nations Magazine