Astrologer in Training – Chiron, the Wounded Healer

by Cindy Fadoir

 

chironI 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.

read more about Cindy Fadoir here . . .

an edited version of this article will also appear in Star Nations Magazine

Astrologer in Training – Mercury Retrograde

by Cindy Fadoir

planetsMany of you have heard of Mercury Retrograde. Many of you fear Mercury Retrograde. But do you really understand what occurs when Mercury goes retrograde and then back direct again? We had just completed the first bout of Mercury Retrograde for 2016 when I started writing this in January, so it is very much on my mind. I started to investigate this phenomenon to uncover the truth, depth and breadth that affects us all three or four times each year.

So what is Mercury Retrograde, anyway? Let’s start by explaining the ‘Retrograde’ part first. No planet actually travels backward as it orbits the Sun. But since we are viewing the planets from Earth, which is also orbiting the Sun, the path of the planets give an appearance of crisscrossing. The illusion of a planet appearing to move forward (direct), seeming to stop (station), and then reverse direction (retrograde) happens to all planets at some time or another, except for the Sun, Earth and Moon. A retrograde occurs when a faster moving planet passes between the slower moving planet and the Sun, with one of those planets being the Earth. The closer to the Sun, the faster the speed of the planet. Mercury and Venus are closer to the Sun and pass between the Earth and the Sun more than once a year. The other planets are further away from the Sun than Earth so the faster moving planet is Earth, which passes between the slower, outer planets and the Sun once every year.

To illustrate this planetary phenomenon, imagine a fast moving car catching up with and passing a slower moving car. As the faster car approaches the slower car, it appears to slow down and match the slower car speed for a time. Then, it appears to sling shot forward quickly as it overtakes the slower car, which now appears to be moving backward in a cloud of dust in relation to the faster car. Simple? As I said, it’s an illusion.

As a planet, Mercury is the smallest in our known solar system and the closest to the Sun. Mercury completes an orbit of the Sun each 88 days versus Earth’s orbit of 365 days, therefore Mercury passes between the Earth and the Sun generally three or four times each year. Astrologically, Mercury cannot be more than 28 degrees from the Sun so it speeds up during its direct, forward motion covering four Zodiac signs in three months and then slows to an apparent stop and retrogrades for three weeks waiting for the Sun to catch up.

So how does Mercury Retrograde affect us? Key words for Mercury are communication (in all forms including information gathering and computers), perception, ideas, and “how” we think. Mercury naturally rules the airy, intellectual sign of Gemini and the third house which influences information, lower education, personal ideas, and short distance travel.  Mercury also naturally rules the earthy, practical sign of Virgo and the sixth house which influences work, routine jobs and health. Miscommunications may occur or it’s just that our thinking is clouded by that speeding planetary dust. This can be as simple as frustrating arguments flaring up or the inability to complete a sentence effectively, so don’t take things too personally. Mercury retrograde periods are not good times to start new projects, sign contracts, make important moves, have surgery or start new jobs. During retrograde, check and double check travels plans. For the most part, Mercury Retrograde is a great time to slow down and internalize our communication, go within, reevaluate and reconnect to your deepest selves. It’s a good time to review and learn from recent experiences, reevaluate projects and tie up loose ends. We are encouraged to be disciplined and careful thinkers during this time. If worried about computers and other technologies, taking time to back up files and upgrade systems during Mercury direct is always wise.

Once Mercury shifts direct, an initiation of new thought and insights may occur as well as a change of retrograde-made decisions.

What does it mean to have Mercury in retrograde in your birth chart, as mine chart shows? Well, we think, communicate and learn differently, often more carefully than those with Mercury direct. We may feel as if we are inarticulate and easily misunderstood so we agonize over all forms of communication. We need to take our time to be sure we are authentic in our expression of ideas. We are deep thinkers, cautious decision makers and thorough students. This may explain why I’m always the last to submit my articles to Star Nations, making sure the writing clear and concise.

Mercury Retrograde dates for 2016:

Jan 5 – Jan 25, 2016

Apr 28 – May 22, 2016

Aug 30 – Sep 22, 2016

Dec 19, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

Hopefully I have succeeded in describing Mercury Retrograde so you are well armed to prepare for the next round of Mercury Retrograde. So start those projects, make that move, and back up those computers before April 15 and then surf the retrograde wave with confidence.

Until next month, may the Spring bring joy and the Sun bring blessed warmth.

 

read more about Cindy Fadoir here . . .

this article will also appear in Star Nations Magazine, March 2016 issue www.starnations.org 

Time To Let Go of Cozy

by Norma Zelenko

 

March comes in like a whisper, then the lake whips up and the roar is on.

No more sniffling over yesterday; time to defy gravity and get this fishy tail right out of the water. And hit the Green-teeth monster in the head with a frying pan. Oh yes.

Thousands of words read and said and off wandering without words in the stacks and shelves filled with stuff of the moon.

staring at candlesStaring at everything that flickers; waiting to hear the music.

Almost through my sixth decade and still talking to my imaginary friends.

Feeling most at home in the Garden; starting in the swing set at Raymond Street, then moving happily through it all standing on the teeter-totter, a foot firmly in both worlds, with blessed friends who whispered, “do not change”.

Here in this now, struggling to realize Death does not stalk her Children, but chooses them wisely and takes them gently into the realm of healing.

And all the while, the Ravens do not move from aside my heart, and the Crows do a fly-over for every trip… and the ancestors fly by on Ribbon, the magical horse, of course.

What more could I ask?

So time to say thanks for all the blessings, and the fish! And let go of cozy.  If pushing out the boat a little deeper means here there be dragons; then let it be.

No more fear of the ocean of emotions.  Where Monday lives, Friday always follows.  One day, I’ll have a flight to catch, but not today.

My heart has always been in the stars, but the body is not ready. I have chosen again to face the future; the storm is here. I can hear it roar.