“In the Universe there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors” ~William Blake~
Often called “the bridge” the minor planet Chiron travels between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus acting as a connecting arch between the personal planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn) and transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto). I like to think of Chiron more in terms of its astrological glyph, the symbol of a key as opposed to a bridge. To me, Chiron appears to act as a key, unlocking doorways and initaitory gates to uncharted territory both psychic and physical. Chiron’s placement in the astrological chart is said to represent an area of ourselves where we are wounded, where we are trying to heal, and how we can help others heal. He is known as the “Wounded Healer” based on his mythological legacy. An immortal centaur deity, he became wounded by an arrow with poison Hydra blood (known for causing wounds that would never heal). Chiron sacrificed his immortality in a deal with father-god Zeus to take the place of Prometheus (the rebellious deity who gave fire to humanity) who would be released from being chained to a rock and enduring the daily torture of having his liver eaten by an Eagle and then regenerated every night only for it all to happen again.
Chiron was also well versed in magic, teaching, and astrology as well as healing so the story goes, some people have assigned Chiron as the planet symbolizing astrology and astrologers. So how is it that we have a healer who cannot heal their wounds? This brings up a deeper question for me though. What is healing? This word gets thrown around so often in new age circles that I am not sure we are using it correctly. Myself included. So what lessons can we draw from using Chiron as our inspiration for how we heal and where we are broken? Of course we all have trauma (another buzz word) in our lives, happening, happened, and bound to happen. The combination of our wounds and trauma lead me to believe that this is a natural part of the order of the life. I hate suffering. I hate when people are in pain, all I can think about is how much I do not want the person to be in a pain anymore. When I am in pain all I can think about is how much I do not want to be in pain anymore. Is that the sign of healer? Or is it when someone can believe that healing is possible? True healing, the integration of the pain becoming a part of the physiology, the DNA, down to the etherial level transformed and forgiven.
When life knocks us down, and it inevitability will on a sliding scale of severity, we can choose to look at the experience from an emotional standpoint, a personal one, or as an abstract event (that happened to me) but I disassociate from that. What if we experience these traumas on all levels, but only acknowledge the one we feel most comfortable facing. What is true healing? Am I bound by ancestral trauma? By this life’s experiences so far or am I able to separate myself from them and release them from my being? We hear the phrase “release what no longer serves you.” But we need to ask ourselves, how do we know if something is no longer serving us? Is our story, the traumas, the experiences that we play over in our minds, pushed beneath the surface, or hidden in our place of shadow, not constantly serving a purpose for us? They are feeding a narrative that brings us to the brink of something. To a deeper understanding and provides us context for how we show up in the world. It really is time to ask ourself some tough questions regarding our reliance and dependence on the story that made us who we are. Now I am not trying to invalidate anyone’s experience. I know full well that our life stories, the narratives we have created based on our experiences, are valuable pieces of identity, valuable assets to human existence, diversity, creativity, and dare I say it; for healing.
Chiron entered Pisces in 2011 and has been making a slow journey through this sign for the past seven years. It now moves into Aries on approximately April 17th 2018 where it take another long journey of healing through the sign of unabashed independence. Chiron moving into Aries is significant both astrologically and spiritually. Chiron moving through Pisces for the last seven years has given us the opportunity as a collective to explore our subconscious and our psychic wounds. With Chiron in Aries we now have an opportunity to heal our anger and rage towards the traumas we have experienced. Trauma denotes harsh upsets and disturbing life events and Aries, ruled by Mars is a pure expression of anger, rage, and emotional release. This is our opportunity to break our chains so we can rewrite our narrative, as the planet symbolizing healing wisdom moves through Aries, a sign of initiation and new beginnings. We have been able to merge with Chiron while it was in Pisces and now we are made whole again so we can start a new journey. I feel Chiron passing through Aries is giving us an opportunity to break our bonds, just as Prometheus was released from his bondage and chains.
I will be reading Melanie Reinhart’s book “Chiron and the Healing Journey” in the next couple of months and am really looking forward to expanding my understanding of this planet and incorporating Chiron’s insights into readings. I am curious, what are your thoughts and experiences with Chiron? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org!