Chiron was discovered in 1977 by Charles T. Kowal. His size, position and behavior are unusual in comparison to other planetary bodies. Therefore, he has been classified as a comet and a maverick. He orbits between Saturn and Uranus, linking the traditional planets with the outer transpersonal planets. This means, Chiron is our bridge from the personal to the transpersonal, from the known (visible) to the unknown, from the old to the new and from the traditional to the progressive/futuristic.
Chiron is the product of a union between Cronus (Saturn) and the nymph Philyra. Their mating happened after they had changed into a horse and a mare. Thus, Chiron was born half-man, half-horse, which disgusted his mother. Repulsed by his appearance, Philyra rejected her child at birth and begged the Gods to change her into anything other than what she was. Consequently, she was turned into a linden-tree and Chiron was abandoned. He would be found later on by Apollo, the Sun god, who became his foster-father and taught him many skills, such as music, prophecy, poetry and healing. Chiron became a wise man, teacher, guide, musician, healer and shaman. He was also the mentor of many famous Greek heros. Hercules was one of them and during a row with other centaurs, he accidentally wounded Chiron with a poisoned arrow. The wound was incurable and Chiron was overcome with unceasing agony, which caused him to retreat into his cave and suffer silently. As an immortal, he could not be released from the wound and was unable to heal himself. Eventually, Chiron found a way to be relieved from his pain by trading places with Prometheus, who had been chained to a rock by Zeus and had his liver picked by an eagle every day (it would regrow overnight) for stealing fire from the Gods and giving it to humanity. Part of his sacrifice was that Chiron gave up his immortality, which allowed him to die and thus, released him from his suffering.
Based on his mythology, Chiron’s archetype is that of the wounded healer. Chiron’s placement in the chart reveals an area of woundedness, referring in particular to issues of abandonment, rejection, pain and suffering, we seem unable to heal from, but through the wisdom we gained from these experiences we have the ability to heal and guide others in this area. Moreover, healing can come about through shedding light on the ‘wound’, bridging or linking body and soul and personal sacrifice.
Chiron will make ingress to Aries and cross over the Aries Point, where “the personal becomes political” early tomorrow morning at 1:07 am PST. He will be transiting this cardinal fire sign, the first sign of the zodiac, until June 19, 2026 and then will return to Aries a last time from September 18, 2026 to April 14, 2027. Chiron first made ingress to Aries last year on April 17 and stayed until September 26. On the day of the ingress last year, Saturn stationed retrograde in Capricorn. At that time, a theme or issue related to Chiron in Aries came forward and this would have involved an existential struggle that required an act of courage, initiative or self-assertion, which could have brought the fighting spirit out of us. With Saturn stationing on the same day, this involved a matter of structure, authority and control. For instance, I received my first hydro bill that day and it was a lot higher than I had expected. Once I checked my daily usage I noticed some discrepancies. This caused me to confront my landlord and the hydro company, because I was not going to accept this bill. It turned out they had invoiced me for the wrong meter. However, I was the one, who had to take charge of the issue in order to get it resolved.
With Chiron in Aries, the wound is one related to our very existence, survival and sense of Beingness or “I am” that forces us into activity as well as survival and fighting mode and also motivates us to initiate a course of action and conquer whatever is in front of us. In this regard, a whole new chapter is starting that requires a whole new approach, which has the potential to release us from the victimization, sacrifice and suffering of the last years if we live up to the challenges and struggles we’ll be undergoing for the duration of Chiron’s transit through Pisces.
In sync with this ingress, two new synodic cycles start tomorrow as well when Venus is meeting Saturn in conjunction in Capricorn and Mercury is joining Neptune in Pisces. So, these merged energies are affecting Chiron’s transit through Aries and they indicate that we have a chance now to lay down a foundation for our emotional and material needs, attachments and ambitions and work on the realization of our values and goals, while making use of our talents, worth and assets to achieve what we desire. At the same time can we shape and envision ideas and plans based on dreams, ideals and expectations or projections we’ve been fantasizing about, while being receptive and connected to everything that resonates with us. To sum it up, we have to be realistic about our worth and aware of our expectations in order to conquer our woundedness and problems.
Furthermore, the Sun in Aquarius and Pallas in Libra engage in a trine in the last degrees of their respective signs, before the Sun will make ingress to Pisces and Pallas stations retrograde. What this implies is that our personal inspiration has resulted in last minute maneuvering, negotiating or arranging for a personal cause. And this lead us into the Virgo Full Moon, which brings the Aquarius lunation cycle to its climax. The Sabian Symbol for the Virgo Full Moon states: “In a portrait, the significant features of a man’s head are artistically emphasized. Keynote: The capacity to picture oneself clearly, the salient features and the overall meaning of any life situation – DISCRIMINATION.” (Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 150-151). What a perfect expression for the Mercury- Neptune conjunction in Pisces!
The Sun’s ingress to Pisces corresponds to a period when we seek to go with the flow, when we yield and bend and are generally more compassionate, idealistic and sensitive, when we attune to our self-image, seek closure, synthesis and transcendence, when we envision our life based on dreams and longings and when we strive to become whole and also part of a larger reality. Whereas Pallas stationing retrograde in the last degree of Libra ushers in a period when we feel urged to review our strategies, tactics and approach, in particular what matters of balance, harmony, assessment, fairness and relationships concerns. All of these energies contribute to tasks we’re facing during Chiron’s transit through Aries.
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