Healing is the death of parts of one’s being, resulting in the birthing and (re)sustaining of new ways of thinking and interacting with the self. The concept is sooo much to me. It hurts. Yet it’s necessary to being whole. Healing has always been this vague term to me, something inside that was forever distant and difficult to articulate. There is a certain darkness that comes along with the word, a heavy work, and reshaping of the grim parts of the soul. Although we know the shiny result of healing, the journey seems dimmed with grunge and deep examination that some people may try to avoid. This word has been the focus of many intuitive astrologers and spiritualists alike and is the very thing many people are looking for. Luckily, there are several heavenly bodies that help us understand healing and the thick layers of reluctance, agitation, and liberation that come along with it.
One of these heavenly bodies is Chiron.
Discovered in 1977 by Charles Kowal, Chiron appeared to be coming out of the mouth of the ram in a constellation of Aries, answering the cry of healing that humanity needed. In western astrology, we know Chiron to represent the deepest pain that has come with us to the planet (as intuitive astrologer Sonja Marie would say). Chiron shows us our inadequacies, our personal wounds, places we may overcompensate, and in some cases, even our karmic debt. This asteroid teaches us what healing is and how to heal ourselves and others. It shows us our wounds, fresh and old ones, and teaches us how to heal them. Chiron has walked the path before us and knows which way is for our greatness wholeness. The process of healing is layered and dense, and Chiron shifts our consciousness in a way that new connections are formed, resulting in the repairing of wounds. It is through awareness that Chiron instructs us on how to heal.
The Centaur asteroids (there are a few like Chiron) serve as energetic portals between planets. Chiron connects the energies of Uranus and Saturn, which makes sense mythologically because Chiron was born of the union between the Titan Cronus and the goddess-nymph Phylira of Mount Pelion (Fiorenza). Cronus disguised himself as a horse to avoid being seen by his wife Rhea during his lovemaking with Phylira, resulting in their offspring Chiron, who was half horse and half human. Phylira (goddess of beauty, perfume, healing and writing, pure honey, elixir of the gods, protein of the future) abandons Chiron in a cave on Mount Pelion where he studied with the sage Apollo and learned the art and sciences of music, harmonics, healing, and other related arts of self-mastery (Fiorenza).
Chiron was ABANDONED by his mama of all people (or of all goddesses…)! Chiron was left in the dark, so he truly understands the murkiness that wounds carry. Chiron was emotionally wounded only to know how to work the mechanism of healing and beauty. One story reveals that Chiron was struck by one of Hercules’ poisonous arrows. He could not die because he was immortal. Although he was a great healer, he still felt the pains of the poison and could not heal himself. Giving up his immortality, Zeus placed Chiron in the stars as a tribute to his legacy. Chiron holds the key to life and immortality, and he knows how wounds are carried and resolved.
Chiron will station retrograde at 28 degrees Pisces on June 30th. This retrograde will last until December 5, 2017 at 24 degrees Pisces. Chiron understands the energy of Pisces because it is at home here. What better salve is there than the psychic two fish of this zodiac sign? Pisces is all about the ethereal, the subconscious, hope, imagination, and spirit. Admittedly, many of our wounds lie in our subconsciousness, and Chiron in Pisces works at that very level. Chiron has been in Pisces for a minute, but this retrograde will be impactful as Chiron calls us to revisit any wounds that hinder our wholeness. Chiron teaches us how to be undivided, and the lesson must be learned before liberation is accessible.
Because of this, Chiron should not be bound to the wounded healer archetype but should be received and conceived as an ascended master, just as any other spiritual force who has come to this realm of reality to assist us. With its Saturn-Uranus nature, Chiron directs us to mastery, teaching us how to be whole and how to break free from the damaged cycles triggered by our wounds. Chiron as an ascended master is not wounded any longer; it is not the small centaur stuck in a dark cave, abandoned by a loved one. Chiron has ascended to a higher state of existence and sparks our consciousness to an elevated place of healing. This is where Chiron’s Sagittarian energy initiates a creative ambiance that dares us to explore and employ the universe to receive the healing we know we deserve. Chiron’s healing balms bring wounds right in our faces (Saturn) and instruct us of new and innovative paths to healing them (Uranus). This is the lesson of Chiron’s retrograde; reconsider Chiron’s “wounded healer” epithet and allow the ascension of consciousness to bring holistic healing. As the master surgeon (who has mastered the medical arts) with such concise detail, Chiron tells us the exact methods of healing.
On Chiron’s healing and ascension properties, astrologer Nick Anthony Fiorenza states, “Chiron makes way from the bounds and limitations of our past structures in consciousness and established modalities of living and helps us to realize and integrate new alternatives and paths in life, as it helps us to break trail into a new and refined neurological resonance.” The archer of old points to a new paradigm that leads us to our personal balm.
I pull a card from the Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck with every post, and this card came up:
The Ursa Minor card is an interesting connection with mythology because the card depicts Arcas, born from a forbidden union between Zeus and the nymph Callisto (similar to the hoohaaa love-making that produced Chiron). Hera turned Callisto into a big bear when she found out. Arcas, the son of Zeus and Callisto, was hunting one day and almost killed the bear that was his mother. But Zeus intervened and made them both constellations. This card represents a hidden nature that lies beneath the surface. It is a call to “look deeper” to avert close calls and crisis (doing healing work to amend crisis). And that very description is Chiron actualized. Chiron’s quick Uranus nature makes us aware of the deep wounds below the surface of what we usually emit. The card has fish shown beneath the bear-shaped boat- a Piscean connection to healing and shadow work. This card also speaks to a chance encounter with someone who will cause both of you to ascend to levels of healing and understanding. Despite the torn, wounded past, Chiron is creating a honey solution to fix the gaping pains that crises have wrought and shifting our consciousness to new ways of approaching healing and wholeness.
- Sonja Marie. “Chiron..” wordlifeastrology.com
- Nick Anthony Fiorenza, “The Astronomy and Astrology of the Centaurs Chiron, Pholus, Nessus, Asbolus & Chariklo” 2001-2017.
- “Ascended Master Lord Chiron” cobalt.com.au