The healing power of Chiron

I love the picture of Jacinda Ardern lighting up the world’s tallest building (see my post on FaceBook if you haven’t seen the photo), especially when you realise that the building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE 

The Astrology of the last few days reflects the healing that has been happening after the horrific events of the Christchurch mosque massacre last Friday – with the Sun coming to join Chiron in Aries just as Jacinda Ardern announced the ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer – often a wounding has to happen, or be re-opened, in order for the healing to take place – so it can be a very painful process, but one that ultimately results in healing. The weapons ban came right on the Equinox, just as the Sun went into Aries (the sign associated with warfare and violence, in its negative manifestations) and approached the healing energy of Chiron at 1 degree Aries.

Then the following day, Friday, the Moslem holy day and exactly a week after the massacre, the Sun joined with Chiron – and what an amazing display of compassion and solidarity was shown not just in NZ but all around the world 

So much healing has come from this nightmare 

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Chiron into Aries 2019

chiron vase paintingChiron moves into Aries on Mon 18 Feb 2019, bringing its healing energy to the issues that have been uncovered by Uranus journeying through this sign over the last 7 years.  These issues that are now prime for the healing energy of Chiron relate to the negative side of Aries and its ruler Mars such as wars and conflicts, violence (family violence especially), and toxic masculinity – with all that is included in that term. 

Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer.  We all have Chiron in our birth chart, representing a wounding that we carry, usually from childhood.  When we acknowledge that wounding and transform it, we can then step into our own ability to bring healing to others.

The potential for healing here is to transform the toxic masculinity that is rampant in our culture, affecting men as well as women, and bring about a collective shift into the conscious masculine warrior energy of Aries, where respect and protection for all are naturally given.  

I also feel that under Chiron in Aries, non-violence will increasingly be used as an alternative to warfare to bring about conflict resolution.  It’s currently being used to great effect by the Extinction Rebellion movement in the UK, using civil disobedience as a way to protest against government inaction on climate change.

Chiron is in Aries till 2026-27, so it’s not going away any time soon! 

For more on Chiron in Aries, watch my Astrology of 2019 webinar recording. 

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Chiron into Aries

chiron vase painting

 

Chiron moves into Aries on Tues 17 April.  Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer, bringing awareness to our wounding at a collective level and offering the possibility of healing.

To get an idea of the effect of Chiron through a sign, let’s look back at Chiron in its previous sign, Pisces.   From 2010 Chiron was in Pisces, the sign associated with the oceans and water generally.  As soon as Chiron went into Pisces, the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, spilling oil into the ocean there and causing widespread pollution and devastation. Following that came the Fukushima nuclear disaster, spilling radioactive waste water into the Pacific Ocean, killing its marine life.  More recently we have become keenly aware of the devastating effects of plastic pollution in the oceans, and even the microplastics now in our drinking water.  These are all examples of the many ways that we have contaminated the precious waters of this planet.

There has been a healing side to Chiron in Pisces though, through the projects that have been launched to address these issues, often by young people.  One outstanding example is the Ocean Clean-Up project launched in 2013 by the young Dutch inventor/entrepreneur Boyan Slat when he was just 19.  His TEDx talk on the subject went viral and he was able to raise sufficient funds through crowd-funding to launch his project in earnest. This project provides an intelligent and simple, energy-efficient way of removing plastics from the ocean and transforming them into a new resource, in this way funding their project and making the whole enterprise self-financing.

Chiron in Pisces can also describe the collective journey of addressing the issue of child sexual abuse within the Christian church, which has really come to a head during Chiron’s time in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of the fish, the early symbol of the Christians in Rome. Pisces has deep associations with martyrdom and redemption, the central themes of Christianity, and sexual abuse has been a deep wounding within the Christian church for a very long time – bearing in mind that cycles of Chiron are around 50 years.  Finally there is a healing of sorts, as victims can tell their stories and be heard, and the old paradigm falls away and is relegated to history, as a new consciousness emerges.  There are many astrological players in this, from Uranus in Aries changing our attitudes to sexuality, to Saturn’s recent entrance into Capricorn coinciding with the launch of the TimesUp campaign, all against the background of Pluto in Capricorn, changing forever the way that power works (or is abused) within the establishment.

 

So what will Chiron moving into Aries mean for us?

As Chiron moves into Aries, Uranus reaches the end of its 7-year journey through Aries.  Uranus is the Great Awakener, and its passage through Aries has seen a massive awakening of sexuality, from Tantric sex moving from the fringes to a much more mainstream presence, and the prevalence of pornography easily accessible through the internet.  As Chiron moves into Aries, I feel that we will become more aware of the collective wounding that has taken place through (for example) young people viewing pornography online and taking this essentially as their sex-education, with all the distortions of human relating that encompasses.  The healing side of Chiron in Aries could be provided by the transformation brought about by embracing sacred sexuality (especially with Uranus about to go into sensuous Taurus).

Other possibilities for Chiron through Aries include a growing awareness of the collective wounding brought about through wars, and from this, bringing the potential for healing of that primitive impulse that sparks wars.