Chiron:The Wounded Healer

Chiron is both Archetype of The Wounded Healer and Your Soul Key. When Chiron travels through a sign it will bring the old wounds to the surface for healing.

Chiron is travelling through the sign of Aquarius from 2005 until February 2011. During this time we are being asked to heal old wounds around being part of the human race, of being in a group. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so it is challenging our deeply held beliefs and ideas that no longer serve us.

To understand Chiron we need to look at his story.

THE MYTH
Chiron was a centaur, half man and half horse and unusual because he was wise and civilised. He was the child of Cronos (Saturn) and Phyllra. Saturn, king of the gods at the time, was highly sexed and chased all the goddesses. Phyllra was a nymph who tried to escape from him by turning herself into a horse. But Saturn found her, turned himself into a horse and raped her.

Chiron was born half human and half horse. Phyllra refused to even look at her baby, calling him an abomination. So Chiron was rejected by his mother.

He was adopted by Apollo, the Sun God who was his teacher (see pic above). Chiron was brave, wise and warm hearted with healing skills. He was the astrologer-teacher, a mentor who initiated heroes including Achilles, Orpheus, Jason and Hercules. He became their mentor and like a foster parent to them. He was the priest king of the centaurs.

One day at a party he gets accidentally wounded by a poisoned arrow dropped by Hercules onto his thigh. In agonising pain he could not heal himself, nor could he die because he was half immortal.

Eventually the gods let him swap places with Prometheus, who was being punished daily. Chiron was willing to give up his immortality so Prometheus could be released. This act of heroism was rewarded by the gods who placed him in the heavens as the constellation of Sagittarius.

“Chiron also considers the ultimate act of heroism to be the transformation of self. In this regard the mythological god, Chiron, gave up his immortality in order to save another, stating in mythological terms that the teacher must die in order for the student to truly live.”

Chiron’s story is also about shame. Chiron is rejected by his mother simply for being himself. And often Chiron’s placement in the natal chart indicates where we are carrying some deep shame about who we are. What isn’t perfect about us often becomes an incredible cross to bear. And even if we work hard to hide it or deny it, that shame lurks in the shadows, waiting to erupt. And when Chiron connects with a personal planet it gets triggered.

CHIRON KEYWORDS
Maverick, Holistic Healer, Ecologist, Mentor, Rainbow Bridge, Shaman.

THE ASTRONOMY
Chiron has an affinity with Sagittarius and also with Virgo as the sign connected with healing and medicine. It has a very elliptical orbit of 50 years and it originated from the Kuiper Belt near Pluto. This area is full of cosmic debris, thought by many to be left over from the Big Bang, the Creation of the Universe. Pluto represents the Underworld, or what lies hidden and buried from us deep in the unconscious mind.

Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus
The last visible planet in our solar system, Saturn is pure form, structure, past orientated and totally predictable. Saturn is Old Father Time and Death, the ending of all things. Uranus represents the Rebel, the eccentric, the future and is totally unpredictable. Uranus is out to shock and cares nothing for morals. Thus Saturn v Uranus represents the old versus the new. The old fogy versus the teenager.

SHAMAN
Chiron acts as a Bridge between these energies. It’s aim is to bring structure to innovative ideas. Chiron is a KEY, a Gateway and is not restricted by time. Rather it represents the shaman’s journey. As Saturn opposes Uranus 5 times commencing Nov 4 2008 until 2010 it is vital to bring these energies together.

BODY/MIND SPLIT
Chiron is half man, half horse. This split is the division between the lower instinctual half with the upper higher spiritual half. In the body the lower chakras are to do with the physical and material realm of survival, emotions such as fear, fight or flight.

In the birth chart we have this split in the horizon between day and night. We incarnate from the 12th house (the womb) into the 1st (the physical body)- a major transformation between two worlds. We have all been on a Shaman journey by the mere fact of being born!

This is a split between the conscious and unconscious. Chiron is associated with the 6th house of healing and the sign of Virgo. The 6th house shows our habits, our daily rituals and is the daily rituals such as brushing our teeth, that affect our well being.

The most important shift in healing today is the recognition of the power of the mind. As Mercury governs Virgo this brings in the concept of daily practise using communication through ‘doing’. Virgo is an earth sign which is essentially practical.

Pioneers such as Louise Hay in 1984 knew the power of daily affirmations to retrain the mind and bring wholeness.

HEALING YOUR CHIRON STORY
Human beings are story tellers. We need to let others tell their stories so we can appreciate their efforts, their struggles and their successes. But if the story is being repeated constantly then it’s time to look at what lies at its root.

The dark stories come from the unconscious which speaks to us through metaphors and symbols. Once understood they can be reframed and the mind shown that it’s now helpful to let go of its long held beliefs.

Source: Healing Stars (internet)

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