Alternate name: Wounded Warrior, Wounded Healer
Why is it important? Orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, Chiron is a comet that astrologers believe is responsible for determining our deepest spiritual wounds and darkest insecurities. Oftentimes, this corresponds to patterns developed early in childhood.
Mythology: In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur of exceptional character and intelligence (he was also, as legend goes, and astrologer). Son of the Titan Chronus and half brother of Zeus, Chiron was a teacher of both gods and men. As legend goes, he sacrificed his immortality to allow Prometheus to bestow the gift of fire to mankind.
What it means for your sign: The placement of Chiron in your house and sun sign determines what your recurring issues are. These might be fears, inadequacies, insecurities, or perceived failures. While that might seem intimidating, Chiron also presents you with an opportunity to change and grow. Instead of living in your wound, confronting Chiron allows you to process personal trauma and damage to move forward. It also helps you relate to others in your community. Because of the work Chiron demands, it can also foster abilities to heal.
Retrograde lowdown: Chiron does go retrograde, but even though the comet carries a lot of heavy baggage, fear not. Chiron turning retrograde can be a great opportunity to check in with yourself and really apply the lessons you’ve learned about yourself and what you need in your life.
Transits: Chiron takes about fifty years to complete a full transit. When transiting Chiron is opposite, square, or conjunct to your natal sun, you’re likely to experience a crisis of confidence, and feel questions arise about your self worth. This is the time to confront any unresolved issues or ideas that are keeping you from moving forward.
When transiting Chiron is sextile or trine to your natal sun, your flaws and weaknesses begin to transform and show throw as strengths.
When Chiron transits in your Venus sign, the same questions about value and old wounds start to appear in your romantic life. You may be forced to redefine your relationships, and how you conduct yourself with your significant others.
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