On April 17th, 2018, Chiron enters Aries for the first time in 51 years! Those of you around this age are about to enter your Chiron Return phase, a full-on culmination of your healing journey. The confrontation of full on self-love, acceptance, and claiming of your gifts and talents. The rest of us are of course in some type of phasal relationship with Chiron, and are each of us in an important phase of renewal, as Chiron completed his full cycle through the 12 signs. Chiron will retrograde briefly into Pisces for one last final integrational hurrah, and then solidify his realm in Aries for the next 8½ years until 2027.
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The last time Chiron was in Aries was roughly 1968, until roughly 1977 (there are retrograde cycles tailoring in on both ends briefly). Collectively, we were trying to do something new in exclaiming who we were. This time period included the ending of the Vietnam War, the mass flower power movements of the 60s and 70s, and the re-emergence of power for many people who have been historically & socially oppressed (women, African Americans, Native Americans, the LGBTQ Rainbow Community and more). There were a lot of individualized stories that all seemed to stem around very similar issues: taking back of personal power, and being recognized as equal members of the human tribe. This calls in the polarity point of Aries, which is Libra. We always look to the opposite sign to understand further how we can heal distortions of the archetypes.
There were also strong collective environmental movements. The first Earth Day was in 1970, just shortly after Chiron’s ingress into Aries. Of course, there are other astrological factors in all of the above-mentioned movements, but Chiron was in Aries nonetheless, and contributed to the tensions, and energy of healing initiation. Chiron is a bridge planet, one that connects and bridges our unconscious and conscious layers of being. There is also the bridging of collective and individual interests, and therefore our healing path is also quite connected to social activism & change, which brings us to social healing, which then comes back to us as individuals as well.
Chiron in Aries is following Uranus’ transit through Aries, and I view this as a way of “cleaning up after” or “finishing what was started” in the Uranus in Aries time of the past 7 years. Uranus is associated with upsets, erratic and sudden changes, and you may have felt a bit of jarring in terms of your impulses, passions, and connecting with a new element of your personal identity. You may feel like a completely new person than you were 7 years ago, which is normal. Our cells completely renew themselves every 7 years, and so of course this is mirrored on all levels of our being. Anywhere that you still feel uncertain about exactly what has shifted within you, or in how you take action in the world, where your senses of impulses arise, this area of your life will get another run through with Chiron in Aries.
Aries rules war as an archetype, being ruled by Mars, the God of War. Judging by the strong oppositions to war in the late 60s and 70s, but the fact that there was war nonetheless is an intriguing point to bring up. There is so much violence in the world we live in, and yet so many of us are so against it, that we wonder, who are these people who want the violence? Who are the people that seem to be creating it? To go a little deeper, what part am I playing in supporting the violence that happens around the world? In what ways am I perhaps taking a stronger stance as a spiritual warrior? A warrior for peace? How can we confront violence with acts of love? Is there a new movement for taking back our power on the rise (women’s movements, police brutality, racial targeting, environmental disasters caused by humans, etc)? These are questions we will all be asking ourselves for the upcoming 8 years on the collective level.
Mars of course goes beyond war, he is also the leader and initiator of our process of Self-Becoming. He shows us the way to get what we want, and to become who we came here to be. When looking at this archetype collectively, you can see a pretty vast range in terms of how we have used this energy, and also abused it. To me, one of the ideal reasons to bring up history is so we can honour the attempts made by others to make the world a more just place, but also so that we can learn from our mistakes.
When it comes to understanding this energy influence in your own life, you can ask yourself many of the same questions. Looking to where you have Aries in your chart and what planets may be there or may be triggered by aspect, this will illuminate your Chiron story for much of the next decade.
Some basics on Chiron, the wounded healer: he was first abandoned by his parents which set up the basis for the original wound, and then he was physically wounded by a poison arrow, one that could not be cured. This set up Chiron’s search for healing, and as you know, when you spend a lifetime (especially an immortal lifetime) trying to learn about healing, well you tend to get to a place of mastery around healing yourself. Chiron was also a teacher and astrologer. Woohoo!
So, the themes Chiron brings up are around acceptance and rejection to start. Where do we not accept ourselves fully? Where have been rejected in some way? It’s interesting that psychologically we are very predictable. As humans, where we perceive that we are less than, not good enough, or just wounded, we tend to not try to make it better, or just try to ignore the wound. If we operate from that space, we tend to overlook the gifts that our Chiron journey can bring us. If, however, we take the initiative and have faith that there is something for us, we quickly discover that the medicine is indeed in the wound. That we can master what we perceived to be a weakness or vulnerability, and we can use our gifts to heal others. That’s the ultimate goal in how we can use Chiron healing energy.
Within the archetype of Aries, there may be a very basic rejection of Self. Of knowing who we are or what we want, or how we can go about getting it. We can be confronted with our repressed anger of injustice, bitterness at life not being fair, or the distorted idea that if we don’t get what we want, there must be something wrong with us. Aries can be very self-minded, impatient, childish, and short-tempered on a bad day, but on a great day, can be the ultimate spiritual warrior, with a firm grasp on power & purpose. Chiron moving through Aries will be working to heal any Aries distortions, so that we can operate from the highest vibration of Aries energy. This means going after and getting what we want, without stepping on anyone else along the way. Standing up for collective truth and justice, rather than feeling like a disempowered individual.
Looking at Chiron in Aries, we want to feel into the potential ways we express the distortions of Aries energy, so that we can heal it & use it to our highest potential. I encourage you to pause this recording and take a look at where you have Aries in your chart, so you can see some key words of what to expect in this new phase of Chiron healing. Let’s look at some of the basic distortions of Aries through the 12 houses so you can get a basic feel for how any aspect of these may be playing out in your life:
Keywords for Chiron in Aries through the 12 houses:
1st house - self-renewal, not trusting instincts, disconnected impulsivity, anger/rage, healing scattered forces, balance between self/other
2nd house - money and resources, self-esteem, self-worth, self-value, stubbornness, rigidity over possessions, limiting philosophy, selfishness
3rd house - communication patterns, lying/truth, shyness, balance in sharing opinion, listening to/respecting other perspectives, application of knowledge, no random collecting, scattered mental energy
4th house - emotional self-reliance, healing family wounds, personal history, emotional repression, security, safety
5th house - authentic self-expression, vanity, narcissism, not knowing or connecting to gifts, honouring what makes you special, healing connection to joy of life
6th house - healing body, mental health, routines, self-analysis, healing self-judgement, self-criticism, honest improvements in outlook on life, “right work”
7th house - relationship dynamics, passive/aggressiveness in relating, losing yourself in relationships versus alienation in relationships, independence versus codependence, opportunity to heal others, and heal through others
8th house -sexuality, deep soul mysteries, buried parts of yourself, shared resources, abuse, manipulation, power struggles
9th house - connection to personal Truth, overcoming dogmatic tendencies, exposing lies/false/limiting beliefs, healing connection to natural law, meaning of life, your place in the universe as an individual
10th house - personal responsibility, career, social role, reputation, how you connect with authority, distortions via social conditioning
11th house - group healing, human tribe, liberating from the past, progressive mindset, overcoming fear of the future, social justice or activism, sharing gifts authentically with the world
12th house - healing connection to the Divine, fantasies, overcoming delusions, universal oneness, connecting with all beings, self-reflection, meditation, integration
If you are interested in learning how you can use your chart for conscious healing work with Chiron in Aries, consider joining my Chiron Healing coaching program. You will be learning all you need to know about Chiron in Aries over the next 8 years, with a strong focus on how you can use this energy to your healing benefit, working consciously with the energy as we are meant to. It will include private access to videos, as well as one on one private sessions with me looking at Chiron moving through your chart in depth. You can find more details on my site under "Chiron Coaching".
As always, I want to hear from you if there’s anything you want to learn more about or have any questions, let’s connect! Hope you all have a beautiful week!