posted July 27, 2008 05:11 PM
By Eric Francis of www.planetwaves.net
In terms of its most basic astrological idea, I have found that you can sum
up Chiron in one word: AWARENESS. Chiron pioneer Melanie Reinhart gives the
keyword TRANSITION. We could safely say that Chiron is about transition
through awareness, which is not always as easy as it may sound.
The Sabian Symbol for the discovery degree, "The pot of gold at the end of
the rainbow," has provided much of the imagery we use to understand Chiron.
This symbol is interpreted as the "riches that come from linking the
celestial and earthly nature." This can be a bridge within; a cosmic
connection; the connection the Higher Self or God; and in general, a
spiritualizing presence that has physical expression.
Chiron is an orbit-crossing planet; when close to the Sun, it is within the
orbit of Saturn. When far from the Sun, Chiron is outside the orbit of
Saturn, so we have another primary image of something that goes beyond
boundaries; exceeds conventional thinking, often transgressing into the
strange or extraordinary; and in general, takes us past traditional ideas
while being intimately involved with them.
Remember that Chiron was the first Centaur, or half-man, half-animal. This
is a not so subtle image reminding us that at our most human, we are more
than half animal. In the myth, Chiron sustains an imagery to his animal
nature: the physical, instinctual side of himself, which is an appropriate
picture of where the human race is today. By gaining an understanding of our
pain and indeed by going through it consciously, we can gradually heal that
Chiron was discovered at the peak of something called the Human Potential
Movement, a loosely-defined social movement in the 1970s which taught,
essentially, that we can self-actualize, overcome our fears and allow
ourselves to become more real. This is based on the idea that humans can
bring forth their true potential, if we go through a process. This process
is the essence of Chiron's action; part physical, part spiritual, part
emotional and part psychological, Chiron is not a placement or static
concept, but a rather journey which brings us into contact with deeper parts
of ourselves, unusual people, and relationships that reach us deeply.
Many of those relationships manifest as those with healers, teachers,
mentors and others we consider to be Wise Ones, often older than ourselves,
who help us focus, facilitate our growth and development, and typically send
us on our way, to follow our own path. An alternate version of this presence
can come through people or situations that hurt us, but which ultimately
help us become more conscious and independent people -- and show us where we
need to do our own healing work.
Chiron's incarnations often come as both kinds of people, but we stack the
deck based on how we handle what some call shadow material -- aspects of the
psyche or personality that we don't generally bring to consciousness. A
great deal of the healing attribute associated with Chiron is the experience
of bringing the contents of our own minds and feelings to awareness, and
letting that process have its effect.
Many have noticed that Chiron's transits often come with extraordinarily
challenging transitions, transformations from both inner and outer
influences, and moments of total crisis that instigate rebirth and
self-recreation. In these respects, Chiron is similar to Pluto, except for
one thing: Chiron functions in a communicative, conscious way. It is
accessible; its energy and actions are exceptionally close to the human
realm (as opposed to the underworld), and have concrete human expressions,
uses and experiences associated with them.
The concept of the Shaman, the Healer and the "wounded healer" are often
assigned to Chiron. All pertain to a process of power wounding: that is, the
gift of responding to life's challenges, injuries, difficulties and moments
of through gradually focusing awareness, growth and learning as an inner
journey. It is the energy we describe as Chiron that facilitates the
positive or creative expression of what are generally regarded as negative
situations. Looked at this way, everything can be put to use as a situation
where growth, faith and compassion are appropriate responses. What we go
through, we can help others go through.
I do not "read" Chiron in the natal chart, but rather listen to the
experiences of my clients during several Chiron transits, which I select
intuitively. From these experiences, I can get a sense of how people relate
to Chiron energy; how they tend to respond in situations that call for
intense or expanded awareness, important decisions or present crisis points.
These are often the most important times in life for making real changes,
and the stories of Chiron's transits reveal what we believe about these
changes, how we tend to respond to critical turning points, and whether we
choose to expand or contract awareness in such moments.
Chiron is a planet of experience, and experience is the best teacher.
Primarily the client's experiences with his or her own transits will be what
reveals how they work with this energy. The more planets Chiron aspects in
the natal chart, particularly angles and inner planets, the more there will
be a natural affinity with this planet there will be. Where those contacts
are lacking, we can build the bridge to awareness, learn from the transits
of Chiron, and gradually become aware of how Chiron works within us and