The study of Chiron is one of the most interesting developments in modern astrology. Did you know that just in the same way some people can be Saturnine or Venusian personalities, there are Chirotic types as well?
The way I see it is that once we discover a planet or an asteroid, it is accessible for us to work with by integrating its energy into our conscious personalities. Chiron was discovered in the 1970′s, so it was a fairly recent development, and its definition is not set in stone like other planets. If you Google an explanation of its function, you’ll get hundreds of different types of explanations. This is not like the Sun, where we can clearly point to its mechanism as self-ego. Chiron, its meaning, and the way it works are all still up for debate. Due to its position between Saturn and Uranus it has been proposed as a “link” of sorts.
One thing we can say for certain is that nothing brings the “OUCH!” factor like a good hard Chiron transit. Perhaps even more painful than the dreaded Saturn, Chiron wakes us to its message through pain. Not the kind you can grit your teeth through until it’s over. It’s as if you had a painfully infected insect bite, went to the doctor to get it checked out, and instead of medicine and sympathy the good ol’ doc opened up a jar of Morton’s salt, poured it on the open wound and said, “Good luck with that!”
My placement is Taurus in the 10th house, opposite Venus. This makes me a very Chirotic personality, as my Sun is in Capricorn, so any threat to my career must be examined and dealt with. At 26 years old, I am dealing with my second Chiron square to itself. I recently suffered through major 10th house losses of property, stability, and reputation– twice so far! To enhance the message, I was bitten by a recluse spider during my x-country drive, leaving an open wound that is healing slowly, if at all.
Through simply being myself, I healed others– in a fashion that forced them to see things about themselves that they would rather have safely ignored, which ultimately caused them to reject me. (No one likes to be in pain.) Right now, to the friends I left behind, I am “selfish,” but in time they will come to think about how their experience with me showed them where they are giving away too much of their own selves. Where they need to reinforce their own boundaries, and what defense mechanisms they need to eventually let go of in order to be able to give and take forgiveness.
As for me, I learned to stand up for myself, to say that it is not right to keep wounding me when I asked forgiveness for genuine mistakes– and then to believe it! This was an old childhood wound that led me to suffer over and over for making mistakes. By allowing myself to make mistakes, I now find that I can allow my self, my work, and my time (all 10th house) to be valued (Taurus) in the way they ought to be.
And through this painful rejection I found the path toward a career that is so much more representative of my gifts: writing about astrology, and one day counseling as well. It is said that once you accept your wounded-ness as the gift itself, you will heal yourself of feeling wrong and imperfect. This has been my experience.
What sign rules Chiron? This is a question I have asked myself repeatedly. I am of the opinion that it falls under Virgo’s rulership. Virgo is the sign that works the hardest for the least thanks. Virgo is the “painfully annoying” one, but without Virgo work ethic, purification, and healing, the world would fall into decay and demoralization. Also, the sign’s relationship to Pisces causes me to suspect that this may be the link they share across the opposition: spiritual healing with little thanks or recognition. Except, of course, from the astrological community.
Other astrologers may not agree with that assessment, and I am curious to hear other peoples’ ideas about who this small, but very powerful asteroid belongs to!
The neat thing about Chiron is that everyone who contributes a serious opinion about its purpose adds to the definition. The undefined aspect leaves it open to intuitive assignment.
Where is your Chiron, and how does it color your life?