Peppermint made some comments on the Intro To Chiron blog that helped me to refine my thinking about Chiron’s function in the chart. I was reminded of the movie What Dreams May Come and a particular character who was the navigator on a trip into hell. I thought of him as a chironic character, but in fact all three of the characters making the trip into hell were functioning in that capacity, but for three different reasons. Each was acting out of a different wounding.
The focus of the trip was to bring back a fourth character, rescue her from hell. The only way to rescue her was to get her to realize she actually WAS in hell and isolating herself in her pain. The danger to the others was that if they were to lose their reality of a higher connectedness and purpose they would also become stuck in an isolated, painful existence in hell. They were only able to find and reach her because they understood her isolation and pain through their own experience. They were able to rescue her from the self-imposed isolation of her own mind and in doing so found catharsis for their own wounds.
Chiron in the natal chart expresses the nature of this wound. There are lots of other ways pain and adversity can be mapped in the chart. The Chiron wound is the one that causes us to feel separated or isolated from humanity. If we isolate we avoid redemption. It is in acting through our woundedness and helping others to the light that we fully explore our own healing. There is a divine alchemy seen in higher Chiron expression. While the Chiron wound begins in culling us from the herd and isolating us, it is also where we are able, with effort, to manifest our most divine connectedness.
In the earlier post many of you shared your Chiron placement and its meaning in your life. Can you identify with the isolation versus connectedness aspect of this position?