Chiron of myth is the wounded healer, oracle and famed teacher. He was a centaur with the torso of a man and the body of a horse. Chiron was immortal; when wounded in battle he suffered the effects of a poisoned arrow but did not die. In astrology Chiron is associated with Virgo and the 6th house, quite broadly health.
In the horoscope the placement of Chiron shows a very basic, primal wounding. It also shows where we are best able to be healers. This is not an unusual concept when one considers how much we learn from adversity. Who knows better the ins and outs of a subject than one who has experienced it firsthand? For example, many domestic violence counselors have themselves overcome domestic violence. It’s a common joke that all psych students are nuts. We’re trying to figure out what the heck to do to fix our heads.
It’s been said that the Chiron placement or wound is where we can heal others but not ourselves. I disagree with this. I think that the Chiron wound is deep and difficult to overcome. However I also think that through mastery of the subject, accomplished by practicing on others, one gains the knowledge and skill necessary to facilitate one’s own healing.
Where is your Chiron in sign and house? Do you see your “wound”? Have you been moved to help others in this area?