You may have seen my blogposts about Chiron and wondered “What the heck is that?” Chiron is not something they teach about much in grade school when you learned the planets of our solar system, but it is a member of the planetary pack. Not all astrologers use Chiron in charts, but those who do swear by its usefulness in understanding a human being’s primal wounding and how to heal that. Chiron is also very useful for healers.
Astronomically, Chiron is a planetoid, sometimes called a “centaur,” with its orbit placed between Saturn and Uranus. In our solar system, Saturn is the furthest-out planet that’s visible with the naked eye—Uranus, Neptune and Pluto lie in the further, more mysterious regions of space, and now Chiron too, like a bridge between the visible and invisible. One of Chiron’s astrological themes is that of the bridge or shaman, the one that connects the known world with the worlds of mystery and the unknown.
Chiron’s orbit is very elliptical, like a very long oval, bringing it at one end inside the orbit of Saturn and at the other end outside the orbit of Uranus. This means that its cycle is irregular. Chiron passes through some signs very slowly and others much faster. You’ll find many more people have Chiron in Aries and Pisces, because it takes almost 8 years to pass through these signs, while many fewer people have it in Libra and Virgo, because it takes less than two years to pass through them. Gemini and Sagittarius have Chiron for the average time, about four years. Chiron’s whole cycle lasts 50 years.
The 50-year cycle of Chiron leads to a significant life-passage all human beings go through in the year when they turn 50, and it’s the reason why age 50 is such a heavy birthday for so many people. Any Chiron transit, whether it’s Chiron transiting something in your chart or something in the sky transiting your own Chiron, brings up old wounds to the surface for healing. If you’ve been doing your healing work all along, your Chiron Return doesn’t have to be painful. But if you have repressed your wounds and focused on coping while ignoring unhealed pains (whether emotional or physical), your Chiron Return will be a time when all the old, frozen stuff comes rushing to the surface. For many people, this is overwhelming and they feel suddenly old. For healers it can be a wonderful time of the blossoming of wisdom. For healers who have been doing their own healing work on themselves, doubly so. (Please note that being a healer doesn’t mean being a doctor literally—it is much broader than that and encompasses any situation in which wholeness is restored.)
The elliptical nature of Chiron’s orbit has led astronomers to speculate that it may be a comet captured by the gravitational pull of our Sun. In this sense, Chiron may also be a bridge between our tiny solar system and the rest of the big, wide universe. Chiron’s orbit is subject to instability caused by gravitational perturbations by Saturn and Uranus, possibly causing it to shift its orbit or even leave our solar system entirely at some point to become an actual comet, and so this centaur may be a “brief” visitor to our solar system—for a few million years.
This year I’ve had the wonderful fortune to find two excellent interns. They will be doing a Pandora blogpost each month to talk about their experiences and learning. Here’s the first from Sara:
Hello Pandora Astrology readers! I’m Sara, one of Jamie’s new assistants. I started working for Jamie at the beginning of the year and have been loving it so far – it’s amazing to see a real astrologer at work.
I first got into astrology about a year ago, at the urging of a friend. At first I was skeptical, but I soon realized that astrology was so much more than newspaper predictions. I was amazed at how well my chart seemed to describe me. My sun sign is Capricorn, I’m a Leo rising, and my north node is in Pisces. Just as that would suggest, I’m a deeply practical person who can appear very bubbly and kind of bossy at first, and I get the most fulfillment out of work that involves helping and understanding others. Looking at my entire chart was a revelation – I had always felt like my sun sign by itself didn’t fully fit, but seeing all the pieces come into place really helped me to understand who I was and how the various aspects of my chart contribute to my life.
I’m so thrilled to be a part of Jamie’s internship, because it helps me to develop many parts of my life. I get to fulfill my earthy side by accomplishing business tasks, I get to learn more about astrology, and most importantly, I get to develop my skills as a future astrologer. I’m really looking forward to doing readings of my own, especially for young people who are looking for direction. I’m 24 and seeking a life purpose myself, and astrology has really helped me hone in on what will be truly fulfilling. I can’t wait to help others use astrology to do the same!
Rumor has it that Capricorn (Dec 21-Jan 19) is the most hard-working, ambitious and successful of the zodiac signs. This sign is famous for populating corner offices and millionaire mastermind groups everywhere. But exactly how does Capricorn get to the top? And how can you, regardless of how much Capricorn you’ve got in your chart, do it too?
1. Eyes on the prize. Figure out what you want to accomplish and start focusing on it every day. Always be thinking of the future fruition of your accomplishment. Goals are like steroids for Capricorn—they motivate you. If the goal is too big or too unrealistic, you’ll know it, because it depresses, rather than enlivens you. Trim the goal until you feel excited just thinking about it—that’s how you’ll know it’s the right size for you right now. Which brings us to . . .
1. Take a practical approach. Dreaming is one thing, but doing is another. Capricorn understands the need for a concrete plan with achievable goals and realistic deadlines by which to accomplish those goals. A Cap without a plan is a sad-and-sorry, going-nowhere Cap. Write your goals down and really flesh them out. How long will it take to achieve them? What tasks are needed to accomplish the goal and how much time is necessary to make it happen?
3. Be your own worst critic—and your own best cheerleader. For Cap, being your own worst critic is the easy part—every Capricorn has a well developed Inner Judge, a voice inside that’s always ready to criticize, test and deliver a well-timed reality check. Like a slave-driver, this voice eggs you on by putting your attention on what you’ve not yet accomplished. The trick is to create an equally loud opposing voice—your Inner Cheerleader. This voice reminds you of all you have accomplished and tells you how far you’ve come. Without this balance, you’ll drive yourself into the ground in despair, because goals are there to be achieved. Capricorn lives in the space between setting goals and achieving them—once a goal is achieved, it goes away and is replaced by a new, not-yet-achieved goal. That’s just the nature of the beast.
4. Relax into your competency. Relaxing is not something that comes easily to Capricorn, but every successful Cap comes to realize at some point in their career development process that a certain level of competency has been achieved—and when that happens, watch out! On the day you wake up and realize that you are actually good at what you do, the Capricorn in you is motivated and empowered. Reward yourself immediately (remember the Cheerleader!) and plan how you’re going to exercise your competency.
5. Face your greatest fear—your greatest triumph is inside it, waiting to be released. They are one and the same. And while on your success path, when you feel fear, thank your ruling planet Saturn, and then run headlong into that fear. You will find your triumph inside, like a vein of gold that was waiting for you to mine it.
You don’t have to be a Capricorn to benefit from this wisdom—everybody’s got a little Cap in them and these principles of success can help you get on track and stay there.
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(this one’s for the ladies)
This article is dedicated to all the wonderful women in my practice (and in the world) who are looking to share heart, mind and body with a perfect partner they haven’t met yet.
In the last few years I’ve been discovering the most effective ways to use astrology to find exactly the right life partner. Along the way I’ve been hard at work figuring out how to communicate this to the women in my practice who are searching for their partners, so their search can be easier. This has caused many of my clients to confront something really painful. Imagine having to ask yourself the question, “what if the way I’ve been been searching for a partner my whole life was. . . wrong?”
If you’re like most of us, you approach relationships with an ever-growing laundry list of traits you absolutely must avoid in the next partner, a sort of “been there, done that” list. “No more workaholics!” “I can’t stand a smoker.” “I don’t want to clean up after him anymore.” And so on. The list is useful, powerful even, because the list is you asserting yourself, right? But the list is also reactive, based on pain from previous relationships. You might especially congratulate yourself if you’ve learned how to be less reactive about it, if you’ve put attention on figuring out what you want by looking at what you don’t want to avoid. Like this: “I don’t just want to avoid dating workaholics, I want someone who can spend quality time with me, building our bond.” That approach is already several shades better than reactive avoidance. But what if you could just cut to the chase, pick up your own owner’s manual and know what you have always really, truly, authentically needed in a relationship?
Life is like a video game you learn by playing it. But in a video game you get to die several times before you lose the game. In life, you don’t get that luxury. Every failure costs you–a lot. Time, money, energy, hope, heartbreak. Can’t it be simpler? Hell yes!
If you feel that you are getting older and want to get on with partnership, marriage, maybe even children, the possibility that it could be this simple might sadden you as you think of all the wasted time you could have avoided. But bear with me, because you might even find that the perfect partner for you is closer than you think and that your increased clarity makes it possible for him to show up in your life.
The solution is what I’ve come to call the Bad Boy/Good Man profile.
Your Bad Boy is your negative type. He really gets you going. You don’t see him coming and by the time you look in his eyes, it’s already too late to be sensible. You date him over and over again in different forms, perhaps you marry him (maybe even more than once). And yet, you keep coming back for more. Why?
Obviously, it’s because there’s something genuinely there for you. Something you’d rather die than live without, even if it costs you something else really important. But when you date your positive type, you don’t have to choose. The dilemma doesn’t show up in the same way. You get to have all that you want. And the lure of that keeps you coming back. But why is it so easy to end up with your Bad Boy instead and how to spot him before it’s too late and you’re caught?
Funny thing is, in many ways they are the same person. They have a lot in common, but how they express it is different. And what you’ll put up with is different. This is why changing yourself—upgrading your approach to relationship—makes all the difference. When you change into a better version of yourself, your “type” naturally—and effortlessly—changes into the better version of himself. Change yourself and what you attract (and gracefully deflect) changes. This puts you in charge. You’re the driver here.
Your chart lays it all out: Your Bad Boy type and his flip side—your Good Man type. Once you know what it is you’ve been looking for, and you begin becoming the person who will attract that, he will find you. It’s inner work. The bad news is, it’s work. The good news is, it’s inner (i.e. you have control over it).
Are you ready to take that control and the responsibility that comes with it?
Learn more about your own Good Man and Bad Boy profile by getting a Lifelong Love reading.
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January 10, 2013
Human Being is praying aloud.
Human Being: I feel so lost. Why will no god hear me?
Jupiter: We hear you.
Chiron: We are here for you.
Jupiter: We noticed that you’ve lost something.
Human: Indeed I have. I’ve lost my wisdom. I had a bag of pearls that I’d gathered all my life and they’re gone. Completely gone. Life makes no sense to me without being able to access them.
Chiron: Nothing is ever truly lost. Everything is kept for you.
Jupiter: Wisdom gained is wisdom earned.
Chiron: But to rediscover it, you’ll have to reexamine your past.
Human Being: Why would I want to reexamine the past?
Jupiter: You learned and grew through those experiences, you’ve gained those pearls of wisdom, but they’ve also become locked together like links in a chain that takes you into the past whenever anything triggers an old, trauma.
Jupiter hands Human Being a small leather bag. Human Being opens it.
Human: My pearls! But look, you’re right, they are fused together. Oh this is a hideous mess. I can’t try to understand just one without the whole mass overwhelming me at once.
Jupiter: Exactly. Each pearl is an experience that contains hidden wisdom. But they are locked together on this string—each one reminds you of another and another and another until you are overwhelmed. You can’t draw on the wisdom of just one. Your inner guidance can’t work while these are fused.
Chiron: I’ll help you to loosen that string, and let the pearls of experience and wisdom fall free.
Jupiter: Then you no longer have to get caught up in past pain in order to access your wisdom.
Chiron: This has the wonderful side-effect of speeding your evolution as a soul who has lived many lives. . .
Jupiter: . . . and allowing you to grow as a person in this life.
Human Being: Ok, you’ve convinced me that it’s necessary, but how do I do it?
Chiron: If you are willing to look inside yourself and ask yourself, “where am I split, where have I separated from myself?” then you can rejoin those parts of you that had been separated. Bridge that gap. Reconnect yourself to yourself. Then you become whole.
Jupiter: And then you find you are bigger, much bigger than you thought!
Human Being expands to twice his former size. In his hand, the pearls begin to glow and separate, each finding its own shape. Jupiter picks up one pearl and presses it to Human Being’s forehead.
Human Being (smiling): I remember that. I learned the importance of trust on that occasion!
Jupiter: You did indeed!
Chiron: And you get to keep that.
Jupiter: And all the others.
Human Being: Thank you! And thanks for making it not hurt too much.
This square of Jupiter in Gemini and Chiron in Pisces began in July of 2012 and lasts until March of 2013.
I just saw Lincoln last night—it’s the portrait of an irascible, progressive man at the very height of his powers, in just one crucial month near the end of his life. To find out more about who he was and what he was doing, I looked up Lincoln’s chart.
Lincoln is hated in the South and beloved in the North, still today. Why? What made this man push a change that his nation wasn’t completely ready for, and why did it succeed? Why did this man care so much about ending slavery that he was willing to cripple the economy of half his country? We go to his chart looking for Lincoln the Humanitarian and Lincoln the Warrior and right away we find them.
The first thing that stands out (like a sore thumb really), is that he’s a double Aquarius (his Sun and Rising, circled in yellow). Aquarius the Humanitarian, Man of the People. Aquarius, the sign whose ruler was behind the French and American revolutions, sign of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” Aquarius, whose clarion call in America is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Lincoln stood strongly for these things. But why so militant about it? His Mars was trine that Sun and Rising (marked in red). Mars in Libra ordinarily is peaceful—to a fault sometimes. And Lincoln’s ambivalence about his course of action is clear. But his alignment with the War God is also clear. He was willing to make war to obtain a greater peace. It was costly and he felt the pain of that. But the man could not stand to live in a Christian nation that enslaved human beings. In retrospect, this may seem obvious to us, but in the moment, it wasn’t at all obvious to the members of Congress in 1865.
So what made it possible for Lincoln to push the 13th Amendment through Congress and make it stick? I’ll answer that question in a follow-up blogpost coming soon.