Chiron Goes Direct Today: Healer, Heal Thyself
If what follows looks familiar to you, it’s because this is my post from last year when Chiron went direct. Chiron goes direct every year, so the post continues to be useful, but the dates will be slightly different every year.
Chiron the Wounded Healer has spent the last few months (since June 4) traveling backwards. Today he turns his face forward and re-covers the same ground. Why should it matter to you? If he’s passing through a zone where you have a planet in your natal chart, he’s bringing you a powerful healing opportunity this year. And it’s not over yet.
This Is A Pivotal Day
If you are one of the millions of people having a Chiron transit this year, today may be pivotal for you. Around June 4, you came to realize (or perhaps you were forced to realize) you were facing a big life-change. You’ve been confronted with a part of you that feels deeply broken, maybe even unfixable. Something wounding has happened to you this year and you’ve been preoccupied with it. It all really began earlier in the spring and by late May you realized you couldn’t really avoid the pain. If you decided to accept the discomfort and seek healing, kudos to you—you’re doing the right thing.
Today (and I mean this loosely—it may happen as soon as 2 days before or as late as 2 days after today) is a pivotal day in this process. Today may be the day you come to clarity. If you really look at the situation you can see your chance to resolve some old, unfinished pain along with resolving the present situation. And you’re gearing up to do that sometime between now and February of 2011.
“What is a Chiron transit like . . .”
During a Chiron transit, something painful usually happens. It feels like you’ve been wounded to the core. You may feel that you’ve been victimized, that what’s happened is beyond your control and never should have happened. And you could well be right about that. But there’s something deep going on here that’s not apparent on the surface.
The pain you feel is not really about the present at all. It’s about the past. Chiron has sent you a wakeup call, using an event in the present moment to remind you of a part of you that has gotten stuck in woundedness. Chiron wants you to heal that part of yourself and he knows that it will only happen if he reminds you that it exists, because human nature causes us to bury pain unless it is acute.
Whatever you’re dealing with in the present is connected with something in your past. If you heal it here and now, that healing has echoes into the past, healing it retroactively. That may be good news but there’s also great news and that is, it works both ways: focus on healing the past and the present will be healed too. You can work it from either end, whichever is easier for you.
Here’s an example of just one way this could look. Let’s say your boyfriend does something that hurts you and reminds you of your abusive father. Cleaning things up with your boyfriend is an opportunity to heal the inner child in you that’s been stuck at the age of greatest wounding. And if you take a break from fighting with your boyfriend and instead focus on healing your relationship with your father (which you can do inside yourself, whether he’s actually available or not), voila! Your relationship with your boyfriend improves, almost magically. That’s because they are connected. And who drew the connection? Chiron. And because Chiron connected the past with the present via a wound that feels the same in the past and the present, you get a heal-2-for-the-price-of-one deal. Not bad, actually.
“. . . and how do I know when I’m having one?”
First of all, you know by feel. If what I’ve described resonates for you, it’s likely you are having a Chiron transit. (If it resonates, but only a little, you may be having a transit, but by a planet other than Chiron.) Transits are almost always accompanied by real-world events, which are woven into your experience of the change. Transits feel distinct when they are happening, and the sensation distinctly fades as they end. When a transit is over, your preoccupation with its themes quickly fades as your attention becomes grabbed by a different transit. Occasionally a person will have no major transits at all for a time period (weeks, say, or months), but that’s pretty rare.
You can find out whether you’re having a Chiron transit by peeking at your chart. This year Chiron is covering the space from 26 degrees of Aquarius to 0 degrees of Pisces. This will affect you if you have any planet in the space from 26 to 29 degrees of any of the four Fixed signs (Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio) or in 0 degrees of any of the Mutable signs (Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius).
If you don’t have your chart, or don’t know how to read your chart, you might want to order your own personal Astrology Chart Decoder. This is a special tool I’ve invented that puts your chart’s details in English, instead of astrology symbols. Your Decoder tells you where every planet in your chart is located: the sign it’s in, the house it’s in and the exact degree it occupies. When you’ve got your Decoder in front of you, check to see if you have anything at all in 26-29 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio or 0 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius. If you do, you are definitely having a Chiron transit this year. And knowing that gives you the chance to see the healing for the opportunity it is, instead of being victimized by it.
“How long does it last?”
A Chiron transit will typically last for 9-18 months. Today is just one part of it, a pivotal day in the flow of a months-long healing opportunity. The timing of your transit will be personal to you. It takes an astrologer to look it up—it’s not something I can just tell you in a blogpost. In an astrology reading you can find out the timing of it and how to move beyond hurting to surviving and ultimately to thriving. You can also find out which part of you (i.e. planet in your chart) is being affected by this wounding-and-healing opportunity. Is it Relationships (Venus)? Career (Saturn)? Home (Moon)? Or it could be something more subtle.
“What do I do now?”
There are 2 responses that are crucial to know about. If you can manage these, it will go so much smoother for you!
One is: don’t play the victim. While you sit around bemoaning the fact that you’ve been hurt, you’re throwing away your own power in the situation. If you can accept and own that you had a wounded place long before this moment came along and give thanks for this opportunity to heal yourself, you are way ahead of the game.
And the other is: don’t get distracted by healing others. When a human being begins to gain competency in an area where they feel wounded, the first tendency is to offer assistance to others. This is a beautiful thing, but it also comes with a possible pitfall, which is that you can get distracted from your own healing path by the sense of superiority you feel towards others that are not as far along as you are. It can be very comfortable to congratulate yourself that you’re doing fine compared with all those folks that are not doing as fine as you are. But that’s a way of avoiding your own healing work.
Chiron’s gift may be painful to receive but it is profound: it is the gift of getting your own wholeness back. Were you split? Now you can mend. Were you wounded? Now you can heal. Was your past unresolved? Now you can resolve it. This is your chance to become more whole, more of your own complete self than ever before.
When it’s over, it’s over
After this transit ends, your healing period will be over. It’s quite possible you’ll have another healing period in a different area of your life in the next few years (it’s likely in fact), but this one will have passed. Take courage, because this will soon be over. But also, and more importantly, take advantage. Use this opportunity for healing while it’s happening. It doesn’t come around every day.