Chiron: The Karmic Marker of the Birth Chart
Since its discovery in 1977, Chiron has become an increasingly important part of astrology and the interpretation of the birth chart. It’s not a planet, in fact it’s hard to describe just what Chiron is. I like to think of it as a planetoid, or perhaps an asteroid with a somewhat predictable orbit.
In the birth chart, Chiron is called ‘the wounded healer.’ This is a throwback to Greek mythology, and the centaur—named Chiron—who was a great healer and teacher, but who could not heal himself. The placement of Chiron in your natal chart shows you where you are most vulnerable.
Chiron brings you healing powers, but this often comes with a price. Perhaps you over-compensate, or if this is negatively aspected you could wallow in your pain and use it for getting attention from others.
This is a wound that goes deep, and one that you may have brought over from previous lifetimes, but it’s also one that you agreed to learn in this incarnation in order to grow your soul. Chiron has a lot to teach you, and it does so more through aspects and transits than it does through Sun signs.
Chiron takes approximately 4 years to move through a sign, so many in your generation will share the same natal Chiron sign. The differences come with the house Chiron occupies, and the way that the other planetary positions impact it.
Chiron in Aries
Your approach to bringing healing and balance to your life is going to be energetic and full of confidence and purpose. What needs healing may involve your ego; you could be narcissistic or over-confident. The other side of that coin might be that you’re not confident enough, and don’t take as many calculated risks as you should.
Look to Libra to see where a potential solution might lie. Libra brings balance and harmony. Any planets in Libra will throw their energy towards your natal Chiron, helping to learn how to bring things back into alignment.
Chiron in Taurus
Here the lesson may well be regarding your material wealth—or lack of it! You may put too much importance on money and the things that it can buy; or you might swing the other way and have so little respect for money that your life is full of shortage.
Taurus is pretty steadfast and determined, but you’re also stubborn, and you can’t learn your life’s lessons if you’re being too bull-headed about them. A lot of the necessary healing might come through Scorpio traits and the planets that are in the sign of the scorpion.
Scorpio is deep and probing. Allow that tenacity to take you deep inside your psyche, so you can solve your own enigmatic issues and come through the healing process grounded and centered.
Chiron in Gemini
Gemini is all about communicating, and with Chiron in Gemini, you may find this is where life’s greatest challenges appear. Either something is missing in the way you relate to others; or you overdo things, telling too many secrets and breaking too many confidences.
There’s a potential superficiality here that is going to have to be monitored and dealt with if people are going to take you seriously. Sagittarius may hold at least some of the answers for you. Look to see the planetary placement there, and whether the planets are working with or against each other.
Aspects and transits from Sagittarius through to your Gemini Chiron will help or hinder, showing you whether you’re not being serious enough, or whether you’re being too serious when it comes to dealing with your karmic influences.
Chiron in Cancer
The sign of Cancer deals with family, home and traditions. When Chiron is here, it reveals that something is missing. Perhaps your home life isn’t what you dreamed it would be, or family is challenging. Maybe you even feel there’s something missing with the traditions and customs that you practice when it comes to your devotion and spirituality.
Capricorn may help you find the answer. This Sun sign is grounding and practical, and planets that are favorably aspected here will throw that energy back towards Chiron and help you meticulously work out the solutions.
Here is where you will learn whether you need to learn more control over your emotions, or whether you’ll get ahead by being more expressive of how you feel.
Chiron in Leo
Leo is so creative! It brings self-expression to your Chiron placement, and means that in order to feel alive you need to have a life full of enjoyment and wonder, where you’re the center of attention. When this gets imbalanced though, you could crave attention and not get it, or get too much recognition, making you egotistical and selfish.
Aquarius might hold the answer to your healing. Here is where you will find the intellectual energy to spend some time in your own company, examining your ideas and principles. Bring your need for attention into balance, and you can spend your days in the limelight without any negative emotional baggage to steal away your happiness.
Chiron in Virgo
Virgo is naturally fussy and critical, and when things are negatively aspected that’s a great way to alienate people. In order to heal this distance, you’re here to learn how to be more accepting and understanding. Chiron in Virgo is often hard working, but at what cost? When is enough enough?
Pisces helps you to heal this by showing you the way to creativity and self-expression. Virgo is very down to earth and practical, too much so, sometimes. Allow the opposite sign of Pisces to throw some of that dreamy, head-in-the-clouds energy your way from time to time. This bit of escapism may be just what you’re missing!
Chiron in Libra
Libra is naturally balanced and poised, and with Chiron in Libra, your life’s lesson may indeed be to find that balance when everything around you is falling apart. It’s asking you to examine the way you look at what makes you feel comfortable and content.
If you’re placing too much emphasis on indulging in the good things that life has to offer, you could be heading for a downfall. The opposite sign of Aries has a lot of determination and focus to throw towards your Libra Chiron, and you may well need it to bring about the balance and healing you’re here to experience.
Libra has a tendency to dither at the best of times, and you can’t resolve anything if you aren’t prepared to face it. Aries energy helps you to do that, and to find your tenacity and individuality.
Chiron in Scorpio
Scorpio is deep and secretive, and it may well take an extra effort to uncover the healing that you are here to undergo with Chiron in the sign of the scorpion. There’s a chance you’ll live your entire life feeling you’ve lost something, or that you’re missing something, or that something isn’t quite what it seems to be.
You may struggle to know yourself, never mind figure out the roles that others play in your life. Look to Taurus to throw some grounding and pragmatic energy your way. Taurus is so down to earth, and there’s the potential to apply that kind of practicality in a methodical way so you prioritize your goals and work through them one at a time.
It’s okay to poke and probe and explore—that’s how you find the answers—but there has to be some kind of order to the process if it’s going to make any sense to you.
Chiron in Sagittarius
Chiron in Sagittarius is a hard taskmaster. It demands freedom and individuality, the opportunity to explore different philosophies and lifestyles; yet you may be born into circumstances that curtail or even prohibit those very things. Your healing will come through finding a way to do this, while paying attention to your surroundings and honoring others in your life.
To add interest into this predicament, look to what’s going on in Sagittarius’s opposite sign of Gemini. Gemini will feed your curiosity, it will stimulate you mentally, and it will bring you the hunger for information, but it doesn’t do a lot for your tenacity or sense of responsibility.
Look to the planetary placements in both Sagittarius and Gemini to investigate just where you should be applying your intelligence in order to bring about the balance and the healing you were born to experience.
Chiron in Capricorn
Capricorn is a very serious sign, and Chiron in Capricorn takes on that serious energy. It’s reserved, it’s materialistic, and when it’s negatively influenced it has the potential to be either money hungry, or too irresponsible with finances and the security that they provide.
Careful analysis of what else is going on in your chart will show you just how Chiron in Capricorn is putting on the brakes, acting as either an anchor or—adversely—a tether. Cancer is Capricorn’s opposite sign, and it throws some emotional energy into the mix.
Perhaps your healing will come as some kind of a breakthrough regarding your feelings or the feelings of others. The lesson here is often, ‘love people, use things.’ Money and possessions have their place. Your life’s fulfillment comes in finding the balance between when to keep, and when to share.
Chiron in Aquarius
This is a tough placement, for Aquarius can be such an enigmatic and individual energy that you may struggle to find a place to begin the healing journey even though it’s staring you in the face. Start by working with these energies rather than against them, and pour yourself into research and study. Aquarius is very cerebral and likes to exercise brain power.
Of course, even once you’ve worked out what needs focus and balance, then you have to find a way to make it happen. That’s where the opposite sign of Leo comes in, for Leo doesn’t mind being the center of attention.
Leo is warm-hearted and gregarious, and throws that energy back into Aquarius, enabling you to socialize, and to feed your spirit through interaction with others.
Chiron in Pisces
Your healing is going to come to you through creativity, self-expression, and your sense of imagination and wonder. This is of course a double-edged sword; too much imagination and you lose your grip on reality. Not enough, and the world becomes a dull, perhaps even scary place in which to live.
To find balance through this, look to the opposite sign of Virgo. Virgo is so earthy and practical, and will bring a critical eye to your dreams and ideals so that you can keep at least one foot firmly in reality. There’s a fine balance between too critical and too dreamy, and that is the healing lesson that Chiron in Pisces has come to teach you.
To really understand what area of your life Chiron has come to influence, take a look at where it is in your chart, and the other planets that interact with it. Chiron, when it is positively influenced, has much to teach you about humility and understanding.
If you’re around the ages of 25 50, 75, and 100, Chiron’s influence will be stronger—especially if it’s strongly aspected—because these are the years of your Chiron opposition and return. Your astrologer will be happy to tell you more about this!
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