Welcome to the basics of Evolutionary Astrology with Siri Deva Singh Khalsa. Take your time learning the basics of astrology by following this growing series of videos that will take you through the planets used in the astrology chart, astrology signs, houses, retrogrades and more. This episode explores the planet Chiron in the birth chart and how it relates to your life. Check after the video for a special article Siri Deva published on his previous blog.
Chiron’s Aim: Acceptance, Wisdom, Healing
Astrologically, Chiron is a relative new kid on the block. Discovered in 1977, it is minor planet of our solar system, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. Whereas most of the planets we use in a basic astrology reading have thousands of years of trial-and-error based wisdom backing them up, Chiron’s got about 37. That said, it feels intuitively important for many astrologers to use Chiron and my experience has been that it is helpful with clients. So, I will try to begin parsing out some of its key themes below.
The Wounded Healer
Mythologically, Chiron was a Centaur, struck by an arrow of Hercules that left an incurable wound. Among other things, Chiron was a effective healer, and this is the basic Chiron myth which nudges us toward the planet’s major themes.
Chiron is associated with healing. That is the most general thread we have when integrating it into some sort of analysis. Both the moon and the sign of Cancer are associated with healing, so a good starting point might be to understand the difference between these two energies (this does not nullify their sameness).
The Moon and Cancer are both associated with “mother energy” and “nurturing”. We can think of a mother whose child has come to her with a badly skinned knee. The child is bawling; he is feeling physical pain in addition to experiencing fear associated with that pain and the fear associated with watching his own body bleed. What does the mother do? She treats the wound while she distracts the child from unpleasant feelings and makes him feel better. She may offer soothing words or make funny faces to distract him from the pain. And once the wound is bandaged, she may tickle him or give him some chocolate so that he forgets his fear and any residual aching in his knee. This energy is healing, yet it is also much about comforting.
Now what about Chiron? The same child arrives with skinned knee and his mother asks him to calm down, hands him some Q-tips and some hydrogen peroxide and guides the child in cleaning the wound himself. She may be supportive, but the exchange is one more based on the reality of the wound and the dirt inside the wound. The child expands his awareness to understand what has happened to his body and understand that he is empowered to treat himself. He then treats himself with mother as helper. He must accept reality that he is wounded and respond to his own injury, perhaps with a little help. Healing occurs, but it is healing more associated with wisdom, acceptance of reality and the development of practical skills to treat oneself. One day the child may help a friend out in the playground in the same way and, or course, one day, he can offer this service to his own children.
From this simple example, we can propose Chiron’s basic symbolic resonance in the birth chart.
The Basic Evolutionary Aim of Chiron
All planets represent a basic human evolutionary aim and a basic set of human functions. That’s the high road. All planets are also associated with a shadow — nets we can get caught in from time to time, particularly when we are not living consciously. So where does Chiron fit into all this?
Evolutionary Aim: The acceptance of the basic frality and imperfection inherent in human nature and the cultivation of wisdom, acceptance and the healing powers and skills that organically derive from this process. From here, the opening to compassion that allows us to share this power with others and create a healing experience.
And Chiron’s shadow? Patterns of thinking that lead us to accept ourselves as inherently defective and therefore “wrong” in a cosmic or divine sense. Being driven away from our pure inner light by feelings of shame or inadequacy and behavioral patterns associated with these feelings.
More later. For now, I’d love comments and feedback.