Chiron:

The Wounded Healer

Since it was discovered in 1977, astronomers and astrologers have been unraveling the mystery surrounding Chiron. It has been classified as a minor planet, dwarf planet, a comet, and is now considered an asteroid.

Chiron orbits between Saturn, the ruler of structure and status quo, and Uranus, the unpredictable and erratic.

It takes roughly 49 years for Chiron to orbit through the 12 signs, so don’t be surprised if a major life event coincides with your Chiron return.  

Named after the centaur from Greek mythology, Chiron was known as the “wounded healer.” Chiron’s mother abandoned him, deeming him a monster since he was half-horse, half-man. A shepherd discovered Chiron and delivered him to Apollo, who took him in and raised him to be an esteemed healer and teacher.

Early in his career, Hercules hit Chiron with a poisonous arrow. He could never heal his wound, but while grappling with his suffering, he helped countless others. He would have to bear the pain of this injury for the rest of his life, and, unfortunately for him, he was immortal.

Some astrologers refer to Chiron's orbit as the rainbow road because it connects your inner world and the outer world, the conscious and the subconscious.

Chiron reveals where you hurt and also how you hurt others. You may not be completely aware of your wound or how it manifests. It will be an area where you feel insecure or weak. To combat these feelings, you may overcompensate or be avoidant to protect yourself from feeling inadequate. 

Understanding your Chiron placement is not about eradicating the wound but learning to accept it and yourself for imperfections. It’s not an easy journey, but, just like Chiron, it is a burden you can learn to carry and, in turn, help others heal as well.

Aries

Aries kicks off the Zodiac and rules the 1st house of self. The Ram represents Aries, headstrong, stubborn, and passionate. As the Cardinal Fire sign, Aries can break down any wall they choose because they are confident self-starters.

If Chiron's orbit was in Aries when you were born, you don’t trust your abilities or yourself. Your wound makes you believe you have an inherent flaw that renders you worthless. You encourage others to feel powerful and confident, but you have trouble doing this yourself.

Something from your early life led you to believe your skills or individuality were inadequate. To make up for this, you may constantly seek approval and validation for what you feel you lack. You need constant reassurance you’re not failing. So, you are willing to sacrifice your authenticity and your needs and wants.

Another way this wound can manifest is by thinking too highly of yourself. You may internalize your feelings of worthlessness which, over time, turn into a well of rage that you will unleash when someone criticizes or challenges you. 

To begin to accept this Chironic wound, you need to stop and reflect on your insecurities instead of pushing past them like you always do. Take the time and figure out where you feel you don’t measure up. When you start understanding why you doubt yourself, you will see that you are not the problem. The real problem is the lie you’ve molded yourself around.  

Taurus

Being ruled by Venus, Taurus has a penchant for luxuries and beauty, making it one of the more sensual signs of the zodiac. This earth sign rules the 2nd house of material possessions, finances, and stability.  

Lack-mentality haunts people who have Chiron in Taurus. You may have experienced a profound loss of security or stability, leaving you to feel abandoned and unsafe. Or you had needs that repeatedly went unfulfilled. To avoid feeling vulnerable again, you may cling to your material possessions like they’re walls protecting you.

Or you may give yourself strict rules and guidelines to live by to ensure you never find yourself missing something or someone you need. This wound could also refer to a part of yourself that gives you particular value, like your beauty or intelligence, so you require constant admiration or validation. 

Consider what you are scared of losing. It could be anything physical, emotional, or spiritual. You fiercely guard your material or emotional security and commonly value things and people outside yourself. Once you begin to understand that you can never guarantee your security through these outlets, you start finding actual, lasting value within yourself.

You will no longer be plagued by a fear of losing what you have worked hard to maintain because no one can take away the value you find in yourself.

Gemini 

Geminis are intellectuals who thrive when learning and communicating new and different ideas. Ruling the 3rd house of communication, they love connecting with others on topics they are passionate about and studying.  

If Chiron's orbit was in Gemini when you were born, you may not be sure of your intellect or communication skills. There may have been something that kept you from relating to your peers in your childhood. Maybe you were bullied for a learning disability, a language barrier, or having a different learning style.

Whatever it was, people ignored you and led you to believe you were not as bright as others. This stifled your ability to express yourself and left you feeling isolated from the people around you. Now, you may hold eloquent, educated people in higher esteem than they deserve.

On the other side of the spectrum, you may feel bitter toward those people and how they make you feel.   

You believe your communication style is a disability when it is a gift. We live in a culture that only caters to certain learning and communication styles. Once you reframe how you view your ability to express yourself by your standards and not society’s, you will see that your thoughts are intelligent and important.

Your ability to communicate can be a gift to the world and the people around you, but first, you have to release your self-doubt. 

Cancer 

Cancer rules the 4th house of home and family, making them the homemakers. They are the mothers of the zodiac, so you can expect Cancers to be caring and nurturing. They are a water sign, so they feel everything deeply. This Chironic wound can lead you to feel unlovable and make it difficult for you to feel at home because, in this life or a past life, no one took care of you how you needed it.

You may have felt abandoned physically or emotionally, causing you to feel an emptiness inside you. You’re not sure how to fill this void. You may build your walls high, not letting anyone in out of fear they will leave or disappoint you.

In this scenario, you may distance yourself from your emotions to avoid feeling them. This placement could also make you demand too much from the people in your life. You will need their constant emotional validation and cling to them whether they are good for you or not. This can cause you to overcompensate in taking care of them to the point where they feel suffocated and leave.  

Your foundation cracked early, and now you don’t know how to make yourself feel cared for or at home. You look to people and things to fill this hole, but you need to find a home in yourself to come to terms with this Chiron placement.

You need to give yourself the care you never received. As you re-parent yourself, you will begin learning how to build your foundation, which will allow you to love others deeply in a way only Cancers can. 

Leo 

The mighty lion represents Leo. They are bold, creative, magnetic, and self-assured. As natural entertainers, something about them shines bright like the sun.  If Chiron's orbit was in Leo when you were born, you may be unsure of their ability to shine. You don’t trust your talent or believe you are talented enough to cut it. No matter how badly you want to show your creative expression, you may think you don’t have a good enough reason to do so.

Most likely, you felt your creativity was not recognized or appreciated enough in your childhood, which has led you to doubt your abilities. Your peers or authority figures may have put you down constantly, dimming your shine. Or you were recognized in a way you did not want, a way you perceived as wrong, tarnishing your shine.

Now you have a complicated relationship with the spotlight, and since you derive self-worth from recognition, it leaves you feeling inadequate. You want attention and may always try to have it, or you may avoid it at all costs, hiding your talents. It may make you feel deeply uncomfortable to have everyone’s attention because you don’t think you deserve it.

You can encourage others to embrace their talents and give them the confidence to share their creative expression, but you cannot do this for yourself. When you find it in yourself to share your talent, you may take any criticism to heart, internalizing it and adding to your feelings of inferiority.  

You are so worried about receiving acceptance and recognition from others. You forget you need to accept yourself first. “I am,” affirmations might be helpful to you. You need to learn not to seek recognition for your gifts and instead just express yourself how you want.

You are talented, and once you let go of needing to be seen, the glory you once depended on will come with no need to seek it out. Leos have a natural shine to them. You don’t need to force it or hide it. 

Virgo 

Virgo placements redefine perfectionism. They seek to improve any environment they find themselves in. Virgo rules the 6th house of routine, health, and wellness. So, you can imagine they are efficient and strategic when putting things in order. Their quest for perfection can produce amazing results, but it can become an all-consuming effort that leads to constant disappointment. 

If Chiron's orbit was in Virgo when you were born, you may feel this need to be perfect. You have unrealistic expectations for yourself, which causes you to look at yourself through a distorted lens. It’s crucial for Virgo placements to feel helpful, so, likely, you were heavily criticized when trying to be of service to someone. Now you believe there is something fundamentally wrong with you. To cope with this deep-seated feeling of worthlessness, you may become so obsessed with achieving your goals that you push yourself too far, compromising your physical or emotional well-being.

For example, you may need to have the perfect body. You might starve yourself or become obsessed with fitness to the point where it is detrimental to your health. Or you may swing far in the opposite direction and not take care of yourself at all. You may be self-destructive and abandon routines you know are good for you.  

To learn to live with this wound, you need to understand that you expect too much of yourself. The pursuit of perfection will always leave you feeling inferior. It will be good for you to let go of your expectations and learn to accept yourself as you are rather than what you think you should be. A good way to do this could be establishing routines that you genuinely enjoy rather than doing things to reach some unattainable standard. 

Libra 

No one loves harmony more than a Libra. They are peacemakers and social chameleons. Libra rules the 7th house of relationships, making them ideal friends and partners. However, relationships are a sore spot for you if Chiron's orbit was in Libra when you were born. You identify yourself with the bonds you build with people because you don’t feel whole alone. Growing up, you may have only seen dysfunctional relationships, which completely tainted your view of relationships.

This could make you scared of commitments and connections altogether, making it very hard for you to trust people. On the other hand, you may pour into relationships causing an unbalanced dynamic. It is common for this placement to encounter a lot of karmic partnerships.

It can be more important to you to be in a community than being your authentic self, so you are willing to sacrifice more than you should. You will become what you think people want you to be, so you’re not alone.  

You are meant to learn that you can find balance within and that it is ok to be alone. Once you begin giving to yourself as you do others, you will enjoy the harmony that Libras thrive in and help others experience that harmony within themselves and their relationships. 

Scorpio  

Scorpios are intense. They are represented by the scorpion, who can trigger a transformation with a sting. Scorpios can handle the darker parts of humanity, allowing them to dive deep into the human condition in ways others cannot. People with Chiron in Scorpio have difficulty with change out of their control. Either in your early life or a past life, you experienced a profound trauma that left you feeling powerless, so now you constantly struggle to maintain your power.

You either need control or need to be controlled. Scorpios are also obsessive, so your need for control can become an addiction. For example, in the case of sexual assault, you could now be a sex addict because now you can dictate when and where. Or, if you lost someone close to you, you may have an unusual obsession with death and the occult.

All of this accumulates into a general distrust of people around you. You may unknowingly project your fears onto loved ones thinking they are trying to harm you and push them away as a result.  

You have difficulty understanding that the world doesn’t need to be a game of control and power. You developed defense mechanisms that became automatic, but you don’t need them anymore. You will have to face the demons from your past and forgive them, let go of the fear, and allow yourself to transform into something beautiful. 

​​Sagittarius 

Sagittarius rules the 9th house of higher education, travel, and belief systems. Sagittarius placements have expansive energy and need the freedom to reach their chosen horizons.  If Chiron's orbit was in Saggitarius when you were born, you probably weren’t given this freedom. You may have grown up in a strict religious environment eliminating other belief systems as a possibility.

When you began asking questions and seeking truth, you probably didn’t find answers that satisfied you. This searching only to find disappointing conclusions might be a pattern in your life. You also could have been shut down when talking about your dreams and what you wanted to do.

As a result, you may have developed a cynical perspective and given up on the quest to find something greater than yourself. It’s essential for Sagittarius placements to believe in something, so leaning on Atheism can limit your mind and further cripple your freedom. Or, if you do find something to have faith in, you may push it on to other people aggressively.  

To conquer this Chironic wound, you need to take time to reflect on your beliefs and do research. What matters is what you believe, so develop your own belief system. Once you have your spiritual foundation, you will help others build their foundation.

Capricorn 

Capricorns are the worker bees of the zodiac. Other signs are dedicated, passionate, and committed to their craft, but none find meaning in work like Capricorns. Capricorns take pride in providing for themselves and their loved ones. They rule the 10th house of career, worldly ambition, success, and social status.  

When Chiron is in Capricorn, you need to feel respected. Authority figures may have expected a lot from you and given you a lot of responsibility when you were a child. Even if you performed well and did what you thought they wanted, they didn’t give you the validation you needed. They may have constantly compared you to other more intelligent, faster, or prettier kids.

Recognition became your end all be all, so you throw yourself into anything where you know you will excel rather than pursuing what you’re genuinely interested in for that moment of satisfaction of being told you did a good job. You place a lot of value on your social status and what you do.

You want to be someone significant and be treated as such. When you achieve this, you may have trouble appreciating it and might immediately move on to the next goal instead because it won’t ever be enough. 

This wound causes you to outsource validation, and you need to learn to validate yourself and what you want to do. You expect to get appreciation in return for everything you pursue, but you need to leave this mindset in the past. Other people’s opinions have been your motivation, but you need to build the life you want. Become someone significant for yourself, not other people.

Aquarius 

Aquarians are innovators. They push us into new trends, philosophies, and eras. Aquarius placements champion their individuality while also fostering a connection with the collective. If Chiron's orbit was in Aquarius when you were born, you may find it challenging to connect with the people around you because of your originality.

Growing up, you may have been a loner, but not by choice. Perhaps you tried to express your creative self and innovative ideas, but your peers or family may have bullied you in response. Time and time again, this may have happened. You may have toned down your individuality to fit in and deal with this. Or you may go in the opposite direction, intentionally being unconventional. If you separate yourself, then people can’t reject you. 

You need to stop looking for groups to accept you and start expressing your true self. You will attract people like you who are weird and will appreciate you and your ideas. These people have been outcasts like you, and you can bring them together once you let yourself embrace your unique Aquarian energy. Together you can create ideas that can cause real change in the world. 

Pisces

Pisces are mysterious and dreamy. It can be challenging to pin them down. They rule the 12th house, the house of the unseen, the spiritual, the subconscious. When your Chiron is in Pisces, you constantly question what the Universe has given you, whether good or bad.

You are not sure why you deserve what you’ve experienced. This Chironic wound will be buried deep in your psyche. It may be from a past life, or something may have happened early in your life that you blocked out. This will cause you to be sensitive to things without understanding why.

You may engage in escapism to avoid your feelings. Escapism can be many things like drugs, sex, or even helping others. When you try to help others process their trauma, you are only hurting yourself because you end up absorbing their energy. 

All the Chiron wounds are difficult to heal, but Pisces is tricky because you don’t always know the root. Take time with yourself, meditate, and explore your subconscious. You may never figure out the source of your pain, but you can still change your perspective on life.

Go from being a victim to understanding that things happen for a reason. There is a purpose, even if you’re not sure what it is. Once you heal yourself, you will help others heal on a deep level, just like you have. 

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