Chiron as an astrological force does not get as much credit or notoriety as our friends Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. I think this is because Chiron shifts are often so inner-directed, like those of Neptune.
But Chiron on an angle (Midheaven/Ascendant) can really pack a pow and Chiron Return is quite something. Delineations of it vary widely from “rainbow bridge shamanic healing fabulousness” to descriptions that make it sound like you just crack right up with it.
So, the truth about Chiron Return, or what i think:
It happens to everyone between the ages of 49 to 51 and then again – if you’re fortunate – at 99 to 101. So there you go, it is only every 50 years. But you could plausibly blame Chiron instead of hormones. Chiron has an erratic orbit, it’s not like Uranus – which has a seven year cycle. Chiron is in some signs for way longer than others.
Personally, i think watch Chiron when it is within one degrees of Ascendant or Midheaven, Sun, Moon, Mercury or Venus. And i mean conjunction.
If you get to be half a century old, you will have amassed your fair share of defeats, regrets and sorrows amid the joys and triumphs. We all know this. And Chiron Return is when you get to decide what you’re going to make of them all. You will have the choice of – as Marianne Williamson says – becoming a victim or a phoenix.
Chiron Return is when you assess your emotional terrain gone by and plot a course through the future turf. Do you want to live in the past, navigating off directions from a possibly out-dated map? Do you harden into your resentments?
By the time you’ve got to Chiron Return Zone, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ve got a few. The “Wounded Healer” doesn’t necessarily mean that Chiron – a Centaur – limps around the place, clutching a medicine bottle and being empathetic because of his limp. It’s more about full-throttle consciousness and willingness to grow applied to your most painful areas, where it really would be more desirable to just go along with the same old narrative you’ve always had: I Am X way because Y happened. Or I was never the same again after X.
Saturn issues can be painful but they’re also often the sort of things you can talk about. And it is amazing how swiftly – as i always say – Saturn crap can be resolved with a firm, take-charge focus, work ethic and coherent plan – what you can measure you can manage.
Chiron is more like ‘what you are willing to feel will heal.’
So in my mind, Chiron is like druidic/priestess energy – sagacious and brave.
Image: Hannah Yata