Timing Things

The Truth About Chiron Return


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.


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  • Reply AstroGeek January 30, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I don’t know about return, but I read that Chiron 7th house aspects portend difficult childhood relationships. Deep hurts from parents, possibly sexual assault, and a need to “heal” those things in adult relationships. (Or die trying … )

    I have such an aspect, and much of that is true. As it stands, I’m in the midst of the kind of “healing that only comes from feeling” and its all intricately connected with childhood love (or not), self-worth and parental patterns.

    I’m a good 12-15 years shy of the Chiron return, but I guess I’m kind of looking forward to it. I think I’ll be done with this round and hopefully looking back at it like … “That was a rough patch, wasn’t it.”

    Would love to hear from someone in the midst, though!

  • Reply anita January 30, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    When I had my Chiron return in early Pisces , I had a massive futility awareness attack. Chiron conjoined my late Pisces sun to wrap the whole era up. before Chiron return I was unhappily married, drunk by 3:00 pm , chain smoking 180 pound miserable woman. After the Chiron enema I have been sober for 5 years, smoke free for the same amount of time, weight 117 size 4 , divorced, taking responsibility for ever feeling thought and action I create and I am truly genuinely grateful for my entire life.

    • Reply Centaurus January 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      That’s an incredible example Anita. What shifted within to invoke these changes.. how did the return translate into the motivation to grow beyond where you were?

      • Reply anita January 31, 2018 at 5:54 am

        Accepting the responsibility for my decision to marry a verbally abusive Gemini. When I stopped self destructive behaviors Chiron was conjunct my natal Chiron square Mars in Sagitarius which is the line between my 7th and 8th house. Mercury was on my descendant which is also conjunct natal Neptune.
        Divorce was announced by me to Mr Gem. when Chiron was 23 Pisces which was on my 23 Pisces sun. I attribute Chiron because I took responsibility for facing pain from my past and realizing my present behavior as preserving the wound rather than healing it. Healing took admission of responsibility and a bit of courage ( standing up to my ex and telling him to leave)

        • Reply Centaurus January 31, 2018 at 9:15 pm

          I have Chiron Pisces and Neptune DSC so that much I get.
          Mars is on the cusp of the 7th and 8th which is interesting right, relationship and the more intense sort of relationship that requires transformation and it looks like you went with an upgraded relationship with yourself that took all the depth and strength of the 8th and perhaps Mars threw all his moxy at the task. Some of this might have been happening whilst Saturn was on tour?
          Accepting responsibility is such an act of freedom and yes, it does take courage but the payoff is always worth it.
          I wonder if you’ve considered the Saturn transit as well given he was across your 7th and now 8th (?) houses?
          Sounds like it’s only up from here. Well done!

      • Reply anita January 31, 2018 at 5:55 am

        Responsibility and action

  • Reply Centaurus January 30, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Mystic, ‘what you are willing to feel will heal’ is a great description!
    Chiron is also called the rainbow bridge – the bridge between the conscious and the super conscious – which I think has something to do with Saturn and Uranus and edge of solar system stuff but I haven’t read Clow’s book. I do have Reinheart’s but I haven’t looked at it for some time.
    It has been a time of great change and now that I think about it a real demarcation point between what was and what is which shapes what will be.

  • Reply Centaurus January 30, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Oh and I meant to add… perfect image for this. It’s quite beautiful as well.

  • Reply Silvers January 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you, Mystic.
    Your imagery and or words this fortnight are really in sync with my inner workings.
    This past year new people have come in, placing Venus or Sun on my Chiron in Synastry. I’ve noted the energy as healing (eg an older, female friend who calls me Beautiful as though my name) & observed the need for emotional growth, understanding, awareness, and acceptance of love natures, in the workplace, in friendships, in family histories.
    This is in the lead up to Chiron to DC, Mars, Venus, Vesta conjunctions approaching soon.

  • Reply jacqui January 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    My natal Chiron 25 26 (conjunct Saturn in 2nd H )& Chiron 25 40 today. I almost had two returns because of a retrograde. Started Keto and yoga

    • Reply jacqui January 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      And sun conjunct AC and moon opposite tomorrow. Sun trining Saturn so I suppose Chiron too. Sounds very Pheonix-ish to me. I feel like drawing a pheonix now, bright red and flaring

    • Reply Centaurus January 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      I think I wound up with 3 because he’s at earlier degrees and Pisces is in his long orbit. I haven’t gone back to clock them and reflect as Saturn stepped up and took the stage… with a bit of square action to himself so ahem.. he was demanding attention.

  • Reply Mistério January 31, 2018 at 3:20 am

    About to have the last pass of my Chiron return at 26 Pisces, which is conjunct my moon, trine my Neptune, and opposite my Pluto/Uranus. It really does feel like ending the first half of my life and beginning the second. But with honoring my past experiences, horrible crap, family karma, everything, and transforming it into the new me, instead of running the hell away from it, denying it, etc. Definitely phoenixy, alchemy, metamorphic rock. Another image (don’t remember where I heard this one) like constructing a stained glass window, welding all the pieces together into a unique expression and letting the light shine through.

  • Reply jacqui February 1, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Tripped UP stairs yesterday and pulled my hamstring. Limping and sitting on ice. Why why why??? Makes me appreciate how fit and flexible I was, even though I thought I wasn’t. No more complaining just grateful!

  • Reply Multiair February 4, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I’ve just unknowingly been through my Chiron Return. I studied like a demon all the way through, with the aim of changing my narrative in the workplace. When this didn’t happen I was furious for a whole year (it’s opposite my Mars) which damaged my reputation. Now I’ve come through the other side and am sailing on balmy waters again, accepting of whatever comes my way, or not. Being a multiple air sign it seems appropriate that my Chiron energies were channelled into learning. I’ve noticed that many women return to study at this age, after years of child-raising, when they re-focus again on their careers.

    I should also note that my eldest child has been extremely unwell during this period. This meant a lot of my energy went to support her. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a mother and at times have been frustrated in this role by the sheer inanity and workload it requires. My eldest daughter, as a Moon in Scorpio, seemed to intuit my feelings and bonded with her dad instead. However, through the brutal journey we’ve been on together she has come to really appreciate how much I support her. I am the parent she knows she can rely on, no matter what. And our new deeper bond brings me a lot of joy.

    Are these Chiron Return experiences???

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