The body holds trauma from one lifetime to the next, and carries this trauma through our thoughts and emotions. For instance, fear, anger, and despair can be lodged in the throat, blocking this chakra. Phrases like “I never should have said it” and “They won’t listen” may be repeated at the moment of death and then prevent one from speaking one’s truth in this lifetime.
The shoulders, for example, hold guilt and the feeling of being burdened. Guilt and the overwhelming feeling of responsibility appear in thoughts/statements we repeat throughout our lives such as “I can never do enough,” or “It’s all up to me.” So the physical shoulder pain is connected to the emotion of guilt and the thought of not doing enough, and as we enter through any one of these places, a particular story and character will emerge.
I’ve developed the theory that, NATALLY speaking (meaning, in the context of standard western natal astrology, not any other kind) the “wound” thing with Chiron is, I think, something that HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFETIME. Generally, all the other planets in the natal chart indicate “energies” that are set from the very beginning. Events do not make them manifest, because they already manifest from the very begnning, and all events do is trigger and further unfold their nature.
The difference with Chiron, I am beginning to believe, and its uniqueness among the other characters in the chart, has to do with the fact that the wounding is AN EVENT. What it often indicates is circumstances that START OFF whole, healthy and positive, and take the hit (THE hit) sometime during the lifetime, and pretty much never fully recover. Not saying it has to be permanent misery, just saying the INITIAL smoothness won’t be recovered.
Here is one possible example. Right now I am dating a woman who says she used to be worshipped as a goddess due to her figure (very big boobs, that’s all I’ll say). She put on weight at age 19, never lost a significant amount of it, and hasn’t been the same since. She told me all about how men used to hold doors open for her, salespeople in clothes stores used to go out of their way to help her, etc., etc.,… until she put on weight. It has been very emotionally painful for her ever since. She said she now feels like she is treated like a “monster.” It’s only a small part of her consciousness that feels this way; she is a self-confident woman with a great career and a lot going for her. And she isn’t even that big. I think she’s gorgeous, and I’m not an unattractive guy myself. But talking her out of her bad feelings about this has been proving to just be futile.
She has Chiron in the 1st, conjunct ascendant (whoever it was that was interested in whether Chiron on the ascendant equals beauty, put that in your pipe and smoke it!
I’m here to talk about my own Chiron, in the 9th house. For many years, I was a searcher. I looked into religion, into matters of the occult, including native american traditions, but nothing quite did it for me, my totem animal didn’t fit; and when i really got into the stuff, Native Americans made it clear that they were uncomfortable with us honkies getting into their stuff. I went to Italy, the home of my forefathers and everything changed. With a sun conjunct old moon (pre-new moon) I am a backwards looker, and so I began to study my ancestry, including the language and the history of the region. I got to know my cousins. I found the stories about when my grandparents left and WHAT they left. that longing went away. I now felt like I belonged, I knew who I was. I got my dual citizenship. So I do think my chiron wound is healed.
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Reading Melanie Reinhart’s Chiron and the Healing Journey was an eye-opener for me. This is how she recommends approaching Chiron astrologically:
“In some horoscopes, putting Chiron in will have the effect of highlighting a pattern, creating a new emphasis or serving to explain something really prominent about a person not otherwise reflected in the chart. Studying it often makes for an ‘aha’ effect, where suddenly things click into place. People who cannot relate to Chiron fall into one of two categories: there are those who are so busy blocking out the deeper dimensions of their soul that they cannot resonate with Chiron, out of fear. Then there are those who are living so close to the archetype that they cannot see it!
There can be an obvious ‘unhealable wound’ depicted by Chiron’s placement, a situation that we cannot escape from although we may try to and which provides grist to the mill of our ‘soul-work’ for many years. Just as in the myth, however, there is potential resolution and release. Very often this revolves around accepting the unacceptable, the unfair, the incomprehensible; it may mean stopping trying to figure things out and fix them, but instead to simply allow ourselves to be with the experience.
Chiron can also depict a brilliance, something which stands out and defines a person. It can show where we behave or feel like an outsider, a maverick or wanderer, where we resist being tied down, where the constraints of society weigh heavily. There is a wildness, a freshness, a volatility of energy, a certain instability where we can go to extremes. It can also be like ‘blind spot’ where something is obvious to everyone but ourselves. Psychologically, it could be said that Chiron symbolises part of us that has been split off. It has become dissociated because of trauma or suffering, or simply through a lack of understanding or language to process an experience. Transits act like the classic shamanic process of ‘soul retrieval’ where that which has been outcast, seeks to return."