The comet Chiron goes Direct at 27 degrees of Pisces today, December 9, after having been Retrograde since July 4, 2018. This Retrograde period added to the tremendous pain and stress incurred by many while Mars was Retrograde in the summer, followed by Venus and then Mercury, which just recently went Direct in Scorpio.
In Greek mythology, Chiron was the most wise and beloved centaur, skilled in medicine and the arts. As legend has it, during a visit one day, one of the poisoned arrows of Hercules fell upon his lap, inflicting an agonizing wound in his thigh. This was a wound he was unable to heal, and the pain was so intense he wanted to die but as an immortal he was also unable to. Zeus had sympathy for him and turned him into a constellation to be honored as Centaurus.
Chiron has come to represent an area in life that we feel both gifted in and wounded by simultaneously. It is this area that we find ourselves better able to help others than ourselves. We want so badly to escape the pain but are unable to avoid it. At the same time what seems like a personal handicap to ourselves inspires awe and admiration in others.
In Pisces, the sign that Chiron has transited since April 2010, the wound relates to martyrdom, self-sacrifice and being stuck in cycles of pain and suffering. Do you have any planets or major placements in your chart at 27 degrees Pisces? If so, you may feel as though salt is currently being poured onto an old wound. Conversely, you may finally experience healing and breakthrough in some aspect of your life, or a combination of both deep hurt and sweet success at the time.
Chiron was the teacher for many great heros and healers. Among other things, he taught the warrior Achilles how to play the lyre, which indicates Chiron’s musical prowess. This warrior also suffered an ongoing pain in his left heel. As a baby his mother Thetis hung him by this area as she dipped him in the river Styx as an attempt to make him immortal, which only wound up injuring him. Thus the term “Achilles heel” to indicate a personal weakness that we each have.
Chiron reminds us that all of the deepest wounds that we have suffered from have their roots in something that was actually beyond our control. The only way to master these wounds is to reach a bit beyond what we think we are capable of, and continue to better ourselves regardless of our personal stories and disappointments.
“The greater the challenge, the greater the glory”.
Chiron’s stationing Direct is aided by a glorious water trine to Mercury at 27 degrees of Scorpio and the North Node at 27 degrees of Cancer. The pain and suffering has not all been in vain, and there will be victory and celebration.
Chiron entered Aries on April 17, 2018, backtracked into Pisces on September 28. It reenters Aries on February 18, 2019 which is around when relief from many pains of the past may be experienced and solid new beginnings finally coming into view.