Chiron stations retrograde in Aries on July 23, 2023, in the midst of some incredibly significant and intense cosmic energies.
The Lunar Nodes changing signs, the Cancer New Moon, the Sun moving into its home sign of Leo, and Venus Retrograde all happen just days before Chiron, the asteroid known as the wounded healer, journeys into retrograde.
All of this energy combined will intensify the healing work of Chiron, allowing some of our most painful heartbreaks to be channeled into something new.
Chiron will remain in retrograde until December 26, 2023, and by this point, we are likely to have experienced some deeper wisdom, compassion, and understanding from whatever our wounds were trying to teach us.
Let’s dive deeper into what Chiron’s energy is all about and what you can expect as it journeys retrograde in 2023 –
Chiron, the Wounded Healer
Chiron, the asteroid, is named after Chiron, the centaur, and the story of Chiron can help us to understand the energy it radiates.
The myth goes that Chiron was abandoned at birth and left to fend for itself. Chiron was unwanted and unloved, but it was through this painful wound of abandonment and difficult upbringing that he was able to rise up and turn his wounds into powerful portals of healing.
It was Chiron’s wounds that paved the way for his role as a powerful healer, teacher, psychic, and philosopher.
Chiron was able to take his wounds and allow them to guide him in a direction of power. Chiron knew his wounds would never leave him, but he allowed them to become portals of wisdom, compassion, and learning. This is why Chiron is referred to as the wounded healer.
We all possess the same powers as Chiron. Inside each and every one of us has the ability to take our wounds and pain points and turn them into a source of power.
As the poet Rumi says- the wound is where the light enters you.
Chiron in our Cosmic Skies
Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus. The position of Chiron between Saturn and Uranus is significant to understanding the energy it brings.
Saturn is a very grounded, rooted energy, whereas Uranus is considered a planet of a higher vibration. Uranus’ energy can also bring about awakenings and the rise of kundalini energy.
Chiron can act as a bridge between these two states of being and is sometimes referred to as the Rainbow Bridge.
The Rainbow bridge signifies the link between one state of consciousness and the next, and this idea is further amplified if we look at Egyptian Astrology.
In Egyptian Astrology, Chiron goes by another name- Anpu or Anubis, the god of the afterlife and lost souls.
Many of the myths and legends used in Western Astrology can be traced back to Egyptian and Babylonian astrology, and Anubis can be seen as Chiron’s counterpart.
Just like Chiron, Anubis was abandoned as a child. It was through this painful upbringing that Anubis was able to rise up into the noble profession of the Guardian of the Underworld.
Anubis’s job was to welcome the newly dead to the underworld and guide them as they transitioned to the afterlife.
It takes a special soul to be given such a position, and no doubt, it was Anubis’ own pain and suffering that allowed him to develop the compassion, discernment, and loyalty to walk souls through such a journey.
As Chiron or Anubis travels retrograde, we can access our own wounds to reflect on how to use them as a source of power and healing.
This energy is not about obtaining a state of perfection through healing, rather it is about bringing acknowledgment and acceptance to our wounds in a way that allows us to access the wisdom they can bring.
Chiron Retrograde in Aries
Chiron doesn’t want us to heal because it will make us “better.” It wants us to learn how to source these wounds as powerful portals of wisdom, knowledge, and power. By extracting this information, we can step into a greater and fuller potential.
This level of healing work is about transcendence rather than trying to “fix” ourselves in order to be worthy. We are already worthy, regardless of the wounds that live within.
This energy is especially amplified, as Chiron is currently in the sign of Aries, the headstrong ram.
With Chiron in Aries, we are even more supported to find the strength, confidence, and courage that can arise when we face our wounds and look at them not as pain points but as points of potential.
Chiron in Aries reminds us that it is far more beneficial to allow our wounds to inspire, motivate, and offer strength, rather than to think of them as something that slows us down or makes us inferior in any way.
Wounds are painful, and some wounds cut so deep that they never truly leave us, but this is ok. We don’t have to be a neatly wrapped package in order to lead the best life possible.
We can use this retrograde energy not to sugar-coat our wounds, but to recognize that just like Chiron and Anubis, our suffering very often can lead us to the path of our destiny.
Use this retrograde energy to reflect on what your wounds have taught you. Sit with your wounds and get to know them. See if you can release any judgments and just sit with any pain they bring up. As you get comfortable with this, see if you can reflect on what these wounds have taught you, how they have shaped you, and what wisdom they may have for you.
Open to the wisdom and potential that your wounds have to offer.
Chiron Retrograde Exercises
1.) Identify a painful heartbreak you have been facing. See if you can step outside of this heartbreak momentarily, and challenge yourself to identify 5 things you can learn from this experience.
2.) Take a challenging situation you may be facing with another person. Putting all other emotions aside, see if you can just look at the situation from a place of compassion for the other person. Observe what comes up for you. Next, put all emotions aside and see if you can find compassion for yourself in this situation. Observe what comes up for you.
3.) Think of a painful wound from your past. How has this wound inspired you? How can it continue to inspire you moving forward?
4.) Journal Prompts:
- If my pain could talk, it would want me to know…
- When I think of my hardships, I am grateful that…
- I am stronger today because…
5.) Try this Chiron Ritual
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