How many “once in a lifetime” opportunities do we encounter in our lives? And how many of them do we let slip by, leaving us with the question, “What if?” How many of them do we grab and make the most out of, knowing it won’t ever come our way again?
Such opportunity presented itself to me very recently.
Two weeks ago, I became aware of a major astrological phase that I’m going through, Chiron Return, which truly happens only once in anyone’s lifetime. Well, with most people at least. Unless one lives up to 100 years. I know, some do but very few.
What or who is Chiron? What does Chiron represent and symbolize?
Chiron is symbolized by the “wounded healer”. It represents our deepest wound, and our efforts to heal the wound. Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. (Source: www.cafesastrology.com)
Astrologer Wendy Guy describes Chiron as representing “the wounds we carry on all levels – physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological, etc.” In her article, Chiron in Pisces: Surrendering to the Wounded Healer, Wendy writes,
“Chiron symbolizes our experience of pain, alienation and woundedness, and is therefore connected to suffering in one form or another. In mythology, the centaur Chiron sustained a wound that never healed and he was said to have suffered unceasingly from it. And yet, it was this suffering that drove him to search for relief, and that search brought him the knowledge, wisdom and experience that expanded his knowledge about healing. This enabled him to counsel, teach and heal others, earning himself the label of the Wounded Healer. (Source: www.evolvingdoor.ca)
What is so significant about Chiron Return?
We experience our Chiron Return when we reach the age of 50, or thereabouts, 49 to 51. (I am turning 51 in May.) And it is a most significant phase to go through, with a lot of transformation opportunities being presented. A most meaningful rite of passage indeed.
The phase of Chiron Return is when Chiron goes back to the same house and planet where it was when we were born. It “returns” to its original placement in our astrological natal chart.
Wendy points out,
“Chiron return brings you back to that deep wound and challenges you to take a closer look at it. There will be ways you have worked on healing your problems that have helped and other ways that haven’t worked so well. It’s common to come to the realization that some aspects of that woundedness will probably never be completely wiped away – and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It doesn’t mean life can’t be fulfilling and joyful and good.” (Source: www.evolvingdoor.ca)
And as the article Chiron Pisces Scar Tissue points out,
“Chiron Return is a marker of a time where we may find resolution and acceptance and learn to make peace with our wound.” (Source: www.newmoonastrologyreadings.com)
Ever since I learned about my Chiron Return, I spent a lot of time researching about it. I’ve been integrating what I’m learning with what I’ve been experiencing. There was a strong force pulling me, guiding me, leading me to want to find the light at the end of the tunnel. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
It’s almost like an obsession. Like there’s this seemingly insatiable thirst in me that was awakened to find the answers. And the knowing that I AM going to find them, and what I will find out is beyond me.
And now that I’m writing this, I already have, not only a strong feeling, but a knowing that this is going to be another series of posts again.
Who knows what messages I will end up unearthing…I don’t know what other insights will come to me as I continue making sense of all the information that I’m gathering, and all my discoveries, thus far. Who knows which of those reflections and realizations I’ll end up sharing and posting.
But this much I know, and this much I will share.
What I’m learning about Chiron and Chiron Return is surely helping me make sense of a lot of the events in my life — those that happened in the past two to three years, and which timed with the movement of Chiron into the sign of Pisces in April 2010, as well as all my experiences in the past 50 years of my life, whether major or seemingly uneventful. (Nothing ever is. Every moment is serving a purpose and is being woven into a masterful piece of tapestry that is Life.)
What I also know for sure is this — how I deal with and make use of the energies of this oh-so-significant phase of my Chiron Return is the golden thread that’s stringing all the gems in each and every chapter of my 50 year life story, creating a most exquisite bejewelled crown, which I will wear, ever so proudly, as I look forward to and head for the beginning of the rest of my life.
“There IS a feeling of destiny and purpose for many at this time, and a time of major decisions. And what happens at the return DOES set the course for entire rest of one’s life.” (Source: www.zanestein.com)
Thanks to my increased awareness and knowledge of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, I am being reminded that we all are “wounded healers.” That we all have the Inner Chiron. That learning how to tap into its archetypal energies will prove to be another invaluable tool which we can include in our healing and ascension tool kit.
To those who are past their Chiron Return, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Perhaps you may want to share your insights and some tips and recommendations?
To those who aren’t there yet, I don’t know if it’s anything to be overly concerned about. Or to even plan or prepare for. After all, aren’t we all where we need to be? Don’t we all need to live each day and each moment fully and purposefully, trusting and believing that everything is divinely unfolding?
And to my fellow “Chiron Returnees,” please join me in this journey and discovery. Here’s to the beginning of the rest of our lives as we live our story and write our history! 🙂
Bring ‘em on Chiron! 🙂
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