This is a big deal. The asteroid named Chiron was discovered in the mid-seventies and I believe he was in Aries at that same time. Some senior astrologers out there might remember quite well what was happening during that time. It was similar to now in ways we are about to find out as Chiron returned to Aries on Feb 19. A Chiron Return is in place.
For a richer *understanding* of what this upcoming cycle might yield I turn to the Sabien Symbols as interpreted by Dane Rudyhar.. I’ve written about them in past posts.
Rudyhar writes: “1° ARIES is the “first of the 360 phases of a universal and multi-level cyclic process which aims at the actualization of a particular set of potentialities.” This 360 phase process is described symbolically thru out the book. Specifically the first degree of Aries is the Sabian Symbol: “A WOMAN JUST RISEN FROM THE SEA. A SEAL IS EMBRACING HER.”
Rudyhar goes on with the keynote: Emergence of new forms and of the potentiality of consciousness.
It’s my one ‘day-off’ from Seva and I’m sitting at the end of the dock on the Lake observing the wildlife. There’s about a dozen cranes meandering around the shore line, calmly strutting and passively standing around the shallow edge. Nearby, one fat, outrageously large goose is surveying the group. He reminds me of a sheepdog herding cattle. The cranes don’t seem to mind him.
Suddenly in the middle of all that wonderful calm and peacefulness a mutt of a dog came chasing out of the nearby woods and raced towards them all! Everyone began to honk and quack and bark and scream and run and fly! The cranes took off together in flight and the goose got him self into deeper waters where the dog couldn’t go. It was a delightful scene produced by Mother Nature for this observer.
It took awhile for the calm to return, and now the whole group has returned to their meditations over on the property further west.
Isn’t that like life? We’re having a nice peaceful day and then a disturbance comes. We get rattled. We yell. We object. We run away, thinking peace might return to us somewhere else.
The teaching here is asking us to take a closer look at our reactions. We are told that those reactions are most likely a coming from our past and not necessarily the proper response to what is happening now.
Running away from a hungry, excited dog is probably the proper response for the cranes and the goose. Yet, even though their peace was disturbed, no doubt they are calm again in this moment. I doubt they’ll need anty therapy to get over their trauma?
We humans, however, have a mind that retains memories, makes predictions, and plans for future. It jumps to lots of conclusions, and assumptions far beyond what is actually happening where the feet are. Some of us have wild imaginations that spin in or out of control. Some are absolutely delusional at times. The point is, like all the masters have said, stay in the now….and if a disturbance comes act accordingly if action is required. Otherwise, observe the responses in the the body and remember to breathe. Calm returns quicker that way.
Astrologers are still collecting and analyzing information regarding Chiron, discovered in 1977. That’s not a long time when you’re working with the outer planets and such. Fifty years is the average cycle of Chiron, which means that around age 50 or so, each of us will have a Return of Chiron to it’s original location in your birthchart. I’ve written a bit of this before and you can read more here and here. Turning 50 does bring it’s own unique awareness’s and opportunities. I remember it like yesterday……..
Around 2008, Chiron and Neptune were in conjunction, an alignment that no one living had ever experienced. That’s rich, fertile ground for astrological research, and I learned a lot by integrating yoga and astrology during that time. We’ll see what happens now that both are moving thru Pisces, the sign of spirituality.
Om shanti. May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings know peace.
Our ephemeris tells us that she’s currently orbiting the sector of the zodiac labeled: 20 degrees of Aquarius.
On Aug. 3, 2008, two days after the August 1 Solar Eclipse at 9 Leo, Chiron retrogrades back to the 19th degree of Aquarius. (Chiron figures into this Eclipse in a pretty big way….as does Neptune and the North Node.)
Let’s look at the Sabian Symbol for these specific degrees and get a *sense* of the meaning. (Saturn currently moving through Virgo encourages us to be more *discriminating*. Details & small print require increased attention.)
20 deg. AQ. – A LARGE WHITE DOVE BEARING A MESSAGE.
The Keynote says: The answer of spiritual agencies to thorough, sustained and victorious individual efforts.
19 deg. AQ. – A FOREST FIRE IS BEING SUBDUED BY THE USE OF WATER, CHEMICALS AND SHEER MUSCULAR ENERGY.
The Keynote says: “The skill and courage necessary to bring under control the destructive potential of carelessness of karmic ‘visitations’.
She moves to the 18th degree on Aug 22 where we find:
A MAN’S SECRET MOTIVES ARE BEING PUBLICLY UNMASKED.
The Keynote: The difficulty for the modern individual to keep secret his private past or his deeper motives.
On November 15 she goes stationary direct in the 22nd degree of Aquarius. A RUG IS PLACED ON THE FLOOR OF A NURSERY TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY IN COMFORT AND WARMTH. The Keynote is: The warmth of understanding which comes to those who, early in life, are open to new possibilities.
Chiron is a major player these days and usually overlooked by many astrologers. Her upcoming conjunction with Neptune has great potential for healing the wounds that bind us thru spiritual & alternative practices. I’ve written some on Chiron in these posts for you to read. I hope to write more soon.
As we run around our lives finding a corner for this, and a corner for that, in feng-shui-speak ……..it’s good to remember to dedicate a space to Chiron, the wounded healer. He’s been quite a teacher to me, and for that I send him Metta.
So, pull out your astrocartography map and find Chiron’s line and where it’s pointing.
Chiron is in constant companionship with Neptune and the North Node these days, moving ever closer to it’s highly anticipated conjunction with Neptune, a major event for sure. For more information on this visit Dan’s site.….it’s quite informative. I am planning a series of workshops at home and on the road to take advantage of these wonderful healing vibrations. Join my email list (look over on the right for the link) or contact me here with a comment.
May all beings heal. May all beings feel love. May peace be with us always. Once you’ve located Chiron’s spot in your space, begin to take out ‘clutter’. (It’s good to have a conversation with a feng shui consultant to determine what is and what is not clutter.).
CHIROS: Time has usually been considered (‘with the stars’) the realm of the planet Saturn, but in actuality, Saturn only rules one type of time–chronological time. [duration]. Chiros (Kairos) represents time that is outside that realm–time that obeys an entirely different set of laws [if it does, indeed, obey any law al all]. Chiros has even been called, ‘timeless time’. Many people have been able to enter this type of time through deep meditation. Remember that Chiron’s orbit is, for the most part, beyond Saturn, and that will assist you in contemplating a time which is not ruled by the clock or the calendar. Image @ http://www.inkognito.de (greeting card)
Some great information on Chiron can also be found here and here.
One fascinating way to understand the essence of something (like Chiron) is to look at the etymology of the word. Chiron comes from the root syllable, chiro which relates to the hand. Thus, chiromancy (palmistry), chirography (penmanship/calligraphy), chironomid (one who makes gestures with his hands), and of course the chiropractor who adjusts our nervous system by manipulating our spine. Chiron is the original ‘alternative’ genius.
Here are more keywords that convey the ‘energy’ of Chiron.
The glyph used for Chiron is meant to symbolize a key.
And here’s some poetry that echo’s Chiron’s theme…………
I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections. And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly , that I am ill. I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time,only time can help and patience, and a certain difficult repentance, long difficult repentance, realizations of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself
from the endless repetition of the mistake which mankind at large has chose to sanctify.
Most astrologers focus on time. The questions that begin with ‘when’ are innumerable. The ability to analyze the present moment, the past and the future using a natal horoscope reveals larger patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed.
In 1986 -ish I attended a weekend workshop in CT taught by Jim Lewis, the pioneer of what is today called Astro*Carto*Graphy. (Where you were born holds equal weight with when you were born You are the intersection of time, place, and DNA) This 3 day course was an amazing intellectual exercise with stimulating and provocative material. I soaked it up. But, unlike a natal (time) chart, the calculations necessary for a ACG map were impossible. I would have to be satisfied with theory. In 1989 astrological software became available. I immediately purchased a computer and the proprietary software that had just been released.
Theory could be tested now, first hand. I calculated hundreds of maps & charts for myself, family, friends looking for the places on the planet that showed up in significant ways. All personal traveling became infused with curiosity. How would the planetary energies manifest in different locations. I’ve gathered up a few amazing stories over the years to illustrate my research. On April 9, the Astrological Society of Princeton will host a lecture on Sunday and I look forward to sharing my research there.
This May I will be spending 3 weeks, nearly a lunar cycle, on a ‘new’ line of my personal astromap, the paran of Saturn and Chiron . Looking around the globe I see that although I may have crossed this line a few times I ‘ve only crossed it and never spent much time there, not nearly enough to absorb/recognize the ‘energy/vibration/prana/chi’. Obviously I am in for a new experience.
Saturn lines aren’t necessarily fun places to spend time. Saturn’s influence is always serious, studious, and disciplined. Saturn doesn’t do anything easy. And, Saturn is slow. If Saturn stood alone at this Florida location I may not have chosen to visit there. But paran lines reflect a relationship between 2 planets, and in Salt Springs, FL and locales nearby, Saturn intersects with Chiron, and that combination is one I am cautiously curious to experience.
The nature of my visit there is Saturnian which bodes well for my stay at this newly established ashram with a world recognized Guru. I have volunteered for Seva there. It’s location on this particular line seems quite fortuitous and prescient. I’ll let you know more when I come back.
The Salon for Astrological Discourse will meet again this month. Here’s the chart.… You don’t have to be an accomplished astrologer to see the stellium in Pisces. Soon, Mars and Venus will move into Aries and the energy will change, again, dramatically. But for now, Chiron sits between them, and I see an opportunity here.
Regardless of what side of the political, social, economic, educational, or religious fence you’re on, our differences continue to devolve down to the lowest common denominator which is our gender differences, and our differing definitions of what that means. Are there still just 2 kinds of people in the world, as Barbra sang so many years ago in the song People? Male? Female? In a book by Leonard Schlain he wrote about how our language and our social systems have all evolved around the basic theme of man vs woman, and we know that we are now witnessing the death throes of the Patriarchy….. Anyway, Chiron between Mars/Venus reminds me of this ‘wound’ and depending on your particular state of consciousness, belief system, or recovery from damaging relationbships, one could actually use this time towards mending fences in whatever Piscean way suits you.
In the years running up to 2012, I was reading a lot regarding ancient calendars particularly the Mayan one. It took some study and discussion with teachers before I felt I understood the metaphysics and astrological patterns that were driving this significant shift in our energy field and what all that meant. I closely followed the transits of Chiron during that time and you can read some of those posts here, in reverse chronological order. Today, in 2017, in hindsight, it’s easy to see how the symbolism has manifested in this new reality we all find ourselves living in.
Neptune will remain in Pisces long after the others have moved on. It’s way out there so each degree it moves into opens up new pathways, so to speak. Today as I write this Neptune is nearly complete with the 11th degree, and according to the Sabian Symbols this degree represents:
MEN TRAVELING A NARROW PATH, SEEKING ILLUMINATION. The keynote reads: The capacity inherent in every individual to seek at whatever cost entrance to to a transcendent realm of reality. It refers to the eternal symbol of the Path of Discipleship. the Path is always open to the pure in heart, the mentally aware, the conpueror of emotions and the spiritually self-mobilized.
Marc Edmund Jones, 10/1/1888 – 3/8/1980, was the astrologer who ‘created’ the Sabian Symbols, and he taught that astrology “properly used” can help people see more clearly their own tendencies. Once seen, we can then apply our free will to adjust, modify, change, or ignore what has been seen. Our evolutionary engine depends on our ability to learn & grow in this fashion.
Anyway, it’s easy to see how our Salon can dig into some of this material and I look forward to hearing many voices.