Chiron is not a planet. I believe it is officially classed as a planetoid. Even so, astrologers are often fascinated by it. The last time it entered Aries was in 1968 (for a list of dates, see below) and it hadn’t been discovered yet. Astrologers will often look to previous times a planet was in a particular sign to conjure images to help understand what might happen going forward. We have all heard the saying that s/he who denies the past is bound to repeat it. We can take a look at those times but keep in mind that an archetypal symbol is different before and after it is discovered and ‘seen’ by the collective consciousness. Chiron was discovered in October of 1977.
The late 60s and early 70s were a time of powerful social change and unrest. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were both assassinated in 1968 fueling conspiracy theories that continue to confuse and frighten people. A number of rock and roll stars died early deaths which added more fuel to the fire that our heroes (Aries) were being taken from us. There was Woodstock and the first Moon landing. Not to mention the war in Vietnam and the protests. It’s always interesting to look at the popular books and movies when searching for mythic clues and 1968 gave us Rosemary’s Baby and 2001: A Space Odyssey along with many other things; take your pick.
We might also look further back to other times Chiron was in Aries and find some clues. The most chilling is that between 1918 and 1927 was the end of WW I and the rise of Hitler (the publication of Mein Kampf was 1925). It wasn’t until Chiron entered Taurus that the Great Depression started but the factors leading to that were in the making.
As Chiron made its way through Aries in the 70s many turned away from collective transformation (political action) in favor of personal growth. To some it seemed a sell-out because what’s the point of being peaceful if you’re surrounded by war? To others a necessary process because, as they saw it, real change has to come from within.
Those times are long gone and it’s different, once a heavenly body has been discovered and written into the conscious lexicon of mythic images. The world seems to be in worse shape than it was then. But that definitely depends on where you are standing at the time. Personal change has been amazing even as the world seems to struggle with the top down ravages of a culture based on materialistic domination of the many by the few.
Chiron in Aries might just be an indication of the growing awareness that to heal the traumas of individuals (Chiron is the wounded healer) we must heal the social conditions that surround, support and enable abusers. It doesn’t seem that we can simply put the ‘bad guys’ away. Chiron is the wisdom we gain from our woundedness. Trauma is not meant to shore up our identity (which it often does if not acknowledged). Awareness of our trauma opens the very real possibility that in the process of healing we become wiser and more compassionate: Something we must share.
During the years that Chiron spent in Pisces (2010 – 2018) the collective awareness of trauma, PTSD and the effects and possible methods for easing and healing it have grown exponentially. We have become more aware of suffering on our planet which has also given rise to the importance of kindness and compassion and the number of people who meditate: All Pisces things. Given that Aries is a sign of war and Chiron is a healing force I can imagine that collectively we might be tired of the fight because we know where it ends. We are also aware that the ‘powers that be’ are manipulating the world to increase the possibility of a rather massive fight. Chiron in Aries indicates a heightened awareness of the divide between these two realities and the kinds of actions that follow from that.
The astrological significance of Chiron in Aries may be swept aside by the ingress of Uranus into Taurus for the first time since the early 1940s which happens May 15, 2018. I think these two factors should be considered together.
The Sun in astrology represents the heart’s desire. It’s the light of life and it’s where each of us leans into the Great Spirit which animates all life, call it what you will. It is the one factor in the chart that calls you to be the best you can be, to take the great risk of expressing who you are and seeing what happens. Keeping this in mind we can speculate on how Chiron in Aries might impact each sign.
When we do this we are looking at how Chiron might challenge us as creative, expressive individuals. As a single factor for the world as a whole, Chiron calls us to identify our personal passion and to learn something about it and ourselves. Chiron in Aries suggests that we turn toward the challenge, seek out the mentor and most importantly, lose the notion that we are fixing the world. It is not broken, it simply is what it is. Our task is to guide and hopefully deliver it from where it is to where it is going: It’s the difference between healing and curing.
Chiron and the Sun signs:
Aries: Be the leader when required, the one who brings wisdom and healing, not the hero.
Taurus: Listen to the voice of nature: In the wind and the water, within you and without you.
Gemini: Join with the people who take action that supports and fosters healing in the collective.
Cancer: Boldly go even as you encourage others, into the necessary places which require courage to heal.
Leo: Seek the wise teacher(s). Not for blind faith but to hone your beliefs.
Virgo: Use your craft, whatever it is, to heal and transform the world around you.
Libra: Challenge the rules of engagement.
Scorpio: Healing others effectively requires that you heal yourself. The time has come.
Sagittarius: Love is a powerful force to impel creativity and self-awareness. Use it.
Capricorn: Dig into the roots of your life, or life in general. Deal with the rot and the potential for growth.
Aquarius: Speak, write, learn all about how you, yes you, can make a difference.
Pisces: What matters and how you invest time, energy, money and love there makes a difference.
Chiron enters Aries: Apr. 17, 2018
Stationery retrograde: July, 5, 2018
Reenters Pisces: September 25, 18
Stationery direct December 09, 2018 27
Enters Aries and takes up residence for a while: February 18, 2019