And so, finally, on the morning of 18th February the asteroid Chiron finally left Pisces for his new home in Aries.
If Pisces takes us into the unknown depths of mutable water, the wounds so inflicted and represented by Chiron in this sign must carry with them some mark of the infinite. On the one hand the pain of our separation from source, and on the other the seemingly limitless ills of humankind. The problem is that Pisces will inevitably be followed by Aries and we will, therefore, somehow, have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and begin again, creating a new story of healing. This post looks in detail at the astrological context of Chiron’s two entries into Aries and attempts to offer some insight as to their significance.
Chiron first entered Aries on the 17 April 2018. The asteroid advanced, stationed, then went retrograde, returning to Pisces for some months before definitively returning to Aries this week. We might therefore justifiably wonder about the differences between Chiron’s two entries into Aries.
It is often said that a planet that has entered or ingressed into a sign and then returns albeit briefly to its former sign has forgotten something. The image of a person leaving home in the morning without something vital to the day’s business comes to mind.
If we concentrate on the holistic aspects of the chart, we might say that if Chiron was ready for Aries in April 2018 perhaps the other planetary archetypes were not. We thus need to compare the charts of Chiron’s first and second ingress into Aries to better understand what might previously have been lacking. This approach has the potential to shed fresh light on the nature of Chiron’s true entry into Aries in 2019.
When Chiron entered Aries in 2018 he was in conjunction with Mercury. This certainly prepared the terrain for a New Healing Story (Mercury) that each of us might begin to tell. At this time the Sun was conjunct Uranus also in Aries, suggesting the force of this encounter could be so powerful it literally knocks us over (Sun – life force, Uranus – expect the unexpected). Such a healing outcome can certainly be seen as powerful but of unpredictable result. Second, and here I note another powerful theme — Venus in Taurus opposing Jupiter in Scorpio. We have already seen that Jupiter’s passage through Scorpio was bringing to light a great deal of hidden or shadow material, the #metoo movement testified to this in no uncertain terms. However, the opposition with Venus (our values) in Taurus suggests to me that Fixed Earth and Fixed Water were not going to be the most suitable terrain for the deep and healthy healing of this new cycle. Almost as though what came up in 2018 would then get stuck high and dry on Fixed Earth (Taurus).
When Chiron entered Aries in 2019, the skies were very different. The planets had indeed moved on and the chaotic Sun/Uranus conjunction along with the Venus/Jupiter opposition have now given way to a very different celestial configuration.
First of all, Chiron now trines the North Lunar Node and sextiles the South Lunar Node. This immediately puts Chiron in connection with our past life karma (South Node) and in connection with our future soul development (North Node). As such, Chiron is now able to engage fully on the Karmic plane. Second, the Nodes have continued their journey and we have the South Node in Capricorn, the North Node in Cancer. This configuration, as discussed by Steven Forrest in one of his podcasts, (see our Shamanic Healing Circle page for the shared podcast), involved a movement towards the healing of our emotional selves. We are leaving the frigid and potentially damaging aspects of Capricorn past lives behind us. A further aspect of significance is that both Capricorn and Cancer are Cardinal signs which means that they represent nucleating points for change in the zodiac, being linked to the solstices.
Not only are the Nodes in Cardinal signs, but they are also squared by Uranus and Mars. Uranus in the last degree of Aries is giving us Cardinal Fire to power this revolution, and Mars is going to make these evolutions concrete in Fixed Earth. It is a powerful square and gives what is called a “skipped step” for those who are born at this time. The square, linked to the Nodes, offer us a clear dynamic to move from past trauma to future healing.
A further powerful aspect is that of Pluto, the transformer, conjunct the Moon’s South Node at 22° Capricorn. Pluto acts as a dissolving force to free things that are held in stasis. You can fight Pluto but Pluto will always win. As such we see that Chiron, Pluto, Uranus and Mars are now all in powerful relation to the Nodal Axis. In my view, this offers us a hugely dynamic and fertile terrain for healing.
In a fascinating discussion of this question, the astrologer Gary P Caton points out that the thing that both Chiron in Pisces and Chiron in Aries have in common is that Chiron, in each case, is taking something from Saturn out toward Uranus. In each case, something Saturnian (boundaries, systems, etc.) is being sent out to become more Uranian, more open, electric and free. This, he explains, is because Aries is the sign of Chiron’s aphelion or furthest distance from the sun. It is thus closest to Uranus. (You can find a link to Gary’s podcast on Chiron, here)
Chiron’s second entry into Aries, therefore, offers us a profoundly different astrological context. With powerful aspects to the Nodal axis, the work presaged by Chiron’s initial foray, conjunct Mercury, can now be realized. The period of activation has finally come to fruition, Chiron can begin his powerful healing mission with the aid of Mars and Uranus square the Nodes, whilst Pluto sits on the Nodal axis offering powerful energies for change. As if to confirm this, we now see Jupiter, no longer in opposition to Venus, but traveling through the sign of Sagittarius of which Jupiter is Ruler. This powerful Jupiter transit now offers us the Firey arrows of the Archer, to trail-blaze in our own healing Journeys.
In the infinite aspect of Chiron in Pisces, we previously connected with the universal sufferings of humankind. In Aries, we move to a place where we can explore concrete acts of healing, releasing past wounds. Aries (or the first house) is always the beginning of a new cycle, a new story.
Chiron’s second ingress into Aries tells us in no uncertain terms that we are now fully empowered to take on the hero archetype — to work through remaining past life karmas and now ready to set out, once more, as the authors of our own healing story.
If you enjoyed this article and would like to know more about how Chiron affects your own chart, you are most welcome to get in touch. I will be delighted to help you with your own Chiron journey.
Image: Apollo Chiron Asclepios
MAN Napoli / Image created: 1st century AD