Chiron Stationary, turning retrograde July 19, 2022, 11:21 am EDT, Aries 16°26’.
Chiron is our core wound. Everyone has one - a wound originating in childhood that in some way defines our expectations of the world. This wound involves an abandonment, a betrayal that is almost too much to bear. The process of becoming a mature human being requires an unwinding and releasing of this wound.
In Greek myth, Chiron was a centaur – half human/half horse. Chiron’s mother was a human raped by a centaur. When she realized her baby was a centaur, she fled in horror. Chiron crawled into a cave, searching for comfort. A group of wood nymphs took pity on him and bought food to the mouth of the cave. Everyday Chiron would crawl forward, eat, and then retreat back into the darkness. Eventually he became too big for the cave and emerged, giving birth to himself.
In Egyptian myth, Chiron is Anubis, also an abandoned child. Anubis was born of a secret tryst between Nephthys and Osiris, sister and consort to Isis. Nephthys could not take her baby home to her husband and so left him alone on the desert floor. Watching this was Isis who rescued Anubis and raised him as her own.
In their youth, both Chiron and Anubis are deeply affected by their abandonment. Eventually they must decide; they can remain attached to their wounding or release it and step into their greatness. Both were destined for great things – Chiron became a teacher, physician, and advisor to Zeus. Anubis becomes the Way Shower, guiding newly deceased souls into and through the underworld where they undergo the renewal of their hearts.
If this transit is strong in your chart, this is an important time in your own process of healing. Collectively, this is a tender time. We have all been abandoned. Can we see the pain of another and recognize them as a reflection of ourselves?
Chiron will be retrograde until December 23.
July 18, 2022, by Ruby Falconer. Available for chart readings.