If there’s something wounded healer Chiron can teach us, is that healing is not a straight, upward path, nor a contest, or an endgoal. The highly eccentric orbit of this minor comet-like planet, its highly unstable motion, are symbolic of the discontinuous route taken by this beautiful, torturous process.
From my previous post about Chiron stationing Retrograde (which happened earlier this year, in June):
‘Emotional healing work is cyclical. It takes time, and patience; our own personal evolution doesn’t spare us from revisiting old issues time and again, so that we can see them through different eyes and deal with them in more mature, responsible ways. It takes self-forgiveness, because, at times, this cyclical route might feel like failure – like being trapped in the same old schemes, not really going anywhere. It takes courage, because the very act of re-opening old wounds can trigger feelings of frustration and despair.
Healing is not a straight road; there isn’t an actual start, or a finishing line. Most importantly, it’s not a race, and there are no “winners” or “losers” based on the speed or depth of our healing work.
If that was the case, Chiron would stand still. Motionless.
And yet, as it turns out, Chiron’s orbit is more eccentric than any planet or asteroid currently used in astrology – he’s the “maverick” for a reason. Nothing is more personal and idiosyncratic than the way we deal with our own pain and heal through it… ‘
Two steps forward, one step back, indeed.
Chiron’s upcoming direct station, happening on December 5, at 24°19 Pisces, is the step forward many of us have been waiting for after a period of ebbing and flowing between discomfort and faith, light and darkness, pain and relief.
The retrograde motion of Chiron has marked the beginning of the cauterization of our wounds. We have been mulling over and processing the suffering and affliction that inhabit our heart ever since. We have been listening to their songs, dealing with them and healing through them, as we will do time and again over the course of our lifetime. In doing so, we have hopefully accessed a deeper layer of awareness of the hidden injuries fracturing our mind and soul, thus learning invaluable lessons about our nature, our Path, the purpose of our existence itself. Pain has unlocked doors. The far off pieces of our Soul, those that migrated after shock or trauma, started beckoning to us from distant corners of the Universe, asking to be restored back into the wholeness of our spirit.
As Chiron resumes direct motion, it’s time to release the attachment towards our pain, the identification with our trauma, and begin anew once more.