Chiron is often called an asteroid in astrology, but is technically a comet (it was originally an asteroid, then a dwarf planet, and now a comet - we'll see if it changes again!). It's a slow-moving planet like Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, so it falls in with the generational planets.
Chiron Astrology & Your Natal Chart
There are ten planets in a standard astrology chart (I personally also add Ceres, and there are others, but we start with the ten). Each planet links to a different part of your personality and life. Your natal chart is a snapshot of the locations of the planets, other bodies, and houses in the Zodiac at the moment you're born and from the location you're born at.
I link Chiron to earth sign Virgo, the sign of health and wellness, which would naturally connect Chiron to the sixth house of work and health.
At-a-Glance Chiron Keywords:
Chiron in Astrology: Wounds
Chiron is called the Wounded Healer in astrology, so it ties into your greatest wounds in this life. In your natal chart, this is often found via the sign and house location of your natal Chiron. It can show where your greatest wound lies, or it may show an aspect of your greatest wound that festers the most.
When it comes to transits, transit (moving) Chiron has the potential to cause more wounds, often through challenging aspects (conjunctions, squares, oppositions), or to bring back out old wounds that haven't been fully addressed. This can make for great sensitivity, and we're often very vulnerable. The beneficial aspects (sextiles and trines) can make it easier to take a more objective view of our great wounds and what we need to do about them.
Chiron in Astrology: Healing
I mentioned Chiron is the Wounded Healer in astrology, so it not only ties into your greatest wounds, but also how you can heal from them. How or where can be shown via the natal sign and house of your natal Chiron, and transits involving Chiron can help you with healing (sextiles and trines) or make healing harder (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions).
Some say that you never actually fully heal when it comes to Chiron, but you can heal enough that it gives you great wisdom and empathy. Many people who are healers professionally (whether spiritual types or actual medical professionals) have a strong natal Chiron as Chironic healing abilities can sometimes be more beneficial for others than for ourselves.
Chiron in Astrology: Personal Growth
As we explore our wounds, and work on healing and understanding, this naturally leads to personal growth thanks to Chiron. This is growth that ordinarily isn't attained in a chaotic way full of upheaval like with Pluto, or that comes with enormous responsibility and restrictions like with Saturn. It's quieter, and it's more personal, so it may not be fully obvious on the outside, and instead is something you feel deep within.
The personal growth we achieve with Chiron often lasts a lifetime, and helps us to be much more understanding with others and ourselves.
Chiron in Astrology: Personal Power
Along the lines of personal growth, as we heal and understand, we can also uncover more personal power. This isn't as loud as with Pluto, so again, it's quieter, but it can lead to having more confidence and feeling more secure with yourself because you recognize the innate power you have. The power you get from fighting and war is not the same as the power you get from healing and understanding. Pluto is the former while Chiron is the latter.
Chiron in Astrology: Intuitive
Since Chiron is a quieter sort of body and requires a lot of introspection and reflection, it can also be highly intuitive as it's able to get a sense of the subtle energies all around us. This generally is only helpful for other people until we do some healing and growth, and then it can become helpful for ourselves as well.
Chiron in Astrology: Karmic
Chiron can be a karmic placement, and we may feel we have spiritual and karmic baggage associated with our natal Chiron. This can mean that sometimes, the wounds we need to address aren't from this life, and are being carried over from past lives. We may need to work through it in this one to release the baggage.
Chiron in Astrology: Health
With Chiron ruling healing, I also find it to be a very strong body for our health in general. This can be physical health as well as mental and emotional. Your natal Chiron can show where health issues lie for you and how you can address them, while transits involving Chiron can show health issues to focus on at the moment and how to tend to them.
Where Your Chiron Energy is Found
For everyone, look to the Zodiac sign and natal house your Chiron falls in. The energy of the Chiron sign is how you heal and what your wounds are, while the areas of life ruled by the house your Chiron falls in are where you need to heal and where your wounds may have come from. Also look to the natural planetary ruler of your Chiron sign (the natural planetary ruler of the Zodiac sign your Chiron falls in) as this can also connect to the Chiron energy.
Planets that are conjunct (aligned with) your natal Chiron can directly tie into your wounds, healing and growth. There can be a great wound associated with that planet, but also great healing potential and power, and the ability to achieve great growth and understanding in your life.
Transit (moving) planets aspecting your natal Chiron can bring some temporary energy for Chiron matters. This can impact your ability to heal and grow with Chiron, and bring more attention to wounds.
The most challenging aspects to your natal Chiron can be hard transit Saturn (since Saturn is the planet of lessons, there can be important lessons that need to be learned with your wounds, and you may feel quite restricted in your healing ability until you do), hard transit Uranus (who is the unexpected planet, so there can be sudden challenges with your wounds), and hard transit Pluto (the intense planet of transformation, this can create upheaval to force you to confront your wounds and has the biggest chance of wounding you again).
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A Strong Natal Chiron in Astrology
Some may have a more important natal Chiron. This can be the case for you if you have:
- Chiron conjunct a stellium (3+ planets)
- your natal Chiron conjunct an angle
- your North or South Node in your Chiron sign
- your 1st house ruler conjunct the natal Chiron
- your natal Chiron anaretic (at 29 degrees)
- natal Chiron conjunct a retrograde Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Ceres
If your natal Chiron is conjunct a stellium, this means that the stellium likely ties into your greatest wounds. Your wound may be bigger than usual, and have an impact on more areas of your life than usual. Yet your healing potential is also huge, and you can be an incredible healer once you harness that energy.
Natal Chiron conjunct an angle can mean you may have wounds to work on related to that angle, and can be more vulnerable in those areas until you grow. Chiron conjunct your 1st house ruler can make you someone who displays a lot of understanding and sensitivity, but may struggle with your own insecurities until you do more internal work.
Chiron in your North Node sign can show you have great potential to be seen as an incredible healer, someone wise and strong and empathetic, but you have to work through blocks first and do your own healing. Chiron in your South Node sign can show you may get stuck in your wounds, help others too much and ignore yourself, and are vulnerable to manipulation. You need to prioritize yourself and work on healthy boundaries.
If your natal Chiron is anaretic, this can show you play it up too much or not enough. You may shy away from healing and run from your wounds, leaving yourself vulnerable and a bit of a mess; or you may fixate on healing too much, and may end up healing everyone but yourself in the end. The anaretic degree always requires middle ground, so it's important to make sure you're healing yourself and being empathetic, but also protecting yourself and having those healthy boundaries.
If your natal Chiron is conjunct a retrograde Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Ceres, this can show that the retrograde planet is a source of wounds and sensitivity for you, and that has to be addressed. With retrograde, you have to go about it in your own way, which can be different from what you think of as normal. Once you do find your way, there can be a lot of growth.
Suggested Reading: Transit Chiron in the Houses and Transit Chiron Aspects for general interpretations