Chiron Enters Aries: Kapow

Chiron Enters Aries – February 18th, 2019

Hot on the heels of the red-hot planetary conjunction between Mars & Uranus in Aries – February 13th – comes another whoosh of dynamic, fast-paced cosmic activity.

Fiery Mars may have left Aries – February 14th – volatile Uranus may be getting ready to leave Aries – March 6th – but asteroid Chiron, the wounded healer, is picking up the baton.

The fighters, lovers, warriors, activists, pioneers, innovators, trendsetters and heroes are still needed at the forefront of life.

Chiron was in Aries last year from April 17th to September 25th, 2018. This time around, February 18th, 2019, Chiron is in Aries until 2026/2027.

Martin Luther KingWe know from past experience that Chiron’s move into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, can be a big deal. It lands with a kapow, a wham bam, a major shock or statement.

Take two key events when Chiron moved into Aries last time around:

On April 1st, 1968, Chiron entered Aries. Three days later on April 4th, 1968, the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, was assassinated with a single shot to the neck. Aries rules the head and the incident shocked the world. It’s an event that will never be forgotten.

black power saluteThe same year, Chiron retrograded back into Pisces on October 18th. Two days beforehand on October 16th, as Chiron was preparing to leave Aries, John Carlos & Tommie Smith stood on the podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

The two men raised a fist to the sky clad in a black glove during the US anthem. They bowed their heads as a symbol of unity with human rights and their black power salute has become an iconic photo.

The Australian who won silver in the race, Peter Norman, knew what they were going to do and stood with them in solidarity.  It was an act of courage and defiance that affected all three mens’ lives.

When Norman died in 2006, Carlos and Smith were pallbearers at his funeral, in some way helping to heal the aftermath of their iconic protest.

1968 was a major year of racial unrest and a significant year in the rise of the civil rights movement. It was dubbed ‘a year of awakening‘, perhaps a fitting title for Chiron in Aries.

We may well look back on the events of Chiron’s move through Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, and see these transitional years as significant in the wave of activism sweeping through our world.

[n.b. all three of the athletes on the podium in October 1968 have a tight conjunction with Uranus, the activist planet, in their birth chart; John Carlos – June 5, 1945 (Sun conjunct Uranus Gemini); Tommie Smith – June 6, 1944 (Venus conjunct Uranus Gemini); Peter Norman – June 15, 1942 (Saturn conjunct Uranus Gemini). They are all Sun Gemini, the sign of the communicator.]

Chiron in the Birth Chart

Chiron isn’t always the easiest planetary factor to interpret in the birth chart. Sometimes, it makes sense if it’s closely conjunct another planet and it picks up on the themes of that particular planet or archetype. Working closely with clients, I’ve also seen the importance of Chiron on the angles, especially the Ascendant and IC, the point at the base of the horoscope.

This often pulls in themes from the past, whether you are being called to honour your family or legacy or you are somehow atoning for the sins of your past. It feels like a karmic healing, as you take on past hurts, which may not even be part of your lifetime.

Chiron acts a bridge from the old world to the new world as it is located between Saturn and Uranus in the planetary line-up, a link from the personal planets to the collective planets. Its nature is the sometimes-forgotten link between man and spirit, as Chiron was half-human, half-animal.

Chiron transits can coincide with wounds that slow you down, periods of injury/healing that force you to find alternative strengths and shift your perspective on life. Chiron’s move into Aries is leaving behind one world – Pisces and the last sign of the zodiac – and entering a new world – Aries and the first sign of the zodiac.

Once again, it is a bridge, taking you from the past into the future. Chiron in Aries may flag up themes around identity, your real self, what makes you unique, your body.

Chiron’s 50 year cycle means it’s often connected to key events in your life during this important decade. For women, it’s a no-brainer; this is the usual age when the menopause kicks in and the body/mind/spirit connection transforms rapidly.

It can leave you feeling confused about your self and how to be well in body, mind and soul as you undergo transition. Maybe men go through a similar change, although it doesn’t seem as obvious on the surface.

The Chiron Return often marks a shift in the way that Chiron works too. The 50’s are a decade when you start looking at your legacy, what you’ve learned in your lifetime and how you can pass on your knowledge and wisdom that you’ve accumulated. It’s a time to give back and help heal other peoples’ wounds. This process itself can be deeply self-fulfilling.

23 thoughts on “Chiron Enters Aries: Kapow”

  1. This resonates with me immensely, thank you Sally! My Chiron return is approaching and I have Sun conjunct Uranus. My Chiron experience has definitely been ‘in the head’, as it seems to have been with many of my generation, and in hindsight this seems to have opened the closet doors on mental health issues, leaving it open to the next generations to digest, discuss and nurture.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Sam. You make a good point that this is the start of a seven/eight year period when we need to address ‘healing of the head’ – Chiron in Aries – and especially mental health issues that are so prevalent in our current society.
      Following on from the symbolism, we could perhaps say that the Chiron in Pisces years were about healing on a spiritual level, at least that’s the theory. I do think a lot more people have developed their sensitivity towards issues of humanity over the last eight years, especially with the big issues around immigration. Although, this has also created a divide in society with some people standing very clearly in the ‘us v. them’ category.

    1. 29 degrees Aries? A few years to wait if so. I have a 6 degree Ascendant Aries – will let you know what happens during the transit! I am guessing it’s going to be about the physical body – maybe I’ll become a weight-lifter 🙂

  2. Resonates completely Sally. I have a 4 degree orb with Jupiter in my 9th house. In the later degrees being born in 1975. I had helped pioneer women’s wrestling, advocating for the right for women to wrestle. Also, I had th leave town at 16and be in my own for my own personal safety as I was a whistle blower for child molesters in that area. 8 ppl were charge and through an investigation we found out one was a serial child molester. 12 kids I knew about but this went on for at least 20 years. (Me three years of it with this guy) but he plead guilty and was sentenced to 6 months in jail. Served his time on weekends so he wouldn’t loose his job and was outbin three months for good behaviour. No one paid for their crimes. Wrestling helped me heal. I find in life I tend to be the one leading the pack in seeking what’s right in a situation. Like right now I am taking on my former employer as they fired me in sick leave. They had been used to intimidating people to get their way but I stood for my right to beniff to heal. They even told my doctor they thought I was faking it. Even elite athletes are subject to mental health issues; his does not discriminate! ( I had an unexpected son and suffered SEVERE post pardum depression with anxiety features) . Mediator tried to settle it (oct 5th 2018) with a buy out and told her: this isn’t about money for me. It’s about justice, accountability and awareness. She replied : there is a risk moving forward. I simply replied: I am well aware of risks in legal systems. (Explained my experiences) . Love your insights and sharing of knowledge as always Sally. XX ( ps. An astrologer told me: any chance you getting pregnant in July? I said no! Marc can’t have kids! At 42 he became a first time Dad! 😊 Shortly after I dedicated myself to the study of astrology)

    1. Quite a story, Nicole, and love what you say about the Chiron/Jupiter conjunction. I have it too in Pisces in the 12th house – I think it’s deeply connected to my vocation as an astrologer and a desire to help people through my work. It’s spiritual healing for me too – I would guess a similar story for you being 9th house.

      1. It is actually. The legal system seems to be a wound in that area for me but we use our experiences to be of service to others! I also have a sun and mercury conjunction in the 12th house at 8degrees Leo. And Virgo 0 degrees Ascendant. If I am not helping someone I’m not happy LOL.

  3. namaste sally, my chiron is in 5 degrees aries(im 14 degrees pisces rising), so i guess chiron return? wonder where it will wound me. In retrospect, my wound started in 2011, when my career suddenly nosedived(MC sadge 19deg with moon; Sun merc in 10 capri squared by pluto uranus) , did chiron play any part in it?

    PS: I am new to western astrology, placidus always confuses me, I mean chiron tbough in aries,will be still in first house. so what changes.

    1. I don’t think Chiron played a part in your career nosedive – that looks more like the Uranus/Pluto square which dramatically changed a lot of peoples lives, plus you’ve had Neptune on your Sun Pisces so some big transits/life changes going on. You have had Chiron on your Pisces Ascendant so the ‘wounding’ feels more personal. I would guess your Chiron return is more about your identity or your physical body – the two areas to pay close attention to.

      1. thanks sally,

        yes u seem correct, the natal uranus-pluto square to natal sun mer in capri 10 house was activated by pluto transit back in 2011 exactly on sun.

        And yes too, neptune currently on my asdt Pisces, no self identity.😟

        anyways for my knowledge, arenot conjunction ‘softer’ aspects unlike square, opp etc.?

        my point is when a planet is in hard aspect with another natally, in transit when they again aspect each other, ‘softly’, then also profound changes in negative ways? like in my case? Sun-Pluto

        PS: asking because in june transit Uranus will be trining my natal Sun(they are already in hard aspect natally)

        thank u

        1. Trine and sextile aspects tend to bring more positive change/transformation. Square and oppositions are more challenging. The conjunction can play out either way and you have to look further at the horoscope to get an idea of what may occur. That is generalising, of course, but it’s helpful to have a starting point to work from.

  4. Really interesting! This has me wondering, Chiron is in my 5th house. I’m Aries Sun, 28 degrees, Aries Moon, 18 degrees with Libra rising, and turning 60 this year. I must say it has been a wild ride with Uranus!!! And so much better for it! Do I have time to catch my breath before the next wave? Haha! What’s next?

    1. Chiron in Aquarius? You’ll have the Chiron transits later – a few years yet. No doubt, there’ll be lots more information on Chiron transits in Aries before then! My Ascendant is 6 Aries, so I’ll let you know 🙂

  5. Hi Sally – very interesting as always, especially the comment about Chiron’s links to Saturn and Uranus, the rulers of Aquarius. My Chiron is at 1 Pisces 52, with my Sun at 29 Aquarius 58 in the 5th house – is that orb sufficiently small for it to be conjunct? You also talk of the link between the old and the new – between two worlds, so as I was born at the anarectic degree of Aquarius, which again has a theme of a bridge between the old and the new/Heaven and Earth (if I’ve understood other articles correctly), I’m curious to know if that would have particular meaning for me…?! There just seems to be a lot of coincidences, or perhaps I’m reading too much into it!! 🙂

    1. Hi Rachel, you had your Chiron Return in 2011 when Chiron was in Pisces. That would have been a key Chiron time for you. It’s now at the other end of Pisces, i.e. it’s just left 29 degrees Pisces and is at 0 degrees Aries. It is always interesting being born right at the end of a star sign and you were born very close to the end of Aquarius. That can be significant once you look at the chart as a whole. If anything, it adds intensity to the Aquarius side of your nature.

  6. Interesting. I wonder how this will affect me. I looked at my chart and I have Chiron in Aries in my 6th house. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. 7-8 years is a long time.

    1. Yes, Chiron is in Aries for 8 years but there will be one year in particular when you have your Chiron Return. That will when Chiron is most significant in your life. Your Chiron return takes place in your early 50’s.

  7. Hi Sally,
    This is very interesting.I was born on the 01/09/1970 and my chiron is in Aries (8th House) at 9 degrees while my saturn and IC are in Taurus and my Uranus is in Libra.Can please let me know how and when will Chiron be working in my life pleaae?

    1. The 8th house rules money and hidden emotions – these areas of your life may be foreground during your Chiron Return which will be in 2021. It’s here where there will be lessons for you. Chiron’s theme is around healing and letting go of past hurts.

  8. Hi Sally,

    Your post has been quite helpful. Do you know when my Chiron is due to return? DOB March 6,1977; Chiron at 28 Aries.

    1. Chiron reaches 28 Aries in 2026, approximately May/June. Your Chiron Return lasts for approximately 10-12 months.

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