Last month’s main Newsletter feature centred on the mythic essence of Chiron, the Wounded Healer, and its general meanings. This month we will be looking at Chiron’s placement in the first six houses on the birth chart and how the theme of ‘sacred wounding’ might unfold in one’s life. Chiron’s story in Greek myth – where his ultimate redemption came through sacrificing his mortal wound for immortality – tells us that the wounding of a hero or god is somehow necessary to their later development. Jean Houston, Ph.D. has written perceptively about this theme in The Search for the Beloved (Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1987): “All of these myths of wounding carry with them the uncanny, the mysterious, the announcement that the sacred is entering into time. Each prefigures a journey, a renaissance, a birth or rebirth, a turning point in the lives of gods and mortals.” This is highly relevant where Chiron on the birth chart is concerned. For those interested in knowing more about this undoubtedly important addition to modern astrology, I would also recommend highly Melanie Reinhart’s Chiron and the Healing Journey ( revised 3rd edition, Starwalker Press 2009)
Chiron’s position in the houses, in brief, represents an area where there may be an unsolvable, or at least unresolved issue – this is simply a less dramatic way of expressing ‘unhealable wound’. Chiron is often where there is a sense that we’re capable of more, but equally frustrated in our ability to achieve it. It is thus where we may feel life has let us down, where all our efforts have come to a painful naught. If this is the case, then it is certain that we are missing something. Perhaps we are being too idealistic and must alter our whole perception on the matter. In some cases we simply must accept what is – without attempting to change it. This is real wisdom. In other cases we can work through our Chiron area and find the means of transformation. Though at first it may be painful, we need to realise that this area of life (indicated by its house position and aspects) is crucial to our development, it is a necessary part of us. We can no more truly ignore it than we can chop off our own head – for the ‘wound’ isn’t something that needs overcoming. (Just like an ordinary flesh wound, it needs loving care and attention.) Healing, in short.
Chiron’s birth position often figures prominently in the charts of ‘outsiders’, whether good or bad, famous or infamous, there is usually something ‘different’ about such people. (Naturally, one must consider other chart factors at the same time.) It can often be the planet that secretly shows just what is driving someone, but like the other planets, it is neither good nor bad – it can be used in either way. It all depends on our level of awareness and moral values. In time we may find that what hurts also heals – that is, the ‘wound’ can be seen as a kind of catalyst that is a spur towards further growth, inner knowledge, as we stretch to raise our consciousness and truly understand ourselves.
Chiron 1st house/on Ascendant
The first house is about our self-image, how we come across to the rest of the world whether as a personality or simply a ‘look’. Chiron here can point to many things – a lack of self-confidence, a dissatisfaction with that ‘look’. There may be a feeling that life is against you (breeding the victim-complex) and even some actual physical defect (possibly arising at birth). But you must, in time, come to accept certain limitations; in fact, Chiron is constantly urging you to become more than all of this. To see that you are more than an ego or physical body. You may be able to see that your life is a kind of ‘mission’ – possibly to be of service to others, certainly you are likely to feel very different from others, an outsider that others find difficult to understand. Your task is to accept yourself as you are. In any case, you have much to give! But first you must heal yourself.
Chiron 2nd house
The second house covers how we feel about (and what we attract in) the realm of material security, finance, possessions and the like. Chiron here indicates initial difficulties with this area, possibly due to a wanton disregard of the ‘rules’. That is, the routine business of earning a conventional living may feel too restrictive. Maybe the person earns their money in quite unusual ways, possibly through therapies, spiritual teaching, healing. With Chiron we rarely fit into an ordinary category. If there is money about, perhaps it is poorly managed or spent too freely. But it is certain that the issue of self-worth is at the root of any problems here. This is the task of the person with a second house Chiron: to discover their real ‘value’ in life – to themselves and others. To ask why they value what they do. Perhaps a serious reappraisal is due when this process begins.
Chiron 3rd house
The third house on the birth chart is where we learn about the world and give back to others what we’ve learned, whether through casual exchanges, teaching, gossip etc. The Chiron third house individual may find problems with this type of communication. Not in the Saturnian taciturn, ‘slow-learner’ sense, but in that one feels forever misunderstood. This can only occur, however, when the person believes they’re always right about everything – a distinct likelihood with Chiron in the third! The Chironic ‘wound’ may have been ’caused’ through unresponsive parents, siblings or feeling that one’s schooling in general was quite unsympathetic. But Chiron here can be mentally brilliant – making intuitive leaps, discovering hidden truths and getting to the bottom of things. Your task is to find your real niche, something that will fulfil your overactive mind. Or you’ll never be happy.
Chiron 4th house/on I.C.
The fourth house is the domain of home and family, where you come from and what you belong to. It can represent either parent, mother or father, and it is likely (as with its opposite house, the tenth) that Chiron here will produce painful issues involving the parents. Here is the Chironic ‘wound’ – the experience with one (or both) of the parents has somehow left its emotional mark. The individual may then spend the rest of their lives somehow trying to compensate, projecting the parental ‘image’ on to a series of future partners. In time they may learn that the nurture they’re looking for can only be found within – one first needs to love oneself. In any case, when they make the effort, Chiron fourth house people can be wonderful at nurturing and caring for others. This is how, in the end, they heal their own ‘wound’.
Chiron 5th house
The fifth house shows our capacity for creativity, romance and pleasure. ‘Wounded by love’ would be the dramatic way of interpreting this placement. The root here is the theme of creativity, and our ability to find ourselves through our creations. When that ‘creation’ is our projection on to a lover we may then invoke the Chironic wound. It may seem as if one is unlucky in love, and scapegoated to be such. (Even if one is in a stable relationship.) But this theme applies to other fifth house matters, whether it is our ability to enjoy life, our relationship to our children, or ability to create, there may be some nagging dissatisfaction. For the artist or musician with Chiron in the fifth this may be the spur to try new and amazing things. But artist or not, Chiron fifth housers must find and express their unique sense of self somehow, whilst remembering that they are still mortal!
Chiron 6th house
The sixth is traditionally the house of service, work, duty, health, putting off short term gain in favour of the long view. Maintaining a healthy and efficient routine is vital to good progress, it’s just that people with Chiron here may be rather impatient with all of this. They want results now, and even when they get them they may still not be satisfied. The ‘wound’ may come from feeling that one is only fit for ‘dead-end jobs’. Possibly there are genuine health concerns (stemming from birth) that limit them. But usually these are self created, born out of a poor relationship to their bodies, which they probably neglect. Someone with Chiron in the sixth must realise their health comes first – they need to see just how their attitudes to life affect it. How mind affects body. That even work doesn’t have to be a drudge – some ordinary jobs really do give satisfaction.