Chiron is this small, tiny little planetoid that is roughly 170 miles in diameter. It is roughly spherical, indicating that there was enough gravity to make it kinda-sorta round, but highly rocky and certainly not an uninterrupted sphere.
Its orbit is highly elliptical, going from slightly inside Saturn’s orbit to slightly outside Uranus. As a result, Chiron’s orbit is about 50 years and it spends about 9 years in Aries, more than any other sign, and 24 (or fewer) months in Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio.
If you ask somebody like me who doesn’t know as much about Chiron as I do the other 10 planets, you’d get the stock answer “the wounded healer.” There are many manifestations of ‘wounded healer’ depending on the sign Chiron is in and the aspects it makes to other planets (and, of course, the house Chiron is in, which I’ll get to a little later).
I have a book in front of me entitled “Chiron: The Wisdom of a Deeply Open Heart.” Those words are worth reflecting on as one astrologer’s perspective. (Colorado, where I moved to 4 1/2 years ago, has often been known to have people with ‘open hearts’. It’s what makes the place so attractive.)
More than that, David Cochrane presents at a Keplar webinar called Chiron: Wounded Healer, Quiet Charisma, or Focused Self-Expression? It’s about an hour and a half long, so I’ll give a few basic impressions.
He’s focused on Sun conjunct Chiron aspects in this video, which is certainly important. “The child with Sun conjunct Chiron becomes a teenager. Her modesty is appreciated. Her talent is often ignored but she keeps working to improve and eventually “finds her voice” and some people recognize her talent. Her voice is healing. Her touch is healing. She is a singer, performer, athlete, thinker, massage therapist or reiki healer who is not flamboyant but strongly affects others.”
Cochrane suggests that the ‘wounded healer’ is an expression of an underlying process of the electrical energy of Uranus flowing through a clear pattern and structure. Quiet charisma is very common because the lively and spontaneous energy is focused with an interest in being correct and mature — to be ‘good at it.’
David does something called “Extreme Case Sampling” to find people — usually public figures, since that’s the database we have the most access to — with extremely strong Chiron in their chart.
Incidentally, I have a strong aspect pattern with small orbs — I have Moon and Mercury conjunct to within 48 minutes, square Chiron with the largest orb being 1 degree 5 minutes, and trine Saturn, largest orb being 1 degree 18 minutes. I have Saturn semi-sextile Chiron with a 13 minute orb. So that’s a four-planet pattern. I also have Chiron opposite the midpoint of Pluto and Uranus. So a lot of this is easy to identify with.
I wrote a paper about this for the Vibrational Astrology course that I’m finishing up and that David Cochrane teaches. For focused self-expression, I identified my radio show (I do an at least 2x/month radio show for an actual radio station, with archives) and the writing I do, which presently most manifests on this blog but has manifested in many forms over the years.
But it also manifests to a great deal in many public figures — the link to David’s webinar is toward the top of this post.
Let’s get to the interpretations for Chiron in the 12 houses, I’m only doing houses 1-6 as they’re somewhat longer entries. I will be using Parker’s Astrology (Julia & Derek Parker, DK Publishing), which is kind of an omnibus book for most every single thing about astrology you could think of — well, most things, anyway — and does good analysis of Chiron in the houses.
I would also be using Time Passages, which is a great astrological software program that I use (but which conflates houses and signs, which is a tad controversial, though I generally, but not always, like it), but their interpretations are very lengthy. I may get to these in fewer posts. Alas, these interpretations are not nearly as concise as those in the other books I use for other things.
Chiron in the 1st House:
There is a tendency to show off and take assertive action — often prematurely. The emotional level is heightened, and will be expressed instantaneously with passion, but this can be a cover-up for inner fears of inadequacy. Possible restrictions in early childhood will have had an above-average repressive effect: should emotion be blocked, when it does burst through, a torrential force is released. There is charisma and potential for leadership, and it is often expressed through the individual spending a great deal of time and nervous energy influencing other people. Controlling these enormous resources and giving them free but positive direction through a much-loved job or interest is essential.
Chiron in the 2nd house:
This positions gives self-confidence provided the individual is materially successful and secure. A tendency to be judgmental causes unease in others and should be countered. A Chiron-in-the-second individual becomes very sure of him- or herself and is stubborn, to the point of always seeming to be totally certain of being right, allowing no room for argument or for others’ opinions to be considered. Such a subject needs to work towards humility, to develop an unself-conscious attitude, and to realize that materialism is not the only way in life. Saturn must control greed, and give way to Uranian humanitarianism. There is warmth and love but it can get lost. It must be “found.”
Chiron in the 3rd house:
There is a tendency to be sckeptical and fearful over the individual’s own ideas, so that making them a reality is hampered. The subject will ask, “Why can’t I do that?” and not be able to find an answer. Development will in fact come only when these questions are answered. Maybe, when young, the parents used verbal put-downs to every little imaginative idea or suggestion, and so all confidence was lost. Learning from his or her own mistakes seems to present problems to the subject, because of not caring to admit to being in the wrong. He or she will instead justify any errors. Obsessed with inconsequential matters, such people must be encouraged not to get bogged down with detail. Verbal tricks to win friendship or attention must also be avoided.
Chiron in the 4th house:
Astrologer Barbara Hand Clow has discovered that those with this placing are intense and brooding and are often of a nervous disposition. Such an individual may be fearful of doing his or her own thing, thinking it a waste of time and energy, when, in fact, it is probably a lack of self-confidence that is really the cause. He or she gives a great deal of time to others and is extremely humanitarian. The subject seems to have firsthand knowledge of suffering, so is in a good position to help. It is difficult for the subject to cope with inner conflicts. The astrologer can easily recognize the struggle between the limitations of Saturn and the free expression of Uranus, and therefore to give a great deal of help.
Chiron in the 5th house:
The ability to be spontaneous in a somewhat childlike way is often crushed, due to parents telling the little one, “Don’t be silly, you can’t do that” when Chiron-in-5th knows perfectly well that he or she can. Such indoctrination is stifling: it will inhibit or, quite the opposite, the tendency to become pompous will occur. Nevertheless, there is a childlike sense of wonderment and a wealth of creativity, which cries out for positive expression.
When the subject develops awareness or suffering through inhibition or, on a different note, ceases showing off perfectly dreadful creative work (which causes considerable embarrassment to others), all is more than well. Sometimes he or she is pushed in a direction that is undesirable — by, for example, a well-meaning but mistaken “stage mother”.
Chiron in the 6th house:
The analytical qualities of Virgo are expressed here through the individual assessing inhibitions and what has caused them. There is a tendency to become obsessive over these problems, so that getting to the point of recognizing what has gone wrong and moving on is extremely difficult. The accent on health (to many astrologers this is Chiron’s ruling house) is pronounced, and understanding what is going on in the body, how to counter illness or negative conditions, according to the Chiron sign, is extremely important. The body and mind must work as one. Eventually achievement along these lines will come, but the individual will need considerable help from the astrologer to get the best from Saturn to Uranus through Chiron.