Saturn Square Chiron January 2017 ~ Healing Old Wounds
Saturn is starting a 9 month square to Chiron, since the end of December Saturn in the last 10 degrees of Sagittarius begins the square to Chiron in Pisces. The first pass happens on December 28, 2016, while Saturn is direct at 21º Sagittarius and Chiron is at 21º Pisces. If you have any planet in 21º of a Mutable sign you will really feel this aspect. The second pass happens on April 30, 2017, while Saturn is retrograde and Chiron is direct and both are at 27º of their signs. The third pass is where this transit ends, on November 2, 2017.
According to the myth, Chiron did not become a healer because he was wounded. That is an optimistic reinterpretation which attempts to make sense of life's pain by assigning it a specific purpose and meaning - to develop the compassion and wisdom to heal others because of one's own pain. This reinterpretation of the myth is valid as a way of working with one's own wounds. But Chiron's pain serves no such noble purpose in the story. He is already a teacher and a healer, before he is wounded. Chiron represents the wise animal, a natural power which of its own volition has chosen to serve human evolution and consciousness. Chiron turns his back on the savagery of his instinctual nature, in order to serve the evolutionary pattern which he deems to be the way forward for the whole of life. Chiron is an image of that in us which has been wounded unfairly by life, and by inescapable conditions which reflect failings and flaws in a collective psyche which is unfailingly clumsy in its efforts to progress.
Chiron is an image of that in us which has been wounded unfairly by life. Such collisions with the inescapable flaws of the collective can leave us full of bitterness and cynicism. We may punish others because we feel maimed, wounded and irredeemable. Or we may punish ourselves. But we can progress beyond this black bile of bitterness but by accepting the limits of mortal existence.
There are many stages in the process which Chiron represents, beginning with his wounding, and ending with his transformation into mortality and his release from suffering. These stages encompass rage, fury, the desire to injure others, bitter resignation, self-pity, feelings of victimisation, and, at last, the dawning of a wish to understand the universal patterns that lie beyond one's personal pain.
Saturn in Sagittarius is calling us to talk the talk and walk the walk, to live our own beliefs and philosophies. Self Love and Acceptance is a key overcomming the challenges to this aspect. Unfortunately alot of us consicously or unconsciously go through periods of self sabotage where we use other people for our own success or bend over backwards to be want others want us to be so were can be accepted in society. Saturn squaring Chiron will test us if we continue to accede to other peoples desires in the face of our own personal truth. With our current state of living in virtual realities such as social media, eating too much processed foods and giving our individuality up to the corporate,governmental and religious instituitions, humanity is starting to lose its touch with its roots. This is the start of a readjustment of reaching for more higher moral and ethically reasons, its time to wake up and realise the potential of your own personal destiny.