Aug 25 , 2018
On November 1, 1977, at the Hale Observatory in Pasadena, California, Charles Kowal discovered a new body in our solar system which was later named Chiron. In mythology, Chiron was a centaur, a half man half horse creature and was called the wounded healer.
Centaurs were a wild bunch of untamed beasts who were famous for their drinking, raping, plundering and sodomizing. We start to see the theme of Chiron as being different from other centaurs, more in control of his lower or animal nature and interested in helping others to heal their uncontrolled passions.
In the mythological story of Chiron, he accidentally dropped one of Hercules’ poisonous arrows on his foot, an arrow that he had taught Hercules how to make. Because he was immortal he could not die and had to suffer the pain of this wound until he was ultimately freed through an act of compassion where he gave his life for another who was also suffering.
Looking a little deeper into Chiron’s wound, we see that his wound was self-inflicted, both directly and indirectly. First, he was the one who dropped the arrow on his own foot. And second, he was the one who had taught Hercules how to make the poisonous arrow in the first place.
There is an interesting phenomenon that happens with respect to the area of woundedness that Chiron represents. This process is called “repetition compulsion” and is defined as the desire to return to an earlier state of things. For example, the memory of a painful feeling, stored in the unconscious, will tend to attract to it situations in the present which repeat the same ingredients and thus reactivate the old wound. According to Psychologists, these cycles of repetition occur because a wound is still seeking healing. In Astrology, Chiron is deeply connected to Karma and the healing of old wounds, past lives, and ancestral lines.
While Chiron moves back in the sky (symbolically), we are invited to re-appraise old wounds connected with our sense of self (Aries) and with our connection with others (Pisces). Chiron Retrograde reawaken stuck energies that are often not pleasant to deal with. Yet, if we ignore them, they tend to fester and grow bigger. If we allow old wounds to surface so they can be dealt with and released, we can then begin to make space for new beginnings.
The Chiron Ritual Tea is a potent blend of gunpowder green tea, peppermint, lemon balm, skullcap, and damiana. The herbals in this blend release stress and tension from the energy body. Green tea contains L-theanine. L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (which has anti-anxiety effects), increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain (7, 8, 9).
For a comprehensive study of Chiron in general, I suggest the book Chiron, rainbow bridge between the inner and outer planets by Barbara Hand Clow.