What Chiron means in astrology and how to calculate your sign

Let’s talk about affliction; our psychic bruises, ancient aches, persistent pains and weeping wounds.

While most folk are familiar with their sun sign, can identify if they are fire or earth, have maybe even dipped a toe into the lunar pool of their moon signs, we are here to shine light and antiseptic on a lesser known, and more recently revered astrological influence; Chiron.

In astrology, Chiron refers to an asteroid/potential planet that falls within one of the twelve zodiac signs and one of the twelve zodiac houses. Chiron is the wound, or if you prefer, knot, we must suture or unspool in order to fully actualize.

Chiron points to where it hurts, and if we listen, it exists to teach us how to overcome ourselves and empower others.

What is Chiron?

Discovered by Scorpio astronomer Charles Kowal in 1977, Chrion was first identified as an asteroid but has since been reclassified as a minor planet with talks of upgrading its status to dwarf planet like death daddy Pluto. Chiron orbits between two deeply different but equally powerful celestial bodies; stern Saturn and unruly Uranus.

In astrology, and in simple terms, Saturn shows where we are restricted and Uranus points to where we rebel. Because Chiron is a relatively new discovery, some old school or just plain old astrologers do not consider it. Other astromancers have fully adopted Chiron and taken to calling it the “rainbow bridge,” a pathway towards integrating the disparate energies of Saturn and Uranus into a cohesive whole.

Saturn planet solar system with stars in 3D illustration background.
Chiron is located between stern planet Saturn and rabble rousing Uranus and represents the balance we must strike between those energies.
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How to find your Chiron

To identify the sign your Chiron falls in, use this calculator. To determine both the sign and house placement of Chiron, use a birth chart generating program like this. You’ll notice that the symbol for Chiron strongly resembles a key and for good reason; the sign and house placement of Chiron within the birth chart unlocks our point of greatest pain and ultimate potential.

In the words of artist and astrologer Elise Wells of Planet Poetica, “Chiron is the bruise. It’s not about pushing on the places where it hurts, it’s about finding what the wound is and where the wound is, so we can address it. Whats not addressed, gets repressed, and what we repress, will get projected, and thats when the wound shows up everywhere!” Indeed if we choose to ignore our Chiron and the trajectory it offers, we will continue to activate it. Just as untreated wounds fester so to does an unattended Chiron cry out for reprieve.

Wells continues “In astrology, your Chiron placement is the healing work you are destined to do on yourself, your personal medicine. but the balm and the relief, can be found in the polarity point of…

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