16th June – 14th November 2013 (GMT): Chiron Retrograde

From Healing to Whole

Chiron is widely known to correspond with the notion of the Wounded Healer. In its archetypal energy we meet that part of us which seems forever in pain, and yet which simultaneously enables us to reach out to others in their suffering. Thus Chiron carries rulership over self-help groups, peer support services and any experience of suffering which reflects this relationship between the wounded and healing aspects of an individual.

This current retrograde passage of Chiron points specifically towards the ego’s role in this process and presents us with a challenge: can we recognise the healing gifts inherent in our wound whilst releasing its hold over us and allowing it to fade into the distance, no longer making it the centre of our identity? It can be easier said than done. When in a process of healing we often pass through a stage in which we need to claim and own our past experience in order to engage consciously with it, accept its presence in our life and then, with healing intent, begin to work through the constrictions it has placed around and within us. This stage can be absolutely vital to our future healing and wholeness, especially when working through issues that have caused us deep shame and humiliation. We must fully acknowledge the past in order to focus our energies upon healing in the present and creating a more positive and life-affirming future. But it is equally vital that we know when this stage has passed: when we can let go of identities rooted in past trauma and pain, in order to shift from surviving to thriving and from healing into wholeness.

Whilst the majority of us would claim to want freedom from suffering and liberation from painful conditions in our lives, our behaviour often gives the opposite impression! Despite our protestations to the contrary we may actually be very comfortable in our little world of victimhood or self-denigration, in which other people or past events are blamed for our pain or we live marinating in guilt and self-loathing, seeing ourselves as forever struggling against conditions that we can neither influence nor eradicate. In a strange kind of way our wound gives our life meaning. We identify with it so completely that it becomes the core of who we are, defining our world, dictating our life path and casting its shadow upon every possibility of change. It becomes our reason for being who we are, and who we are is someone with a wound, always trying to heal but never quite getting there…

In the coming months of Chiron’s retrograde passage, we have an opportunity to step out of this habit and see our lives and the world around us through fresh eyes. We have the opportunity to actually heal, not just say that’s what we’re doing and then never quite completing the process. This is a wonderful opportunity to finally let go of the things that have torn us up inside, left us full of fear, resentment, rage, grief. Not in a naively dismissive ‘Polly-Anna’ way, but in a powerful, insightful way that recognises the truth of what we do and do not need in our lives from this point onward. It is a challenging path and one that we must walk in full consciousness, bearing witness to the changes we make and letting go with full awareness, the conditions, experiences and people that have kept us in a diminished state no matter how significant they have been in our lives.

Chiron also has a certain maverick quality to it. It will buck a trend when necessary and stand out alone to honour its own truth, no matter what others may think of this decision. This aspect of Chiron in our psyche comes into its own now, enabling us to move away, if we need to, from connections we have forged as a result of identifying with our wounds. It can be difficult to let go and redefine ourselves in an environment that has grown out of our former identification with pain and struggle. Sometimes we have to move away physically in order to move on personally, emotionally and spiritually. Thus we can appear to be a maverick to others, posing what may be perceived as a threat or judgement to them. In the coming months we may see ourselves and those around us needing to do this very thing, and the best we can do is support their (and our) decision, allowing it to happen. There is no merit in clinging to an old definition of ourselves when a new and more liberating one calls, and we have no right to impose this upon anyone else either.

There are challenges ahead during this Chiron retrograde cycle, but they are healing challenges and the better able we are to respond to them the more healing we will experience. Come November, when it turns direct once more, we could well have let go enormous burdens, some of which we may not even have realised we were carrying. And in doing so we will open up new possibilities for who we can be in the future, free of old wounds and painful pasts that no longer speak of who we are today.

Let the healing and liberation commence…

Love to everyone.

Sarah Varcas


shapeshifter 17th June 2013 9:58 am

Yes, Sarah, walking in full consciousness is definitely a challenging path. That's why I say....

mamas don't let your babies grow up to be Lightbeings

They stay wide awake
while the world is asleep
they're misunderstood
cause their thoughts are too deep

Their lives keep on shifting
beyond their control
but one thing is certain
they won't sell their souls

They're mostly alone
and they don't keep in touch
but sometimes they hang out
on blog sites too much

They trip and they stumble
and make some mistakes,
come hell or high water
they do what it takes

They didn't arrive here
to take things in stride
they know they signed up
for one hell of a ride.

Here's to all you mavericks out there, you know who you are! :)

betsy. 17th June 2013 10:45 am

Ty, Sarah, for bringing things to my conscious attention. Such truth shared w/love & compassion. I'm grateful for your messages.
Shapeshifter, ty so very much for the laugh. It felt so very good. I'm very thankful & grateful for you as well. Lovely, lovely poetic words.
Love to all of you in this beautiful community. :smitten:

Sarah Varcas 17th June 2013 11:12 am

Shapeshifter! That's a fantastic poem. Made me grin from ear to ear ;D Thank you. I vote you for Poet Laureate :smitten:

Sarah Varcas 17th June 2013 11:14 am

Hello Betsy :) Love to you too :smitten:

laughlight 17th June 2013 2:13 pm

This aspect of Chiron in our psyche comes into its own now, enabling us to move away, if we need to, from connections we have forged as a result of identifying with our wounds.

genius...all that's here, but especially this alert.
thank you

shapeshifter 17th June 2013 8:43 pm

Sarah, you're a gracious host, thank you.

Betsy, you put a smile on my face :)

Sarah Varcas 18th June 2013 5:25 am

This aspect of Chiron in our psyche comes into its own now, enabling us to move away, if we need to, from connections we have forged as a result of identifying with our wounds.

genius...all that's here, but especially this alert.
thank you

Glad it struck a chord with you Laughlight. Thank you for reading :)

kay 18th June 2013 7:56 am

Excellent, Sarah. Thank you again.

Shapeshifter, I'm so glad you took it out of the journaling stage and put it out here. Love it and the smile it brought to my face.

shapeshifter 18th June 2013 8:23 am

You have always been supportive that way....I really appreciate that :)

betsy. 18th June 2013 9:59 am

Ty for the sweet compliment, shapeshifter. Made me smile. :)
I just love the way ya'll are so very sweet & encouraging of one another. I find it so very beautiful. I, too, am glad you shared, shapeshifter. It can really feel intimidating to step out like that. It really brightened my day though, so I am grateful! Much love to all of you! :smitten:

anje 21st June 2013 11:52 am

This is really good news; I was wondering what was happening...again! this time more strongly and very difficult too, but with this perspective on the meaning of the current energy it really really helps! Thanks for this update.

Sarah Varcas 22nd June 2013 3:49 am

Hello Anje :) I'm glad this perspective helps you. Things are pretty intense at the moment for sure, but I always have great faith in Chiron. It has never let me down, even if it's had to pull me down first so I could come up higher at the end of it! Love to you xx


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Sarah Varcas is an Intuitive Astrologer, committed to decoding the wisdom messages of the cosmos for the enrichment of peoples’ lives.


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