What your wounds are aching to tell you: Chiron

True maturation on the Spiritual path requires that we discover the depths of our wounds. - Jack Kornfield

This post will explore the concept of Chiron in our charts and how we can use it to learn about our wounds in order to heal. Let us begin by acknowledging the astrological term Chiron, a comet that flies between the planets Saturn and Uranus. Chiron is symbolic of the greek centaur who was a healer in his community but ironically was not able to heal himself. When we see Chiron in the chart it gives us a clue into some of the wounds we will be working with.

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If you want to pull up your birth chart and find out what your chiron is click here.

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The route of Chiron is significant orbiting between Saturn (symbolically associated with Capricorn) as well as Uranus (symbolically associated with Aquarius). Saturn requires boundaries, structure, rightful authority, time alone while Uranus is the rebellious planet, liberated, dismissing authority, a creator of chaos BECAUSE it knows that truth is indestructible, and symbolic of the collective community. An interesting route to take absorbing lessons from both.

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But I will tell you something that is true for me, liberation comes from a deep understanding of self. With boundaries, and structure we are able to explore the different aspects of ourselves. We are able to promote a healthy environment for ourselves to do this work. I.e. When I wake up I do not go on social media until after 9 AM ensuring I have time to meditate and won’t be distracted by the pulls of social media.

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I wrote a post last week around my accident (see instagram) and feel so much of it describes my exploration of my pain or wounds. After a neck injury there has been a new study of injury in the body, in the spine specifically. How the slow exploration of poses and accepting my restrictions (not turning my head all the way) changes the theme of my practice.

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I have begun to explore a a more somatic approach to meditation which has provided me insight into PTSD. I watch how my body reacts when in a car, how stress has a designated pathway across my shoulders where it settles just below my injury. I see how a practice like Abhyangha soothes my nervous system, reminds me of my worthiness, and gives me a chance to intimately touch my body.

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This curiosity and compassion to my wounds has been  monumental. I feel strongly compelled to encourage others to also take time to get to know this aspect of themselves. Everyone of us has experienced pain, has a unique story with gifts, and vulnerability  that make us perfectly imperfect. Our wounds can heal us, and the care and compassion of this lesson is key on this venture.