Sun Conjunct Chiron – the Deeper Meaning of This Aspect
Sun conjunct Chiron represents the instinct of the human spirit seeking to manifest itself and leave something immaterial behind. Our spirit seeking manifestation represents our “gift to the world”.
Often called “the wounded healer”, Chiron expresses itself at its fullest when linked to the Sun. The Sun is our individuality, what makes us unique, what separates us from the others.
Sun conjunct Chiron stands for authenticity, for the utmost expression of our uniqueness. Because the Sun when touched by Chiron cannot hide his wound, this process – if handled well – ultimately leads to undying beauty and authenticity.
The process of learning about your true self, the process of becoming what you are meant to be, cannot be an easy one. Hence the wound.
Let’s take the example of pearls. Do you know how they are made? A parasite tries to work its way into the oyster. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to stop the intruder. Layer upon layer of coating is deposited, until a lustrous pearl is formed.
The process takes years. For years and years, the mussel has to fight an endangering force. And after years of struggling, something amazingly beautiful emerges.
So many times we fail to see that it is our shadow, our “handicap”, that is the keeper of our greatest power. But for this, you must find the strength to open the wound and pull out the core of the pain that is buried inside. You need to bring the pain out!
The path to self-mastery is about recognizing our inner pain and bringing it to the “next level”. Chiron triggers our deepest wounds and pains. But it is through our pain, that we have the opportunity to hold a larger perspective.
Chiron – the Link Between Heaven and Hell, the Conscious and the Unconscious
Ultimately, Chiron’s purpose is to restore wholeness – that’s why Chiron is the symbol of the shaman. Sun conjunct Chiron will re-actualize all the Chironic themes in your life, asking you to (re)connect with the inner shaman inside.
The shaman’s role is to travel to hell, to heaven, and then back to earth.
In the same way, in his orbit, Chiron is the connecting link between the conscious archetypes represented by the planets visible to the naked eye (all planets up to Saturn), and the unconscious aspects represented by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus and brings together these two worlds, connecting us with the universe.
Chiron and the Mythological Horse
Mythologically, Chiron is half horse, half human – a force of nature who has transcended his human limitations and brought his gifts to the Gods.
The horse represents the balance between the instinctive and tamed part of one’s personality. Horses represent our inner strength and driving force in life.
The horses have always played an important role all around the world. In ancient times, people used to be ritualistically buried with their horses.
The man and the horse, buried together. What a strong metaphor for Sun conjunct Chiron!
The culture of dual burials was so widespread across the world, from Scandinavia to China, that it can only be explained by an almost spiritual bond between these two entities – the human and the horse.
Chiron and Your Greatest Gift
I would like to tell you a story that beautifully describes what Sun conjunct Chiron stands for.
“Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to stay forever young. Because no one in the court could help him figure out how, he made a decision to wander through the whole world to find that secret land where life was eternal.
The prince started to prepare for the journey. He went to his father’s stable to choose one fearless horse to help him in his initiatic journey. For days and nights, he tried to find the right horse… but, without exception, no horse was strong enough for such a demanding endeavor.
Finally, when the prince loses all hope, he sees a thin, sick looking, hungry horse, covered with sores. When he approaches it, the horse starts talking:
“If you want to fulfill your wish, you must ask your father for the sword, lance, bow, arrows, and garments he used to wear when he was young; AND you must take care of me and feed me with your own hands for six weeks and give me oats boiled in milk.”
So, the horse, the father’s clothes and prince’s desire to reach to “the other side” are the successful resources that bring eternal life.
The father’s clothes represent our genetic upbringing. We are who we are, with our unique genetic signature thanks to our parents. In astrology, Chiron is related to our genetic upbringing and DNA.
Feed the Hungry Horse
What about the hungry horse? The horse represents those resources we choose to cultivate, methodically, with faith, with perseverance, even when our progress is unnoticeable.
The man who takes care of the hungry horse and unleashes his greatness is a beautiful expression of Sun conjunct Chiron. The horse itself is Chiron.
The hungry horse may get overlooked, or even despised, but he is in your stable for a reason. He has survived time and hardship because he has something to offer, and he can offer something nobody else can, IF you take care of him.
The horse is a symbol for what you leave behind for eternity, your contribution to the world, your legacy.
The hungry horse is that skill, that gift that only you have. The hungry horse is your duty to bring this gift to the highest possible form of manifestation.
Like any great piece of art, your skills and attributes will outlive you, to feed many more generations to come.
Who Wants to Live Forever?
Let’s get back to the story.
“After a long trip, the prince finds what he is looking for, and reaches the land of eternal youth. Over there he marries a beautiful princess and lives a life of bliss.
He does not know how much time has passed, as he stays forever young. But one day he remembers his parents and the house where he grew up, and the longing for his family, for his roots, overwhelms him.
He decides to go back to see his parents and the people he grew up with one more time. On his way back home, he notices that everything has changed.
The forests have turned into cities and he could not recognize anything anymore. When he finally reaches the place where he grew up, he notices with sorrow that everything is now a ruin, and everyone in the court has been dead for a long time.
And then the horse tells him:
“I brought you here master, but I will now go back from where I came”.
The man decides to stay there and lets nature take its course. Mortality finally catches up with him and he dies”
What does the fairy tale tell us? It was only the horse who had a chance to live forever. No human being is immortal, and sooner or later we will all turn to dust, but our gifts to the world will always stay.
Sun conjunct Chiron asks you to pay attention to the wounded, hungry horses.
They might be hard to notice somewhere in the corner of your stable full of beautiful and healthy horses.
Take care of them and feed them with your “own hand” because it is only through them that you have the chance of eternal life.
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Chiron is retrograde until December 9th, 2018. Read about Chiron retrograde here