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.
Together, Chiron and Sun stand for authenticity, for the utmost expression of our uniqueness. Because Sun, when touched by Chiron, cannot hide his wound, this process – if handled well – ultimately leads to undying authenticity.
The process of learning about our true self, the process of becoming what we 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 take 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 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. Bring it out!
The path to self-mastery is about recognizing our inner pain and bringing it to the “next level”. Chiron triggers us into feeling our deepest wound. But it is through our pain, that we have the opportunity to hold a larger perspective.
Ultimately, Chiron’s purpose is to restore wholeness – that’s why Chiron is the symbol of the shaman. The Sun Chiron conjunction 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 of all the planets visible with the naked eye (all planets up to Saturn), and the subconscious aspects, represented by Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
Indeed, Chiron orbits from Saturn up to Uranus and Neptune bringing together these two worlds, connecting us with the universe.
Mithologically, Chiron is a half horse, half human, force of nature that has transcended his human limitations and has brought the gifts of the nature 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 a very important role all around the world and across time. In ancient times, people used to be buried in a ritual together with their horse. The man and the horse, buried together. What a strong reference to Sun conjunct Chiron.
This culture of dual burials was so widespread across the world, from Scandinavia to China, that can only be explained by an almost spiritual bond between the entities.
I would like to tell you a story, one of the most beautiful metaphors for what 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 in his daring endeavor, 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 proved to be strong enough for such a demanding endeavor.
Finally when the prince lost all the hope, he saw a thin, sick looking, hungry horse, covered with sores. When he approached it, the horse started 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 has 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 “the other side” are the successful resources than can 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, the genetic upbringing is a mix of Chiron and Pluto.
What about the hungry horse? The horse represents those resources we chose to cultivate, methodically, with faith, with perseverance, even when our progress is unnoticeable.
The man taking care of, and unleashing the hungry horse 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 our stable for a reason. He has survived time and hardships because he has something to offer, and he can offer something nobody else can, IF you take care of him.
The hungry horse is a symbol for what you leave behind for eternity, your contribution to the world, something that cannot unfold without you. Like any great piece of art, your skills and attributes will outlive you, to feed many more generations to come.
Let’s get back to the story.
“After a long trip, the prince finds what he is looking for, and he reaches the land of eternal youth. Over there he gets married with 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, overwhelmed 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 in his heart that everything was now a ruin, and of course everyone in the court was 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 let the nature take his course. Mortality finally caches up with him and he dies”
What does the fairy tale tell us? 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.
Chiron conjunct Sun is asking you to pay attention to the wounded, hungry horses. They might be hard to notice somewhere in the corner of your stable full off beautiful and healthy horses. Take care of them and feed them with your “own hand” because it is only through them than you have the chance to eternal life.