Sun Conjunct Chiron – the Deeper Meaning of This Aspect
Sun conjunct Chiron represents the instinct of the human spirit to manifest itself and leave something immaterial behind. Our spirit seeking manifestation represents our “gift to the world”.
The Sun is our individuality, what makes us unique, our divine mission in this lifetime.
Chiron, who orbits between Saturn and Uranus, is the link between the world as we know it (Saturn) and the mysteries and infinite possibilities of the heavens (Uranus).
Chiron is the archetype of the Wounded Healer because this process of moving from one realm (Saturn) to another (Uranus) requires a certain vulnerability and exposure. When you get out of your comfort zone (Saturn) something has to break.
Chiron’s orbit is very elliptical. Chiron can spend as little as one year and a half in some signs (Libra) and as long as 9 years in others (Aries). Chiron is a non-conformist and Chiron in your chart shows where you are a non-conformist, too (even if this lack of conformism makes you feel odd at times).
Sun conjunct Chiron is the compelling drive to push beyond your existing boundaries to find your true zone of genius.
The process of learning about your true self, the process of becoming who 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 wound, our “handicap”, that is the source of our greatest gift.
The path to self-mastery always begins with embracing the wound. You cannot become a master if you don’t get in touch with the pain.
Chiron – the Link Between Heaven and Hell, the Conscious and the Unconscious
Ultimately, Chiron’s purpose is to restore wholeness. Sun conjunct Chiron will re-actualize all the Chironic themes in your life, asking you to (re)connect with the inner shaman.
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 whole universe.
Chiron And Your Greatest Gift
“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 is 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 without success. No horse seemed to be 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 comes closer, 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, feeding the hungry horse, wearing the father’s clothes and the 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. In astrology, Chiron rules our genetic upbringing and DNA. We cannot fulfill our mission if we don’t know where we’ve come from.
Sun Conjunct Chiron – Feed the Hungry Horse
What about the hungry horse? The horse represents the wound you choose to heal. The ‘handicap’ you choose to embrace. The undesirable side of yourself which if acknowledged, transforms into your greatest gift. The horse represents those resources you choose to cultivate, even when there is no indication that you will ever succeed.
The man who unleashes the horse’s greatness and goes on an initiatic journey is a beautiful expression of Sun conjunct Chiron. The horse is the wound (Chiron). The prince is the Sun, the spirit who unleashes the wound.
Sun conjunct Chiron represents the alchemical process of transforming the wound into a gift.
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 no one else can, IF you take care of him.
The horse is a symbol for what is immortal, for what it cannot be destroyed, is 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. It is your duty (Sun) to bring this gift (Chiron) 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?
“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 now I will go back from where I came from”.
The man decides to stay there and lets nature take its course. Mortality finally catches up with him and he dies”
No human being is immortal, and sooner or later we will all turn to dust, but our gifts to the world (the horse) will always stay. Our duty in this lifetime is to take notice of the hungry horses, to feed them and unleash their greatness.
Sun conjunct Chiron will ask 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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