There are 3 Chiron archetypes: the Wounded Healer, the Shaman, and the Alchemist.
The 3 archetypes represent the transcendental journey of the soul: we firstly suffer and explore our primal wound (the Wounded Healer). We then attempt to heal it and embrace it (the Shaman). Only after we explore the first two Chiron archetypes can we transcend the wound and turn it into a gift (the Alchemist).
You can resonate with one, two, or all 3 Chiron developmental archetypes, depending on where you are in life with your wound and your life’s circumstances.
Let’s take some examples.
I will share with you 3 stories – one for each Chiron archetype.
The Wounded Healer: The Wounded Healer describes our first experiences with the primal wound. In this stage, the wound is not yet acknowledged.
Adriana was born with Chiron in her 4th house, the house of home, family, roots and nurturing. Because she was born in a large family, she never got the level of nurturing she needed. At a deep level, she didn’t feel taken care of.
When she grew up, she decided to become a doctor. Becoming a doctor was her way of coping with the pain. She wanted to take care of others so she could experience, over and over again, the primal wound of nurturing.
Years passed. She tried hard to take good care of her patients, but no matter what, she felt like a fraud. There were always people suffering, people dying, and she thought that if she would only work hard enough, she would feel better about herself. But that never happened. What she was really doing, was taking less and less care of herself. She was not healing her wound, but going into a downward spiral of self-destruction.
One day, she had a wake-up call and decided to completely change her career, so that she could have more time for herself. Her life changed for the better, but her initial struggles to deal with her wound without fully understanding it are characteristic of the Wounded Healer archetype.
The Shaman: The Shaman describes our ‘healing crisis’. A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms when we go through the process of healing. In this phase, we become aware of the wound, and in this way, we finally heal it.
You usually experience this phase when you go through a Chiron transit. The Chiron return at the age of 50 is the most important Chiron transit, but you can also experience it when you have a Chiron square, a Chiron opposition, or when Chiron transits other planets in your natal chart.
Angie had her first Chiron square at the age of 14. Like many other adolescents, she started developing acne.
The first Chiron square usually brings changes to the physical body. Girls have their first period, boys’ voices change.
In an attempt to cover her breakouts, Angie started applying foundation to try and hide it.
She tried everything to heal it – medication, healthy diets, sports, yoga, spiritual healing, homeopathy. But no matter what she did, the pimples didn’t go away.
Finally, one day she decided to stop wearing foundation. In the beginning, she was horrified. She felt so vulnerable! However, only a few weeks later, her face cleared up.
The Shaman describes our attempts to heal the wound. Ultimately, we heal the wound when we accept it and integrate it within us.
The Alchemist: in this phase, we transcend the wound and turn it into something greater. No one is born an Alchemist. We first need to go through and learn from the previous phases – only then we are able to transform the wound into a gift.
Becoming an Alchemist is not about trying to heal the wound. You know you are an Alchemist when there is no more conflict. This phase is about effortlessly shining out your light. It is about giving back and healing others, from a place of awareness and compassion.
Tom was born with Chiron in the 10th house, the house of status, career, and the role you choose to play in the world. His grandfather and father were very successful businessmen and powerful leaders. In the first 48 years of his life, this is exactly what he tried to become. He graduated from a top university, got a job in a top company, and worked hard to climb the corporate ladder. He didn’t want to disappoint his father.
But no matter how hard he tried, he never reached the top. Yes, he was earning a top salary, and he even became an advisor to the board of management, but he never became a leader himself. He was in fact intimidated by power and always struggled when he tried to assert himself.
His father died a few years ago and while he suffered a big loss, he also felt a sense of relief. When he had his Chiron return, he decided to leave the corporate world to become a Kung Fu master. He finally realized that he was never the assertive, powerful leader his father was – his best weapon was his defense, was his ability to stay strong in times of struggle.
He feels happy and accomplished now. Although he finally got the status and the respect he was looking for in his early life, he doesn’t care about it anymore. His passion is to help other people become strong and resilient. He turned his wound into a gift.
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4 thoughts on “What is Your Chiron Archetype?”
Very interesting readying. I would like to share my experience with you.Since I never had the kind of childhood I would have wanted, I found within myself the only way I could experience it would be my becoming a mother and being the kind that I would have wanted. My daughter was born (frozen egg) two months after my 50th birthday. Now she is 19, growing into a beautiful young woman. I did it my way and can only feel this is the best thing I have ever experienced.
Beautiful story, thanks for sharing! Do you know in which house Chiron resides in your natal chart?
What an epiphany your article provides!
I recently turned 50 and experienced a psychic kind of crisis, which felt I was slowly confronting an old ignored wound and was told my limbic system was on alert. This quickly led me to reach out for different means of personal healing, such as resting, slowing down, grieving, reading voraciously from many sources about healing, spiritual growth, shammanism – these were actual recent Google searches! A Jungian trained friend told me to work up my astrology chart and I thought, okay, although this is not my inclination, why not! She just yesterday analyzed it and we learned that I was born with Chiron in my 10th house as an Aries (19th April).
What an extraordinary form of synchronicity to discover this article, which makes infinite sense in my life in so many ways as a parent, caregiver, advocate for family health issues.
I am also walking away from a career in design now as it has reached a point where I achieved much but do not need to be top of my field (like my father was in his own unrelated corporate career), but I do want to find something new after my kids move on to college in a couple of years. Undecided as to what this will be, but this is awakening me to a glimpse of the process.
Thank you for asserting and describing what I knew intuitively yet never fully realized until now. What a relief!
Very interesting. I bought thiss course as a Bday present to myself. I celebbrated my 43 Bday yesterday. However. When I was about 2 I lost my mother. Her, myself and our dog survived an accident on the side of a mountain. I do not remember much. Growing up I had these “nightmares” of falling off a cliff. Its always bothered me because I felt like those moments I was being lifted ifrom screams and hell. I wet the bed for years and would wake up with the feeling of being suffocated.
When I was about 10 I woke one day and realized it was the day of the accident.
I stopped having the dream. And wetting the bed. My dog ended up having to be “put to rest” as well.
As I grew up. I have questioned things. PPl sat whne they almost experience “death” there are these white lights etc.For a long time I have battled with if at the age of 2 falling off that mountain Hell wasnt alreandy claiming me….
Im begining to think that I have been fooling myself LOL that would alll be WAY tooooo simpmle