Mars is conjunct Chiron a 28° Pisces. Mars meets Chiron only once every 2 years, and this is the last time we have the conjunction in Pisces. In February Chiron moves into Aries where it will stay until 2027. Chiron won’t be back in Pisces until 2061, so for many of us, this Mars-Chiron conjunction is the last one we will experience in this lifetime.
Mars conjunct Chiron can indeed put us in touch with our own mortality.
Mars rules Aries, the first sign of the zodiac.
Mars is the planet of action and assertiveness. Mars is the first planet to go around the Sun, as seen from the Earth’s perspective. The planets closer to the Sun: Mercury and Venus – never make a full circle around the Sun.
Mars is the Hero that breaks through the boundaries of the “Spirit” represented by the Sun and chooses to make his own creation, to go ‘his way’. Mars is the divine light of the spirit individualized.
Mars and Aries stand for individuality, while Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, stands for the collective.
Can you see the conflict here? Mars wants to cut through and affirm himself, but because Mars is now in Pisces he is equally pulled by the mermaid-like call to strip down his ego and embrace the great beyond.
What about Chiron?
Chiron is known as the ‘wounded healer’ and indeed, initially, Chiron triggers our deepest pain. Chiron brings pain because we need pain to experience the higher vibration of consciousness.
But the reason why Chiron asks us to work with the pain, is to transcend it and turn it into something much greater.
It makes sense if we think that Chiron orbits between Saturn, the last visible planet, and Uranus, the first invisible planet. Chiron exposes the pain of our limited material existence, but it also brings us the opportunity to transcend these material limitations and move into the ethereal, Uranian realms of existence.
Chiron is a centaur, a half-horse, half-human, a force of nature that has transcended his human limitations and brought the gifts of nature to the Gods.
Chiron represents the instinct of the human spirit to leave something immaterial behind, a legacy, something of value. Our spirit seeking to manifest itself represents our “gifts”.
Mars Conjunct Chiron – Exposing The Inner Aggression
The way Mars will bring to the surface Chironic themes is by brutally exposing our pain. Mars conjunct Chiron is associated with shame, because Chiron exposes our very first pain, the pain of our existence.
Mars stands for assertiveness, for our desire to put ourselves “out there”. With Chiron, we will find that our ability to assert ourselves, to BE ourselves is obstructed. We are ashamed of who we are, we are ashamed to act and “get out there”. We become painfully aware of our inner aggression. We are afraid that just by being ourselves, we will hurt others.
But Pisces is the sign of Compassion – and the transit of Mars and Chiron in Pisces is a GIFT, an opportunity to acknowledge and release that inner aggression we all have inside us.
The key to healing is learning to turn the anger, the shame and the pain of being a mortal human into strength and compassion. The deeper meaning of Mars conjunct Chiron is understanding that aggression and compassion can coexist and that there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Mars conjunct Chiron will challenge us to heal the aggressive side of our nature. We need to learn now how to assert ourselves in a healthy way and stand our ground with dignity and compassion.
In its highest expression, Mars-Chiron stands for action and spirit coming together with a strong drive to make a difference, and leave something behind for those who will follow.