On February 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 0° Virgo.
Zero degree of any sign is a very powerful degree, because it symbolizes the starting point of endless possibilities. Anything is possible at zero degrees.
Virgo is translated with “Virgin” and we may be tempted to associate with Virgo virginal attibutes such as unexperienced, pure, or innocent. but if we look at the etymology of the word, “Virgo” comes from Latin and it means “Self-sufficient” and has pretty much nothing to do with what we associate virginity with now.
Virgo is a symbol for a person who doesn’t need anyone – or anything – to be complete. That’s why Virgo is the sign of perfection. Virgo is the last personal sign (the personal signs are the first 6 signs of the zodiac, from Aries to Virgo). Virgo has mastered the process of individuation. Virgo is the symbol for the “perfect” human being.
It is only in the next sign, in Libra, when we start to open up to others.
The first six signs are for Self-mastery, and no one is better at self-mastery than Virgo. This is the reason why many Virgos or people with strong Virgo energy love self-improvement activities such as fitness, nutrition, health rituals and so on.
Being of service, being helpful is another Virgo attribute. This is because Virgo understands better than any sign how to help another human improve their condition. Virgos understand how individual systems work – and here we can count human bodies as systems, too. If a Virgo gives you advice or takes care of you, you know you are in good hands.
No matter whether you’re a Virgo or not, no matter whether or not you have Virgo energy in your chart, the Full Moon in Virgo is an invitation to be like a Virgo, or to make use of Virgo’s energy in the area of your life where the Full Moon falls in your chart.
The Full Moon in Virgo is trine Uranus at 29° Aries and is quincunx Chiron at 0° Aries.
Chiron’s work on healing the identity is just beginning (0° Aries). Uranus (the higher manifestation of Chiron) is at 29° Aries, teasing us with the promise of freedom. The type of freedom that comes when we truly understand who we are.
How can we heal our wound of identity (Chiron in Aries) so that we can liberate ourselves (Uranus at 29° Aries)? Through Virgo.
Virgo is the sign that aims to reconcile the matter and the spirit, in the same way, Chiron, the half-man, half-horse Centaurus, aims to reconcile his animal side and his human side. At the time of this lunation, become aware of these two separate parts of yourself. You are you, half-God, half-animal. You are human.
On February 18, 2019 Chiron enters Aries to stay here until 2027.
This is one of the most important transits of the year. Although Chiron is not literally a planet, any person who has studied Chiron and has experienced Chiron transits knowsthat Chiron transits are VERY intense and life-changing.
Why is that?
Chiron – The Key to the Zodiac
Chiron is classified as both a minor planet and a comet and it’s primarily connected to the archetype of the Wounded Healer.
Chiron’s glyph is literally a key, and if we study Chiron’s orbit and Chiron’s mythology we soon understand why Chiron is truly the key to the zodiac.
Chiron – The Bridge Between
Chiron has an irregular orbit and spends more time in some signs than in others. Chiron can transit a sign from anywhere between 1,5 years to 9 years. Chiron spends the most time in Pisces and Aries (8 to 9 years).
This is interesting because Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, and Aries the first sign of the zodiac.
Connecting the end of everything (Pisces) to the beginning of all possibilities (Aries) is not an easy task, but if there is someone that can embark on this journey, that is Chiron.
Chiron orbits between Saturn (the last visible planet) and Uranus (the first transpersonal planet). By orbiting between Saturn and Uranus, Chiron links our personal experience to the collective experience.
Last but not least, the duality is also linked to mythology. Chiron was a Centaurus – half God, half horse, signifying the animal and the God coming together in one entity.
Ultimately, Chiron’s role is to break, but also to put back together different forms of existence.
Chiron is the alchemist of the zodiac. Chiron breaks everything only to find a higher, a superior order.
Chiron In Aries – The Identity Wound
Chiron in Aries is where you feel you don’t have the right to be yourself. Aries is concerned exactly with the affirmation of the self but Chiron will challenge this affirmation of the self, with the purpose of finding a higher order.
Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac – is all about the individual, about impulse, passion, instinct, “Me first” attitude.
Aries in where we assert ourselves, where we go for what we want, where we draw borders to express our uniqueness.
Aries is the very first sprout to emerge from the soil in the spring, choosing life, choosing to ‘get out there’ into the world and express itself.
Chiron is where we feel wounded, ashamed, broken and inadequate.
Chiron will challenge Aries’ expression of the self, expression of individuality.
Chiron in Aries is about the greatest wounds of all – the wound of identity.
The wound of identity is when we feel we don’t have the right to exist. This is the most painful wounds of all because it is the most difficult to grasp.
We Are Born With It
We are all born with the wound of identity. When we are babies, we hardly have an identity. We are the result of the genetic makeup of our parents.
As we grow up, if our self-expression is encouraged, we slowly develop our unique identity.
But the process is not always smooth. Our parents may – rightly so – see us as an extension of themselves, and may have difficulties in acknowledging that we are a different human being. It’s not their fault! They do this because they want to protect us.
But trying to force the child to become anything else but what they were born to be, is incredibly damaging to the sense of the child’s self. Stifling a child’s individuality is more dangerous on long-term than neglect and even violence.
People who have the most challenging forms of psychosis usually come from upbringings where they were not allowed to be themselves, to express their unique identity.
Symptoms of the identity wound
“I am nobody” – an overall feeling of emptiness and disconnection
“I am not enough” – a desire to “prove” oneself
“If I don’t fit in, I don’t exist” – a desire to be liked by everyone
A tendency to copy other people, but at the same time a lack of defining role models
A desire to remain unnoticed, a fear of expressing one’s opinions and beliefs
Difficulty to connect with one’s body or feelings
…or on the contrary, a continuous to prove one’s uniqueness by behaving oddly
A tendency to hurt oneself, physically or psychologically – self-inflicted wounds, abuse of drugs, alcohol and medication, overworking, feeling ‘numb’
How to Overcome the Wound of Identity with Chiron in Aries
What can you do about your feelings of worthlessness? Can you heal your wound of identity?
No achievement, no money or success can heal this wound – because being you is not about becoming something you are not, but is about learning to accept that it is OK to be you!
Chiron in Aries will ask you to address and heal – once and for all – the wound of identity, a wound that we are all born with.
Chiron in Aries is about taking responsibility for your existence, is about being present with your wounds, with your pain and with your shame.
Show yourself despite the pain. You are going to feel it, no doubt. But no matter what, you need to show up, do what you need to do, take a step forward, to BE YOU.
You are Here for a Reason
Your existence is the very proof you deserve to BE. There is a reason why out of billions of genetic possibilities, it was YOU who made it.
Yes, not only you have the right to exist, but you are here for a reason. You were born with a unique mission.
You were born to express the divine in your unique way, to develop and share your unique gifts, talents, and skills. You are much more than you think. The stars, the whole universe collided so you could be here today.
When you allow your true self to shine through, there is no more pain, there is no more wound. You achieve self-realization.
Self-realization happens when all the broken parts of you come together to form a whole.
But you need to put ALL these parts together. Yes, even those you are ashamed of. They are part of you too, they are part of your story.
By allowing them to exist, you allow yourself to exist. And this is how you find the key, the higher order, the higher meaning of your existence.
Imagine what your life would be like if you healed your deepest wound. Chiron’s long stay in Aries is your opportunity to heal your deepest wound and turn it into your greatest gift.
Chiron in Aries is one of the most anticipated transits of the year. Chiron moves into Aries on February 18th, 2019 and leaves Aries on 14th of April 2027.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. Aries stands for “I am, I exist”. Aries is probably the most important transit for Chiron, because it’s the longest. Chiron spends very little time in some signs (only 1.5 years in Libra, for example)… but spends up to 8 years in Aries.
Chiron spends so much time in Aries because it has perhaps more work to do here than in any other sign. Aries is the Self. This is where it hurts the most. Wounds related to our identity, to our sense of the Self, take a long time to heal.
If in Pisces, your lesson was to surrender to your pain, to find a higher meaning in your suffering, in Aries, you will want to finally do something about your wound and take personal ownership for your healing.
Chiron crossing the 0° of the zodiac marks a new beginning for all of us.
Chiron archetype comes from Greek mythology. Chiron was the son of Saturn and the nymph Philyra. Born half man, half horse, Chiron is rejected by his mother. Abandoned by his parents, Chiron suffers his first wound.
Apollo, the god of music, prophecy, medicine, and healing, adopts Chiron and teaches him everything he knows. Chiron carries the Appolo’s legacy forward – and discovers botany and pharmacy, the science of herbs and medicine.
Chiron was highly skilled, educated and kind. But the irony was that even if he could heal everyone else, Chiron couldn’t heal himself.
Ultimately, Chiron gives up his immortality to help Prometheus, who was chained to a rock.
Gods agree to release Chiron from suffering and let him die. Upon his death, Chiron is released from his wound that would never heal and honored with the constellation of Centaurus, one of the largest constellations in the sky.
Chiron – A Bridge To Heaven
When Chiron gave up his immortality, ironically, he became immortal. Your deepest wound eventually becomes your greatest gift, your legacy, what you leave behind for generations to come.
Chiron rising in the sky and transforming into a beautiful constellation is a message that while your greatest gift can only rise from pain and suffering – this gift is much more than your pain and your suffering.
Chiron, this half-horse, half-God Centaurus, represents our hope that we can unite the instinctual, animal part of ourselves with the divine, immortal part of ourselves.
Healing takes time and awareness. Chiron stands for the different stages of soul development.
Chiron symbolizes our deepest wound – that deep, dark part of us that we’re not only hiding from others – but also from ourselves.
Chiron symbolizes our attempts – conscious and unconscious – to heal this wound.
Last but not least, Chiron represents the key to our spiritual transformation, what we do to transcend our physical, emotional or intellectual limitations.
The house where you have Chiron in your natal chart shows your primal wound – the wound your soul has been called to heal in this lifetime.
While you may think you’re the only one that is broken, remember that we all have Chiron somewhere in our natal chart. All of us come into this life with a wound to heal.
But if you open up, if you’re brave enough to face and embrace this wound, you will not only heal it, but transform it into your greatest gift.
By healing your wound, you are healing the world. By bringing your gift out of the shadows, you’re making the world a better place.
The Three Chiron Archetypes
There are 3 expressions of Chiron energy, corresponding to the 3 Chiron archetypes:
The 1st Chiron archetype is the Wounded Healer. You cannot heal yourself unless you know where it hurts. The first stage of healing is acknowledging the wound. The Wounded Healer is the dormant, unconscious expression of Chiron.
The 2nd Chiron archetype is the Shaman, the intermediate expression of Chiron. This is when we embrace and heal our wound. All the struggles we humans go through happen because we fail to integrate the broken parts inside of us. Think about the big decisions in your life, your failures, and missed opportunities. There was one part of you who wanted something, and another part who wanted something else. There are parts of you which you love and accept, and parts of you which you hate and are ashamed of. But unless you learn to bring together all these broken parts, you cannot become whole. You can not reach your potential.
The 3rd Chiron archetype is the Alchemist. This is the highest expression of Chiron. In this form, Chiron has transcended his limitations. He has healed his wound and transformed it into a gift. IC
Chiron spends his last days in the sign of Pisces. Chiron is now at 29° Pisces, ending a 50-year journey around the zodiac. On February 18, 2019, Chiron enters Aries, starting a completely new journey, and opening up new doors of possibilities.
Because Chiron spends more time in Aries than in any other sign, many people are born with Chiron in Aries. If you are born between April 1968 – May 1976 and October 1976 – March 1977 your Chiron is in Aries, too.
If you have Chiron in Aries, in the next 8 years you will experience your Chiron return. Chiron return is a turning point in one’s life.
This is when people have major breakthroughs, when they completely change their lives, transform their careers, discover latent talents and gifts, and experience profound healing.
If your Chiron is not in Aries, this means you either have already experienced your Chiron return, or you will experience it in the future, more exactly at the age of 50-51.
If you already had your Chiron return, go back in time and try to recall how your life looked like when you were 50.
If you haven’t had your Chiron return yet, this is definitely something you want to look forward to. Chiron ‘ripens’ at the time of the return and most people experience positive shifts and profound healing in their lives.
Chiron Return – There Is More To Life
Because Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus, Chiron return happens between your first Saturn return and your Uranus return. If you have your Saturn return at the age of 29, and the Uranus return at 84, the Chiron return is in the middle, more exactly at the age of 50.7.
Therefore, the Chiron return represents the in-between stage. By 50, when we have the Chiron return, Saturn has (hopefully) taught us how to become responsible adults, which is a necessity if we want to a). firstly survive, and b). make the most out of our lives.
But Saturn also has an over-cautious approach to life, and tends to do too much that is expected of him. That’s why Saturn has rings. We are bound to Saturn’s territory.
Uranus, the first ‘invisible’ planet in the sky, represents our liberation from the boundaries of society as represented by Saturn. A good metaphor for Uranus is the bird that escapes from the cage. Uranus, the God of the sky, is pure spirit. Uranus represents the messages from other realms, and connects us with what’s beyond our limited ‘universe’.
Chiron return is when we start tapping into Uranus’ insights. What society expects from us is no longer enough. We want to break free from our limitations and explore completely new horizons. Uranus is our divine side. The Chiron return is when we finally become aware that there is more to life.
You don’t have to wait for your Chiron return to work with Chiron in your chart. The more you explore Chiron before the return, the most remarkable your Chiron return will be. And the more you embrace Chiron after your Chiron return, the more you will open up to the divine insights of Uranus.
At a deep level, Chiron represents the process of reconciliation of your human side with your divine side.
You are not God (Uranus), but you’re not just matter either (Saturn). You are human, a mix of both.
Chiron is the connection between mind and spirit, the link between what can be seen and what cannot be seen. When your body communicates with your spirit, and when your spirit speaks through your body, that’s when Chiron is at play.
Chiron is a Centaurus, a half-horse, half-man who has learned not only to live, but to thrive with his dual condition.
If you have eyes to see, Chiron is everywhere. It comes into your life disguised as a teacher, as a life lesson, and sometimes, in the most literal of ways… as a horse.
Read about the incredible story of Julie Bradshaw, a psychic and intuitive healer who has discovered Chiron thanks to her horse, Scout. With Chiron in strong aspect to the Sun and with an approaching Chiron return, Julie’s life is a story of the triumph of love over pain – and an example of the incredible opportunities that open up when you embrace your Chiron.
Julie Bradshaw is not only a gifted psychic and healer, but an Alchemist of the Soul. I’ve learned more about Chiron from her than from years and years of research.
Chiron Return – Interview With Julie Bradshaw
Astro Butterfly: What’s your story? Can you tell a little about yourself?
Julie: “I lived a majority of my life in sadness or turmoil, including the death of my father at an early age, sexual abuse, being shunned by my family, and having two children with special needs, but I have found the way out of that and having the insight around Chiron in my chart has played a major role. I’m now a masterful conduit for Universal consciousness and energy healer for both humans and animals, across all time and space.”
Astro Butterfly: Chiron, the wounded healer, plays a very important role in your chart. What was your wounding experience? This can be an episode from your early childhood or a life experience that left your heart shattered. When did it happen?
Julie: “I know that my mom was pressured by my father’s family to have an abortion and that my mother resented me for many years, possibly even for my coming into existence. I know that I don’t remember not having some inherent sadness even as a small child.”
“I will say a defining time of my life that was a catalyst to my broken heart but also eventually to my healing was my stepfather (at the time, not my current one) being mildly sexually abusive to me for several years when I was a teen and discovering that my mom knew it was happening and never tried to stop it.”
Astro Butterfly: What were your first attempts to heal your wound?
Julie: “In reference to the experience with my stepfather, my resentment towards my mother grew over many years without my recognizing the cause. It festered into depression and anger when coupled with the pressures of a toddler and infant with special needs. I eventually confronted my mom, but finally realized that the only person I could make a change in was me. And I discovered the power of forgiveness, of myself and others.”
Astro Butterfly: When did you have the breakthrough? How did you find about your psychic abilities? How did you use healing to turn the initial wound into something greater?
Julie: “My discovery of forgiveness and my psychic abilities all came about in the same time frame, my late 30s. The forgiveness aspect came first which led to more insight coming my way of an alternative nature. But once the door swung open, it became a flood. Practicing forgiveness and teaching others about forgiveness became a mainstay of my life and my work.”
Astro Butterfly:How did you find out about Chiron?
Julie: “A very special horse named Scout came galloping into my life after 20+ years of not being owned by a horse. He had a lifetime history of abuse and neglect and a fear/anxiety that was bigger than he was as a result (and he’s a huge horse.)”
“I was reading a book about the intuitive/spiritual side of horses and the author introduced me to the story of Chiron, the Centaur. I was in awe when I read that Chiron was shot in the right knee with the poison arrow.”
“A few years before he came to me, Scout had an abscess in his hoof that developed into a tumor that went up his leg into his knee. And it was his right front leg!! And Scout’s energy is absolutely that of a healer and he helps me with clients to help them heal their trauma. I had a living and breathing Wounded Healer that had come to join me less than a year before I learned about Astro Butterfly and the Chiron course.”
Astro Butterfly: Your Chiron is quincunx the Sun. The Sun represents one’s identity. A quincunx asks the individual to reconcile two different energies that have little in common. But when the individual manages to reconcile these different parts of themselves, something beautiful emerges. The quincunx is the ultimate “alchemist” aspect. How does this Sun-Chiron aspect play out in your life?
Julie: “With my Sun in Virgo, I have a tremendous love of others which manifests in my desire to help others heal. With Chiron, my greatest challenge and wound in life was wanting others to love me as much as I loved them. So, the two things that had little in common: my love of others vs. my love of myself.”
“And the reconciliation? Realizing that I had to truly believe that I am capable of being loved. With my wound, I had come to believe that I must not be love-able, by either The Universe/Higher Power or other humans. So, I created a new belief to replace the old one….I am love-able!! My gifts are coming full-force now and my relationships have shifted so that the ones I have are with people who confirm over and over that I am love-able. And the Universe is showering me with signs that It loves me too!”
Astro Butterfly: Chiron moves into Aries in February 2019 and will stay there until 2027. Your natal Chiron is also in Aries and you’re approaching your Chiron return. Can you feel the first manifestations of this transit? What do you expect from your Chiron return?
Julie: “Is there any doubt I’m already feeling the first manifestations? Yes, my relationships really started shifting when my Sun transited Chiron in Libra at the end of September 2018. Quite a few relationships ended with people who were not willing to meet me in the middle in the relationship.”
“Looking back this is a clear manifestation of my approaching Chiron return. I am honestly practically giddy about my Chiron return because I have done the work and I think the results I’m starting to see are merely scratching the surface of my Alchemist role.”
Astro Butterfly: What advice would you give other people who go through a wounding experience? How can others transcend pain and suffering and become an alchemist, just like you?
Julie: “My advice: honor the pain, but try not to live there. You may not understand the “why” of it at the time, but eventually, it will come. So, keep asking for insight and answers, and follow any trails that promise to give you the answers. Each answer is a piece of the puzzle.”
Astro Butterfly: In 2018, you participated in “Your deepest wound, your greatest gift” Chiron course. The course is open for enrollment again in a few days. You created a bonus material that will be part of the course. Can you tell us a little bit about what you will teach us?
Julie: “As I mentioned I do believe that forgiveness is the foundation for healing on any level, but particularly at The Alchemist level. While we often discuss forgiveness of others, the critical importance of forgiving ourselves is often overlooked. It becomes the foundation to creating empowering new beliefs to transmute the limiting beliefs that have been creating the challenging cycles we most want to break. I will be guiding participants in a forgiveness of self-meditation that will ignite their inner Alchemist.”
Astro Butterfly: How can others learn more about you?
Chiron in Aries: Naomi, a talented musician has Chiron in Aries conjunct her South Node. Her music touches the soul of a generation of people who share Chiron in Aries’ wound of identity. Read her story here Chiron In Aries – Beautifully Human
Chiron is known as the Wounded Healer, but Chiron is much more complex than that. In astrology, Chiron represents our initial wounding which if embraced, transforms into our greatest gift.
You may wonder why we need to suffer in order to access this great gift that we are all born with. Think about all the masterpieces of this world.
Great painters who choose art despite any health or financial difficulties, athletes that break their muscles – and world records – all the time, heroes who sacrifice themselves for a higher ideal.
None of these people were born that way. Van Gogh was not born a painter, the athlete was not born agile and the hero was not born courageous.
If you dig into their biographies, you oftentimes find that there were some difficulties these people went through early in their lives.
These difficulties became fuel for their later achievements. It’s in the struggle that we find a higher meaning, that we push the boundaries of what is possible, that we become better and better human beings.
Just like the flu gives our immunity system a boost, in the same way, our wounds are Universe’s loving way of helping us grow and evolve. If you look back in your life, you see that all the pain you’ve been through has been a blessing in disguise.
Instead of running away from problems, stay with them. Try to understand what the Universe is trying to tell you. Something amazing is waiting on the other side, if you don’t hide away from your wound.
In astrology, Chiron represents the process of identifying your wound (Wounded Healer), healing it (Shaman), and then transcending it and transforming it into a gift (Alchemist).
A wound remains a wound if you hide it. A wound becomes a gift if you embrace it.
But what is a gift? A special talent? An opportunity? Something you get by chance? Something you are born with? Or something that is cultivated?
The most common way we leave our mark on this world is through our work. We have a job, we contribute, we put in the effort, and eventually, we get rewarded – monetarily or in other ways.
In the past, when work was hard, the definition of work was “Something you do to get paid and earn a living, an effort you wouldn’t put otherwise”.
Although this definition still stands true for most of us, nowadays we also want to derive meaning from our work: we want to contribute, we want to create value, we want to know that what we’re doing matters.
Chiron And Our True Vocation – From The 6th House To The 10th House
In astrology, work is represented by the 6th house, while the career or the vocation is represented by the 10th house.
The 6th house is what you do for a living.
The 10th house is your contribution to the world, the highest expression of who you are.
It all makes sense if we understand the meaning of the houses relative to the position of the Sun.
The 6th house is where the Sun has set, is the dusk. In the 6th house is where you are literally – and metaphorically – giving away your light. When you’re trading work hours for money, that’s your 6th house.
The 10th house happens at mid-day, when the Sun is at the highest point in the sky, shining at its brightest. This is where you shine your light fully, and effortlessly.
The 10th house is our vocation, but we cannot find our vocation unless we put some work first (6th house).
This is how Chiron works too. If you want to shine your light, you have to give it away first, just like the Sun sets into the night.
There’s nothing wrong with the 6th house, on contrary, a strong 6th house shows a no-Ego, responsible and compassionate individual. But this doesn’t mean we have to ignore the 10th house, our vocation.
If you don’t shine your light, like the Sun does at mid-day, you will soon be left with no energy and zest for life. Too much 6th house type of work and your health starts to suffer. That’s why the 6th house also rules health!
We are all born to leave our mark on this world, to shine our light in one way or another.
Chiron Conjunct Midheaven – The Artist’s Way
To illustrate the beauty of moving away from the 6th house into one’s true vocation, I would like to share with you Eva Nagy’s story. Eva is an absolutely brilliant mosaic artist, who has found her true vocation around the time of her Chiron return.
Eva’s Chiron is exactly conjunct her Midheaven. Chiron conjunct the Midheaven represents a calling to become Chiron, to shine our light through Chiron, to share our Chiron gift with the world.
Eva was not always a mosaic artist. Beforehand, she was an editor. And although she was very good at what she was doing, at some point she found it rather pointless in the big picture, and this is when she discovered she was drawn to mosaic art.
Eva is a Cancer rising with Sagittarius ruling her 6th house of work. Sagittarius rules publishing and foreign languages, so no wonder Eva’s work gravitated around this industry.
Moreover, the ruler of her 6th house, Jupiter is in Virgo in the 3rd house. The 3rd house is the house of communication, and Virgo loves to pay attention to details. This combination makes indeed for a great editor. That’s her 6th house story.
What about the 10th house? Eva’s Chiron is exactly conjunct her Midheaven (the 10th house) in Pisces. When Eva had her Chiron return, she felt compelled to embrace her true vocation in the fields of art and healing (Chiron in Pisces). This is when she discovered mosaic art.
If you’re approaching your Chiron return (around the age of 50-51) you may too feel compelled to embrace your vocation.
Once she has embraced her Chiron, her contribution to the world has become a masterpiece. Since then, Eva has produced numerous prize-winning mosaic sculptures.
When you look at Eva’s wonderful mosaic art sculptures you can sense Chiron’s gift at work.
This is one of her wonderful mosaic sculptures called “Shelter”. After Eva immersed herself into astrology, she has retitled it “Sun in the 4th house”. Eva’s Sun is in Libra and in the 4th house.
I’m sure you will enjoy this interview, and I hope it will inspire you to embrace your true vocation. Make sure you check out Eva’s amazing art (you can find her Instagram account at the end of the interview)
Chiron Story – Interview With Eva Nagy, Mosaic Artist
Astro Butterfly:What’s your story? Can you tell a little about yourself?
Eva: “I’m a Hungarian-born woman in my early 50s, a published author with an advanced degree in foreign languages who lost her identity built on words and found her true voice in art.”
Astro Butterfly: Chiron, the wounded healer, plays a very important role in your chart. What was your wounding experience?
Eva: “The wound first happened in college when I was told that the language degree I had been working so hard for was going to be useless by the time I got it.”
Astro Butterfly:What were your first attempts to heal the wound?
Eva: “My reaction was that after college I moved to the US with an American man I fell in love with. There, I was faced with a serious culture shock and wounds at work, which I always attempted to heal with a new relationship, working harder, and becoming a people-pleaser, all the while being less and less sure of myself. It all culminated in illness that severely affected my ability to speak, write, and think clearly. I hid from the world.”
Astro Butterfly:When did you have the breakthrough? How did you discover your creative vocation? How did you use mosaic art to turn the initial wound into something greater?
Eva: “When I was left with nothing, I could be anything. Caring people around me created a space in which I could change my view of myself. They showed me that you don’t need a degree or even words to speak from your heart. I had my hands and my imagination and a desire to connect with others. It manifested in a mosaic wall in our backyard that I made with broken tiles and a host of different objects that neighbors gave me. This was the first step.”
Astro Butterfly:Your Chiron is conjunct the Midheaven. The Midheaven is the highest point in our charts, and represents our vocation, our purpose in life. Chiron conjunct the Midheaven will ask the individual to “become” Chiron, to find a vocation or a career that is connected to healing or to the healing arts. How does this Chiron conjunct the Midheaven play out in your life?
Eva: “Over time I found that my mosaics, especially the ones I installed in homes, act like a hearth, something more than a piece of decoration. They seem to make people smile and wonder. Even in my darkest days, what I created spoke of sunshine and ease, and I wasn’t trying to achieve that.”
Astro Butterfly:What advice would you give other people who go through a wounding experience? How can others transcend pain and suffering and become an alchemist, just like you?
Eva: “My advice is not to get too attached to your identity. Be brave enough to fully experience your life, your ever-changing “self,” and when you stop being afraid to do that, when you stop trying to fix it, just observe it with compassion for yourself and others, you will find healing. Honesty is key. So is patience.”
Astro Butterfly: In 2018, you participated in “Your deepest wound, your greatest gift” Chiron course. The course inspired you to draw a girl in a wheelchair and no arms, painting with her lips. The dots are the true positions of the stars in the constellation of Centaurus. What’s the story of your sketch, and what does it symbolize?
Eva: “I like stargazing and always wondered how ancient cultures came up with the names for constellations when to me they looked totally different. I’m also moved tremendously by people who paint using their toes and mouth for hands. Finally, the life and death of Stephen Hawking must have been in my subconscious as well.”
“The Chiron course, among lots of aha moments, gave me an impetus to reimagine traditional myths and symbols such as Centaurus. What do I see in him? How am I him or he me? What do you do when you can’t walk and have no arms? What is your arrow that you send out then?”
Astro Butterfly: How can others learn more about you?
Chiron in Aries: Naomi, a talented musician has Chiron in Aries conjunct her South Node. Her music touches the soul of a generation of people who share Chiron in Aries’ wound of identity. Read her story here Chiron In Aries – Beautifully Human
On February 18th, 2019 Chiron enters Aries, to stay here until 2027.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the starting point of everything else. Aries is where a new story begins.
Aries is the YES we say to life. Aries is an affirmation of humanity. We come into this world for a reason. Aries knows that every single individual has a mission.
Chiron is the Wounded Healer of the Zodiac. There is much more depth to Chiron and in the next days, I will be writing more extensively about the incredible potential you can unleash when you embrace your Chiron.
Too many people play small in life because they don’t believe their existence matters. That they can truly make a difference in this world.
Nothing can be farther away from the truth, but this wound around the existence, this uncertainty, this constant doubt it’s Chiron’s way of asking you to look deep inside yourself and face some deep truths about what makes you human, what makes you special and unique.
Chiron wants you to see that you’re beautiful, that your true nature is beauty. That you couldn’t NOT be beautiful even if you tried.
Chiron – The Wounded Healer, the Shaman, The Alchemist
There are three stages of Chironic development: the Wounded Healer, the Shaman, and the Alchemist. The Wounded Healer discovers the wound. The Shaman heals it. And the Alchemist transforms it into something much greater.
The Alchemist is the ultimate expression of our human potential, the reason why we’re here, but an Alchemist only becomes an Alchemist when he or she is firstly a Wounded Healer and a Shaman.
Chiron in Aries has arrived to tell you that your existence MATTERS. Not only that, but it’s also necessary. You have a duty, you have a mission to accomplish, and you won’t feel alive until you take responsibility for this special mission.
The world needs you because you have a particular gift that no one else has. And the way to find this gift is through Chiron. No wonder Chiron’s symbol is the KEY. You need to put it in the lock and open the door.
But the best way to understand Chiron is through stories. In the next three days, I will share the stories of three amazing HUMANS, Naomi, Eva, and Julie, who have transcended the initial Chiron wounding and have transformed it into heart-touching music, beautiful art, and spiritual healing.
The world is now a better place thanks to them and I hope their stories will inspire you to find your inner Alchemist.
Chiron Story – Naomi Wachira
Naomi Wachira is an incredibly talented musician and human being. She was born with Chiron in Aries in exact conjunction to the South Node, and opposition to the Moon.
If you want to know what to expect from Chiron in Aries, listen to her song Beautifully Human. Her song tells more about Chiron than 100 blogs. If Chiron in Aries was a soundtrack, then it would be her song Beautifully Human.
Here is an interview with Naomi. I’m sure her story will inspire you as much it has inspired me. If you want to learn more about Naomi, make sure you listen to her music and check out her website (details below).
Astro Butterfly: What’s your story? Can you tell a little about yourself?
Naomi: “My name is Naomi Wachira and I’m an Afro-Folk Singer-Songwriter. I was born and raised in Kenya, but moved to the US 20+years ago. I’m also a single mom to a delightful and life-giving daughter. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to change the world, but more specifically I wanted to offer hope to the world.”
“I grew up in a Christian home and that upbringing definitely influenced my worldview because it embedded the idea that spirituality is an essential part of my existence. I’ve spent most of my life trying to understand what that actually means and how it shapes who I am and what I do with my life.”
Astro Butterfly: Chiron, the wounded healer, plays a very important role in your chart. What was your wounding experience?
Naomi: “As early as 5yrs old, I felt like there was something missing in my life. l carried this fear that no one understood me, which created feelings of loneliness and isolation. Everywhere I went, whether at home, school or even social gatherings, I felt that I didn’t belong, but I could never reveal this to anyone. I just pushed these feelings as far away as I possibly could because I didn’t know what to do with them. Even now as an adult, I still carry that feeling of isolation and it has always felt like I’m looking at life from inside a bubble.”
Astro Butterfly: How did you react initially to this event/wounding experience? What were your first attempts to heal it?
Naomi: “The first time I tried to do something about this feeling of isolation and loneliness was during my sophomore year of college. I knew something was wrong with me, but had no idea what it was. I talked to one of the campus counselors and she told me I was suffering from depression. She suggested I take some anti-depressants, which I did for 6 months, and they helped elevate me from the dark fog so I could process all the complex emotions I had been suppressing for most of my life.”
“That first look into my unprocessed emotions was the beginning of a journey that has been both painful and liberating. It’s something I’m still doing 20 years later and still feel like I’m still scratching the surface. Now I’m aware that what I’ve been chasing after is my true identity. One that goes beyond what is expected of me, how I’ve succeeded or failed, what I’ve done right or wrong. In a way, it is like slowly peeling layer upon layer of stories I’ve told myself or have been told of who I should or should not be, to get to the core of what/who I really am.”
Astro Butterfly: When did you have the breakthrough? How did you use music to turn the initial wound into something greater?
Naomi: “I feel as though my breakthrough has been gradual, like everytime I peel a layer, I have a small breakthrough. The biggest one happened last year when I faced a relationship that had always been difficult for most of my life. The simple admission that something hadn’t been right for a long time was so freeing and even though I didn’t have a blueprint for what direction the relationship would go, I felt like I had faced one of my greatest fears – and that was a huge victory.”
“Music has always been my home away from the world. I’ve always referred to it as the ‘safest place in the world’ because it is where I feel completely whole and one with myself. I’ve also tried to use music to create a safe space where their spirits can be animated. My mission statement is that I want to create, “an expansive, breathable space where anyone can feel empowered and inspired to be all they were created to be.”
Astro Butterfly: Your Chiron is conjunct the South Node. This aspect can show a wounding related to the past, or to the place of origin, but also the opportunity to liberate oneself from ancestral and collective karma. How does your experience from leaving Kenya and moving to Seattle relate to this?
Naomi: “I believe that moving to the US helped me look at life from a very different perspective. The stress and learning curve of being in a new country and culture brought up so many unprocessed emotions, which now looking back, was the gateway to start liberating myself from old narratives that didn’t really serve my soul or purpose for being on this earth.”
Astro Butterfly: What was your intention when you wrote the album “Songs of Lament”? Tell us about the creative process behind the album.
Naomi: “When I wrote Song of Lament, I was staying with my sister in Germany and I was in the middle of a really difficult time personally. I was feeling quite hopeless about how my career was going and was contemplating whether I should quit and return to a regular job. It was also at this time I became aware of what was happening to many men, women and children escaping violence in their home countries. Many were using dangerous ways to find new life in other countries and my heart was grieved at the lengths they had to go just find a dignified way of being.”
“I used my personal and collective grief to write Song of Lament. I felt it necessary lament for these fellow human beings who didn’t ask to be thrown into war. I wanted to weep for those whose lives were lost while trying to find a better way to exist or through senseless acts of violence. But it was not all about lament, I wanted to share my hopes of what could happen if we truly believed in the sacredness of every human life. Or that even when every part of our being feels like giving up on our dreams, we can keep running in order to fulfill our life’s purpose.”
Astro Butterfly: Chiron moves in Aries in February 2019 and will stay there until 2027. This transit will help us heal our identity wound, at a global level. How does your song “Beautifully human” relate to our collective identity wound? What would you hope to inspire and awaken in others through this song?
Naomi: “My strongest desire with my gift is to help us as a human race rise to our true potential. I think we are at a crossroad as a human race and we must decide whether we will continue to live in our collective shadow, where fear rules us or shall we liberate ourselves by remembering what we are truly capable. My hope is to awaken the Divine in all of us so we are not are looking down on ourselves or others based on whatever label or story we’ve placed on each other. That we can expand beyond our physical senses and discover the wonder we are.”
Astro Butterfly: What advice would you give others who go through a wounding experience? How can others transcend pain and suffering and become an alchemist, just like you?
Naomi: “One of the valuable lessons I’ve adopted lately is to see adversity/hardships/trials or even my wounds as an opportunity to reset my course or dig deeper to discover my true potential. There’s beauty and liberation working through the pain, instead of resisting it.”
“It’s not necessarily an easy thing to walk into your fears or your wounds, but being able to look them in the ‘eye’ and not run away, allows you to see that they are just shadows of what used to be and that each of us has been created with the capacity to rise above those shadows.”
Astro Butterfly: How can others learn more about you?
New Moon In Aquarius – One Of The Most Auspicious New Moons Of The Year
On February 4th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 15° Aquarius. If you live in Australia, New Zealand or parts of Asia the New Moon is one day later, on February 5th.
This New Moon is conjunct Mercury and sextile Jupiter. The New Moon only forms positive, supporting aspects, making it one of the most auspicious New Moons of the year.
If you plan a big project for 2019, this is your New Moon! If you start something now, you will have a higher likelihood to succeed.
How exactly this New Moon will influence you depends of course, on your natal chart and on how ‘used’ you are to the Aquarian energy.
This New Moon is very Aquarius-like because it is at 15° Aquarius (15° is half-way through 30° and is the strongest manifestation of the energy).
Moreover, the New Moon is sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius. Sagittarius is the 11th sign from Aquarius, and an 11th house aspect carries the energy of Aquarius.
If your chart has strong Aquarius or 11th house or a prominent Saturn and Uranus, you will likely go with the flow and embrace the energy.
However, if you don’t have any planet in Aquarius, or if you have too much Leo energy for example (Leo is Aquarius’ opposite sign) you will likely resist it, at least at the beginning.
But because this is a well-aspected New Moon, this time you will be more curious and open than usual to embrace the Aquarius energy. No matter your natal chart, this New Moon is your chance to tap into your Aquarius side.
But what does Aquarius stand for?
Aquarius is a fixed, air, masculine sign. Aquarius speaks about what is stable (fixed) yet invisible to the eye (Air). The unwritten rules of society. Camaraderie and what keeps people connected. Mental energy. The world wide web.
Aquarius is the opposite of Leo.
If Leo is the heart, Aquarius is the mind.
Leo is the Self, Aquarius is what’s beyond the Self. With Aquarius, we dissociate from the sense of the Ego (Leo). That’s the reason why Aquarian energy is known to be humanitarian and selfless.
Leo is the leader, Aquarius is the team player. Leo is one, Aquarius is ‘many’.
Interestingly, in the past, kings and queens (a symbol for Leo) referred to themselves with the royal “we”.
That’s because the monarch was speaking not only in his or her personal capacity but also in an official capacity as leader of a nation. The monarch was the nation itself, the sum of all the individuals. This is a good example of how the Leo-Aquarius polarity plays out. What’s when Aquarius contains all the individual Leo ‘selves’.
The opposite is also possible. The individual can also be completely stripped of the sense of Self. They are everywhere and nowhere.
If a Leo looks in the mirror and says “that’s me”, Aquarius looks in the mirror and wonders “Who am I?”.
New Moon In Aquarius – Opening Up To New Ways Of Being
The New Moon in Aquarius is an invitation to expand the identification of the Self and open up to new ways of being.
Aquarius is the sign of friends and groups of people. Friends help us enrich the sense of the Self. Other people help us understand that we are not alone in the world, and that the world doesn’t revolve around us. Without this constant interaction with others, we would stagnate.
We are shaped by our interactions with others. Let’s say you’re always on time. Your friend always runs late. At the beginning you are annoyed, but with time you start to understand your friend. Even more, you discover that there is a part of you who enjoys being late, too.
And you wonder: “Wait a minute: how can I be both punctual and tardy?”
That’s Aquarius. Aquarius or Uranus transits can bring either confusion, or breakthroughs related to the sense of Self.
People with strong Aquarius or Uranus in their chart often feel they have multiple personalities.
When we experience an Aquarius transit (like this New Moon), we oftentimes discover something new about who we are.
The body, the Self can become too constricting for the expanded sense of Self. Let’s say you’re a woman and you discover your masculine side. Or you’re a man and you discover your feminine side.
You can either integrate this information and enrich the Self, or you dissociate from these aspects of the Self that may be too complex, too difficult to reconcile.
Depending on how we react to this process of Self-expansion, an Aquarius transit can trigger resistance, or can bring liberation. Is this new insight too much to handle? You resist it. Do you allow it in your consciousness, even if it doesn’t make too much sense? It will liberate you.
New Moon In Aquarius – Mercury And Jupiter
Thankfully, this New Moon in Aquarius is conjunct Mercury. Mercury (the mind) will facilitate the process, by translating the higher Aquarian frequencies into messages that the human mind (Mercury) can make sense of.
Moreover, the New Moon in Aquarius in sextile Jupiter, which will further facilitate the process. Jupiter’s message is “Believe”. You know you act from Jupiter when you believe without questioning, when you trust that a higher power (Jupiter) works in your favor.
You may think it’s easy to believe without questioning, but in fact, it doesn’t come naturally at all. What comes natural, especially in our society, is exactly the opposite.
Think about fake news (Mercury). Most people believe what they see in social media (even if it’s so easy to manipulate things like photos with Photoshop) while dismissing concepts like God, the Universe, or the law of cause and effect.
But thanks to the supporting aspect between Jupiter and the New Moon in Aquarius, we will now see what otherwise we are blind to.
New Moon In Aquarius – The Opera Is In Me
The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is “A big businessman at his desk”.
A businessman, like a conductor, makes sure the whole (the business) works together seamlessly.
Managing a business is not an easy task. Each business has three main areas: the business itself / the operations, the employees, and the customers. Only when all these three components work together coherently, value is created, which within our economic environment equates profit.
Profit, in a normal, uncorrupted economic environment is a sign of health, it’s a proof that value is created. A business cannot exist without profit. Systems are doomed to fail if they stop creating value.
Conducting an orchestra means bringing together lots of brains, hearts, and instruments.
Each person plays a different role, yet together, through the magic wand of the conductor, the orchestra is much more than the sum of its parts.
To become a conductor, you need to expand your sense of Self, just like the kings and queens did, back in the time.
Not to gain power, not to inflate yourself.
But to understand that if you want to make great things happen, you need to allow yourSelf to expand and then allow yourSelves to work coherently so that you can create true value in this world.
This is an unusually long transit for Chiron. Chiron spends almost 8 years in Aries. That’s longer than a Uranus transit. For comparison, Chiron spends less than 2 years in Libra. That’s less than a Saturn transit.
Chiron spends so much time in Aries because he has a lot of work to do here. Aries is our identity. Chiron is the wounded healer. In Aries, Chiron aims to heal the deepest wound of them all: our identity wound.
What does it mean for you? Chiron leaves a part of your chart and moves into an area perhaps unexplored until now. Chiron in Aries will show you which area of yourself you need to heal so that you can become whole again.
Another important energy to work with is Venus’ journey through Capricorn. In February, Venus will make conjunctions with Saturn, Pluto and the South Node – all in Capricorn.
While Aries is the sign of the individual “I am because I am”, Capricorn is the sign of the society “I become who I’m meant to become”.
Venus in Capricorn is “I’ve tried my best”, while Chiron in Aries shows that there is more work to be done.
This work has nothing to do with what the world wants from you. It has to do with healing your sense of identity.
You are exactly who you were meant to be. You are at the right place. Your existence is no accident. You are here for a reason.
In February, Chiron in Aries will ask you to focus on YOU while slowly shedding off layers and layers of social conditioning (Venus in Capricorn).
While the first half of the month is less eventful, things start to precipitate around February 18th, when Chiron enters Aries, while Venus, half-way through her journey in Capricorn conjoins Venus, and Sun enters Pisces, opening up new avenues of awareness and understanding.
But let’s see what the major astrological events are in February:
February 3rd, 2019 – Venus Enters Capricorn
On February 3rd, 2019 Venus, the goddess of beauty and love enters Capricorn. Capricorn is associated with our potential, with our highest achievements, with what we aim to achieve in this lifetime. Capricorn is the sign of perfection.
Just as the goat aims to reach the top of the mountain, Capricorn is a metaphor for our journey to reach perfection. Because Venus rules love, relationships and beauty, when in Capricorn, we want perfect love, perfect relationships, perfect beauty.
Our standards are higher than ever. And this time, we will actively try to reach them – Capricorn is a cardinal sign, after all. Venus in Capricorn is a go-getter.
She doesn’t seek perfection for the sake of perfection – she looks for substance, quality and real value. Capricorn is also a feminine Earth sign. This means that Venus goes for what she wants in a subtle and sensual manner. In the next three weeks go for quality over quantity. Go for substance over flash. Right now, love is a marathon, not a sprint. If you have Venus in Capricorn in your natal chart, you will have your Venus return. Watch out for what happens around the date when transit Venus is conjunct your natal Venus; this will give you a glimpse into what to expect when it comes to love, partnerships, money and finances in the next 18 months.
February 4th, 2019 – New Moon In Aquarius
On February 4th, 2019 we have a New Moon at 15° Aquarius. This New Moon is conjunct Mercury and sextile Jupiter. The New Moon only forms positive, supporting aspects, making it one of the most auspicious New Moons of the year.
If you plan a big project for 2019, this is your New Moon! If you start something now, you will have a higher likelihood to succeed.
The New Moon in Aquarius will transit a particular area of your chart, meaning it will influence a particular area of your life.
That’s where you want to start something new. Does the New Moon fall in your 6th house? Time to start a diet or a health routine. Does it fall in your 9th house? Time to apply for that course that will open new horizons for you. Does it fall in your 10th house? Time to advance your career.
On February 10th, 2019 Mercury enters Pisces. In Pisces, Mercury becomes imaginative and inspired, and so does your mind.
A record number of artists have been born with Mercury in Pisces and that’s because when in Pisces, Mercury can pick up on thoughts, vibes and nuances that it cannot pick up when in other signs.
Do you have a creative project? The next weeks are a great time to (re)discover the artist within.
February 13th, 2019 – Mars Conjunct Uranus
On February 13th, 2019 Mars is conjunct Uranus at 29° Aries. 29° is an ending degree. Aries is the sign of identity. Mars is the planet of action. Uranus is the planet of freedom and liberation.
Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries will ask you to come to terms with who you are. You will finally see yourself for who really are, behind the mask.
Happy with what you see? Show it to the world!
Not happy? Take action, but not just the same type of action you’ve always taken. Uranus will lift you up, it will inspire you. It will show you what’s possible. Take inspired action. Are you ready for the 2.0 version of yourself?
February 14th, 2019 – Mars enters Taurus
On Valentine’s day, Mars enters Taurus. Mars is the planet of action. Taurus is a Venus sign, and Venus is all about love and relationships.
If you’re single, Valentine’s day may prompt you to take initiative (Mars), so that you can meet your love and relationship needs (Taurus).
February 18th, 2019 – Chiron Enters Aries
February 18th, 2019 is by far the most eventful day of the month. One of the most significant transits of the year – Chiron in Aries – happens today, exactly at the time Venus conjoins Saturn at 16° Capricorn. A few hours later, Sun leaves Aquarius to enter Pisces.
Chiron in Aries is a big deal, even if Chiron would prefer to remain unnoticed. Especially when he travels through the sign of identity (Aries). Chiron is the wound that never heals – at least, not with the orthodox Saturnian approaches -, and whenever it’s triggered, it brings shame, guilt and feelings of worthlessness.
In Aries, Chiron feels exposed. If in the deep waters of Pisces, he remained pretty much undetected, but in Aries, he has no choice but to come out of hiding. But that’s why you bring something into your awareness, so you can finally deal with it.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung
February 19th, 2019 – Full Moon In Virgo
On February 19th, 2019 we have a Full Moon at 0° Virgo. The Full Moon is trine Uranus at 29° Aries and quincunx Chiron at 0° Aries.
This Full Moon is very Aries-like. Chiron is at 0° Aries, Uranus at 29° Aries. Chiron’s work on healing the identity is just beginning (0° Aries). Uranus (the higher manifestation of Chiron) is at 29° Aries, teasing us with the promise of freedom. That type of freedom that comes when we truly understand who we are.
How can we heal our wound of identity (Chiron in Aries) so we can liberate ourselves (Uranus at 29° Aries)?
Through Virgo. Virgo is the sign that aims to reconcile the matter and the spirit, in the same way, Chiron, the half-man, half-horse Centaurus, aims to reconcile his animal side and his human side. At the time of this lunation, become aware of these two separate parts of yourself. You are you, half-God, half-animal. You are a human.
February 23rd, 2019 – Venus Conjunct Pluto
On February 23rd, 2019 Venus is conjunct Pluto at 22° Capricorn. Venus conjunct Pluto will bring intense emotions and strong attraction. Touched by Pluto, Venus knows how to use her power to get what she wants.
Pluto distills the qualities of Venus. In Capricorn, Venus and Pluto want to reach the heights of beauty and love. Right now, you want nothing but the best – the most beautiful partner, the most successful relationship, the best status.
February 26th, 2019 – Venus Conjunct South Node
On February 26th, 2019 Venus is conjunct the South Node of the Moon at 25° Capricorn. In February 2019, Venus was on a mission. On a mission to find ‘perfect’ love.
By now, your heart would have learned that there is no such thing as perfection. But the never-ending journey of trying to find this perfection, the endless climb to the top is totally worth the time, the pain and the effort. The scenery has changed. Life is not what it used to be.
Without even noticing, you have become a better human being.
If your emotions run high, that’s because we have a Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo on January 20/January 21.
This Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo is truly unique for a number of reasons:
It’s a Total Eclipse, and total eclipses are the most powerful
It’s also a Supermoon, meaning the Moon is closer to the Earth than ever
This is the final eclipse on the Leo / Aquarius axis, ending the series of eclipses which started early 2017
It’s at 0° Leo, and 0° of a sign is very powerful, representing the quintessence of that sign. 0° of Leo is pure Leo energy!
The Total Lunar eclipse is visible throughout the North and South America and North-Western Europe, which means it will especially influence people living in these parts of the world.
This Leo Eclipse is a Lunar Eclipse, meaning the Earth is crossing between Sun and Moon, blocking the light of the Moon.
Unlike a Solar Eclipse, when the Moon overshadows the Sun, when we have a Lunar Eclipse, the Moon is overshadowed by the Earth. This means that at this Lunar Eclipse you are guided by the instincts of the Earth, and not by the light of the Sun. You will do what feels right to you, not what the Universe expects you to do.
Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo Is Square Uranus And Opposite Mercury
The Lunar Eclipse makes two major aspects, a square to Uranus and an opposition to Mercury.
Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury and both planets deal with the mind and the intellect.
Because Uranus always brings change, expect to completely change a pattern of thinking or to rewire your brain in a way that will better serve you in the future. Something about your mindset has to change.
Don’t try to resist it! Mercury and Uranus are factual planets: look at the facts, take the feedback, and adjust. Time to see things from a different, unbiased perspective.
At the time of the eclipse, Venus is conjunct Jupiter, suggesting a positive outcome. Venus is conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius. Whatever happens at the time of the Full Moon / Total Lunar eclipse will open new horizons and new possibilities for you (Sagittarius).
Eclipses Cycles: Metonic Cycles And Saros Cycles
Eclipses have two cycles, Metonic cycles, and Saros cycles. The Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo belongs to both a Metonic cycle and to a Saros cycle.
The Metonic cycles repeat every 19 years. The previous eclipses from the same Metonic cycle took place in January 2000 and January 1981.
An eclipse from the same Metonic cycle falls in the same sign and the same part of your chart. Try to remember what was going on in your life 19, or 38 years ago. Similar themes can come into focus. If for example 19 years ago you got a degree or a certification, you can expect something similar now. If 19 years ago you had troubles with your neighbors, this time you can also expect troubles with your neighbors.
The Saros cycles repeat every 18 years. The previous 2 eclipses from this Lunar Eclipse Saros family took place in January 2001 and December 1982.
Eclipses in the same Saros family share the same originating “mother eclipse”. Every 18 years, a Saros eclipse moves 10° along the zodiac, from the degree of the previous eclipse.
Unlike Metonic cycles, Saros cycles eclipses bring an element of change. The Saros eclipse will be connected with a theme that was prevalent in your life 19 years ago, or 38 years ago etc., but it will move it forward. If for example 19 years ago you quit your job, now you can respond to a job change in a different way: change your career, or decide to start a business.
Total Lunar Eclipse at 0° Leo
Leo is the king of the jungle. The Sun, Leo’s ruler, is the center of our solar system. All other planets revolve around the Sun. The key word for Leo is leadership.
This is not the leadership embraced by politicians or managers of big corporations. Managers of big corporations usually do what they’re told by the owners, or by the shareholders. Leo’s leadership has nothing to do with ‘doing what you’re told’, ‘fitting in’, ‘playing by the rules’ or ‘climbing the ladder’.
Leo’s leadership comes from the heart. Leo, just like the Sun, simply shines, and wants to be acknowledged and accepted as who he or she truly is.
The positive manifestation of Leo energy is assured self-confidence, competence, generosity and healthy pride. The negative manifestation of Leo turns pride into hubris. The desire to be acknowledged and accepted can become too forceful and dramatic. Leo’s desire to live from the heart can make them ignore the feedback they get from the environment.
The Sabian Symbol for the Leo Lunar Eclipse is “Blood Rushes to a Man’s Head as His Vital Energies Are Mobilized Under the Spur of Ambition.”
This metaphor beautifully encompasses the energy of 0° of Leo. It speaks about the divine power we can ignite when we fully put our heart into something. But the Sabian symbol also draws our attention to the danger of hubris.
What fuels your ambition?
Total Lunar Eclipse In Leo – The Final Act
Because this is a Lunar Eclipse, allow your earthly wisdom to take over this time. And because the Eclipse is square Uranus and opposite Mercury, open your mind to different points of view.
Because this is the last eclipse in Leo (at least in the next 17 years or so), this Eclipse will bring the resolution of all the other eclipses in Leo. This is the ‘final act’.
Ultimately, the Lunar Eclipse in Leo is your opportunity to heal your heart. This is your opportunity to transform pride into purpose, selfishness into generosity, and turn your creative fire into authentic self-expression.
This eclipse will especially impact you if one of your personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus or Mars) or one of the four angles (ascendant, IC, descendant or Midheaven) is at 0° to 2° of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio. Also, look at your natal chart for the house that contains Leo. This Lunar Eclipse will stir up events related to this house.
Do you want to learn more about the eclipses? If you haven’t done it yet, check out Astro Butterfly’s mini-course All About Eclipses
2019 will be more uplifting than 2018, thanks to Jupiter’s transit into its home sign Sagittarius, and also thanks to the fact that in 2019 we have much less retrograde activity than in 2018. And less retrograde = more flow, more action!
2019 is the year when the projects you started in 2018 will bear fruits. In 2018 both Venus and Mars have been retrograde, asking you to reflect on your past and renew for the future. Both Venus and Mars are ‘relationship planets’, and they describe not only how we interact with others, but also how we take action and fulfill our goals.
In 2019, Venus and Mars are in the middle of their cycle. That’s their Full Moon phase and it will take place between the 2nd half of August and the first week of September. This is when you can expect to see progress and achievements, especially in your relationships and in your creative projects.
In 2019, you will rebalance this and focus on building stronger emotional foundations, rather than working on yourself for the benefit of others.
South Node Conjunct Saturn And Pluto In Capricorn
Saturn and Pluto have been in Capricorn for a while now, but in 2019 we also have the South Node there, which will activate both Pluto and Saturn by conjunction.
Here are the ‘fatidic’ conjunction dates to be exact:
April 4th, 2019 – South Node conjunct Pluto at 23°Capricorn
April 30th, 2019 – South Node conjunct Saturn at 20° Capricorn
July 4th, 2019 – South Node conjunct Saturn at 17° Capricorn
Sept 28th, 2019 – South Node conjunct Saturn at 13° Capricorn
The Saturn – South Node conjunction will last unusually long, and Saturn and South Node are very close to each other all summer because Saturn retrograde travels at a similar speed with the South Node.
If you have planets or angles in Capricorn or Cancer, this summer you will have a full experience of Saturn conjunct the South Node. But even if you are not a Capricorn or Cancer, or don’t have planets in Capricorn or Cancer, you will still feel the energy of this aspect somewhere in your chart.
Saturn In Capricorn Sextile Neptune In Pisces
Thankfully, except for June-July when Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars in Cancer make oppositions with the planets in Capricorn, we don’t have any other major challenging aspects to Saturn, Pluto, and the South Node.
In fact, we have a beautiful sextile between Neptune in Pisces and the planets in Capricorn. Neptune and Saturn specifically are engaged in a year-long sextile.
The 3 exact dates for the Saturn-Neptune sextile are:
January 31, 2019 (Saturn at 14° Capricorn, Neptune at 14° Pisces)
June 18, 2019 (Saturn at 18° Capricorn, Neptune at 18° Pisces)
November 9, 2019 (Saturn at 16° Capricorn, Neptune at 16° Pisces)
Now we know we have a mix of challenging and supporting aspects to the planets in Capricorn, but what does this mean in practice?
What To Expect From 3 Planets In Capricorn
Capricorn is a very serious, structured sign. Capricorn rules authority and systems. Architecture is a good metaphor for the Capricorn energy. If you build a house, you need to have a vision for how the house will look, and then you need to design it in such a way that it has structural integrity, so it won’t break.
Whatever Capricorn builds, it builds to last. That’s why the financial, the educational, the political systems are all ruled by Capricorn. If you want a system of such a scale to work, you need to build it on solid foundations.
But what happens when a system becomes too solid, too unshakeable? It becomes rigid. The educational system is an example. For years we’ve been told we need to get a university degree, find a job, fit in, and that’s pretty much how the world used to work.
What about now? As a university student, you get a diploma but don’t necessarily learn the skills that will help you deal with today’s reality. Nowadays, if you rely only on the educational system, at graduation, you end up with a diploma, broke, having learned some outdated theory, and with 50-100K of student debt.
It’s clear that this system has outlived its usefulness. And the same goes with politics, health, corporations, the food industry, and so on.
Saturn, Pluto And South Node In Capricorn
What happens when we have 3 powerful planets (Pluto, Saturn and South Node) in Capricorn, the sign of structure and systems? Let’s take them one by one:
Pluto is the planet of what’s hidden beneath the surface of our consciousness. Pluto is the planet of transformation, and when properly embraced, grants infinite power. But in the process, Pluto destroys everything that’s obsolete or unnecessary.
Pluto moved into Capricorn in 2008, when we had the big financial crisis. Pluto exposed the lack of integrity of our financial system. Pluto is the reason why inflation has been kept under relative control in most parts of the world, but this doesn’t mean Pluto doesn’t have more work to do. He does, and he will. Wait for the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January 2020!
Saturn is the natural ruler of Capricorn so Saturn and Capricorn share many things in common: structure, determination, hard work, responsibility. Saturn is the builder of the zodiac, and when in Capricorn, he likes to build even higher structures or fences.
The South Node, or the tail of the dragon, stands for karma, or for the ‘final result’. When we’re on our path, working on our North Node mission, then the South Node is the final outcome of our work.
But when we don’t feed the North Node, or fail to see the relationship between input (North Node) and output (South Node) then the South Node can come with sorrow, regret, and with an overarching feeling that we can’t escape our destiny.
When Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node come together in Capricorn we know that our financial, political, educational, and pretty much every system in place are up for a transformation.
Getting To The Core Of The Matter
Saturn builds, and Pluto destroys. South Node is the final outcome. Together, the 3 will be very careful about what they build, and what they destroy. Their work is not one of expansion, but of focus on what matters.
Will Saturn and Pluto break the existing systems, or on contrary, consolidate them? They will probably do both. This is not a Uranus transit, when everything is wiped out in one day, on a quest for radical change.
This is a slow, focused process. This is a call for minimalism.
How can we get to what really matters? How can we get to the guiding principles of structure, systems, and power? How can we build systems and structures that are still solid, but less prone to be corrupted by power?
The Saturn-Pluto-South Node conjunction will show us that it’s only the leaky foundation that will crumble, and that true power knows no destruction.
At the highest manifestation, this transit is an invitation to take full responsibility for your life, not necessarily by working harder or by playing by the rules, but by truly embracing the infinite power that lies inside you.
Become The CEO Of Your Own Life
This transit reminds me of a business owner who tried to find a CEO for his company for years and years, without success. In the end, he realized that it’s him who needs to become a CEO first. He needed to understand how a company works, what does it take to make it successful, before making someone else accountable. The lesson? Don’t outsource the CEO tasks, learn how to become a manager.
Instead of expecting the state, the politicians, the corporations to ‘make things work’, ask yourself: how can I become the CEO of my own life? How can I reclaim my power? How can I see that I already have what it takes to be who I am meant to be?
The South Node-Saturn-Pluto conjunction is our opportunity to release our Capricorn karma, and to unveil the mystery of what the purpose of power, systems, authority, and structures truly is. In 2019, you will find the quintessence of power, determination, and self-sufficiency
What Does The World Want From You?
In 2019, you will have the chance to release karma and programming that have been accumulating for generation after generation. You will finally have a breakthrough in what the world really wants from you (Capricorn).
“The court wants nothing from you. It receives you when you come, and it dismisses you when you go” – Franz Kafka, The Trial
If you haven’t read the book, “The Trial” is the story of Joseph K., an insurance official who is subjected to an unfair trial. At the time of his 30 birthday (a symbol for the Saturn return), K. is arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority.
The nature of his crime is revealed neither to him nor to the reader. He must defend himself against a charge about which he can’t get any information.
At the end of the book, K. is condemned to death, without knowing what crime he has committed. The book has become a symbol of the ordinary person’s struggle against an unreasoning and unreasonable authority.
At first glance, the book is all about the hopelessness of the individual against the corrupt power of the institutions (Saturn conjunct Pluto). The author of the book, Franz Kafka himself had the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in his natal chart and wrote the book at his own Saturn return, when again, transit Saturn was conjunct Pluto.
Yet, the line “The court wants nothing from you. It receives you when you come, and it dismisses you when you go” clarifies the deeper meaning of the book.
It’s not the society and its corruption that cause us harm, it’s our willingness to play along with the society’s rules and corruption, that causes all the suffering. Submitting to society’s corrupted ways is the biggest crime of them all.
K.’s trial is nothing else but the trial of his own conscience, speaking of his inability to access his inner power and to own his actions. His trial is self-inflicted.
Jupiter In Sagittarius – No Dream Is Too High
Now if all this Capricorn story sounds a bit too serious (it IS serious)… this doesn’t mean you will not have fun in 2019. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, you will have a lot of fun! There is one sector in your life that will definitely benefit from the optimistic and generous beams of Jupiter in Sagittarius.
So no worries, 2019 will be equally exciting! When Jupiter is at home, and when it makes contact with his friend Neptune (Neptune is now in Pisces, and both Jupiter and Neptune rule Pisces), everything becomes possible! Who said the sky’s the limit? In 2019, there’s no limit to Jupiter in Sagittarius’ arrows!
Uranus In Taurus – A New Kind Of Self-Worth
In March 2019, Uranus moves into Taurus, to stay there until 2026. Taurus is the most fixed and unmovable sign of the zodiac. Uranus is all about change and disruption.
The result? Uranus will change exactly that part of your identity which you believed will never change. Your values. Your principles. Your modus operandi.
By the end of this transit, you will no longer be the same person. Having money and possessions will no longer satisfy you. You will find a new kind of self-worth.
Chiron In Aries – Your Wound Is Your Gift
After a short preamble, Chiron moves back into Aries, and will stay there until 2027. Chiron is the archetype of the wounded healer.
Chiron in Aries is our opportunity to heal the deepest wounds of them all, the wound of identity (Aries).
Deep inside, we all doubt that our existence matters. Chiron in Aries will show you that it’s you who decided to come into this world, and that you did it for a reason. You’ve made it here because you have a mission.
And that it’s ok to doubt your significance from time to time, because if you didn’t, you would stagnate. And we all grow, that’s just how life works.
2019 Eclipses In Cancer, Leo And Capricorn
As always, eclipses are when things are going to happen. In 2019 we have 5 eclipses:
January 6 – Partial South Node Solar Eclipse at 15° Capricorn
December 25 – Partial Solar Eclipse at 4° Capricorn
To see whether these eclipses will affect you directly, check if you have any planets or angles around any of these eclipse degrees. If you don’t have planets in Capricorn or Cancer, you will still feel the fateful influence of the eclipses in certain areas of your life (check where you have Cancer and Capricorn in your chart).
Mercury Retrograde In 2019
In 2019, Mercury goes retrograde through Water signs, this means that in 2019 it’s our feelings that will go under review.
1st retrograde: March 5 – March 28 (in Pisces)
2nd retrograde: July 8 – August 1st (in Leo/Cancer)
3rd retrograde: October 31 – November 20 (In Scorpio).
Unlike 2018, 2019 is “retrograde as usual”. No more Venus or Mars retrograde, like in 2018. It’s only Mercury and the slow-moving planets that go retrograde in 2019 (and they go retrograde every year, without exception) and this means that we have less retrograde activity than usual.
That’s great news: 2019 will be less about reviewing and learning from mistakes, and more about implementation! If in 2018 you had reasons to slow down, in 2019, no more excuses.
You Have The Power
Yes, June and July will be challenging months, and yes, the Capricorn area of your chart might not be easy to navigate. But with a beautiful Jupiter in Sagittarius, with a supportive Saturn-Neptune sextile, and with no more major retrogrades, you can expect pretty much smooth sailing!
Don’t let anyone stop you from fulfilling your highest dreams, because no one, and nothing can stop you, really. In 2019, you are the CEO of your own life.