Chiron Direct in Pisces – Medicine Man

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

“Men have healed me. Men have wounded me. One man healed me by wounding me.” – Kate McGahan

Effective date:  December 1st, 2016- July 1st 2017

Ugh, all this muck.  How deep did you bury it?  Your dread, that is.  Dig dig dig, but it’ll still come up and the punishments will continue until you learn.  The only reason these situations keep growing is because you let them.  We must act with bravery.  When we lack trust in our body, it begins to fail us.   When we stomp on our chi and give up, making a scratch into a mortal wound, we essentially hand our environment our life.  “I do not want to take care of this” is analogous to “I do not want to be here.”  Just like if we ignore our physical wounds, they will lead to our death, if we ignore our psychological wounds, they will lead to the death of passion (fire suit).

We all have them, these fissures in our reflection that we attempt to mask with various glamouring techniques.  We run away from any chance we receive to directly look at our wounds and examine them, which would naturally lead to our understanding of them.  We fear to look at that which we do not understand, because, well, we have been burnt pretty fucking badly in the past.  Do we not realize what we have learned from the experience of being burnt? We fear acting because it may lead to more hurt and pain; trading progress for temporary comfort.  We fear asking for help because that would leave us vulnerable and exposed.  How will we come back from the “shame” of having someone see us like that?  We do not realize that shame comes from the false idea that perfection comes without trials and that there can be no understanding between two individuals about pain.  So we trust no one to go past a certain point.  We block people who could help us heal because we fear they will take that chance to hurt us even deeper than we have already been hurt.  We end up handing out our own sentence to a prison cell of mind.  Unfortunately for us, our non-action will lead to our demise anyway.  The bravery of making a decision to trust is the decision that may save you.

The cards are telling me that the fire element is the way out of the current karmic wounds you may be dealing with.  Fire cleanses; nothing can escape it.  It strips everything down to ash, and all you need to ignite it is a bit of friction and a continuous flow of air.  Breathe and go.  It is the only way out – unbridled passion galloping toward an expansive vision.  Yes, you may get burnt again, but remember that fire is in turn cleansing false beliefs inside of you if you are brave enough to continue looking at the thing that has “damaged” you.  There is a lesson there…  Look for it closely, as that which creates the wound also creates the salve.

During this transit we will be forced to act upon the very wounds we fear the most.  I know, it’s demoralizing to realize that we have just cleared off the first layer of grime.  But if you want to try to find peace, you must know how to find it in the midst of war.  We will always be meeting a force of opposition in a world that manifests in the plural.  Our challenge is to learn the necessity of the pain.  Why was it necessary for you to be inflicted the way you were inflicted?  How has it propelled you to heal the way you heal others?  Retrograde Chiron season allowed you to see the patterns of your poisonous cycles.  It’s now time to act on what you have learned with confidence.  Don’t let a ghost called fear take away your solid ground because, in the end, it cannot do a damn thing to you.  Everything moves in cycles.  Everything has seasons, and we must learn that joy comes again.   Even to places we thought would forever be shrouded in darkness.  Root yourself so that you may emerge as a perennial.


Chiron Retrograde – Frayed

Originally published on Heretical Oracles under the pen name Artemis.

Effective dates-June 27th – December 1st, 2016

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi

Cards:  The World, The Empress, The Tower

Whenever I do a reading and every card I pull is a major arcana card, I know that the influence that is beginning is a powerful one that will be quite noticeable all around us.  So… Chiron?  He is the wounded healer, and thus shows us where our mortal wound is in life and how we can heal others through our struggles with it.  There are some inflictions that can never be sewn up, some nightmares that will never end, and we must learn how to live with them and use them as devices for our ascension.  We must transform these things into something positive – a healing device for those who are suffering in the same ways.  Chiron is associated with Saturn, meaning there is a strong fated component to the Chiron wound you are inflicted with in your chart.  There is no escaping it, and it will set the boundaries for your life.  We must learn to use these boundaries to our advantage instead of sulking about their very existence.

After the shooting in Orlando, survivors of the Boston bombing visited the wounded who were recovering or holding on by a thread.  There is no greater point of healing than meeting someone who has found strength after suffering from something so great and seemingly eternally inflicting.  The World.  Completion of a cycle.  We are all coming to a point where we can choose to repeat a recovery cycle or move past it.  It’s okay if you are not ready.  Go back, go inside.  You have more knowledge now than you did the first time this cycle came around.  Our lives, like the world, revolve around in circles.  We meet the same situations and people over and over again, and they present themselves to us in each stage with a new mask in hand.  It’s time for this to begin anew, but if you haven’t dealt with it’s current manifestation, you can’t progress down the spiral.

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” -Soren Kierkegaard

The Empress.  With Chiron going reverse, it is time to dig deep inside and really expose what you have been trying to suppress.   Your wounds are nothing to be ashamed of.  You must realize that no matter what it is that has been inflicted on you, there is always potential for beauty.  The Empress knows that everything can be replaced and there is beauty in everything we come across.  Do not think that just because you lost something that it will be lost forever, and do not believe that if something has turned sour you will never find beauty in that situation again.  It is time to become okay with our wounds so that we may use them as a point of entry for beauty.  Crumbling to rock bottom allows you to see the light, and these wounds are there so that we may learn the valuable lessons of mortality, fragility, and transformation.  If we are personally inflicted with something, we know it better than those who must only intellectualize that sort of pain.  Whether it is financial troubles you have put yourself in, whether you have hurt the lovers in your life, whether you have been wounded by your mother, or any sort of pain that may have come into your life that has changed and morphed who you are, it is time to start settling these issues.  Chiron being related to Saturn tells us that there is no way to escape these things.  We must confront them in order to get the spiritual train rolling, and during Chiron retrograde, they will be even harder to avoid.  Don’t let this be something you worry your pretty little head with.  As Rumi said, this is the point where the light comes in.  This is the wound that humanizes you and allows you to have sympathy with those around you.  Let the pain transform you.

What is our warning?  The Tower.  When we dive that deeply into ourselves and confront the mistakes of our past, we may trigger mental illness.  Be very careful how you tread, and be good to yourself because the wrong move could make you crumble into a thousand pieces.  This is also a warning that we must tread carefully with others.  There is goodness to crumbling.  Sometimes it allows those of us who are strong enough to ascend, but those who are not ready for this sort of smashing of all fucking things will resign to dying in the rubble.  So let’s heal each other and get through this bullshit with our heads intact.  It’s going to turn into a bit of a healing circle where everyone confesses their deepest darkest sins, and instead of judging people outright, pull down your walls.  We are all human, and there is nothing wrong with that.  There is strength to that.  The gods have always been jealous of our mortality for a reason.