By Amy Elliott
Chiron’s return to Aries on Monday might well be the first clear signal you’ve had that it really is a new year. A number of factors in your life that may have seemed stuck should now be easier to release, and you will probably feel a lot lighter, and more like yourself. Embrace your sense of freedom, and of joy in the beauty surrounding you. Chiron is here to help you understand that you are not a narrow being, but a great soul who can grow and expand, potentially into all the corners of the universe.
Persons of a determinedly rational worldview can be knocked for six when inevitably finding that the heart and soul have ways of asserting themselves. The last seven years with Uranus barreling through the most delicate realm of your being may have had something of a similar effect. Chiron is a much gentler teacher, though it would certainly be wise to keep your recent lessons in mind; you will gradually be guided into a fully integrated relationship with the deepest and most profound parts of yourself.
Your understanding of what real friendship means is likely very different from what it was not so long ago; you are learning to invest your time and energy mainly in people who would honor the value of such gifts. Chiron will likely afford you the opportunity to refine your knowledge still further, through associating with a broader variety of people or an entirely different set. You can help this process along by venturing into unfamiliar spaces when the chance arises, with an open mind and a sense of curiosity.
Recently you may have been experimenting with potential changes to your career path, even if outwardly maintaining the status quo. Yet it would seem a quiet revolution has been building within you all this while, and you are ready to try something else. If you find your current course restrictive and especially if it’s no longer stoking your passion, it’s time to break for freedom. This could happen within your present role, but more likely either that will have to expand significantly, or you need to take on something altogether new.
One of the challenges Western civilization faces at present is that former cultural tenets have been swept away with nothing much currently to replace them. While on a collective level we gradually forge new paradigms, individually and on a daily basis many people need help. During the next few years, you are likely to be (or become) someone others turn to for guidance, thanks to your insight and your grasp on certain issues. If you’re prepared to listen and learn also, your wisdom could well prove useful on a much wider scale.
Remember as often as you can to hold space for yourself: your feelings, your desires, your needs. You are embarking on a phase of deep self-exploration, not necessarily in a contemplative way but more likely through specific encounters. Each of these has the potential to teach you something fundamental about who you are, and who you are becoming. Pay attention to the messages from your body and your emotions, and avoid judging them; instead, allow yourself just to be, without complication.
Even now, in our supposedly enlightened times, people enter and stay in relationships for all sorts of reasons other than love. Security, emotional or financial, is a major driver; as is social pressure to be part of a couple. As a result, much energy is spent on keeping the partnership together at all costs, and honesty — with oneself and others — is often compromised. Chiron’s arrival in your opposite sign will likely strengthen your capacity to practice honesty with loved ones, and help you to foster healthy connections.
You may have heard the argument that altruism is not really unselfish because it is beneficial to the giver as well as the receiver. Besides this missing the point, I would suggest that acts of kindness are no less salutary if performing them gives one a boost; at any rate, they are better for the world than acts of cruelty or indifference. Don’t be afraid to show compassion, or to do anything helpful that also nourishes your soul. There is nothing wrong in making other people’s paths through life a little smoother.
If there’s one factor in the human experience that’s near-universal, it’s that life rarely goes according to plan. We can have all kinds of noble and wonderful ideas about what we’re going to do, or be, and then we hit snags or find that we need to do something entirely different. Often, though, this is the kind of event from which you can learn invaluable skills or lessons, and through which you come to know more about who you really are. You may well find your true capabilities are far greater than you believed.
Restrictions stemming initially from parents and authority figures have a way of getting under one’s skin from an early age, and can be tenacious in clinging on through the years. Chiron is now offering you a way to unhook some of the most challenging material that has plagued you, and embrace a potentially much more liberated life. Everything you were prevented from doing, through fear or guilt or stuffy people wagging their fingers, is within your grasp. Make a wish list and start with whichever item leaps at you hardest.
What do you want to know? What gets your curiosity going? These are questions you may wish to consider now, because soon you’ll have an opportunity to explore specific topics in depth for their own sake, in a way you previously might not have been able to. Your mental focus is about to become a force to be envied. Make sure you direct it in accordance with your higher aspirations, and not into a rabbit hole of questionable sources and disinformation. Your success will be in proportion to your efforts.
You may find yourself re-evaluating your relationship to material goods and resources, which up to now has arguably been somewhat uneasy in places. Perhaps you occasionally ask why you can’t seem to make certain resources work for you, or why you never seem to be properly rewarded for your considerable efforts. Chiron is here to help you make some necessary changes in this area, which begin with certain adjustments to your internal landscape and to particular thought processes that do not currently ‘spark joy’.