This is a continuation from a previous post:
[Please note that there are subtle differences between a planet in a House, the same planet in a Sign associated with that House, and the same planet in aspect to another planet which archetypally represents the energy of that Sign or House. These differences have to be noted in a professional chart reading; however, these posts merely address astrology enthusiasts who are curious about the basic meaning of archetypes. Please stay aware of the fact that the following interpretations are oversimplified and can be modified by other factors present in each individual chart.]
Chiron in 1st House / Chiron in Aries / Chiron in aspect to Mars:
The soul has identified the very act of “entry” into the world as “wounding” on some level. A psychological registration might have taken place of the fact that one had to inadvertently inflict pain upon someone else (in this case, one’s mother) during the process of coming to physical existence.
If Chiron is close to the Ascendant, this psychological “first impression” may largely affect the individual’s perception of his or her own reality: that on some level, one cannot exist without unintentionally inflicting pain upon others. As a result, individuals with Chiron on the ascendant may become oversensitive to the notion of “pain” in general, especially in relation with the “other”. It is not uncommon for such individuals to elect a supportive role in life, lending help to others in need, or generally getting occupied in positions which would allow them to act with sensitivity towards others’ misfortunes.
If Chiron is uncomfortable here, the individual may feel an “existential nausea” from time to time, especially when encountering his or her own imperfections. With a challenged Chiron in the first House, the individual may also feel psychologically “impotent” with regards to making decisions or initiating any new venture. Occasionally, precisely because of such inescapable feelings, the individual may go to the opposite extreme and become impulsive in decision-making or starting new projects. However, more often than not, other factors in the chart can modify such impulses, and the individual may simply feel “fearful” of hurting others as a result of decision-making or acting too autonomously. An unabashed meditation upon the nature of life as unavoidably “hurtful” regardless of what one may do can partially release one’s inhibition around acting with autonomy. Furthermore, as Chiron in this position represents an inter-active wound (a wound formed in relation to the “other”), helping others make decisions or take risks may indeed heal one’s own wound around such issues.
If Chiron is evolved in the First House, in Aries, or in contact with Mars, the individual can be pitiful towards his or her own imperfections, and can usually extend such a heartfelt pity to the “other” as well. Quite often, individuals with such a placement can genuinely feel attracted to “imperfection” in others (especially with regards to physical appearance), as it would be quite refreshing to these souls to see a human manifestation of the “imperfection” they themselves may awkwardly carry inside.
Chiron in 2nd House / Chiron in Taurus / Chiron in aspect to Venus:
The soul has registered a degree of “awkwardness” when incarnating into a body with physical needs. The very notion of having to “condescend” into a physical form and carry this heavy mass of meat and bones around may feel repulsive to the soul. Such a psychological “first impression” of the nature of reincarnation may thus create a general discomposure with regards to taking care of all the dull and dirty necessities of earthly existence.
If Chiron is uncomfortable here, the body itself may be registered as a cause of embarrassment. The individual may unconsciously carry a metaphoric self-flagellation in order to purify his or her body of “uncleanliness”, through avoiding food or sex, or compulsively engaging in both if the psychological embarrassment is so unbearable that the individual has lost any hope of salvaging his or her body. If Moon or Venus are also stressed in the chart, this particular Chiron placement can indicate that physical proximity with others (i.e. touching and kissing) may “nauseate” the soul to some degree, therefore the individual may tend to be physically aloof or not quite eager to sexually approach others, unless, of course, other aspects in the chart (such as a strong Mars) modify this indication.
If Chiron is evolved in the Second House, in Taurus, or in contact with Venus, one can feel pity towards oneself and others precisely because of the physical nature of life: the very fact that people have to eat, engage in sex, go to the bathroom, earn a living or manage their money would make the individual feel more compassionate in general. In this case, the individual would feel “tied” to the “neediness” implicit in human condition, and would thus moderate his or her own idealism regarding lofty intellectual or spiritual pursuits in life. Alternatively, since the body or the material aspect of life is a “soft point” in the psyche of the individual, he or she may elect an occupation which would allow him or her to directly address body-related issues (eating disorders, weight loss, etc.) or money-related issues (debt consolidation, tax problems, etc.): by helping others connect to their body or wallet in a healthy fashion, one would gradually heal a wound which has been inflicted on one’s psyche as a result of the sheer physicality of existence.
Chiron in 3rd House / Chiron in Gemini / Chiron in aspect to Mercury:
The soul has been under the impression that “connecting” and “intellectual rapport” are inherently impossible. The soul might have felt “misunderstood” while attempting to express herself: the hopelessness of articulating one’s desires in the absence of language might have felt immediately “wounding” to the infant whose only means of communication is crying. Consequently, individuals with this placement may be quite sensitive about their ability to understand (i.e. their intellectual capacity) or their aptitude in enunciating what they think.
If Chiron is uncomfortable, the individual may have difficulty in expressing himself or herself, feel repulsed by those who do not know how to effectively use language, or feel quite angry at those who use a foul language. Precisely for this reason (and despite the fact that Chiron in this position may inhibit spontaneous expression of ideas), many individuals with this placement are fluent in several languages and/or often insist on a poetic or polite manner of speaking or writing. In fact, quite a number of actors, writers and poets do have this placement in their natal chart, which shows how Chiron (or any other heavy planet) may indeed work constructively if its presence is too pronounced in the psyche of the individual.
Alternatively, with Chiron in the Third House or in association with Mercury, a sibling, relative or close friend might have been affected in his or her ability to learn, communicate, or move, and this has triggered in the psyche of the individual a plethora of “pitiful” moments, making him or her oversensitive about communicating and mobility issues in general.
If Chiron is evolved in the Third House, in Gemini, or in contact with Mercury, the individual may feel quite attracted to situations which would involve helping others with their communicative abilities, school work, navigation, and generally enhancing any skills which would be handy in everyday life. Speech therapists, driving instructors, people catering to children with learning disabilities, and tutors of any type would be good examples of professions which would reflect the energy of an evolved Chiron in the Third House or in association with Gemini or Mercury.
In the next post, I will address Chiron in Houses 4, 5, and 6 of the birth chart, and in association with the archetypes related to these Houses as well.