This is a continuation from a previous post:
Chiron in 4th House / Chiron in Cancer / Chiron in aspect to Moon:
There is a fundamental hypersensitivity on the soul level, which can affect one’s perception of stability, domicile, origins, or a parental figure. The soul has a deep perception of the “wounding” nature of “be-ing”, and has thus yielded herself to merely a fleeing degree of safety and predictability in her earthly existence, not expecting more.
Depending on the condition of Chiron in the chart, this perceptual “oversensitivity” can very well spread to other areas of life, characterizing much of what a person actually is. For instance, the French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 – 1898) once wrote about his own literary work:
“And my Verse hurts me at times, and wounds me as if it were of iron!”
He had a Gemini Moon as the dispositor of his Fourth House Cancer Chiron, while Chiron was also squaring Mars in Aries on his Ascendant. The idea of “hurt” (Chiron) was thus at the base (Fourth House) of his psyche, connected with words (Gemini) acting as a wounding iron (Mars).
Much of Mallarmé’s poems are, in fact, characterized by his preoccupation with how language functions, his sensitivity towards imagery, and his deep awareness of the musicality of words (which can be discerned from other planetary placements in his chart as well), but above all, apropos to his Chiron in the Fourth House, he believed that “beneath the surface of appearances, reality consisted of nothing but darkness and emptiness.” [New World Encyclopedia] Indeed, because of such perception, he aspired to “candle the darkness and bring out, however faintly and however briefly, the light of creativity and thought” through his literary contribution [Ibid].
If Chiron is on the IC, there may exist a deep level of empathy (for better or worse) towards a parental figure (usually the nurturing parent), and/or the individual may unconsciously tap into a “wound” which has been psychologically carried over by that parent. Alternatively, the “wound” might have been ancestral, related to one’s place of living, or heritage, and yet the individual’s whole existence might have been somehow crystallized around that “wound”. A meditation upon the inevitability of “hurt feelings” as part of human legacy may lighten up one’s perception in relation to the past, and may assist one to develop a soothing, “motherly” attitude towards oneself and others.
If Chiron is evolved in the Fourth House, in Cancer, or in contact with Moon, a profound “caring” born out of pity already exists on a soul level, and the individual would usually be able to offer nurturing and emotional support to others, especially those who may occupy a parental position in his or her life. Quite a number of psychologists and therapists have this configuration in their chart, providing emotional assistance to others, and thus “candling the darkness” that may exist in the depths of human psyche.
Chiron in 5th House / Chiron in Leo / Chiron in aspect to Sun:
Some degree of psychological rupture may be present with regards to ego structure, creative outlets, or consciousness of self in general. One may find it difficult to develop an uncontested sense of “who” one is, or one may find it “awkward” to joyfully love oneself. Chiron associated with the “core” of one’s being usually indicates a level of embarrassment regarding the notion of “individuality” or the path one has to take in order to “individuate” (which, like most Chironic conditions, may also be camouflaged by an exaggerated drive to be oneself).
Quite often, people who have this configuration in their natal chart seek ways of connecting themselves to the collective (gravitating towards the polarity point of the Eleventh House) in hopes of alleviating their “Unbearable Lightness of Being” (as the Czech writer Milan Kundera has phrased it). A large number of people, therefore, who have been blessed with fame and fortune have a natal Chiron in association with the Fifth House, Leo or the Sun, as it seems the “awkwardness” of being themselves has constructively propelled them towards heights of success.
For quite a number of Solar Chirons, it seems that “acting” or “creating” is the proper way of “curing” oneself, as it can be discerned from a quantitative research of the presence of this configuration in the natal charts of those occupied in media and entertainment industry:
Dustin Hoffman, for instance, who played an autistic character in the movie Rain Man (1988) has Chiron in Gemini in the 5th House, quintile his Virgo Mercury. One can guess the role had a special appeal to him, as it could simultaneously tap into the Chironic energy of his 5th House and his prominent Mercury (he acted as someone with communicative disabilities).
Another example would be the highly-celebrated French writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963), who had Chiron conjunct his Cancer Sun. Not surprisingly, one of his most celebrated novels, Les Enfants Terribles (“The Terrible Children” or “The Holy Terrors”) describes the isolation of childhood and the inevitability of facing disappointments and anxieties of adolescence. The novel is indeed a Chironic helix of sickness, protection, caring, abandonment and trauma, which would recur in Cocteau’s other literary works as well.
If Chiron is uncomfortable in the Fifth House, or in association with Leo or the Sun, the individual may have unconsciously registered his or her presence in the world as “undesirable”, and precisely for this reason, may have developed an unconscious defense mechanism which may include narcissistic behavior. In this case, a constant preoccupation with the “Self” may arise, which can hinder the individual’s chance of truly relating to the “Other”. Creative outlets can be significantly helpful in moderating this constant self-gaze, and can provide the individual with an opportunity to connect with the collective, and thus “heal” his or her very personal “wound”: with Chiron in this position, often, an embarrassing yearning for attention and approval exists on the soul level, which can be soothed through what the individual brings to the world, in the form of literal or metaphoric extensions of the “Self” (i.e. children or any creative products).
In case one chooses to have children, it is extremely important to be aware of the Chironic mechanism present in one’s psyche: that children may be unconsciously regarded as “panacea” and thus invested in too much, whereas in reality, children are autonomous individuals whose lives are largely out of parental control, and they may simultaneously inflict “wounds” on their parents and “heal” certain aspects of their parents’ psyche. It is, therefore, vital to see the whole picture in this regard, rather than comfortably sticking to a version of reality which may suit one.
An individual with an evolved Chiron in the Fifth House, or in association with Leo or the Sun, would find creative outlets to construct a sense of “Self” with the help of the collective, or would help others find their own special talents and leave their own individual mark on this world. Through such collaborative endeavors, the individual would eventually “soothe” the Chironic “wound” inflicted upon his or her “center of being”, and would become someone who can be proud of his or her presence on this stage we call life.
Chiron in 6th House / Chiron in Virgo / Chiron in aspect to Mercury:
There is deep pity on the soul level, for the impossibility of perfection in life, and a consequent compulsion regarding practicality or soberness. One may find oneself disengaging from the steady routines of life, as the result of an inner sensation that no matter how hard one tries, perfection is not meant to be attained.
It is not uncommon for individuals with an uncomfortable Chiron in the Sixth House, or in association with Virgo or Mercury, to “escape” (inclining towards the polarity point of Pisces) from the “Lower Mind” (i.e. Mercury) to the “Higher Consciousness” (i.e. Neptune) in order not to feel the “awkwardness” implied in the minutiae of mundane life. This “escape” can take place in various forms, and can range from an overconsumption of alcohol, drugs, or sleep medicines, to getting compulsively engaged in music, dance, or the world of fantasy: an individual with this placement would not hesitate to occupy himself or herself with anything that can take his or her mind off the “dumb” and “dirty” details of physical existence.
For an individual with this configuration, the cleansing functions of the body (such as urinating, sweating, or defecating) may be especially embarrassing to deal with, and sickness or neediness can be quite off-putting as well. Precisely for this reason, such individuals may feel compulsively attracted to “sickness” or “neediness” in others, as if finding something similar to their own physical and/or psychological “incongruities” in others somehow offers a degree of relief. Taking care of plants (especially asymmetric or thorny ones), animals (especially those with injuries or anomalies) or helping any creature, in general, that is in an undeniably pathetic condition can thus be quite “soothing” to the Chironic “glitch” these individuals may be carrying on a physical or psychological level.
If Chiron is evolved in the chart, one can possibly witness others’ “sins” without either feeling victimized by them or assuming a self-righteous position towards them. The ultimate healing attitude, in this case, would be an acceptance of the limits and imperfections of those we love or live with, not in the purely Neptunian fashion of extending compassion (which, in fact, may be derived from a camouflaged sense of superiority), but in a humble Chironic manner of “recognizing” and “sharing” the “awkwardness” implied in the very condition of being human. An individual with an evolved Chiron in the Sixth House, or in association with Mercury or Virgo, can thus truly help others and heal himself or herself by shifting focus from things that cannot be to things that can be: through listening to the “other”, preparing a simple meal for the “other”, or merely witnessing the burden of being the “other”, one can offer the most precious gift to the “other”, and thus to oneself: healing of the soul, regardless of how “perfect” or “deserving” one may be.
In the next post, I will address Chiron in Houses 7, 8, and 9 of the birth chart, and in association with the archetypes related to these Houses as well.