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Chiron in Aquarius

Chiron is about to go into Aquarius for the first time since 1961. This happens Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at 6:09 pm GMT in London, 1:09 pm EST in New York, 10:09 am PST in California, 5:09 am on Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Sydney, and 13:56 local time at Cydonia Mensae, at the 'Face on Mars'.

Chiron is a minor planet orbiting our Sun that was discovered in 1977 by astronomer Charles Kowal. It was at the time considered the first significant discovery since Pluto in 1930, which is largely because it was found orbiting outside any known asteroid belt.

Chiron is not exactly what most astronomers, or astrologers, think of as a planet; personally, I don't get hung up on this discussion. I say if it acts like a planet astrologically, it's a planet. Technically, it turns out to be a huge 'proto comet' about 160-180 KM across, which is enormous for a comet nucleus. It has an atmosphere or two, a couple of tails, and a fairly large following in the astrological world, as these things go.

Chiron's first astrological keyword was bestowed by its astronomical discoverer: maverick, or the one who does things differently. "This thing is a maverick," he said, because it defied any known planetary category. He called it Chiron because Chiron was half-man, half-horse, neither truly human nor truly animal, but a kind of crossbreed. As such, Chiron's story is the story of all humanity, as we all live with the division between human and animal, and in many respects that is what makes us truly human.

So where we have Chiron in our birth chart, we have a need to stand out of the crowd.

Chiron's more subtle themes, as later deduced by astrologers, are very much in tune with both Chiron's name and myth, and also the era in which it was discovered, centering on what was at the time called 'human potential'. Yes, there was a time in history not so long ago when people were willing to admit that the human race had actual potential, and that together we could make the world a better place. The mid-to-late 70s were a daring era in history, with much experimentation in feminism, therapy, spiritual ideology, divination, astrology, organic food and sexuality. Holistic healing was starting to get attention. Look around at the oldest institutions, from yoga programs to food co-ops, and you'll see that many of them started in the late 70s to early 80s.

Chiron of Greek mythology was a famous healer, surgeon, herbalist and mentor to the generation of great heroes of the Helenic age: Jason, Heracles, and Achilles among them, and Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. (Chiron was taught the art of medicine by Apollo.) So right away we see some core Chiron themes: teaching, healing, medical arts, and the hands. Psychologically, Chiron focuses awareness, generally around some kind of injury, creating processes in the psyche where one typically starts with an early injury or weakness of some kind and then -- due to little other than the need to adapt to life on the planet -- develops it in to a talent, a gift or a healing skill. If the pain associated with that injury or weakness is not addressed, then it can get worse and not better, or more deeply entrenched, until at some point awareness is added to the equation. This often happens during Chiron transits, where systems seem to break down so that new ones can take over. Since Aquarius deals with systems of all kinds, this may be a defining quality of the Aquarius phase.

One of the most important questions of the Chiron in Aquarius era promises to be: what is a friend, and who are my friends? And let's add: How do I relate to my culture, and how do I give my gifts to society? This horoscope takes a look at some of those questions.

Thanks for reading!

Eric Francis
Paris, France


Aries (March 20-April 19)
We have many ideas of what it means to be good, and I think that most people carry some serious injuries about whether they are acceptable to others or not. As an Aries, you can always compensate for this by emphasizing your individualism and taking strong initiative with the people around you; you are certainly one who can make your own posse if you need to. But that does not really fill in for the deep need you have to be accepted as the individual you are. As Chiron makes its way into Aquarius, you embark on a new project of understanding your relationship to your peers. Just remember to let them speak for themselves.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Chiron in the 10th house has been described as the 'mantle of power'. You now take on this role, which will be an opportunity to actually express, apply and manifest so much that you have contemplated in theory. I am fairly certain this will be easier than you think, and that certain long-overdue changes to your professional life will come with less resistance than you are expecting. The only thing you have to remember is to be what is often referred to as 'in your power'. I cannot tell you what this will feel like for you -- but I can tell you that it will feel different than you've known before.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
If you're not already feeling some serious urges to explore the world beyond the one you know, I would be quite surprised. You may not, at this time, feel like you have the resources to act on the desire to travel, but in reality you have very likely developed the skill, discipline and ability to manage your finances that you need to make some long-term and long-distance plans. It is worth mentioning, though, that Chiron's journey through your 9th house is mostly an inner one. As you reach inside yourself, you will see that you're taking a trip on the power of ever-more-honest motivations and clear sense of yourself.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You've had a taste of how powerful you let other people become in your life. It may be that you hold too limited an opinion of yourself, and it may be that others have at times treated you aggressively. In any event, both you and they are about to experience a re-shuffling of the power arrangements. In practical terms, this will come through a series of re-negotiations of all situations involving sex, money and partnership. One by one, it's now your job to get a better deal for yourself. In astrology, this is called '8th house work', and in the world, it is called the path to freedom from false expectations.

Leo (July 22-Aug 23)
Chiron now takes its place in your opposite sign, Aquarius, or your 7th solar house. Stunning clarity is possible between you and the people around you, as are new, improved opportunities to get hurt. Chiron always has the power to cut two ways. You can help protect yourself and others, and turn any potential harm into an opportunity for growth, by being the one who is monitoring every situation for clarity. You must know your own doubts, and speak up about them
sooner rather than later. Not only won't you get hurt, but you will experience the truly rare benefits of equality with your peers.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
For a number of reasons, the long and short term agendas of your life have included what you may feel is excess focus on other people. You would probably agree that you've needed the energy of others to lure, pull, or blast you out of stuck patterns, and to have the example of people who are less afraid of life than you are. Now that you have their example to learn from, you have an opportunity to define your relationships as a healing process where you are truly a focal point. You will benefit from the attention, and if I may offer a word of caution, will languish if you choose not to accept it.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)  
You've certainly been inspired to take some chances the past month or so, lured by the prospect of a fuller life, greater prosperity, and mostly by the simple need to express human curiosity. This process is about to kick into hyperspeed as Chiron moves into your sympathetic air sign, Aquarius. Of all the factors associated with your 5th solar house, three may lead the way. First and most important is curiosity. Second is the need to take risks, no matter what you can say about the past. Last is the need to acknowledge and act on your desire for honest sex. Sex is not about morality. It is about being alive. But to this, we had best add a fourth factor: compassion, for yourself and for others.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
As Chiron crosses over the security and home angle of your chart in the next few days, I suggest you stop and examine any feelings of fear, and see if you can get to the root of the problem. I'm going to propose that it's got something to do with your father, or perhaps his father. These people grew up and lived through a very different time than you did. Ideas of past generations are handed down like heirlooms. They are not worth the old newspapers in which they are wrapped -- but you may want to throw away the antiques and scan those yellowed pages for the reminder that you live in another day, and another place.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
Chiron has close associations to Sagittarius, as this mythical creature guards the gates to heaven through which you passed at the time of your birth. Now Chiron changes signs, and picks up the vibration of Aquarius, which has near-perfect compatibility with Sagittarius. Because this is your 3rd solar house, you're in for something of a blazing celebration when it comes to new ideas, new ways of looking at the world, and many changes in your circle of friends and colleagues. I would suggest that you begin surrounding yourself with people who you consider absolute equals -- and devote yourself to lending a hand to those who aspire to your level in life.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
If I've been dwelling on the topic of self-esteem in my various horoscope columns, it's because Chiron is moving into your 2nd solar house, where these matters are discussed. Capricorn is often accused of being conformist, but what you're about to learn is that you boldly blossom as an individual when you are surrounded by people to whom you can truly relate. In fact, your individuality is by far your most precious asset, and Chiron's presence in Aquarius over the next seven years will bring this out in many, many ways. One thing to remember is that to the extent that you make money, you're going to do it in a unique way. Just watch.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Few people can go through Chiron traveling through their sign without some kind of crisis -- often a crisis of identity. You're so accustomed to handling large volumes of raw energy that Chiron may prove to be a stabilizing influence on you, providing you with the insight and perception to see just what it is about yourself that you need to change. You are being blessed with the ability to actually be anyone you want to be; in recent years, you've learned more about camouflage than you have about creating or expressing yourself. You will soon find that you have nothing to hide, which will put a lot of energy and light back into your life.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
What, exactly, have you been afraid of? You might want to make an inventory. For a long time, Neptune in your 12th solar house, Aquarius, has provided an influence of constant uncertainty. It's almost as if you cannot remember a time when you were ever truly solid, and have grown accustomed to living with some kind of great mystery about existence. Chiron beginning its long journey across this highly sensitive angle of your chart will show you what you've been missing. Pisces is the sign of dreams, and you have in many ways been too overwhelmed to do even that. Help is on the way. Slip not.


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