Q: “What does Chiron in Aries mean?”
A: Chiron in Aries is a wound in the personal self, making it very painful to assert one’s presence and existence. Our innate need to shout ‘I Am’ and claim our space in the Universe, is thwarted in some way. The Universe seems not to regard our existence as relevant, or we view ourselves as insignificant, and that is enraging and hurtful so there is an innate need to fight ‘those out there’ who do not appreciate us… but there is no ‘out there.’
The pain of Chiron in Aries is the pain of the self, a terrible wound around the very core of what we are. The Chiron in Aries group of people (born between 1968 and 1976 approximately) have experienced a wound around the need to distinguish themselves as separate from others, to assert their importance and centrality in their own universe. The nature of the wound, and its resolution, is shown by Chiron’s house position and aspects.
Someone with Chiron in Aries in the 5th house, for example, would experience pain centering in their creativity. They would use their creative expression as a way to assert their individuality, but until a Chirotic awakening / transformation occurs (often triggered by transits of Chiron), they cannot find satisfaction but only more pain driving them to create more and more, demanding that the world take notice. Though they may create prodigiously and assert themselves more and more strongly, they may experience their creativity as having little impact, not connecting, not being taken seriously by the world as a valid expression of their authentic self.
The Chirotic wound exists in the self. There really isn’t a way that the external world can validate the self, not when Chiron is in Aries. The need can only be met within the self, through radical self-acceptance and making peace with one’s role relative to the whole, as shown by Chiron’s house position and aspects. Where Chiron is concerned, there is likely to be disappointment until we accept the pain and do what we need to do to heal it. The inner squirm to escape the pain and to deny its impact is the root of the problem.
Once awakening is achieved, we receive more information through our senses, and develop a more direct relationship with the biological world, as the greater context for our identity, and we can find peace with what we really are within that context. It is not that the dream we had is fulfilled, but that we awaken from the dream to a realization of truth, and find acceptance and love for that truth.