Chiron Retrograde in Aries
July 23 – December 26, 2023
On July 23, Chiron begins a retrograde cycle that will continue until it stations direct on December 26, 2023. Like all retrograde cycles, this one is best used introspectively.
Ever since Chiron first entered Aries, its purpose has been to make us aware of any wounds we may have connected to identity, self-motivation, independence, assertiveness, self-initiative, leadership and courage so we can understand why we repeatedly encounter difficulties expressing these traits in certain areas of our life.
It’s important to note that Chiron was never able to heal his own wound. He was only released from his suffering when he sacrificed his immortality, took Prometheus’s place on the rock and died on it.
Chiron’s wound was always his agony, and he endured it the end of his mortal life.
Chiron’s gift was to Prometheus, whose life was healed of its own agony and gave meaning to the centaur’s death.
Likewise, despite making us aware of our wounds, transiting Chiron doesn’t show us how to heal them but if we look within when it’s retrograde, we have an opportunity to recognize ways to give meaning to them.
The house where Chiron in Aries is transiting retrograde in your horoscope describes where you can be a gift to other people.
Since Chiron is in Aries, it’s about helping others to become more independent, assertive, enterprising or passionate in connection to one or more of the life areas ruled by the house where Chiron is retrograding in your chart.
However, just as Chiron couldn’t heal his own wound but was able to heal Prometheus, it will be something you can do better for others than you can do for yourself.
For example, if Chiron in Aries is transiting in your 2nd house, you might have realized that even though you know exactly what to say, you’re afraid to stand up for yourself and ask for a salary that represents your true worth.
While Chiron is transiting retrograde there, you can help someone establish her value and coach her on how to ask for what she deserves. By doing so, your wound becomes her gift, and while it isn’t you who’s asking for and getting the raise, the satisfaction you feel from helping her do so will make you feel a little more whole.