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chiron: the healer makes good

Astrologers like to make a fuss sometimes. We especially like to make a fuss when an event happens in the sky that both astrologers and astronomers consider to be rare and fascinating. I am referring specifically to the planet Chiron's move into Aquarius from Capricorn on 21 February 2005.
You will appreciate that I did not choose to pursue astrology in order to pick fights with the many doubting Thomas's in the scientific world. But when an event happens in our solar system that causes excitement, intrigue and some degree of unification among those of us who spend more of our time looking upwards than downwards, I like to be a part of what's going on.

So what's the big deal about this planet most people have never even heard of moving from Capricorn into Aquarius? In a nutshell, its move represents a step closer to a climate on our own planet that so many of us want to see. Its move heralds energy and change to structures which exist that we all know are far from ideal. I am not referring to buildings or skyscrapers, I am referring to the ways in which certain organisations operate and behave, such as governments and corporations. We have recently learned much about those who claim to have everyone's best interests at heart, who regularly make decisions on our behalf which clearly have hidden agendas attached. So it can be said that Chiron's entry in Aquarius is going to do much to reassure us that, whilst the world we live in is volatile and actions of those in power need to be constantly monitored, a fresh and much needed willingness and preparedness among all of us to do something to improve the situation collectively is on its way. And the good news is Chiron doesn't hang about. We won't have to wait long to see evidence of this.

I should take a quick step back to highlight the fact that Chiron isn't technically a planet. Astrologers tend not to get drawn into the arguments that exist within the scientific world about such things. Astrologers prefer to accept that if something looks and behaves like a planet, it's a planet. But the scientific world prefers to call Chiron a 'proto comet' particularly in light of the fact that, as far as comets go, Chiron is huge, measuring approximately 180km in width.

In astrological terms, Chiron is known as 'the wounded healer'. Discovered in 1977, it governs healing at all levels but particularly that which requires one to one contact or communication. Chiron simply means 'with hands' hence words like 'chiropractic' for example, the practice of healing through the manipulating of bones. In Greek mythology, Chiron was taught the art of medicine by Apollo and became a famous healer, surgeon, herbalist and mentor to the big names we know from films about such things.

More on the subject of healing, Chiron entered Capricorn on December 11th, 2001, a short while after the tragic events of September 11 and took approximately three and a half years to work its way through Capricorn. Its stay in Aquarius is going to be longer, around six years. 2005 is essentially a transition period for Chiron's move into Aquarius because it will move back into Capricorn on 1 August 2005 until 5 December 2005 where it will stay in Aquarius until 2010.

During its stay in Capricorn, Chiron addressed issues surrounding those that Capricorn represents, such as responsibility, authority, teaching and duty. Aquarius is all about recognising that, in order to become part of a unit, team, group or community, we must know ourselves first. So Chiron in Aquarius will encourage us to look closely at how we, as individuals, fit into the overall scheme of things. There is no 'I' in 'team' as they say. We will feel a need to ask 'how are we going to achieve this?' or 'what are we doing about this?' as well as 'what can we do to improve this?' The onus is likely to shift from each of us believing we must take on the problems of the world individually in order to make a difference, to us being more aware of a need to work together to solve certain issues.

Between now and the 2012 milestone, planet Earth is going to change. It is going to change because we as individuals are, for the first time in our history, eventually going to accept that as captains of our own destinies we are not heading in the best of directions. If Chiron was sandwiched between Uranus and any other planet than Saturn, I would be inclined to say that the learning process would be an almost enjoyable one. Saturn's involvement implies that it is likely we will only learn certain lessons the hard way. Would not learning them at all be worse though? Of course it would. We are being encouraged to work together now and to recognise and accept that changing our attitudes toward ourselves and others has to happen if we want to halt destruction processes we have put in place, and to make the period between now and 2012 a peaceful and profitable one for all.

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