For someone who so dearly loves to ::investigate:: everything (to death), sometimes I really miss the obvious. Good thing the obvious is quite determined to make itself known and has the patience to match.
The Spiral Tarot: great deck, as I have repeated multiple times.
The Hierophant: not my bestestest ever card, mainly due to the overwhelming stink of dogma and thought-oppression it reminds me of most decks.
But not so in the Spiral! Here he is clearly a conduit and teacher.
The Spiral LWB says that its Hierophant represents Chiron (pronounced /ˈkaɪrən/ KYE-rən, or as in Greek: Χείρων) , whose name I am familiar with from my brushes with astrology. There’s also a “spirit horse” on the card in the clouds on the right which I find intriguing, wondering especially how it impacts the meaning of the card in a reading.
So why then have I never bothered to ::look this shit up::? Not like me at all. Well, if the Princess won’t go to the mountain, the mountain will come knocking, and bring the learning!
Enter the Wounded Healer.
In Greek myths, Chiron was the wisest of the Centaurs and the archetype of the Wounded Healer. He was accidentally wounded by an arrow that had been dipped in the blood of the Hydra. In his search for his own cure, he discovered how to heal others. In teaching others the healing arts, he found a measure of solace from his own pain.
The Wounded Healer understands what the patient feels because he has gone through the same pain. The suffering patient can be cared for by the Healer and be instrumental in the Healers own healing. Each encounter between Healer and patient can be transforming for both. The lesson of Chiron teaches us is that we can overcome pain and transcend into knowledge.
That each of us can become a Wounded Healer.
Further to that and astrologically speaking:
Chiron is a comet with a unique and erratic orbit. In the natal chart, Chiron is symbolized by the “wounded healer”. It represents our deepest wound, and our efforts to heal the wound. Chiron was named after the centaur in Greek mythology who was a healer and teacher who, ironically, could not heal himself.
Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life. Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome the wound, healing powers are potent.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh. I get it.
Now, besides being a 5 all over the damn place, I also have Chiron in ::drum-roll:: TAURUS (in the V House, along with Mercury)! Taurus, the Hierophant.
Chiron was discovered shortly after my birth and the last time Chiron was in Taurus was at the end of 1983, which is interesting because:
Chiron is associated with the emotional wounds we receive early on in our lives. The sign Chiron is in will dominate but the house placing will show in which area the personality is motivated and into which they will put their efforts. In the fifth house, it may indicate a feeling of having to take life too seriously, too early. You are easily deflated due, probably, to parents who told you that you could not do ‘that’ – though you would have known that you could. There will be a need to draw boundaries for ego survival. Though do not go so far as to cut yourself off from people completely. You are very creative but do not recognize it. Just do it.
This entry was going somewhere else until 5 minutes ago…
Do you ever have those moments where you encounter Truth? Truth where you just *know* that it is Truth? For me, it is typified by the sudden onset of gentle, completely undramatic weeping, like my soul recognises something fundamentally missing from my life until now, and can finally mourn for the loss and rejoice for the rediscovery. It is usually quickly followed by shame and paralysing self-doubt. Which is somewhat hilarious in light of the whole “Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues” thing. Oh, ha ha, Universe. I see what you did there.
On this longest night, turning-point of the year, I am given an opportunity to decide.
Choose: remain in the dark, or embrace the light.
ETA: Okay, I *just* discovered Sabian Symbols a few hours ago (a whole new visual world for me to explore) and the symbol for today is? The Pope Blessing The Faithful.