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Connect with Your Dark Side and Find Light

This article was written by Vanessa Wright
posted under Astrology

Are you ready to face your deepest psychological wounds? The somnolence of Winter is the ideal time to probe your subconscious. The intensity of this challenge is, in a word, formidable. In mythology, Chiron is represented by the Centaur. The dark Centaur, split between the lower and higher half of its vibration, inspires us to express both halves, or polarities, of our human nature. With this expression of the embodiment of our complete selves, comes awareness. Through awareness, comes healing. Hence, Chiron is dubbed the wounded healer. Delving into the heart of your deepest wounds can come your most transformative convalescence.

Chiron, now considered a “cometary body” (although some astrologers regard it as an asteroid), manifests itself in different ways depending on its sign or house placement in your birth chart. Your psychological pain, or subconscious wound, might be a result of your current life experience or of one from your past life. For example, if you have Chiron in Taurus, you might experience a deep-seated worry involving your security (which can comprise anything from love, money, or material items). Individuals with Chiron in Taurus spend their lives searching for affection, love, and stability, clinging to security at all costs, even to the detriment of their mental, psychic, and physical health. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to realize that safety cannot be found in the material world, but rather within their spiritual being and in the universal love that surrounds us and binds us. For those with Chiron in Pisces, yours was a past life or current life loss of trust in the universe. Perhaps a victim of betrayal, you may feel abandoned and cheated by life as whole. A loss of faith in love and the fear of living through emotional, physical, or spiritual pain again lead to suspicious distrust of relationships. This tendency only lends to the sabotage of your current relationships, so that your prophecy of fulfilled. For those with Chiron in Pisces, your healing path involves allowing yourself to show your true nature, with all your sensitivity. Your path to healing is a divine one, where you trust and faith are restored and completeness and balance are found between yourself and others. Your house placement of Chiron is just as, if not more, significant than sign location.

The house placement of Chiron gives the context within which your nature is expressed. For instance, Chiron in the first house signifies a crisis or life struggle involving a sense of self. Those with Chiron in the first house might have suffered physical or psychological abuse, causing damage to their self-worth. These individuals have an intense arsenal of spiritual power brewing below the surface; once they unblock their energy, they release their charisma and healing influence upon the world. For the person with Chiron in the third house, you will experience crises concerning communication and knowledge, the media, and siblings. You might feel immense insecurity involving your own intellectual power as compared to others. The love you receive from parents and siblings might be lacking in affection and compassion, and thus, you ultimately mistrust love you receive from others. Developing your already strong intellect along with your emotional strengths (such as compassion and empathy) will help you connect with others. Once your higher self is empowered through the love and confidence that resides within you, integration and communication with others will come naturally.

Focus on the potential gifts that can be derived from your trauma. If we surpass our pain, we can gain the benefits of wisdom and spiritual growth that comes from such a transformation. There are gifts within our wounds. Work with your dichotomous energies. Awaken to, and embrace your dark side. Within the depths of your darkness lies your brightest light.


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