Deb McBride

Venus is Retrograde

March 6, 2017

Yes, it’s that time again, Venus is retrograde. It seems like it was just a short time ago, but it was actually summer of 2015 when we last had a Venus retro. This time it will be apparently traveling backwards from March 4 to April 15. The planet stationed at 13° Aries but will travel back to the end of Pisces and remain there for almost all of April. This is an interesting journey for the goddess, because she starts the retrograde in Aries where she is not comfortable, then goes back into Pisces where she is exalted. So, we are looking at a transit where Venus is impetuous, crabby, pushy and not like herself. Then as she  revisits Pisces, she is empathic, sensitive, loving and healing. Watch how this plays out in your life. Is there a place where you feel dissatisfied and then come to own and acknowledge where you may have been rash? Where you felt impatient and may not have treated others with care? Then you return to a warm place where you feel your heart swell with gratitude and generosity.

It is time to review, reestablish, relaunch, reconnect – remember retrogrades bring those “re’s.”  We can return to a place of openness, forgiveness and most importantly self-love. Where have we not been entirely loving to ourselves? Why is it so difficult for us to do this? When we feel that Venus in Aries irritability kicking in, it’s a flag that we have not been caring to ourselves. Somewhere we are feeling a lack, an empty space where we need to go within and pay attention. We can’t point a finger at another person or uncomfortable situation, because ultimately it’s where we feel unloved by ourselves. One of the best actions we can take now is to find our gratitude, what we are grateful for in our lives. When you are feeling that twinge, that pinch of negative thinking, that is time to step back and do a meditation or healing ritual where you bring in the gratitude. It will change your mindset to one of peace.

Of course, I must give the usual advice during a Venus retrograde. It’s unwise to start a new relationship with someone now. Go out, have fun, meet people, but don’t take any of it seriously. After the retrograde is over, that is the time to meet someone new. Pay attention to what initiates during these 6 weeks, a new job, a new purchase, a new home – they have arrived now for a reason. Their story warrants consideration. And there is always the possibility an old friend or flame returns from the past. You can bump into them casually or hear from them with the intent to reconnect. Sometimes a story will wrap up during a Venus retrograde, so if you hear from the past, it’s important to acknowledge it and go find out what it has for you. Secrets can be revealed now as well, since the truth comes out now as it does during Mercury retrograde. Maybe you need to find out why someone behaved the way they did at some point in the past. And on a mundane level – no cosmetic surgeries or procedures! These can range from disappointing to disastrous during this time, so please think before you act, put off any procedures until the retrograde is over. It is however, a great time to go antique shopping, scoring some bargains is easy now.


Venus rules Libra and Taurus, consider these areas of your chart as well as the Aries/Pisces houses where Venus is doing her dance. This is a lot of information, but very helpful to recognize where you need to do some work in these next 45 days. Where do you feel held back or disappointed with your progress in your life? Look at these areas of your chart and see what parts of the story are present in each area. How can you string together the story of each house?

These are all good tips to keep in mind during the Venus retrograde. Most of all, notice what shifts and changes for you in a positive way. Good things can come from revelations during this time, so be open to what the Universe shows you. Beauty comes in many forms and can be unusual or different now.


Eclipses and T-square

February 8, 2017

Photo by Clarence Taylor

This is a big week, with many details. There is lots of energy in the heavens and we need to work with it to our advantage. First Jupiter, planet of abundance, wisdom and expansion turned retrograde on Monday February 6 at 24 degrees of Libra. Jupiter has been sitting opposite the outer planet Uranus for many weeks now and because of Jupiter’s transit in these last few months, it has looped Pluto back into the story. We have an ongoing cardinal T-square with Pluto at the apex and the two other legs being the opposition between Jupiter and Uranus. Since Jupiter is stationary, it intensifies the relationship with the two outer planets. This means we want to examine what has happened in these last few months. Jupiter entered Libra in mid-September – what was going on for you then? Then, Jupiter opposed Uranus for the first time 3 months later in mid-December. Again, what there a Part 2 to your story from September? There may be decisions involved, as these are planets located in Cardinal signs, where action is taken and initiation of projects. The energy behind this configuration is life altering. Jupiter expands, gives opportunity, helps us see possibility. When involved with Pluto and Uranus in hard aspects, it pushes the door to transformation wide open. Now that Jupiter has retrograded, we revisit the path taken that we initiated in September. This is very exciting, as we have undoubtedly experienced something new in our lives or at least a new chapter. We are now able to look at what we have achieved in these last months and then ask ourselves what more do we need to accomplish between now and early June? How can we refine this journey? Think of it as a midpoint in a line – looking back, looking forward. As an added benefit, this month the Sun is in Aquarius making a lovely supportive trine aspect to Jupiter. This is saying yes to your journey. Pluto has entered the latter half of Capricorn, we are now in uncharted territory, but also a paradigm shift. Each of us has a new view of our life and we must be aware of what these changes are asking of us. 

Since Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto are going to be dancing in this T-square arrangement for most of the year, there will be the empty space in the sign of Cancer. Since Cancer is ruled by the Moon, we will each need to pay attention to and address the desires of our natal Moon. What gives us security, what is familiar and feels nurturing. Additionally, every month, the transiting Moon will pass through that empty space and we will all have a few days where we may feel more emotional or in need of some comfort. And of course, if you have planets in mid-Cancer, you will feel this on regular basis. If you were born around July 10-15, you will have your natal Sun right as a focal point of the planetary energy. 

There is a Lunar Eclipse on February 10th/11th, depending on where you are located. This eclipse happens with the Sun in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo at 22° 28 minutes. The eclipse makes great aspects to the Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries placements, forming a Grand Trine with the Moon in Leo. The Aquarius Sun forms a smooth sextile to Saturn and Uranus. So, I would say that this a a very good eclipse, a perfect time to get much accomplished and make important decisions. Eclipses usually bring intense emotional energy to the table, whatever has been hanging in the air, will come to fruition at the eclipse. Generally speaking, I find that people get busier during eclipses and information and activity is flying around very quickly. It’s always a good time to maintain balance and not allow yourself to fly along with the energy of the eclipse, as accidents can happen in a second. Too much too fast with eclipses, I always recommend taking a breath and stepping back just for a minute. With the Moon in Leo and so much fire energy in the heavens, this is a truly creative time. If you are working on projects, you should expect to do a lot of thinking outside the box and some innovative ideas will come forward, especially with the Sun and Mercury in Aquarius. This particular eclipse last happened back on 10th/11th February of 1998. What where you doing then? Also, think about last August 18th 2016, when the counterpart eclipse happened. What can you connect about last August and February of 1998? What do they have in common? 

As eclipses come in pairs, there is another eclipse on February 26, this time a Solar Eclipse at 8° Pisces. Energy is high at eclipse time and with a Solar Eclipse, it is a New Moon, time to plant seeds. I advise that we do a ritual, one where we set intention for whatever we need or want, light a candle, do a meditation. The Pisces eclipse is the more powerful of the two as it sits close to the South Node of destiny. It is also a repeat of February of 1998, so again think back to that time and recall what it was that you were beginning. Something new in your life should have started at that time. The second eclipse comes with the added bonus of Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries, bringing an extra punch to the already extraordinary emotional atmosphere of the eclipse. With this strong fiery aspect joining the aforementioned T-square, we can expect tempers to flare and passions to ignite. Energy such as this can be used productively, but we must be very focused and involved in our intentions. Certainly this aspect will drive home the message of a new paradigm in life. 

Mars and Venus will be traveling together through Aries in February, heating up the relationship arena. Venus will be slowing down for her eventual retrograde in March, but meanwhile, she’ll be bright in the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere until March 22. When you see this glorious light, think of the goddess and be sure to make a wish! 


Happy New Year to everyone! I wish you all a lovely 2017 with much prosperity and happiness.

Below I have described some of the astrological patterns we will be encountering as we move through the next 12 months. Of course, I will continue to discuss these patterns more profoundly throughout the year. So, this is not a deep investigation of each of these, but an overview in preparation.

Saturn in Sagittarius will trine Uranus in Aries for most of the year – as this is in fire, things will heat up and move quickly. Especially for anyone having planets in fire, or are born under a fire sign, they will feel events moving quickly, feel life is faster, they are more resolute and not wanting to linger over trivial matters. Tempers may flare, then quickly extinguish. Saturn can ground Uranus’s electrical energy and therefore make us more productive. Both planets are in the latter third of the sign they have been transiting. For Uranus, it is in the Sagittarius decanate of its transit through Aries, which supports the trine. I can only hope our world evolves to a better place with Sagittarian matters – foreign relations, religious tolerance, the justice system. Saturn always brings a lesson for each of us, this time is no different.

Uranus will be busy, as it is also involved in an ongoing T-square for most of 2017 while Jupiter is in Libra in opposition. This is the most important astrology event of the year. Pluto will still be in Capricorn and although Uranus & Pluto are not in an exact aspect anymore, they are close enough for Jupiter to connect them. As we know, Jupiter’s influence is to expand and open up the influence of transformation here. Remember 2014? Jupiter was in Cancer then, also involved in this T-square with Uranus and Pluto. This is a similar story, but this time the empty space of the T-square falls in the sign of Cancer. Wherever you have the sign of the crab in your chart is where the energy will be shot from the 3 planet configuration. This is the area that will require attention. Every month, remember that the Moon will enter the sign of Cancer for a few days filling in the empty space of the T-Square, creating a Grand Cross. It’s best to pay attention to the times when feeling the most pressured in that area of  life. There is information in those days – about the direction being taken, about the area that requires focus and energy.

Jupiter sextile Saturn, also an aspect happening all year, the smoothing out of rough edges of Saturn’s transit in Sadge. This is especially since they are in each other’s signs. Saturn is exalted in Libra where Jupiter lives for most of the year, while Jupiter is the ruler of Sadge where Saturn currently resides. Any unsavory effects of Saturn’s transit in Sadge will be mitigated by the supportive aspects coming from Jupiter and Uranus. Hopefully, this will bring some greater compassion and understanding to our world as Sagittarius rules learning and higher knowledge.

In January, there is so much in Capricorn as there always is this time of year. But there are also planets and the South Node in Pisces. This combination is complimentary, but Capricorn always wants to press on while Pisces wants to rest. Therefore, it’s necessary to find the balance between the two, because otherwise it manifests as being too hard on ourselves when we should be taking a break. If we don’t get enough rest, we don’t have energy to accomplish. Mercury direct on January 8th puts perspective on our reflections from the last 3 weeks as the annual Sun Pluto conjunction brings us to a place of empowerment. The Sun moves to create the Full Moon forming a Grand Cross on Jan 12. This can be powerful, use the energy wisely, it can get stressful if too much is attempted. Grand Cross aspects are noted for pulling us in several directions, feeling like each of four corners needs to placated. 

In February, the first set of eclipses will occur on the 10th with a Lunar Eclipse in Leo and then the 26th for the Solar Eclipse in Pisces close to the South Node. Eclipses always bring intense emotions, so it’s best to prepare with meditation (or medication if that suits you!) and staying focused on the moment. The more powerful of the eclipses will be the 2nd one as it is closest to the Node and it is with Neptune. Neptune’s influence will surely be felt as there will be a moment of magic, spirit or even illusion contained within the eclipse. As we reach the 2nd eclipse on Feb 26, Mars will conjunct Uranus and this should be a real jolt of energy during the eclipse. I can assure you it will not be dull.

Venus will retrograde in Aries on March 3rd until April 15th. I will discuss this further in the near future, but as I always say it’s not a good time to start a brand-new relationship. Once we are in mid- April, it is safe to start considering new people as potential partners.

On July 9th, we will encounter the Full Moon in Capricorn, the counterpart to the intense Grand Cross of January 12. In this case, the Moon will be in Capricorn and the Sun will be in Cancer. Again, intense Grand Cross energy, think of 2014. This will coincide with the annual Sun conjunct Pluto on July 10. This is another major turning point in the year.

The second set of eclipses will be in August, the Lunar Eclipse on the 7th in Aquarius and the Solar Eclipse on the 21st in Leo. The Solar is the more powerful one this time, closest to the North Node.

This is the overview and 2017 promises to be an intense year of great change and great possibility. Remember to use these energies to your empowerment and not be defenseless in the face of such great changes. Anything is possible!







Make America High Again

November 20, 2016

img_0569Have you the constant feeling you forgot something?

Did you walk across the room meaning to do something and can’t remember what it was? How about going to look something up on your computer only to not recall what it was? You thought it was important. Maybe not so much? 

Walking around feeling as if you’re high? Are you questioning everything in your life? Maybe the adaptogen mushroom powder from the health food store was stronger than you thought.

These are the signs indicating you are under Neptune’s influence. You are not alone. For the last few days and for the next few days we are under the station of Neptune. At 11:40 pm EST on November 19, Neptune is turning direct from retrograde in its own sign of Pisces. When Neptune changes direction, we can feel any of the above. Or like we are under water. Or that the boat is rocking and we are seasick. It is especially powerful in its own sign, for the first time in 164 years. And this time it’s with the South Node of the Moon, also known as Ketu, the Dragon’s Tail. 

Seasick is an appropriate word. Imagine you are in a boat, sailing along one evening thinking you are going on a particular journey, from point A to point B. And at some point you are feeling that the rocky seas are navigating the boat onto a different path. The boat goes up, the boat comes down. You try to steer yourself back on course, but the seas are mighty and rough. They seem to know the way better than you do and you cannot control your boat anymore. You hang on for dear life. You start praying to deities that you thought you gave up long ago, “What is happening, where am I going, where are you taking me, gods of the sea? Am I going to die?” You feel seasick, not only because of the unstable waters, but because you have no idea what lies before you. Sharks? Whales? Sea monsters? Your head is spinning, panic sets in. Did you bring your Dramamine? What about those nice chewy ginger candies you get at the corner market? Oh, to be able to walk into the corner market again! You swear you won’t care anymore that the music is bad, at least it’s on solid ground. Until the moment when you surrender because you have no choice. You just trust that this crazy, unyielding force of nature knows what’s good for you better than you do. Resistance is futile. Then oddly, the dark night of the soul is over and the sun comes up with the water calm and clear. But you are not on the land where you thought you’d be. This is not the point B from your point A. This is like….point Z. 

How did you get there? Was it a hallucination? A spiritual experience, that’s right….or maybe a dream. Did that really happen? Perhaps you imagined it. Maybe you had too many snuffs of the Benzedrex inhaler. Then again, it all looks and feels very real. Your mind has been opened and shall not be shut. This is Neptune.

Yes, it’s safe to feel again. Just remember you are not in the same place you once were. You are now transformed. Scary journeys are what happens when we attempt to manifest something new in our lives. We meet the demons, sea monsters and all the ugly things from the waters of our subconscious that want us to fail. Funny thing is if you dropped acid or took ayahuasca, these beasts would appear as well, in all of their technicolor glory. That’s Neptune, too. 

The thing to remember with Neptune is there are always so many questions and never enough answers. Are you able to believe what you experienced, trust your intuition and surrender to not knowing exactly how it will all turn out? Trust is part of the journey, you can’t have the answers in your hand, just know that this adventure brought you to the place you need to be. With Neptune as soon as you catch something in your hand, it vanishes. So don’t try to hold it too close. Especially while Neptune is hanging out with the South Node for the next few months, you’ll really learn the hard way how to release. If there is someone or something you are worried about, send it love and light. But let it be free to come in and go out as it pleases, like the tides.

We don’t need drugs, we can get high from the journey, the excitement, the mystery and wonder. Listen to your dreams, your intuition, embrace the path. 

Yes, this is all Neptune. Our dreams may seem wild and turbulent at times, but we need to trust them. 

Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé” 


Our world and the future

November 11, 2016

It would be remiss of me to not address the current events in our world. I have been contacted by a number of people asking if I predicted or expected the outcome of this U.S. election. I have been quiet about this because it was not an astrological answer that I could easily determine. Make no mistake, these types of events are notoriously difficult to accurately predict. There are a lot of factors in determining a winner. Of course, no matter how hard we try, we are all biased. And we are all affected because we live on Earth.

So now I will repeat what I have been speaking about since 2008. It’s been a while since I addressed this particular matter here and it’s worth a look again and perhaps to break it down a bit so it makes more sense. In astrology, we have inner planets and outer planets. The inner planets are more about our everyday experience of our lives and our feelings. Outer planets, such as Uranus, Neptune and Pluto reveal what is in the collective or our world cycles, essentially the themes we live through in culture. Saturn is the boundary between the worlds and Saturn does rule boundaries in our lives. Inner planets and outer planets engage with one another in a dialogue to create more meaningful experiences of relationships with people, ourselves and the world. The sign the planets are visiting determines the arena of life where the activity will play out.

In 2008, Pluto entered the sign of Capricorn, which rules all institutions of business, authority, government, commerce and financial markets, among other things. Pluto is the planet of transformation, where darkness becomes light once we embrace and acknowledge the darkness. Pluto’s entry into a sign and residence there brings about the darkness surrounding the areas the sign rules. Whatever it touches is deeply and irrevocably transformed. It reveals the places where changes and healing are needed. So, in 2008 we had an economic crisis, as Capricorn is known to rule economics. Pluto is a slow moving planet, it will stay in Capricorn until the end of 2024, it is now about halfway through the sign. While we are no longer seeing Ponzi schemes revealed on a daily basis, we can see that true economic solutions have not been felt all over the U.S. There are people who struggle in ways that many of us cannot imagine. We are not finished with this economic transformation. The one statement that I have made multiple times is that no one person is going to fix the economic issues until Pluto is ready to leave Capricorn. Not Donald. Not Hillary. Not Chuckles the Clown. NO ONE. It takes a long time to resolve large issues such as these, no one person is going to magically appear and make it all better. It seems that some people vote thinking that their candidate is the one to “fix” things, I have read this dialogue so many times. This is up to us, as always. It is up to us to change our lives and empower ourselves. Yes, the powers that be have a hand in it. But ultimately, we are in charge of and responsible for our own lives. Blaming others and the government is never going to get us any resolution. People have to work together to heal themselves and the issues the country faces.

While Pluto is in Capricorn, each of us needs to find and embrace our own mastery, the passion in our lives that brings us deep satisfaction and supports our life. This is the way to heal, this is the way out of troubles that plague our lives. A confidence in ourselves, what we can do that contributes to society and the world. Again, no one is going to do this for us. This takes a lot of self-reflection, owning who we are and having the strength of our convictions to move us forward on our path.

As individuals have astrological charts, so do countries. The USA has July 4, 1776 as its birthdate and a chart is drawn up for this day. The U.S. has Pluto in Capricorn in its natal chart, it was born with this placement. We then say that the U.S. is having its Pluto return, meaning that within the next few years Pluto will come back to the place where it was in the chart of the U.S. for the first time. This is a major turning point for the country. When this initially happened we had the Revolutionary War. There will be a certain rebirth in the U.S. but there will be a lot of upheaval in the process. I believe this latest election is part of that upheaval. It has revealed how divided our country is and how we need to do some serious healing. People from opposing sides have been unable to talk to each other about this election because the division was so vast that it was rare to have a conversation where people could just agree to disagree. I grew up in an era before cable tv was broadcasting politics 24/7 (yes, I am old!). Since there were not consistent broadcasts of political news, people were not watching and thinking about politics all the time. These matters were more heated every few years. I don’t believe the media did us any favors this election because it’s their ratings game that got us this candidate in the first place.

After Pluto leaves Capricorn, it naturally goes into Aquarius, a sign that is associated with brotherhood, altruism and community. That’s the light side of Aquarius, remember there’s a dark side as well. Therefore we have to be aware that Pluto can reveal the darker elements of this sign – gangs, movements that are not for the greater good, uprisings of anarchists. Aquarius can be cold and detached as well, as it is an air sign. The last time Pluto was in Aquarius was during the French Revolution. We all know what happened at that time in history. The disenfranchised masses rose up against the elite. The “haves vs the have-nots.” Obviously, Pluto in Capricorn back then initially paved the way for this action to happen, once Pluto entered Aquarius. But it was a major, irrevocable turning point in history.

I understand there are people in this country who felt their needs were not met and needed to be heard. I don’t understand why the people of the U.S. who feel they have been economically shafted over the last bunch of years would hire someone to run the country who has for decades been a clear symbol of the elite. I don’t know what people will do when they find out he can’t give them what they want.

If you feel empowered by going out to peacefully protest, then by all means do that. Voices need to be heard, meaningful action should be taken. But remember, this can get a lot uglier, which is not what we want. I have to encourage all of us to come together for the right things. I am not saying I condone this new administration, but we don’t want a civil war. The division in this country is very real and very hot right now. Ultimately we need to walk a fine line between acceptance of the current circumstances and pushing back against what we know to be wrong and where rights can be taken away.

And stop watching 24/7 politics! Find your passion and expertise in this world and embrace it.



Full Moon brings new voices

October 17, 2016

IMG_0881We have just had another Full Moon, this one was in Aries, as the Sun is in Libra. This was no ordinary Full Moon, as it was connected to Uranus, being in the same place as the Moon. This is a time of erratic behavior, chaos, anxiety and a lot of jumpy, out of nowhere electric energy coursing through everyone’s veins. Not easy to relax under this transit. Full Moons are endings, releases, letting go of something. When it is accompanied by an outer planet, such as Uranus, it becomes an uncomfortable release. It’s harder to let go, or it’s a big, life changing release. It’s a turn of events and we’ve been having a lot of those lately. Saturn is squaring the Nodes of Destiny and this is also indicative of a decision made, a turning point, a new life direction. Few people are exempt from this because if you are not changing your life, someone nearby is changing theirs and it is affecting you.  This Full Moon indeed is a time for reflection and letting go. This can all be accomplished in the week ahead.

Meanwhile, the Sun is not alone in Libra, it is accompanied by Mercury and Jupiter. They are supportive influences because they don’t really cause trouble much of the time. They will help expand fairness, diplomacy, and thoughtfulness. But Uranus in Aries, though not exactly opposite, will eventually receive these planets by opposition and in fact, will get Mercury this week. Brilliant ideas, yes! Combative conversations, for sure! And Uranus is not alone in Aries, it’s accompanied by some minor planets that are very female in nature. While normally I don’t put a lot of energy into reading these extra points, but since there is such an abundance of these influences, triggered by this latest Full Moon, I think they are asking to be noticed. The Moon is a female energy and so is Ceres, the dwarf planet named for the goddess of the grain, a motherly and nurturing influence. Ceres is visiting Aries right now and is conjunct Uranus. So is the dwarf planet Eris, which is the female counterpart to Mars – a female warrior and the goddess of discord. This is an awful lot of intense female energy connected to Uranus and sitting opposite all the other nicely behaved planets in Libra. It’s an opposition, so we vacillate between being polite and gracious and then hysterical and loud.

This all means that women are in an unusual place right now. They are creating a new voice for themselves, a new life for themselves and they are not calm about it. They are standing up and speaking up. There is a certain amount of the angry feminine  in the ethers these days. How do we handle this energy? What is constructive use of this? It is an emerging voice in our lifetime as we have not experienced these dwarf planets with Uranus in Aries until now. Aries is a Mars (read: male) ruled sign. The feminine energy remains, but is empowered by the outer planet Uranus which is genius, creativity, innovation – and of course there is the chaos. All emerging voices would be chaotic at their outset. It is important to use our new found voice for our own creative genius.  The wildness of asking “what if” – the experimentation, the epiphany, the openness to a fresh perspective. And of course, taking the risk as Uranus is a risk-taker. All of this is constructive use of this new energy.

The week ahead proves to open the door wider. We have a bit of tough aspects going forward, especially on Wednesday the 19th. Mars will conjunct Pluto as happens only every two years. This is a deep, transformative aspect however, it needs to be used wisely. Since so much female energy is agitated, a Mars Pluto in the thick of this could create an emotional explosion. One needs to own one’s power and not be manipulative nor vengeful. The temptation will be there, for sure. Find useful ways to empower yourself and feel accomplished and good about it. When reflecting on your life and the desire to release and let go, understand where certain aspects of your life have come to that turning point I mentioned above. These are matters that have outgrown their usefulness. Also on the 19th the Moon will be in Gemini, challenging both Saturn and Neptune. Again, this could bring emotional reactions that are less than savory. Remember that events are here to show you where you need to change your life. The more resistance, the harder it will be. Look for the solutions instead of getting angry about the problems. Let’s take care of ourselves now and give some extra nurture to the areas that are changing for us.





Pisces Eclipse with Chiron

September 16, 2016

iuAnd here we are with the 3rd and final eclipse this season. This is a Lunar Eclipse, with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces. It occurs at 24° Pisces, which is right with Chiron, currently traveling through Pisces. Pisces is the sign of faith, altruism, atonement, surrender and the visionary.

What exactly is Chiron?

In astronomy, Chiron is designated as both a comet and a minor planet. It used to be called an asteroid, but apparently its behavior shows otherwise. In astrology, Chiron is called the “wounded healer” – and where it is placed has everything to do with what part of our lives experiences a wound. In my personal and astrological experience, I would never underestimate the power of a Chiron transit, nor an eclipse with Chiron. Some of this has to do with Chiron’s backstory.

In mythology, Chiron is a centaur, half human, half horse. He was born of Cronus and Philyra, after she had turned herself into a mare to avoid Cronus’s pursuit. His mother was so distressed by his appearance, she begged the gods to turn her into anything and she became a linden tree. Apollo took care of Chiron and gave him the education that would serve him the rest of his life. Chiron was a gentle and wise soul, considered to be a civilized centaur. He lived in a cave with his wife and children and highly regarded as a teacher for he taught the healing arts, music, archery and astrology. After a brawl by the centaurs, where he was accidentally hit with a poison arrow, Chiron lived with this wound the rest of his life. His immortality as being a demigod did not allow him to pass from the earth. Despite his great healing abilities, he was unable to help himself, hence the term “wounded healer.” After some exchanging places with Prometheus, Zeus placed Chiron among the stars where he remained as the constellation Centaurus.

When we mere mortals experience Chiron, we acknowledge our wounds that somehow remain with us our entire lives. This is where we need to need to heal and transcend this wound by creating a healthy balance of living on earth and living in spirit – as Chiron did in his life. Our earthbound selves and our soul, the part of us that is immortal.

Eclipse with Chiron

Emotional situations that are hanging in the ethers of our lives are brought to the table when eclipses occur. It’s a sensitive time and this one is no exception. It can be powerful and enlightening or emotionally draining, we’re never quite sure with eclipses until they arrive. If this is in a vulnerable area of our chart, then we can expect that we need to make some changes and view these matters under different lighting. When the Moon is attached to Chiron as it is now, we connect with our wound and seek another layer of healing. One could say that the wound is re-opened as this time. Because this eclipse is in Pisces, we must use the Piscean restorative quality of faith to move us through any sorrows that come up for us now. If we face the parts of us that may be perceived as ugly or unusual – like Chiron’s image that his mother felt was unacceptable – and we accept them during this eclipse, then we can be led to experience a healing and an opening to a new chapter of our lives.


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