Chiron: Drama and Healing

Chiron indicates where we suffer the most pain and therefore where healing must be directed. Inherent in biological species is the drive to avoid energy-intense activity and to avoid pain. Addressing our deepest pain requires both of these and hence explains how many invest in comfortable lives which require minimal cognitive load.

In opposition to this bare laziness of our species, our psychological drives ensure we cannot escape the most salient problem: ourselves. Our psychological drives ensure that sooner or later, usually later, our ignored needs be addressed. The length of time we ignore our inner needs such as validation, connection and worthiness, the more clearly the effects can be seen in the people around us.

Where we do not balance, we project our needs onto individual people, groups, or the whole world. Just a minute – don’t leap to conclusions: it is not for other people or larger groups to meet our inner needs, it is ours. Hence, ‘inner’. ‘Outer’ is food, water, and housing.

Chiron indicates where and how we do not address these. Chiron’s placement also indicates what is involved in addressing ourselves. This also indicates the terms on which we engage in the victim-persecutor-rescuer drama in the attempt to meet our inner needs.

What is the origin of our imbalance, pain and drama?

Chiron’s house placement indicates where it affects us:

9th-12th: conception to birth

ASC: birth

1st-3rd: infancy

4th-5th: childhood

6th: puberty

7th: adulthood

8th: from 50

Pain avoidance and the need for validation conspire to create defence mechanisms and survival mechanisms necessary in one part of our lives. Once these mechanisms are in place, a formulaic approach to people and life establishes itself: a defensive-aggressive style ensures no deep thinking or empathy are required. Bonus: biological reactions!

However, when we become invested in our defence mechanisms for survival, we cut ourselves off from our inner needs. Disconnected.

Beginning to see the problem yet?

Years of being ignored lead to a survival mechanism of ignoring our own needs for nurturing. Once we integrate that assumption as a habitual way of thinking, we are no longer able to receive any nurturing. At all. 

Chiron delineates the nature of these defences and what they disconnect us from. Exploring the origin of our defence mechanisms, what we deny ourselves, we can address our inner needs.