Chiron retrograde 2022 arrived on July 19, and many are feeling apprehensive about the traumatic emotions that it might stir up from the past. Indeed, Chiron is known for opening old wounds, making you relive the pain all over again. But when you look at it from a more positive perspective, this is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, Chiron retrograde might actually be the best thing for you right now.
The Chiron retrograde will continue all the way to December 23, 2022. During this period, you can expect a lot of discomforts especially when insecurities from the past begin to resurface. But contrary to the bad rap that it has been getting, this period is not all that bad. On the contrary, it can bring immense healing if you only approach it with a more open perspective.
Who Is Chiron? Where did the name Chiron retrograde originate?
In ancient Greek mythology, Chiron was one of the Centaurs and a son of Cronus. He is a very good healer but unfortunately, his healing powers don’t apply to himself. In addition to healing, he had a lot of skills and talents. He was an astrologer, a botanist, a musician, and overall a very motivating individual, especially to children.
The celestial body that is named after this mythical creature is something between a minor planet and a comet. It is also known as the Wounded Healer. It was discovered in 1977 and is located between the orbits of Uranus and Saturn.
In terms of movement, Chiron does not seem to be in any hurry as it is rather slow. It spends anywhere from one year to eight years each sign. Thus, people share a number of Chiron characteristics with people that are in the same age range.
What Is Chiron Retrograde?
Most people have heard of Mercury Retrograde, which is probably the most talked about the celestial body when it comes to retrogrades. But there are also other planets that have a significant effect on our lives when they take a backspin. Jupiter Retrograde, for instance, has just recently started. This has actually caused many people to fear impending bad luck.
With the onset of the retrograde period of Chiron, there is a similar trepidation. Indeed, it can stir up all kinds of pain and suffering from the past. Anger, wounded pride, frustration with sexual needs, and the pressure of leadership – are just a few traumas that you can feel during this period.
Chiron represents all the past pain and trauma that have a lingering effect on your soul. With a backspin, all your emotional baggage that you have kept suppressed will rise to the surface.
Significance of Chiron in Your Natal Chart
A lot of people have never even heard of Chiron so if you are unfamiliar with the name, there’s no need to worry. But if you have particular concerns about dealing with past trauma, it is worth taking a look at how Chiron affects your birth chart. The position of Chiron on your natal chart indicates the pain that you have been carrying. Also, it points to an aspect of your being where you are most sensitive and self-aware.
One remarkable feature of this astrological event is that Chiron remains in a zodiac sign for a very long time. For instance, Chiron has been in Aries since February 18, 2019, and will stay there until June 19, 2026. Babies born during this period will benefit from the resilience and fast healing brought by Chiron in Aries.
How to Make the Most of Chiron Retrograde
The implications of a Chiron retrograde might seem dark, but don’t be afraid. All you need to do in order to make the most of this period is to learn how to meditate and focus on what you are feeling. Get to the core of your emotions and just try to relax and let go.
There are plenty of meditation apps that you can use to help you get through the period. But what’s even better is if you can follow it up with some actual action that will help you let go of the past. Clearing out your clutter is a good start. Donate material possessions that you no longer need, get rid of old letters that anchor you to the past, and so on.
Which Zodiac Sign Will Be Most Affected?
Chiron retrograde will have an effect on everyone who has pain but because of the position of Chiron, those born under the sign of Aries will be most affected. By nature, Aries is not very good at addressing pain and initiating change. That is why this transit is more challenging and more potentially beneficial at the same time. If you manage to get through it, there are plenty of benefits to enjoy.
According to astrologists, this is also the best time for an Aries to sit back and give yourself much-deserved love and appreciation. Aries comes first in the zodiac wheel so you are used to being ahead of the curve. But achieving things is quite different from actually appreciating yourself for your achievements. During this retrograde, reflect on that and start practicing a little more self-love.
When Does Chiron Retrograde Happen?
As we have mentioned, the retrograde of Chiron is already underway. It actually began just a couple of days before the onset of Leo Season on July 22. You might have noticed some negative juju from your past suddenly coming up – that’s part of the effect of the retrograde. If you have missed the first few days, don’t worry because there is still plenty of time to catch up.
If you have been feeling uneasy or uncomfortable as old emotions make themselves known once again, take this as a good sign. You no longer have to bottle up the pain and negative feelings. Instead, you can now let them all out and start with a blank slate. If you are able to accept and let go, you will have experienced the true beauty of this period of contemplation and healing.
Emily Sprinkle, also known as Emma Loggins, is a designer, marketer, blogger, and speaker. She is the Editor-In-Chief for Women's Business Daily where she pulls from her experience as the CEO and Director of Strategy for Excite Creative Studios, where she specializes in web development, UI/UX design, social media marketing, and overall strategy for her clients.
Emily has also written for CNN, Autotrader, The Guardian, and is also the Editor-In-Chief for the geek lifestyle site FanBolt.com