I’m a personal development workshop and retreat junkie.
A few years ago I attended a Psychodrama workshop focused on healing and embracing the shadow. At some point, we got split into groups of 2, and our task was to insult our partner in as many ways as possible, until they got ‘triggered’.
Since this was psychodrama work, we would of course ‘act’ the insults by playing a role – it was not that we were purposefully being nasty. This was just a guided exercise to trigger our blind spots and wounds so we could understand and ultimately heal them.
My partner started insulting me. At first I didn’t get triggered. But then he said something that really hurt me. I knew he was acting, I knew he didn’t mean it, but still, I got hurt.
No matter how much personal development work we’ve done, we all have ‘triggers’. We all have wounds. We live with our wounds for years and decades UNTIL we face and embrace them.
This process is not easy – the 1st impulse is to shut down and run away from the pain. But if we stay with the wound long enough – if we really stay with it, if we really try to understand it – incredible opportunities for growth await us.
You may wonder why the psychodrama workshop was purposefully designed to trigger our wounds. Why open nasty cans of worms? Why hurt people on purpose?
The workshop leader understood something that many people in the healing world understand: the gift is in the wound. Our wound will continue to remind us – through painful experiences – that it’s our life’s purpose to pay attention to it and figure it out.
Chiron – The Wounded Healer
In astrology, Chiron rules the process of triggering and healing the wound. Chiron stirs feelings of abandonment, rejection, shame, inadequacy, feeling odd, unfit and irrelevant.
What distinguishes Chiron from other difficult planetary archetypes is the acute feeling of woundedness. When we have a Chiron transit, we feel like there’s something fundamentally wrong with us.
What makes things even worse is that while we’re painfully aware that something is not quite right, we also feel guilty for having these feelings, for feeling so vulnerable.
A keyword for Chiron is ‘acute’. Our Chiron wound can be triggered all of the sudden and we’re pretty much powerless – we feel overwhelmed by pain and act from our deepest, earliest emotional conditionings.
Chiron In Aries – The Identity Wound
More than in any other Chiron sign, Chiron in Aries questions our very existence: Why are we here? Do we matter? Is our existence relevant?
Since 2018, when Chiron entered Aries, we’ve witnessed an avalanche of selfies, photo filters, and look-at-me, influencer-types of posts on social media. While there’s nothing wrong with these tools and approaches, there’s something about the obsession and overuse that screams “overcompensation”.
Overcompensation is an excessive reaction to a feeling of inferiority, guilt, or inadequacy leading to an exaggerated attempt to overcome the feeling. Aries is the 1st sign of the zodiac, the sign of “I am”.
Chiron in Aries triggers our wound of identity. Why are we here? Until we find out, we’ll do our best to show the world (and ourselves) that our existence matters. Our Instagram likes are ‘social proof’ that feeds our need for validation.
New Moon In Aries – The Oscar Slap
The New Moon in Aries on April 1st, 2022 is tightly conjunct Chiron. The goal of this New Moon is to point to what it is that triggers us – to what it is that makes us feel hurt, wounded and rejected.
Of course, the reason we are so sensitive and so easily triggered by our wound is that there is something very important about it. Our wound points to our potential, to the person we could become if we figure it out.
At the Oscars, the host Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinket Smith. Her husband Will Smith, seeing she was upset, went on stage and slapped Chris Rock.
Whether the event was real or staged is not important for our astrological analysis. The event happened so it influences our collective consciousness.
What was going on astrologically at the time of the event? A Moon-Mars conjunction and some other tense transits lead to energy build-up.
But what stands out is the applying Sun-Chiron conjunction in Aries. At the ceremony, Mercury was exactly conjunct Will Smith’s natal Chiron. Something that Chris Rock said (Mercury) triggered Will Smith’s Chiron wound.
There are many psychological interpretations of why Will Smith got triggered and had such an intense reaction.
Some event analysts focused on Will Smith’s relationship with Chris Rock, others on his relationship with his wife. Some say that Will Smith felt emasculated. According to some, slapping Chris Rock may have been a knee-jerk reaction to show the world (and himself) ‘who’s the boss’, to (re)establish some alpha hierarchy.
Ruled by Mars, Aries is a masculine/Yang energy that describes how we express our Yang energy. Chiron in Aries shows us where we may be wounded in the expression of our yang, initiating energy.
Born in the Venus-ruled sign Libra, Will may have embraced the nice, harmonious and peace-seeking Libra qualities, at the expense of his Chiron in Aries. Trying to be the ‘nice guy’ for too long, he may have neglected his inner Mars, his inner warrior.
Ultimately, the triggered wound points to who Will is now vs. who Will could be. Is he the best Aries version of himself? Has he lived a life where he has been true to his Aries nature, taken action with boldness, and assert himself with integrity?
When we neglect our Chiron, we’re at the mercy of our wound, which erupts every time it’s stirred. Our Chiron wound won’t let us live until we pay attention to it.
New Moon In Aries – Listen To Your Wound
The New Moon in Aries conjunct Chiron and Mercury is our opportunity to sit with our wound and understand it, once and for all.
How will this Chiron-flavored New Moon in Aries play out?
Some of us might get into arguments. Chiron conjunct Mercury = words that hurt.
Some of us might learn about something hurtful, others may be reminded of some wounding event from the past. Some of us may become aware of thinking patterns that have been in default mode, sabotaging us in unconscious ways.
When these wounded thoughts and feelings arise, stay with them longer than you normally do. Let go of your attachment to the pain and try to listen from a deeper place.
These are a few questions to ask yourself at the New Moon in Aries:
- Why do I feel so hurt?
- When have I reacted similarly in the past?
- Can I see any common patterns?
- What am I overcompensating for?
- What is really going on?
- … and perhaps the most important question, what does my wound reveal about my purpose and the person I could become?
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