What My Feet Prophesized
Since March of this year, I have had one foot problem after another. First, it was my right foot. Every time I stepped on it, it really hurt. After several months and some chiropractic adjustments, my right foot started to mend. Then, I slammed my left pinky toe into something, so hard, that it swelled up and I could only wear sandals. I then proceeded to reinjure it twice! What was up, I thought? I never have problems with feet.
So, like any normal soothsayer, I looked to my astrology chart for an answer. I noticed both Neptune and Chiron were now in the sign of Pisces in my first house. Pisces rules the foot. Chiron is associated with the wounded healer. And Neptune — well, Neptune is too nebulous to pin down in one or two words.
Which leads me to what my feet told me. I have a love/hate relationship with astrology; but I do find that contemplating my natal chart gives me insights at times into the bigger picture.
Chiron in Pisces
I am fascinated by both Chiron and Neptune being in the sign of Pisces. The last time Chiron was in Pisces was from March, 1960 to January, 1969. That’s right: Chiron ushered in the hippy movement. Now, it is not truly fair to pick one planetoid out of the night sky and ignore the other things going on. At the same time, when an asteroid, or planet moves through a sign slowly, it appears to reflect broad themes. Here is where I fall back on the hermetic idea, “As above, so below.”
My foot got me thinking about what Chiron in Pisces means to me. Chiron is said to indicate where an individual has wounds. For me, the wounds of Pisces would revolve around spirituality, mysticism, creativity, and martyrdom. Pisces, too, likes to feel connected to the whole. Or, as Melanie Reinhart says in her book on Chiron, “In the sign of Pisces . . . forms disintegrate; the past is dissolved and our separateness is relinquished so that a new and more inclusive cycle of life can begin” (“Chiron and the Healing Journey, pg. 170).
Sound familiar, oh ye aging hippies? And interesting enough, as Chiron enters Pisces yet again, we have a grass roots movement called “Occupy Wall Street”.
With Chiron once more in Pisces, I feel that those of us born in the decade of the 1960′s have an unique opportunity to heal some fairly deep wounds. Before I had even turned 10 years old, I witnessed the effect of 3 major assassinations in this country: the assassination of John Kennedy; the assassination of Robert Kennedy, and the assassination of Martin Luther King. I remember exactly where I was on each of those days — it is frozen in time. Surely, I tell myself, this colored my perception of what happens to passionate leaders. To have the country’s idealism struck down with bullets from madmen’s guns.
Chiron is making its return in my chart, something that happens for most of us only one time. So, I have just recently stumbled into Chiron’s realm. What I hope to do, is dig a bit deeper for all of us with Chiron in Pisces and post my findings. There is no doubt in my mind that this age group has been really hit hard economically by what is occurring in the world. Many I meet are having to completely recreate themselves and their lives. The good news is we are still young enough to do this — there is time to have a completely different life. There is time to create a kind of life more reflective of the deeper values we wish to express on this earth before we leave. And, we can learn from the mistakes of the hippie movement to do so.
What I see for those in this age group is a deeper, more reflective revolution. One that begins internally, perhaps stimulated by a health or financial crisis. Let down by their religion, let down by their jobs, let down by their country, those who hear Chiron’s call for healing will begin sifting the deeper questions from the inane questions. Out of this process, which may very well take another decade, will spring a community of people truly seeking to bring spiritual values into their world. Each, however, in his or her own unique way. These are the people who can show what it truly means to walk a path led only by the Inner Teacher. These individuals will show us many different creative ways to live a life of spirituality and wholeness.
Chiron Waltzing With Neptune
Neptune is one of the trickest planets for me to understand. In the tarot, the system I follow associates it with the Hanged Man. The Hanged Man is about surrender, acceptance, release . But how can you do that and not be a martyr?
In some ways, I like the idea of both Chiron and Neptune dancing together in Pisces. There is a romance in the idea. Neptune, however, will stay longer in this sign — all the way into 2025. So, we have plenty of time to at least attempt to understand this nebulous planet.
I do believe that Chiron and Neptune together could make absolutely beautiful music — and art. There can be revolutions, too, in the way we heal our Chiron wounds: through sound, light, color, and, of course, drugs. It is quite likely that marijuana will make its way legally into the public during this period. I am not sure, however, when that would be.
Then there is all that water to consider — literally and figuratively! Of course, one would expect more storms and floods and such. But also,when you add Neptune in Pisces to the equation, it becomes likely that we are entering a renaissance for ocean exploration. 1960 started out with a bang when Jacques Piccard descended to an ocean depth of 35,797 feet (7 miles) in the Trieste. During the 60′s, there was great advancement in ocean inventions and exploration, with Jacques Cousteau bringing it all alive through his television show. There were periods even, where people lived underwater!!
So, thank you feet for drawing my attention! Hopefully, once we engage the energy of Chiron, the wounds he addresses will not need to be re-opened: simply, attended to.