One of the most important transits of the year is Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Aries.
Jupiter and Chiron only meet each other in Aries once every 50 years on average.
The exact transit happens on March 12th, 2023 at 14° Aries – but we can already feel its influence, since Jupiter and Chiron are only a few degrees away from each other.
Jupiter conjunct Chiron comes with opportunities for healing and growth.
Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Aries will help us integrate our dual nature, so we can find wholeness and meaning.
“What one can be, one must be” – Abraham Maslow.
I love this quote because it captures the essence of our Chiron journey.
We are here for a reason – to fulfill our human potential.
Fulfilling our potential is very hard. If it was easy, we wouldn’t have come here.
Yet, it is non-negotiable, hence the use of the word “must” – “what one can be, one must be”.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualization is at the top of the pyramid. It’s our highest goal; all the other needs (physiological, safety, love and esteem) are just a preparation for this magnificent task: to become what we are meant to be.
Our natal chart comes encrypted with our unique mission. There are 8 billion unique natal charts, and 8 billion unique humans with 8 billion unique missions.
The key to our natal chart is Chiron.
Of course, every planet and every aspect makes us who we are; but it’s Chiron, thanks to its strategic position between traditional planets and outer planets, that reveals how we can reconcile our human nature (planets up to Saturn) with our divine promise (outer planets), and fulfill our potential.
Being human is hard. Stepping out of Saturn’s rings is very difficult. Yet, we all know, deep inside, that there is ‘something’ on the other side, and this ‘knowing’ won’t’ let us live until we do something about it.
Chiron – 2 Types Of Wounds
In astrology, Chiron is the archetype of the wound. We all have Chiron in our natal chart, so we are all wounded by design. The wound is divinely engineered to make us search for answers and continuously evolve.
Life is not about living a pain-free life, but about choosing the type of discomfort we want to experience:
The first type of wound is continuously stepping outside our comfort zone. Taking risks, putting ourselves out there, failing, being rejected, and starting it all over.
When you ask someone out on a date, you risk rejection. When you get a promotion, you feel awkward surrounded by people with more experience than you, who treat you like a novice. When you launch a book, you take the risk that no one might read it. When you start a business, you deal with uncertainty and responsibility. When you become a parent, you live with the constant worry of not being able to protect your child from pain and suffering.
The second type of wound is more subtle. It’s the pain of living an unfulfilled life, of sitting with your latent potential and not doing anything about it. Deep inside you KNOW you are here for more, and that with every minute that goes by you’re slowly wasting your life, YET you don’t do anything about it, either because it’s too hard, or because you don’t know what to do.
What type of pain do you want to experience?
As frightening as it may be to get out there, the 1st type of wound hurts less than the 2nd. But wound#1 require us to step outside Saturn’s rings of safety. What’s on the other side of Saturn? We don’t know. That’s why option #1 requires vulnerability.
Chiron – Vulnerability, Shame, Guilt, Inadequacy
Chiron is associated with feelings of vulnerability, shame, guilt and inadequacy. If we really think about it, the only reason why we don’t go for what we want is that we experience either shame, or guilt.
Shame: we are afraid of what others might think of us, which is really an avoidance of feedback, of getting a reality check of where we stand, or a fear of not being able to survive outside our safe social circle.
Guilt: or we feel guilty because for whatever reason (deep-rooted parental or societal conditioning, religious conditioning “you’re a sinner”) we believe there’s something fundamentally wrong with us, and that we don’t deserve “more”.
Anthropologist Ruth Benedict was the first to come up with the concept of guilt culture vs. shame culture.
In a guilt culture (blue) you know you are good or bad by what your conscience feels.
In a shame culture (red) you know you are good or bad by what your community says about you, by whether it honors or excludes you.
In a guilt culture people feel they do bad things; in a shame culture social exclusion makes people feel they are bad.
Some cultures (e.g. Western culture) are more wired towards guilt, while others (e.g. Arabic, Eastern) towards shame, but there’s no one-size-fits-all rule. You as an individual can identify with either, or with both.
You may wonder why we bring up this cultural model in a discussion about Jupiter conjunct Chiron.
Jupiter Conjunct Chiron In Aries – The Root Of The Wound
In astrology, Jupiter rules society – with its norms and unwritten rules. When Jupiter conjuncts Chiron, Jupiter will show us how our individual wound (Chiron in Aries) is connected to learned models of beliefs and behaviors (Jupiter).
Chances are, a lot of your pain and suffering is rooted in some social models or behaviors. Jupiter will put the magnifying glass on your Chiron wound so that you can see it for what it is.
Jupiter expands everything it touches. When Jupiter meets Chiron, Jupiter will expose – and even blow out of proportions – our wound. Our Chiron wound WILL be triggered, there’s no way around it.
But unlike other planets, Jupiter will also come with a solution.
Jupiter is the planet of consensus and coherence. That’s why in astrology Jupiter rules knowledge, education, the moral code and the law – Jupiter is the final denominator, what everyone agrees on.
Jupiter’s role is to help us connect the dots to find a greater and more meaningful whole.
So when Jupiter meets Chiron in March 2023, our wound will finally make sense to us. Something will click, and the awareness of what our wound is about and how it is triggered, will eventually help us heal it.
Jupiter Conjunct Chiron – What One Can Be, One Must Be
Our Chiron journey doesn’t stop at healing the wound. Chiron is not only our wound, but also our gift. Chiron is the gap between who we are now, and who we could be.
“What one can be, one must be”
Jupiter conjunct Chiron will help us connect the dots and see what’s the bigger picture behind these wounds, revealing the crucial role they have served in our growth and development.
Without the wound, without the pain, we wouldn’t be motivated to grow and evolve.
When we heal our wound, when we accept our dual nature, we automatically unlock our gift.
No one is here by chance. You are here for a very special reason. Jupiter conjunct Chiron in Aries may be that blink of clarity that will not only set you on a path of healing, but take you on a journey of (re)discovering your magnificence, so you can become the person you were meant to be.