Chiron, also known as the Wounded Healer, is an extremely underrated and important asteroid in astrology. If you’re just beginning your journey with asteroids, I recommend starting with Chiron!
We all have an inner wound that can be represented by our Chiron (taking into consideration houses and aspects) and that can be transformed and used for good.
This transformation process is really important, otherwise we might feel that wound deep down for our whole lives without ever addressing it. No one feels good living with the Chiron forever!
The Chiron in Aries Wound
The Chiron wound can come from a lot of different types of trauma, but the outcome is always similar in any specific sign. In Aries, the Chiron wound is all about a core feeling of worthlessness. This is supposedly one of the most difficult yet important Chiron placements, although I tend to find that all Chiron placements are extremely difficult.
If you think of the typical Aries, you’ll notice that they are generally sure of themselves, confident, bold, and daring, which sometimes can even cause problems for them if these qualities become too extreme. Chiron in Aries is the exact opposite.
Those with the placement of Chiron in Aries will often feel that they lack some sort of core self, or that something is somehow wrong with them. They won’t feel sure of themselves or confident at all.
They may feel that they’re unfocused, uncentered, or just generally don’t belong. They may see everyone else in life moving along with a purpose but feel that they weren’t given one. Above all, people with Chiron in Aries may feel that they don’t have the right to exist, or are somehow a mistake.
The shame from this wound may make it very difficult to actually acknowledge it and begin to heal it, but this wound can also be extremely transformative as it heals. After all, we’re all here for a reason, and the person with Chiron in Aries always has a very important purpose in the world!
How This Wound Will Show Itself
There are two different ways that the Chiron in Aries wound can show itself. These methods of showcasing the wound are exact opposites, but they all stem from the same issue of not having a purpose, or fully developed sense of self.
1. This person may seek to please others and be intensely influenced by others. They’re more like Libras in nature, and will go out of their way (to the extreme detriment of themselves) to make others happy and get even the smallest bit of praise. They’re not feeding on this praise like a Leo would be, but instead need it to stay alive and assure themselves that they have some type of purpose on earth.
The individual will basically dedicate themselves to making others happy, but it will be at the expense of themselves. They will also struggle when in a group and different people want different things from them. They will choose the person who can offer the most reward (the person who’s praise means the most) and can be unintentionally cliquey because of this.
Generally, these people try to avoid taking any type of stand or getting involved in conflict or confrontation. They’ll usually choose careers or lifestyle paths where little opinion is required of them. They might also try to rescue others who lack self-worth; they’re pretty good at recognizing these same character traits in others.
This person is simply trying to prove that they can fit in with the crowd and therefore are not wrong or a mistake. The first step is for this individual to realize that trying to please others doesn’t bring them any lasting satisfaction, and that they were never a mistake in the first place, even if they may feel different.
2. Alternatively, the person might turn aggressive, showy, inflexible, and even selfish. This alternate reaction is because the person is trying to feel worthy in the face of the Chiron wound, which causes such deep internal feelings of unworthiness and shame.
This person will go to the extreme to combat these feelings, but it doesn’t truly fix the issue. They may be extremely sensitive to any putdown (whether or not the other person really intended to judge them) and can react extremely aggressively. They are Aries to the extreme, only much more touchy!
This is the guy in the bar who flips out at the smallest slight, or the person who will never speak to you again after an insignificant fight. While we see this as difficult, what’s really difficult is the emotions that they’re experiencing. Any small slight will make these people feel incredibly useless, and will remind them of how deep down, they will always lack a true self and a purpose. In order to try to make themselves feel better, they will snap, but it doesn’t fix the true issue.
The reason that the person will react this way is in an attempt to prove their uniqueness and worthiness to exist, but even if they can prove it through an interaction, it doesn’t convince them on the inside.
Where Does the Wound Come From?
If you have a Chiron in Aries wound, this means that in the past (whether in a past life or childhood) your individuality was stifled. During a series of interactions, you were taught that your individual beliefs, needs, wants, etc. were bad, and that it was wrong to have them.
Often, this wound has something to do with the parents and how they made the child feel that he/she was not enough, that he/she had no sense of purpose, and that he/she was unique in a bad way.
How to Heal Chiron in Aries
None of us are meant to be doormats, but we’re also not meant to attack others. Neither of these two reactions will make the Chiron in Aries individual feel good for the long haul or fix the struggle going on inside of them.
The difficulty with healing these wounds is that the Chiron in Aries person is very resilient and tends to avoid talking about pain. They would rather keep forging forward, but what Chiron in Aries needs to realize is that sometimes, backwards is forwards.
The first step is for the Chiron in Aries person to confront the fact that he/she does not feel a sense of self. The person may feel that there’s something wrong with him, or that something about her is useless or destructive. This is really painful, but it has to be faced on to work through this wound.
They then need to realize that a false belief is the problem. They have some belief about themselves that isn’t true, because they absolutely do deserve to be here and are here for a reason.
Chiron in Aries needs to make an impact on the world, but they have to find their unique purpose. It most likely will not be something that easily blends in with the crowd, but it will be extremely important to the growth of mankind.
Note that while working on Chiron’s wounds, you may feel a good deal of suppressed anger, especially in a fire sign such as Aries. This is completely normal – do you best to express it in a non-destructive, healthy way, such as journaling, seeing a therapist, etc.
Chiron’s wounds will never completely heal, but they can be addressed and transmuted to create something wonderful. If you have the Chiron in Aries placement, you will learn that it is through your wounds (and the process of dealing with them) that you will find your unique purpose and start to feel like you exist for a specific reason.
Chiron in Aries will often become quite the healer (whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or metaphorically) because they’re able to recognize when others feel a lack of self-worth, due to having experienced it themselves. They can be extremely kind and caring towards others once they can deal with their own pain instead of completely identifying with it.
If you’re feeling lost about where to begin, try the following exercise.
Chiron in Aries Exercise
- Make a list of qualities you consider to be positive and a list of qualities you consider to be negative. If you’re having trouble, Google personality traits or positive and negative qualities and use that as a starting point.
- Put a check mark next to the qualities you believe you possess. Put a circle next to the qualities you would like to develop.
- Observe yourself displaying both the positive and negative qualities over the next few weeks. Notice especially when you display a positive quality, and when you bring value to an interaction with someone or something else.
Do you have Chiron in Aries? How has it manifested in your life based on its house and aspects? Let us know in the comments below!