Chiron in Aries through the houses (part 1)

Wherever Chiron is found there is hypersensitivity and pain until there has been what I would call a Chirotic awakening, the compassionate self-awareness is then activated and it becomes possible to give up your pain, even to take it on board gladly because it is a reminder of the connectedness of you and I, that we share a bond of human vulnerability. We learn then, wherever Chiron is found, to give up our self, and nowhere is this more true than in the sign of Aries. To some extent, I find that many, many partnerships are formed between those whose Chrion’s straddle the Aries Point, with one in Pisces and the other in Aries, because they are so very complementary. Chiron in Pisces is the pain of selflessness, whilst Chiron in Aries is the pain of selfishness, they are, despite being semi-sextile, strangely compatible, almost polarised positions. Chiron in Aries is concerned with hypersensitivity to the idea of self; it can manifest then as an inability to assert one’s own needs, or to be overreactive to criticism, perceived or outright. Usually this manifests as a lack of self-worth which can act as a brake on self-esteem or a goad to offended dignity. Today I would like to briefly consider this theme through the houses (in two parts) for the placement of the centaur in the sign of the ram.

Burton gives a masterclass in Arien Chirotic power in Look Back in Anger (1958)

1st House: The first rules appearance and physical self-expression, so here there is a sense of almost becoming a non-entity. The native will struggle to express himself in a way that “works”. This is probably best illustrated by an example. Consider Richard Burton, who showed a talent for English literature at grammar school, though his consuming interest was sport. With the assistance of his inspirational schoolmaster, Philip H. Burton (who mentored him), he excelled in school productions. Philip could not legally adopt Burton because their ages were too close together. It was at this time that he began to develop the distinctive speaking voice that became his hallmark, having been encouraged by Philip (who sidelined as a BBC radio producer) to “lose his Welsh accent”. To this day, many aspiring actors study Burton’s style of elocution which has been hailed by critics worldwide. So immediately we see that Burton had to lose (Chiron) some intrinsic part of his self (Aries), and learn to express himself in a way that was not his own (1st House). Anyone with Aries here will be unable to feel that their ‘way of being’ matters or is significant enough. Anyone with this placement should watch Burton’s performance in “Look Back in Anger”, (in my opinion his greatest performance) it is a seminal Chirotic expression of the Aries and first house placement, magnificent and unmissable. Walt Whitman (easily my favourite poet) shares this placement; and his Leaves of Grass (1855) consisted of 12 untitled poems, one of which was to later become famous as “Song of Myself.” His literary style was experimental, a free-verse avalanche in celebration of nature and self that has since been described as the first expression of a distinctly American voice. Thus the wound of Chiron in Aries in the first becomes clear, the pain of being unable to express oneself, one’s true identity, creates a powerful impetus and if awakened, can give magnificent expressive potential.

2nd House: The lack of self-worth that accompanies Chiron’s residence in Aries is compounded by a lack of material self-worth; here the native feels financially and materially insignificant and is hypersensitive to themes of money and possessions, particularly in the sense of deserving these things. IT would not be uncommon therefore for a housewife or homemaker to feel that her lack of self-esteem is in large part a result of not contributing financially to things. It is interesting that Queen Elizabeth II has this placement, so no doubt at some deep part of her psyche, the tax burden her status places upon her subjects must be deeply uncomfortable to her; and it is no coincidence then – in my view – that she is the first British monarch to freely commit to payment of income taxes, it is a classic expression of Chirotic guilt since she feels that she does not deserve her financial position in life. Another native evincing this placement is Spike Milligan, who – aware of financial issues of self-worth more than most – uttered the highly insightful words: “Money couldn’t buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy.” There is no question that considerable discomfort was attached to financial issues here.

Vocal Power

Malcolm X: Vocal Power

3rd House: Here Chiron creates a low educational self-esteem and a sense that one’s eloquence is not up to scratch. Speech can literally be a painfully difficult experience and inadequacy and uncertainty in any particularly erudite or thoughtful communicative pursuits may cause genuine distress. A person with Chiron in Aries here may well feel as though they are not heard, or that their opinions do not matter because they are not considered or well formed enough. The gift of Chiron awakened here is the realisation of great power to speak, to rouse to action and to energise through the words. Consider then Malcolm X, the U.S. black Muslim leader, political speaker and activist who – despite having almost no formal education to speak of – embarked on a rigorous program of self-education whilst in prison where he copied the entire dictionary word for word and thus activated his Chirotic force whereupon he was able to generate incredible power to motivate, energise and assert a new political and social agenda in the United States. Remember too that Ares the God of War, is never far divorced from this placement, and consider one of Malcolm’s most radical and powerful speeches, delivered on April 12th 1954, in Detroit to a large audience where he used the immortal Chiron in Aries in the 3rd phrase “the ballot or the bullet”. Small coincidence that his speaking became so powerful that it provoked Mars – in the form of gunfire to cut short his remarkable life. Malcolm X was a true Chirotic warrior and he died on the front-lines without a doubt!

Respect me, respect my Chiron in Aries...

Respect me, respect my Chiron in Aries...

4th House: I talked yesterday about how some roles are nearly tailor-made for certain actors because of some psychic resonance that is cast into a particular role (for better or worse) and quite apart from the fact that somebody in Hollywood needs to hire me for a casting role (not the couch thanks), I am amazed how often this comes to be proven in the astrology. Consider Chiron in the 4th where themes of family, tradition, the “old country”, roots, beginnings and endings are all configured in such a way as to cause distress through the sense that the self does not figure properly in this context, Chiron in the 4th ought to be fairly critical since it is the house where true identity is formed, and Chiron in Aries creates identity impotence. Of course as Chiron is awakened, the power will manifest. If ever there was a manifestation of Chirotic power in the themes of the 4th house then it is in Mario Puzo’s epic 1972 drama “The Godfather.” Consider the polarity of Chiron, unawakened it creates distress, pain, and in Aries this manifests out of consciousness as a sense of irrelevance, that our contribution simply does not matter in terms of the family, the tradition passed from one generation to the next, all 4th house themes. Small coincidence then that Marlon Brando, with Chiron in Aries in the 4th gave one of the most evocative, meaningful and powerful performances as the Godfather of an ancient and violent (Aries) family dynasty (4th).

5th House: Here Chiron manifests as a sense that our creativity has no relevance, is not worthy of recognition or provokes resentment in some painful manner. Our children may be overly dominant towards us, or not take our needs into account, romantic partners may do the same (not marriage partners: that is the 7th) or, if we create art, music, poetry or somesuch, we may feel that it is overlooked or considered irrelevant or unworthy by others. It is probably not too great a stretch to say that it is possible to identify the most creative human being that ever lived as Ludwig van Beethoven, who evinced this very placement. Chiron is about the wound or suffering though, so is it really any surprise that the man who wrote one of the most beautiful pieces of music in all creation (in my view: Piano Concerto No. 5, not to mention Fur Elise), was almost completely deaf by the age of 28. Imagine that depth of inner agony and ongoing suffering! Fittingly for the 5th house too, Beethoven’s greatest work, and no doubt the most recognisable introduction to a piece of music in the world today was his 5th symphony! Here, the Chirotic force in Aries is expressed as nearly unbridled power and relevance. Artist’s with this placement have enormous potential if they are able to awaken to it.

full of doubt, probably.

Russell: full of doubt, probably.

6th House: Here is always a tricky placement for Chiron, regardless of sign, because it manifests as an experience of one’s work and health not mattering. Here is a person who becomes sick and nobody seems to care, or who is dedicated and conscientious in their job, but somebody else always seems to get the credit for the smallest and most insignificant contribution, while your own enormous dedication is ignored or glossed over completely. This is also a calling to become a healer in this lifetime, especially where Chiron is retrograde also and if conjunct the descendant, counselling ought to be a part of the design too. I have noted a strong propensity for pacifism with this placement, since no doubt, it seeks to habituate the pain of violence in some way and heal the dichotomy of war and suffering in the world, (it’s a big ask, but Chiron in the 6th wants to heal the lifestyle of course, their own and everyone else’s!) Thus healing (6th) of violence (Aries) is of particular import here. Bertrand Russell, whose daily work was as a philosopher spoke directly to Chiron in Aries’ sense that their contribution is not properly acknowledged when he said: “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.” Here is a statement that speaks volumes about 6th house themes of habituated attitudes and the angst they cause; and of course Russell was too a vociferous opponent of both the Vietnam War and nuclear armaments.

I may well continue with this study tomorrow :)

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33 comments on “Chiron in Aries through the houses (part 1)

  1. Excellent post! Excellent blog! I am glad I have found you. I have added you into my favourites and will put you in my link page soon (give me a week or so).

    I have Chiron in Aries in the 2nd house, and I believe you have interpreted this correctly.

    Mes amitiés.

  2. Kerrie says:

    Interesting post. I have Chiron in Aries in the 5th, and I agree about the not finding an audience for your creative work. That has definitely been my experience. But I’m wondering if you could give an example of a chirotic awakening?

  3. [...] Kerrie asked: “I’m wondering if you could give an example of a chirotic awakening?“ [...]

  4. seb says:

    Very interesting post, thank you – by far the best account I’ve found of my own placement (Aries, 6th Hse).

    Your last paragraph, on this placement, made very uncomfortable reading – you might have been reading my mind. The Russell quote sums up my attitude, a bitter attitude which has always held me back.

    I’d be very interested in a further article, suggesting balancing/alleviating forces to help resolve each of the Chiron placements you talk about.

    Or is Chiron a bit sui generis, in your opinion? i.e. you can’t sort it out by e.g. boosting your Martian or Jovian side, only by dealing with it in itself?

  5. chirotic says:

    Absolutely Seb, if you have Chiron in the 6th then you need to be thinking about your destiny to help others; to heal others, that is the only way that you can address your own wounds.
    I do think there’s a lot of dogmatism about Chiron, even this early on. Melanie Reinhart started out with it and others have built on it just a little. I think the Chirotic wound can be treated, but it requires a form of enlightenment to do it. Not a full blown 3 pillars of Zen satori, just a little letting go and acceptance.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Wow. I have Chiron in Aries in the 4th house and I do feel like my family contributions are completely irrelevant. Although I love my family and my family loves me, they just don’t seem to be where I do my best or show my best. All my ways just seem peripheral although I found houses for both my parents. Does it matter? I still feel cast as the ‘selfish’ (Aries) one in the family and have been trying to make it up ever since. Spot on!

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  8. Su says:

    Thank you so much for this article.
    My aries chiron is in the fifth house. Now I understand where my lack of faith in my artistic work comes from.
    It would be nice to know how t heal it though..

    Many thanks.
    Cheers

    Su

  9. Hillman says:

    This is just awesome, I have Chiron in Aries in 6th house. That’s what happened at every job, I did all the work but Managers took all the credit. Even started/created a whole new department going from 2 people to 25, and for my reward got booted to another department.

    I know I feel better when I help others out, but it doesn’t seem to pay the bills.

    Thanks for the great read.

  10. Luckyjupiter says:

    I have Chiron in Aries in the fourth and in both my early family and life and long marriage felt worthless in both situations in relation to my parents and then my husband (marriage now over after 15years). I dont have this experience in relation to my relationship with my three children (I have great 5th house placements) and consider myself a natural mother and wonder if healing the wound of Chiron can be healed through the fourth house aspects of my own children.

  11. Pamela Henderson says:

    Thank you for having something specific to give us regarding the placement of Chiron in Sign and House. Considering the current transit Saturn square to Pluto forms a T-square with my Chiron (2degrees Aries, 4th house, Placidus) with Saturn opp my Chiron and Pluto the “Apex”…I really needed to do some research!!! And, you have the part about feeeling irrelevent down pat. Cheers! I would be great if you could add any “remedies” that occur to you, in order to cope with the manifested distress, albiet, up to ones individual conscious disposition to digest and/or fathom. Never-the-less, something to ponder. Thank you, again.

  12. Luckyjupiter says:

    Hi Pamela
    The rememdy is that one must learn to value and nourish oneself. One must learn to set up boundaries, with others and for yourself. I have a simple method where I simply stop and consider the energetics of a situation or person. If I guage my own energy I can tell if whats happening, or if a relaionship is healthy for me. If it increases my energy I keep it, if if decreases my energy it crosses a personal boundary and the relaionship, conversation, incident must be moved away form me. It;s practice at learning to meet your own needs, value and honor yourself.

    • Erin says:

      EXCELLENT GUIDANCE MUCH APPRECIATED BY A FELLOW EMPATH (CHI ARIES 1st HOUSE). THANK YOU !!!! SIMPLE, ESSENTIAL, VERY DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE HOW POWERFULLY NECESSARY IT IS TO TUNE IN TO SELF THIS WAY.

  13. LB says:

    This is by far the most eerily accurate description of Chiron in the 6th and its accompanying frustrations that I’ve ever read. My 6th house Chiron (Retrograde,in Aquarius) trines my 2nd house North Node conjunct Venus conjunct Sun (in Libra), sextiles my 4th house Saturn and opposes my 12th house Uranus (with Uranus coincidentally being lord of my 6th house). This combined with my Virgo Ascendant (conjunct 12th house Pluto) has compelled me to become involved in situations, both professionally and personally, where I can (and must) use my talents and insights to be of service in some practical way to those who are most in need.

    The biggest challenge with this placement of Chiron has been learning through experience that however valuable the insights I possess may be, there are always those who, for whatever reason, don’t want to know and who would discount me and my efforts. Sometimes this has caused me harm, but even worse, has been having to witness the unnecessary suffering of others and being unable to alleviate that suffering in any meaningful way, despite my best attempts.

    Having just experienced the Chiron/Jupiter/Neptune return, I’m left disillusioned but wiser, wondering where best I fit in. I’m trying to figure that out.

    Chiron is new to me and I wonder how we become reconciled to his placement in our chart — do we just accept this “wounding” as an inevitable part of our life, being grateful when things work out and philosophical when they don’t??? If so, maybe this explains how Bertrand Russell arrived at his chosen profession. Since the career of professional Philosopher would seem to be out of the question for me, for now at least, I’ll take your advice and work on developing some form of enlightened acceptance.

    Thanks for another great article.

  14. Rachel says:

    Wow…I have never heard such a great interpretation of Chiron in Aries in the 3rd house. Desribes me to a T. Today the new moon is conjunct my chiron. I am creating new ways of being in relation to speaking with people. Yes, I have a deep need to be heard and to share through verbal communication others. Though I feel debilitated back my low self esteem and lack of education.

    I want my Chirotic Awakening now!

    Is there any way to spur this awakening along, or to call it forth or something?

    Thanks so Much

  15. virgogirl says:

    huh…. aries in chiron in 6th…. you describe my life experience so perfectly that it is eerie. will be doing more research on chiron for sure. ty for the validation!

  16. Michelle says:

    This is by far the best description of Chiron in the 6th House! I once read an interpretation by another well-known astrologer that a 6th House Chiron meant it was difficult to be alone because the native feels a lack of identity and has no sense of self. B—sh–! Didn’t describe me at all. I frequently need alone time and become very grumpy if I don’t have enough of it. Many of my friends would say my personality is quite unique, eccentric even. More b—sh–. Thanks for posting this wonderful, truly insight interpretation of Chiron. When will you publish a book about it? :)

  17. Tish says:

    i appreciate the information so very much and it hits me right on the nail.
    i carry the sign of Aries in Chiron in the 5th House and i often compromise myself by not believing or having faith in the creativity that i have, i often feel as if it is not relevant and compare myself with others. I will do all that i can and have to, to come out of this negative way of thinking, and embrace the scripture that says “…your gift will make room for you.” Thank you so much again…great site.

  18. Xochi99873 says:

    My jaw dropped literally when I read the 3rd House description. I have Chiron in Aries in the 3rd house and I teach a course on centered on Malcolm X. I knew I was connected to the subject matter I spend my days researching but this is a whole new level. And the description you wrote around voice and being heard fits me to a “T.” Thank you for the amazing writing and for so beautifully sharing information on Malcolm; your insights are brilliant and spot-on. Wow.

  19. [...] About Chiron in the 3rd: A person with Chiron in Aries here may well feel as though they are not heard, or that their opinions do not matter because they are not considered or well formed enough. The gift of Chiron awakened here is the realisation of great power to speak, to rouse to action and to energize through the words. – Jeremy Neal of Chirotic Journal [...]

  20. ReadyToCreateAndSell says:

    I have Chiron in Aries in the 5th house. Please give examples of how to heal this position. Please.

  21. Beate says:

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thank you for this! And for the many other posts by you which I have read. My Chiron in Aries is in the 5th house (unrecognised, and self-unrecognising musician), and my partner’s Chiron in Aries in the 11th house (recognised artist and unrecognised friend). A former partner also Chiron in Aries, house unknown. Another former parter, who wanted to marry me, and felt terribly offended even by the most cautious of my creative efforts, also Chiron in Aries, house unknown.

    As seb writes, “I’d be very interested in a further article, suggesting balancing/alleviating forces to help resolve each of the Chiron placements you talk about.”

    By the way, Beethoven felt that he had a terrible lack of ideas. While composer types like Mozart and later Schubert literally were brimming with ideas, and their work was, in a way, binning 90% of them, Beethoven must have felt blank much of the time – hence the subsequent development of quite a lot of music out of one single theme e.g. in the 5th Symphony – which in turn led to an unheard-of degree of coherency in his music.

    All the best for you and your work. God bless you.
    Bea

  22. Malene (ReadyToCreateAndSell) says:

    Thank you, Bea, for sharing your personal information as well as more info on Beethoven. I really am sooo ready to have an art exhibit. I’m thinking that I can break through some of this debilitating fear by just putting my art on display….. Does anyone know of a great therapist (preferably an art therapist) in the New York City area? I NEED TO BREAK THROUGH!!!! :)

  23. Malene (ReadyToCreateAndSell) says:

    Ok. Now, as I’m re-reading the beginning of this article, I’m deepening into “the connectedness of you and I, that we share a bond of human vulnerability”…. Well, with my Chiron in Aries in the 5th House (and Uranus in Libra in the 11th House), I can only imagine how arrogant I must have been in previous incarnations concerning the art that I created – I must have isolated a lot of people with my obnoxious attitude and behavior!!!…… Well, now, I’m really paying for my past-life behavior because I’m reeeally hurting and feeling super-vulnerable to share my art….

    This is all making sense right now. I also have my South Node in Leo on the cusp of the 9th & 10th Houses and my North Node in Aquarius on the cusp of the 3rd & 4th Houses. This sure is a lifetime about “WE” and not “I”… Ok, I think that I’m understanding my Chiron in Aries in the 5th House a bit more. Also, though I am very proficient in drawing, I’m going to step out of my comfort zone (“ego zone”) and take some painting & composition classes to improve my skills. I’m hoping to become more confident in painting and be able to step out to the world as an artist.

    I would love all feedback. Thank you for your support. :) Really.

  24. stjernepsykopaten says:

    Thank you very much for these articles. I have been trying to learn more about Chiron, and this hits the spot. I have Chiron in Aries, first house, and your description is very accurate, and plays out with a native Saturn i Gemini, 3. house, which I feel underlines the same issue. I will try to see if I can get ‘Look back in Anger’. Thank you again for your writings etc.

  25. Angela says:

    Please do continue as I have Chiron in Aries in the7th house!!

  26. Cy Price says:

    Lovely post. With all the latest buzz about the next full moon and Mars-Uranus conjuction happening this month, I was interested in understanding how that might effect my Aries Chiron. I’ll have this placement conjunct my natal Chiron at 6 Aries all opposite my natal Pluto, Mars, and Uranus.

    I’ve always had issues with acknowledgement and validation when it comes to the job, work, or information I provide to others. My contributions never seem to be as valuable as others. The Bertrand Russell quote is a perfect example of my attitude.

    Thanks again for the post. I’ll be sure to visit again soon.

  27. mfc7 says:

    Very interesting interpretation of chiron placements in a natal chart! I was wondering what would it mean transiting uranus conjunct natal chiron in aries- sixth house? Would this help a chirotic awakening?

  28. Luna says:

    Chiron drives me crazy… Is it worthy the pain?? When Sun conjuncts Chiron in Sinastry… Is it a relationship for healing or a relationship to open old wounds?? Keep wondering…

  29. Michelle says:

    I have Chiron in Aries in the 1st house, and Thank You for writing about it so beautifully.
    I’m off to watch Richard Burton now..

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