Astrology

Wound-Healing Chiron Is About To Go Retrograde—Here’s What To Expect for Your Sign During This ‘Cathartic’ Time

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Retrogrades—or transits during which planets appear to move in reverse—tend to be a doozy. When any planet shifts into one of these cycles, the backward energy can quite literally impede forward progress in areas of life over which it rules. The same is true for Chiron—a small, planet-like asteroid circling our solar system—which signifies our deepest inner wounds. Its retrogrades can be personally intense, pushing us toward confronting whatever lies within. And we’re due for one right about now: On July 19, Chiron goes retrograde in Aries and chugs backward through the sign until December 23.

Named after the centaur Chiron in Greek mythology, who was known to be a great healer but when wounded, ironically, could not heal himself, the celestial body of Chiron in astrology similarly reflects the biggest weakness, personal struggle, or past-life trauma that we're destined to carry throughout life. The sign of your natal Chiron, or where Chiron was located when you were born, can lend insight into just what that cosmic baggage may be for you. “Chiron is our core wound,” says astrologer Lisa Stardust, author of The Love Deck. “And it is also that which we heal for others but often struggle to mend in ourselves.”

“Chiron is calling us to embark on a journey of conscious awareness of the insecurities that are holding us back.”  —Alexandria Lettman, astrologer

When Chiron is retrograde, it tends to surface these hidden wounds in different ways and push us to find new avenues of healing. “Chiron is calling us to embark on a journey of conscious awareness of the insecurities that are holding us back from completely embracing who we are,” says astrologer Alexandria Lettman, founder of spiritual-wellness platform Jupiter Jewel.

Rather than feel doomed or overwhelmed by these struggles, though, we can expect to feel “motivated and empowered to help ourselves,” says Lettman, thanks to Chiron’s current location in the active, fearless sign of Aries. That could mean becoming more understanding of our weaknesses and the ways in which they influence our feelings, and more capable of showing ourselves love and compassion, regardless, says Stardust: “It’s a very cathartic time.”

Exactly how this catharsis may show up in your life depends on how Chiron retrograde in Aries interacts with your birth chart. Below, Lettman and Stardust break down the effects by zodiac sign. Read on for your sun and rising signs to get the fullest picture of what to expect.

Here’s how Chiron retrograde in Aries may affect you, based on your zodiac sign

Aries

Because it's happening in your sign (aka your first house of self-identity), Chiron retrograde will have the strongest impact on you, Aries. "It may encourage you to reflect on any recent experiences that knocked your confidence or caused you to doubt your potential," says Lettman. To get as clear on the direction of your life as others tend to suspect you are, take this time to slow down and reevaluate. "This is a good time to meditate and focus on your needs as you figure out the next steps you wish to take," says Stardust.

Taurus

Tough interactions with others that left you reeling in the past could re-surface during this time, Taurus. Chiron is activating your twelfth house of the inner psyche, pushing you to confront the emotional responses you may have buried. "This is an opportunity for you to heal without needing closure from others and also to move forward without ignoring how you feel," says Lettman. Though you may be tempted to spend time alone, Stardust suggests avoiding that path to keep from stewing. Instead, take a solo trip to the beach or a café, she says, "to be around people without them being in your direct orb."

Gemini

With this transit highlighting your 11th house of community and social circles, you could feel some insecurities around your sense of belonging (or lack thereof), Gemini. "Your unexplored inner wounds may have you convinced that you can't trust people or that you're more alone than you really are," says Lettman. Particularly in any new groups of people, that feeling could manifest as difficulty loosening up. "You don't have to rush to trust others, but you should push yourself to open up a little," says Stardust. After all, that's the only way to form a real connection.

Cancer

Doubts surrounding your career, ambitions, or aptitude could swirl around this time, Cancer. With Chiron touching your 10th house of work and reputation, it's possible that insecurities rooted in your childhood could have you questioning your capability of leading a new project or taking on more responsibility at work, says Stardust. Take a beat to determine if those hesitations are actually warranted—or if a fear of failure is what's really holding you back.

Leo

As your ninth house of learning and intellect is hit by this transit, prepare for your beliefs to come into question, Leo. "You could face moments of confusion as you're pushed to reconsider certain deeply held personal philosophies," says Lettman. But, of course, there's nothing wrong with changing your mind when you receive information that supports a new perspective; in fact, that's a sign of growth. Connecting with new ideas—whether by reading, asking questions, or traveling, for example—will liberate, rather than restrain you, she adds.

Virgo

Take a deep breath, Virgo. Given that Chiron retrograde in Aries will touch your intimate eighth house of sex, taboo, and transformation, this transit could be particularly intense for you. Your best bet is to be open to the outside support that the universe may be sending your way, says Stardust, rather than trying to muscle through emotional trauma alone (as your naturally independent self may want to do). "Don't let your intellect get in the way of your intuition during this time," she says. "Instead of thinking, allow yourself to feel in order to get the clarity you desire."

Libra

Your relationships could be shaken up by this transit, Libra, as it activates your seventh house of partnerships. "Any imbalances that may exist in your partnerships could come to a head during this time, pushing you to consider how you might get on more equal footing," says Stardust. Perhaps your own insecurities are getting in the way of you truthfully sharing your feelings with a partner. Or, maybe you're stuck in a people-pleasing cycle, and the acts you're doing in service of a partner aren't being reciprocated. In either case, Stardust suggests taking time to explore the origins of those behaviors in yourself.

Scorpio

Tending to your overall physical and mental health will be of the utmost importance during this time, Scorpio. Chiron retrograde highlights your sixth house of wellness and daily rituals, "illuminating the harmful lifestyle patterns that may be facilitating a poor relationship between you and your body," says Lettman. Consider how you might divorce your sense of self-worth from your productivity, and instill stronger boundaries to take care of your well-being, she suggests. In general, this is a well-aligned time to rest and seek comfort from pets or nature.

Sagittarius

Because this transit touches your fifth house—which is all about external sources of pleasure—you could find that you've been inadvertently depriving yourself of that joy, perhaps by catering to others and forgetting yourself. "Setting boundaries is tough, but it may be more important for you to do so now than ever," says Stardust. That is, you shouldn't feel obligated to help others when your own cup isn't full. Instead, focus on doing more of what you love during this time. Laughter may really be your best medicine right now, says Lettman.

Capricorn

Prepare to revisit your childhood, Capricorn. Given that Chiron is so deeply linked with hidden wounds, in general, and this retrograde touches your fourth house of familial roots, it's possible that early-life or even generational trauma could bubble up during this time, says Lettman. "Focus on restoring your sense of emotional security, tend to your inner child, and spend time with whoever makes you feel safe." If you can find a way to connect (or reconnect) with your family from a place of love, you'll stand to benefit, says Stardust.

Aquarius

If you've held your tongue recently or hesitated to say your piece, you may feel the need to explore why, Aquarius. Is it, perhaps, the potential judgment of others or an internal insecurity that's holding you back? Either way, Chiron activating your third house of communication will push you to consider how you can better stand in your truth, says Lettman. "It's important for you to be heard by those whom you care about," says Stardust. "The more you can muster up the confidence to share, the better you'll feel in the end."

Pisces

The way you measure your own self-worth could be due for review, Pisces. This transit highlights your second house of finances and value, forcing you to consider how much of your self-approval may be rooted in external sources, like money, title, or the expectations of others. "This is a time to look within yourself to define your identity and connect to spirituality, and let go of your relationship to the material realm," says Stardust.

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