A Healing Journey as the Sun joins Chiron in Pisces
This week the Sun joins Chiron in Pisces, then Mercury will pass by on 24th March.
Since Chiron moved into Pisces on 2011 it has been awakening the wound – and the healing – for those born between 1961-1969 approx.
Chiron in Pisces is the most difficult of placements as it can feel like being forsaken by God. However I truly believe that, as fellow astrologer Martin Lass so aptly says, the ‘gift is in the wound’. I also know that we can heal all of our wounds.
A Personal Story in honour of my Mother
My Chiron return happened many years ago and I was already on the spiritual path of Psychology of Vision. My wound was that my mother had a nervous breakdown and subsequently entered a mental hospital at her Chiron return, and never recovered.
I’d had a brush with a psychotic attack, and knew that I had been in a highly altered visionary state just before it occurred.
My mother’s Chiron in Aries would be her wound about being a pioneer, and like many women of her generation she had psychic gifts. She had polio when she was in her early 30ties when I was a child, and her courage in conquering that illness was formidable.
I never saw her depressed. Although crippled, she was a wonderful mother to me and my sister. Then, when we left home, and she no longer had that role, she broke down.
Way back in the 1970ties mental illness was a big taboo and my mother didn’t get much help apart from drugs and ECT. Thank God that nowadays there is more openness and discussion, however there is still a stigma.
Through my healing journey I now know that my mother was my greatest teacher. That had she been ‘normal’ I would never have gone on that healing path and received the gifts that are a part of my purpose.
From the bottom of my heart I salute you, my dear brave mother.
As the Sun activates Chiron I encourage you to read this article by a real shaman, Malidoma Patrice Somé. He offers answers that are truly empowering.
The Shamanic View of Mental Illness
In the shamanic view, mental illness signals “the birth of a healer,” explains Malidoma Patrice Somé. Thus, mental disorders are spiritual emergencies, spiritual crises, and need to be regarded as such to aid the healer in being born.
What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” The person going through the crisis has been chosen as a medium for a message to the community that needs to be communicated from the spirit realm.
“Mental disorder, behavioral disorder of all kinds, signal the fact that two obviously incompatible energies have merged into the same field,” says Dr. Somé. These disturbances result when the person does not get assistance in dealing with the presence of the energy from the spirit realm.
One of the things Dr. Somé encountered when he first came to the United States in 1980 for graduate study was how this country deals with mental illness. When a fellow student was sent to a mental institute due to “nervous depression,” Dr. Somé went to visit him.
“I was so shocked. That was the first time I was brought face to face with what is done here to people exhibiting the same symptoms I’ve seen in my village.” What struck Dr. Somé was that the attention given to such symptoms was based on pathology, on the idea that the condition is something that needs to stop. This was in complete opposition to the way his culture views such a situation.
As he looked around the stark ward at the patients, some in straitjackets, some zoned out on medications, others screaming, he observed to himself, “So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture. What a loss! What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted.”
“Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity – the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom – and reconnects with that world of Spirit.”
―Malidoma Patrice Somé