Chiron & Physiology
The ideas presented in this article arise from much counseling work on the Sacred Wound in individuals and couples. They are presented only as intriguing possibilities at this time. For a complete description of the Sacred Wound, in order to understand the information in this article properly, see my book on the subject, linked to at the end of this article.
It may be that there is a physiological location of the Sacred Wound. The Sacred Wound or opening of the infant’s pre-conscious state (at age 9 – 11 months) may physiologically manifest just below and interior to the occipital region (upper back of the neck, below the cranium). The rationale for this is as follows.
The brain stem is the regulator of the body’s most basic, involuntary functions like respiration, blood pressure, heart rate and basic motor skills. It is located posterior and below the cerebellum and actually resides within the protection of the upper cervical spine. Brain and spine surgeons are quite resistant to operating on the brain stem due to the huge number of nerves which congregate there. The stem is understood to represent species- related functions, or the primal instincts that keep the basic physical self alive (ie., the R.A.S. or Reticular Activating System), It is one of the very first formations that begins to form in the (what will later become the) head of the fetus during the second trimester. In a sense, this area becomes the location of implicit, primal survival mechanisms and thus it is vital for our body’s homeostasis.
For this reason, the brain stem also has been seen by early psychologists as the physical location of the non-physical ego. I sometimes refer to the ego as the root chakra of Identity1 as it is our subconscious command center for instinctual – physical and emotional – self- protection. Just as the ego is responsible for keeping us (feeling) emotionally safe, the brain stern is responsible for keeping us physically alive.
The location of the brain stem is physiologically book-ended by the rigid protective skull above and the concavity of the cervical spine below. Where one is fixed, the other is flexible. Where one protects dogmatically, the other can respond fluidly. Their meeting point is a strange threshold of contrasting anatomical realities. l have observed that this region will often be chronically weak or troublesome in many people for whom Chiron is prominent (either natally or by transit) and for whom the wound has gone largely unaddressed. Perhaps with research we may find a correlation between Chiron-induced psychological weakness and insufficient development in this area of the body brought on by hereditary predisposition (karma), illness or injury.
The anatomical coherence or strength between the upper cervical vertebrae as it joins the cranium may correlate to the level of integration of the initial sacred wound experience within the body. With the right lens of perception, this strikingly matches the orbital home of asteroid/comet Chiron, balanced between rigid Saturn and free Uranus. In this we are reminded that the natural evolution of a human being must include the psychoid (psychic + physical) split or wounding and is not in any way an abnormality or tragedy, so often argued in light-polarized or “new age” literature.
The sign, house and aspects of natal Chiron can in fact indicate physiologic as well as psychic wounds which relate specifically to the formation and later integration of egoic function (balanced sense of self and maintaining perceived safety). From Chiron’s natal signature emerges a dependable system of accurately interpreting the intricate energetics of the body/mind which produces clues about physical woundings at the time of the initial Sacred Wound experience (9-ll months of age). This can also be applied to later-in-life Chiron transits and progressions. ln Soulsign Astrology, we always strive to “read” the evolutionary reasons for a physical trauma or disease in order to understand the Soul-level context for that manifestation. Both the manifestation of an acute challenge and its deeper causes can of course be gleaned by the signs, houses and aspects of Chiron that apply to the situation in question.
1 Self-Identity is composed of the five basic ways through which we know ourselves as individuals: ego; persona; body-mind, psyche or somatic reality; physical body; and karmic identity patterns (unconscious roles and assumptions about oneself)
Chiron, the Wisdom of a Deeply Open Heart
“The deeply open heart is the Heart that feels life and does not protect us from it, the Heart passionately and equally open to both the pain of loss and the joy of connection without resistance. It is the Heart that knows that both are ultimately, itself.” – Adam Gainsburg
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Includes a general and refreshing exploration of astrological polarity in light of leading insights into the nature of evolving consciousness; a look at the meaning of Chiron’s glyph; Chiron through the signs and houses; in‐depth examinations of the sacred wound, sacred medicine, broken‐open heart and medicine‐walk archetypes; the karmic implications of Chironic placement; Chiron retrograde; and the popular article, “The Chiron‐Moon Connection.”