The caption to this image a poignant example of a Chiron Return moment.
“Marlene Dietrich in New York at the recording studios of Columbia Records, who were releasing most of her songs she had performed for the troops during World War II. She was 51 years old and starting a come-back in show business. It was a wet and cold November night and work could only begin at midnight, at the advise of Marlene’s astrologer.”
I wonder what “advise” that specifically was. It was November 1952. Marlene was a multiple conjunct Capricorn (Mercury, Sun, Chiron, Saturn, Mars) with a Leo Moon. Midnight would have made it Leo Rising – maybe the astrologer wanted that Leo Rising for the comeback? It was her Chiron Return in Capricorn, a cold November night indeed.
Chiron as an astrological force does not get as much credit or notoriety as our friends Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. It is because Chiron shifts are often so inner-directed, like those of Neptune. All the development occurs on the inner planes, in the mind and psyche.
Chiron Return happens to everyone between the ages of 49 to 51 and then again – if you’re fortunate – at 99 to 101. So there you go, it is only every 50 years.
If you get to be half a century old, you will have amassed your fair share of defeats, regrets and sorrows amid the joys and triumphs. We all know this. And Chiron Return is when you get to decide what you’re going to make of them all. You will have the choice of – as Marianne Williamson says – becoming a victim or a phoenix.
Chiron Return is when you assess your emotional terrain gone by and plot a course through the future turf. Do you want to live in the past, navigating off directions from a possibly out-dated map? Do you harden into your resentments? Or integrate your lessons as sagacity?
By the time you’ve got to Chiron Return Zone, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ve got a few. The “Wounded Healer” doesn’t necessarily mean that Chiron – a Centaur – limps around the place, clutching a medicine bottle and being empathetic because of his limp.
It’s more about full-throttle consciousness and willingness to grow applied to your most painful areas, where it really would be more desirable to just go along with the same old narrative you’ve always had: I Am X way because Y happened. Or I was never the same again after X.
Saturn issues can be painful but they’re also often the sort of things you can talk about. And it is amazing how swiftly – as i always say – Saturn crap can be resolved with a firm, take-charge focus, work ethic and coherent plan – what you can measure you can manage.
Chiron is more like ‘what you are willing to feel will heal.’
Chiron Return is like druidic/priestess energy – sagacious and brave. But it’s not for wimps and who knows what was going through the mind of Ms Marlene Dietrich as she sat in her dressing room, that ‘wet and cold November night’?
Image: Eve Arnold – via Suicide Blonde
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