Chiron Return – which everyone has at about the age of 50 – is when you shake off the remnants of previous personae, take stock and try to do whatever healing is required. You are founding a new psychological base for yourself. It’s like a more therapeutic and nuanced version of the Saturn Return that occurred 20 years earlier.
It presents a multitude of opportunities for reinvention of persona.
Some examples. Poetry-reading Cat-Lady. Paleo-Older-Dude. Astro-Obsessive. Gourmet Cruise Addict. Cultural Maven. Twelve Step Elder. Nomadic Shaman. Tech Witch. Yogini. Ultra-Creative. Avid Eco-Warrior. Neo-Nymphomaniac. Chic Celibate. Adventurer.
Scorpio Helen Thayer is a fantastic example of the ‘Adventurer’ style of handling Chiron Return. She took the dog and headed off to the Antarctic.
The Adventurer Style Of Handling Chiron Return
“At the age of 50, five feet two inch Helen Thayer skied alone with an Inuit husky she named Charlie to the magnetic North Pole to become the first woman to do so. Drawing on her experience among the fjords, crags and glaciers of New Zealand, and her experience as a mountain guide and ski racer she skied and walked for 365 miles having braved polar bears, ice floes, and violent storms. “This was a journey of credits and debits,” she noted in her journal early on. “Every time I slipped into the debit column, I had to pull myself over into the credit column without delay.”
That was in 1988. She followed this up with a whole series of trips and firsts – living with Wolves, trekking the Gobi desert and journeying through the Amazon. These days, she educates children about wild animals and spaces while also working as a wilderness chaplain, comforting people caught up in extreme situations or with loved ones lost in harsh environments.
Her advice for success?
“Don’t listen to negative comments, such as the “polar bears will eat you”, “you will fall in the ocean and drown”, “Amazon snakes will kill you”, “you will die of thirst in the desert”. There is a long list of comments. As long as your goal is important to you, you plan thoroughly before leaving, go ahead and be confident. Believe in yourself.”
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