Want Chiron Return Inspiration? Try this. Everyone has Chiron Return at the age of 50. It is when you shake off the remnants of previous personae, take stock and do whatever healing is required.*
You’re 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 the reinvention of persona. See Chiron as the Cosmic Detective and you are your own subject, the character you’re investigating.
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.
Double Scorpio (Sun plus Mercury) Helen Thayer is a fantastic example of the ‘Adventurer’ style of handling Chiron Return. She took the dog and headed off to the Antarctic.
“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.”
Note also: Ms Thayer has a stoic Mars in Capricorn and the North Node in questing Sagittarius! You can see some of her books and thoughts here.
*I later changed my take on Chiron and decided it’s a totally punk influence, in the most fabulous way possible.