When I went looking for an image to illustrate this post, I didn’t know that there was a car named after Chiron, the centaur. It seems a little flashy and expensive (almost $3M USD) to be named after wise, old Chiron, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s the car Chiron would have bought during his mid-life crisis when he started losing his hair and his hooves weren’t really working they way they used to work.
Anyway, Mars opposed my natal Chiron just a few minutes ago. It’s the sort of aspect that only happens to someone every couple of years, unless Mars is making a retrograde pass over that part of the natal chart.
Because of their uncommon yet repetitive nature, Mars transits can be the sort of thing that people can track in order to discover their personal relevance. I’d like to say that I can track the relevance of mine, but to be honest these aspects confuse me. I’ve got a lot going on when Mars opposes Chiron because it happens on the same day that it forms a conjunction with my natal Pluto, and a day before it forms a conjunction with my natal Uranus. Frankly, that’s a lot to process all at once.
I was born in early 1966 when Uranus, Pluto and Chiron were all lined up in a very unusual configuration, so this 18-19° Virgo/Pisces axis can be a place where interesting things occur in my chart. However, everyone else born at the same time as me (late ’65 and early ’66) has the same axis highlighted by these outer planets and this significant asteroid.
Personally, I have never noticed much happening to me when Mars is making aspects to these outer planets — at least not in a noisy, Martian fashion. The important thing to note, though, is that Mars isn’t personalized in my natal chart like some other planets. While I do notice the transits of Mars through the houses of my horoscope on a more personal level, I don’t really feel the transits of Mars to any heavenly bodies beyond Saturn.
That isn’t to say that nothing happens when this aspect is occurring. I released my last book on the day that Mars lined up along this axis, making broad declarations to make big changes to my life. In some ways I did. I started keeping up this blog on a regular basis. I changed up the way I worked in order to make a living. I began seriously practicing yoga. Yet what I didn’t feel was the “suddenness” that many astrologers associate with major Mars transits. There was a shift in my perspective, perhaps, but it certainly wasn’t a bolt from the blue.
Again, Mars isn’t personalized in my chart, so maybe this is how I’m supposed to feel during transits of the red planet. Nevertheless, I’m going to pay more attention to these critical points in my chart (there are a few) and compare them to the way I was feeling the last time they happened now that I have this blog as a personal diary of my previous experiences with these transits.
This isn’t the first time that I’ve bragged about how this blog is making me a better astrologer, and it certainly won’t be the last. Still, if I didn’t go back and figure out how these events work in my own life, I wouldn’t be so eager to share my revelations with you. I can be a big know-it-all, but I usually make sure that I know it all before I lay it all down in print for the sake of posterity. Perhaps that’s one of the things that Chiron is revealing to me during this biennial event. Even without Mars personalized in my chart, that makes a whole lot of sense.