On the day Jupiter’s conjunction to Chiron was exact, amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley discovered a dark scar in Jupiter’s clouds. NASA confirmed that something, perhaps a comet, had hit the planet and exploded. Astronomers are delighted with this visual treat–and so are astrologers. Once again the play between life and myth does not disappoint. Mythological Chiron is the wounded healer and many of us on the day of a personal Chiron transit will receive a wound. We’ll cut ourselves while chopping the vegetables, we’ll trip and skin our knees or simply suffer a paper cut. Injuries call us to attention. Have we been unconscious and now snapped awake? The wounded body part may be symbolic too (for example, a jammed toe can suggest fear of stepping into the future). Wounds can also represent a deeper mystery, as in the case of Chiron, a sacrifice to placate more powerful forces. What the wound implies for the planet Jupiter I cannot say. For us below, the symbolism is no doubt varied and wide, but given Chiron is a medical healer and Jupiter signifies optimism, at least one possibility is that Jupiter’s scar depicts the injured hopes of those in the US who’ve been praying for health care reform. The media reports that the “public option” is off the table. I’m glad Obama has finally come out fighting.
Neptune is just a degree away from the Jupiter Chiron conjunction and couldn’t help getting itself into the news this week as well: those weird electric-blue clouds over Europe, like an ocean in the sky, reminding us of this beautiful god who rules the sea and dreams.
It should also be noted that it is one day after the eclipse and the violence and mayhem predicted by the most dire astrologers did not occur. I found the eclipse quite energizing and, judging from those around me, it did indeed seem to coincide with a desire to make sudden reforms (as Bernadette Brady suggested in her book Eagle and the Lark ). Speaking of reforms… US health care, anyone?