|Hygeia by Gustav Klimt|
It's an impressive place, with temples, baths, a gymnasium and treatment rooms. At the temple, you invoke the healing gods Apollo, Aesculapius, Panacea, Hygeia.. You pay your dues with a small bag of coins, and finish the day with a hot cup of chamomile tea.
But the most critical part of your pilgrimage takes place now. You make your bed in the hostel for the sick, a place where holy snakes shimmer across the floor throughout the night, and sacred dogs come to lick the wounds of the invalids. You close your eyes and wait for the physician-god Aesculapius, with his snake and rod, to visit you in your dreams.
The following day, a doctor visits you to record your dreams and make a diagnosis based on what you tell him. He may prescribe a mud bath or a tonic - let's hope he does not suggest trepanning!
Now, imagine that you are a wealthy Viennese lady around 19OO, and you are having the most frightful headaches. Your good friend Liselotte tells you there's this terrific doctor called Sigmund Freud who's just marvellous at curing head problems -- and so chic.
You make an appointment, you lie on his couch, you tell him your dreams. And he makes a diagnosis based on them.
The astrological Aesculapius is the asteroid Chiron, who, in my experience, is certainly associated with both wounding and healing, and specifically with pain -- physical, emotional or spiritual. Both transits from Chiron and Chiron's natal placement tell of this. For more on Chiron, click here.
Chiron has an erratic orbit. This means he spends wildly different amounts of time in each sign, and he spends the longest period in Pisces -- where he is now. He will be in the sign of the fishes until 2O19, that will be a total of nine years. In contrast, he spends just one year in Pisces opposite sign Virgo. This is particularly interesting since many astrologers believe that Chiron should be given to Virgo.
Pisces is the sign of dreams, the collective unconscious. Chiron is here for all of us now. Until three days ago, Chiron was in retrograde motion - and had been since March, but now he is crawling forward again. Now this is important: he has been in tight aspect to the U-Plu square: sextile Pluto and semi-sextile Uranus, placed between these two old kings. All month, he has been in exact aspect to Pluto, plugged straight in to that dark energy.
Pay attention to your dreams now. In your dreams, you may find the seed of a cure.