Dharma Diary

A Fateful Encounter and an Unscheduled Pause…

It’s been quiet around here for the last couple of weeks and I’ve fallen behind in my writing schedule. But I have the perfect excuse: I’ve broken my left wrist and thrown everything out of whack. No more touch-typing for me – at least for a while – and pecking out words one letter at… Continue reading A Fateful Encounter and an Unscheduled Pause…

Film & TV

The Intouchables and the healing power of friendship

The Intouchables is a perfect example of the Chiron archetype on film. It’s based on a true story about the friendship that develops between two men who under normal circumstances, never would have met. The film is heart-felt, inspiring and funny, and touches on many themes, including disability, immigration, family and loss, the healing power… Continue reading The Intouchables and the healing power of friendship

Astro Journal · Dharma Diary

Chiron Return in Aries: a personal reflection on healing a broken heart

If you were born between 1968 and 1977 you probably have Chiron in Aries so over the next few years you’ll be experiencing your Chiron Return. Chiron entered Aries in 2018 and will stay there until 2027, giving us middle-aged folks a good hard look at our wounds. My Chiron Return hits next year but… Continue reading Chiron Return in Aries: a personal reflection on healing a broken heart

Astro Journal

The Chiron Return and the Meaning of Being You

Last time we looked at the pattern of transits in the Chiron Cycle and how that relates to the process of awakening. The cycle completes with the Chiron Return when the planet returns to the place it was when you were born. Your experience of this will depend on whether you’ve been working consciously with… Continue reading The Chiron Return and the Meaning of Being You

Astro Journal

The Chiron Cycle and the Process of Awakening

In this series we’re exploring how Chiron initiates you onto the path of individuation through a process of wounding and healing that unfolds in stages. This process can be mapped using the Chiron Cycle of transits to itself as it moves around your horoscope. These transits trigger the experiences you need in order to become… Continue reading The Chiron Cycle and the Process of Awakening

Astro Journal

The Chiron Archetype in the Horoscope

Last time we looked at how the experience of wounding can initiate you onto the path of individuation and wholeness. In this post, we’ll explore how that plays out in the horoscope through the Chiron archetype. Chiron is a civilised centaur who embodies both animal instincts and the wisdom of higher consciousness. He represents the… Continue reading The Chiron Archetype in the Horoscope

Astro Journal · Psychology

Chiron: Initiation and the process of Individuation

In Chiron Myths we discovered how the wounds and unfairness of life can lead to greater self-knowledge and healing gifts. Chiron gives you access to a higher perspective that can reveal the guiding hand behind your life. This is a part of you that knows you better than you do – and it has a… Continue reading Chiron: Initiation and the process of Individuation

Astro Journal

Chiron: the Key to Healing in an Age of Transition

The world seems to be going through an existential crisis at the moment. The old order is collapsing and ghosts from the past are coming out of the cracks. It’s a shadow eruption of wounds that have been festering for centuries. But we can’t react like ghost busters and stuff them back into the unconscious… Continue reading Chiron: the Key to Healing in an Age of Transition

Film & TV · Psychology

The Fisher King: Forgiveness and the Quest for Redemption

In the post on Leo Myths we looked at the quest for meaning in the story of the Holy Grail. The fulfilment of this quest is the healing of the Fisher King and that brings us to the 1991 film by Terry Gilliam. The Fisher King is a comedy-drama about Jack Lucas, a misanthropic DJ… Continue reading The Fisher King: Forgiveness and the Quest for Redemption

Film & TV

Doctor Strange: Time and the Meaning of Life

Last week we looked at Gemini myths which gave me the perfect excuse to watch Doctor Strange again. The film deals with various Gemini/Mercury themes including magic, healing, the confrontation with the shadow, and the shamanic journey between dimensions. It’s another superhero origins story – a classic hero’s journey with an added dash of ‘Hollywood… Continue reading Doctor Strange: Time and the Meaning of Life

Film & TV

Chocolat: Healing the Past and Making Life Sweeter

A perfect example of Taurus on film can be found in Chocolat, a light-hearted fable that makes your mouth water just watching it. Like all good films, it’s about many things: religious belief v atheism, feminism, inclusion, temptation, and what it means to live a good life. It’s a tale of freedom and longing, forgiveness… Continue reading Chocolat: Healing the Past and Making Life Sweeter

Apocalypse

Active Hope and the Spiral of Transformation

Last time we introduced the idea of Active Hope and the stories that shape our society. The old myths are failing and the new ones are still being shaped, so we find ourselves poised between worlds – lost, confused, and a little freaked out. It’s hard to keep up with the pace of change or… Continue reading Active Hope and the Spiral of Transformation