There are 12 houses in astrology. We can learn about our influences at birth by looking at which house Chiron was in.
Each house defines an area of your life.
Since we’ve learned a bit about Chiron and what he represents (The Wounded Healer), we can look at which house he arrived in at your birth and get a good understanding of the area of your life that may contain your core wound.
This is the area that will come up for review at mid-life and your Chiron Return.
What have you done during the first half of your life to acknowledge and address this area of wounding?
What continues to be a block, issue or area of aggravation? What’s up for review?
It’s nothing personal, just Chiron pointing out where healing is still to be done.
Chiron in the sixth house.
Let’s talk about your daily routine.
It can be important to have systems in place, especially when it feels like the ground is shifting under your feet at mid-life. These systems provide a sense of stability.
The sixth house involves your daily routine for both work and health.
Are you chugging coffee on your morning commute? Or have the kids’ schedules taken over yours?
Do you find yourself scrambling to find work or working more hours than ever?
Do you have a nourishing morning routine in place?
In my book Nourish: Ayurveda-inspired 21-day Detox, I walk you through creating morning and evening rituals that include breath work, gratitude, self-massage and even salt baths. The book is geared towards seasonal detox, but the practices (even simple ones like starting each day with a mindful cup of hot water) are intended to carry on as nourishing bookends to each day. You can download a PDF of the book here.
Rhythm resides in the sixth house.
As does dis-ease. Which makes sense since when we are out of rhythm, we are usually also out of ease.
Where have you felt out of rhythm in your life? If illness or injury have cropped up, what do you need to restore balance? What would your day look like if you could create your ideal ritual?
What would your work feel like if it nourished you?
The yogini, Shiva Rea, dances at her desk while working on a project. Writers I know take a movement break every hour.
But what if you stopped minding the time and started minding your energy?
Your eyes are tired from screen time? Rub your hands together and cover your eyes, breathing deeply while your mind and body rest.
Are you most energized in the morning? Complete your most pertinent or demanding tasks then.
Organize your day in a way that feeds your body, mind and spirit.
I like to watch a teaching by the beloved Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, each day during lunch. It is a grounding centre in my day.
Does your health require special care or a new routine? Has the doctor prescribed meds that you need to take each day or vitamins? Do you need to create more nutritious meals?
How’s your digestion? Perhaps now is the time to work with a functional nutritionist or change your diet.
Exercise? How do you move your body that feels good and strengthens, stretches and revitalizes it?
As you can see, there’s a lot happening in this house! And there’s a lot that happens in our day.
Maybe it’s time to simplify. What’s your workplace like? How do you get along with coworkers? Do you need to create more accountability if you work from home?
Manage your blood sugar throughout your day, stay hydrated, enjoy movement breaks, breath practice or qigong. But above all else… keep it simple and manageable.
Streamline, simplify, satisfy.
Replenish your energy every day.
Whew, that’s a full house, Chiron!
Maybe he can recommend a good housekeeper, since we’re busy managing our health and work routines.
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