Friday 7th February 2020: 5 of Swords

After writing about the (12) Hanged Man with Mars in Ophiuchus on Tuesday, and the Knight of Cups with Jupiter in Sagittarius on Thursday, I felt that today Venus would reveal to us what it is that we must nurture or affect in the quest we are on this week. Then I began to contemplate the role of Chiron, the other Centaur of the sky (the first being Sagittarius). In my natal chart the comet Chiron is close to Jupiter in Aquarius. According to an article by Anne Heese on her website,,

Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life. Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues. Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome the wound, healing powers are potent.

So, when I drew the Five of Swords this morning, it dawned 😉 on me that today’s arcana was indeed a message from Venus about Chiron and the wound of Aquarius, whose element is fixed air. The Five of Swords is ruled by none other than Venus in Aquarius.

Morgan Greer 5 of Swords

What, then, does Anne Heese write about Chiron in Aquarius? Quite a bit to the point as far as I am concerned. I have inserted my responses in square brackets in the extract:

Chiron in Aquarius: You believe in people and the power of the group. [Yes.] You’re a true humanitarian who champions individuality. [Yes.] You are fantastic at encouraging others to march to the beat of their own drum. [Yes.] Even so, you might often feel quite disconnected or self-conscious in a group setting or with friends, as if you don’t truly belong. [Yes, that feeling recurs quite often.] You are especially sensitive to your place in the group or community. [Yes.] and this is where you become wise [?]. … Learning to trust yourself is empowering, as you discover that giving up on an intense quest to find out where you belong helps you to do just that.

Look again at that cowled figure in the foreground of the Five of Swords; is he not a cloaked and caparisoned centaur? Is he not Chiron himself gathering up the five swords? Chiron taught Achilles, as Machiavelli teaches us, to know when to use the rational faculties of Apollo, and when to employ the beast of Mars. He teaches us to learn to trust our own virtue and not the arms of pliable mercenaries. To learn to read the times and to act appropriately in response to them is the virtue of one who has found out where he belongs. Stop running around searching for a place out there; relinquish your concern for the good opinion of others. Like mercenaries, they will abandon you as soon as Fortuna does. Learn therefore to stand on your own ground with all ten toes and to be silent and aware of the changing energies of nature and fortune. That is where the wealth of the Nine of Pentacles lies; that was also the message of Mercury on Wednesday.

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