Chiron Return and Next Steps

sports-768430_1920Dear Cosmic Career Coach:  Thank you so much for the episode on Redesigning your Career in your 50’s. I held on to every word. I’ve always been an optimistic person, but this Chiron Return has turned my world upside down. In addition, transiting Saturn is conjunct my midheaven. One month ago, I was unexpectedly laid off from my job. Admittedly, it was unfulfilling work, but it paid the bills and gave me–a single person with no other income–stability. I feel this layoff and Chiron Rx time is a “call to authenticity”, yet I’m terrified I’m going to end up as a bag lady. My secret dream is to be a full time astrologer and tarot reading, and perhaps working in hospice or with the dying on the side (in a creative endeavor). But I’m stuck… a lot of this has to do with trying to keep tranquil while wondering how I’m going to pay the bills. And another part feels like this is the perfect kick in the pants to GET REAL. Can you help?  — J.B.

Hi JB,

Thanks very much for your question and our apologies for the delay in responding. We just finished presenting our webinar about how to include coaching in your astrological practice. If anyone is interested, recordings are available at http://www.astrocollege.com.
Yes, transiting Chiron is right on your natal Chiron so you’re in the midst of your return. That’s such an important phase in life that shows your values are shifting. Many people begin a search for more meaning in their careers.
Transiting Jupiter just entered Scorpio today after 13 months in Libra. It’s transiting your natal Mars. This is an excellent time for you to put energy into getting clear about what’s important to you, i.e., your values, talents, likes, dislikes. If you decide you want to get a job to keep money coming in until you get things figured out, now is a great time.
You obviously have a number of professions that appeal to you which is a great place to be. It sounds like your main challenge is whether or not to make the commitment to move forward doing what you want. Your fears are common so it’s important to ask yourself how real are they? Are they just fears or is there something else that needs to be considered?
What is it about astrology or tarot that appeals to you? How do you want to be of service to others and how does being an astrologer fit in with that? What are the similarities between astrology, tarot and hospice that you like? Find the common thread and it will help you move forward. There must be a number of very important core values that could be honored in those professions. Ideally you want to bring your own unique talents into whatever you decide to do in order to feel the most fulfilled.
Okay that brings us to your chart which is quite interesting with your Pisces stellium opposing PL cnj UR. Your chart not only shows a grand water trine but a kite pattern which is not all that common. A kite is called a kite because that’s exactly what it looks like. It occurs when a grand trine has a 4th planet that opposes 1 of the planets in the grand trine. The opposition gives the grand trine some energy and brings it to life. Grand water trines alone are generally quiet, receptive, intuitive, sensitive and indicate a tremendous amount of talent. The beauty of having a kite pattern is that the opposition causes friction which can feel like a tug of war sometimes. The opposing forces challenge you to show your talents to the world. Many times people with grand trines don’t capitalize on their talents because there’s not enough energy to force it. But the kite activates opportunities for creative expression in the world.
Many of your natal planets are pulled into this kite pattern. There are many ways you can express this energy. It’s visionary, intuitive and imaginative. It’s also healing, nurturing and compassionate.
Your natal Chiron is part of this pattern so with transiting Chiron returning to its natal position, it’s no wonder you’re searching for more meaning. Many of the qualities that are resident in this pattern are being triggered by transiting Chiron. Here are a few questions to consider:

• What are your natural talents?
• What is holding you back from showing them to the world?
• How do you want to show them to the world?
• What is the connection to astrology, tarot and hospice?
• If you had everything you needed, what would you do professionally? How can you do it anyway?

I hope this helps you with your decision making about next steps for your career.

Your Cosmic Career Coach,

Tom Chaplin

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