Chiron retrograde is here, and it wants you to face your trauma—especially this sign

Chiron retrograde might seem daunting, but there's a reason why it's so powerful and should not be overlooked

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Chiron retrograde is next up on our list of July astrology events, and it's putting some of us on edge. 

We're enjoying a calming Cancer season, preparing for an energetic Leo season, and in the midst of it all, an asteroid plans to dig up the grief and pain at our core. This is not exactly the energy we were hoping for, right?!

"When in retrograde, Chiron will bring forth all the emotional baggage you have been burying and compartmentalizing and unleash it on the surface level," says Nebula's astrologer, Patrick Price (opens in new tab)

According to astrologer Liz Simmons, this particular transit might bring to light "pains relating to wounded masculine energy, sensuality, sexual needs, anger, aggression, assertion and taking on the role of being a leader." Yes it sound intimidating—dare we say more so than the Mercury retrograde hype—but in fact, there's a reason behind what seems to be cosmic chaos. 

"Chiron has a higher purpose than just making you wade through your trauma," Price adds. "Ultimately, you should expect a lot of healing and power you didn’t know you held on the other side."

Patrick Price

Patrick is Nebula: Horoscope and Astrology App’s (opens in new tab) expert specializing in tarot, angel readings and Western astrology. Patrick is a queer man who comes from a gypsy family. Tarot is deeply rooted in his family’s culture. He’s been doing tarot for the past eight years and astrological readings for the last three years. 

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When is Chiron retrograde?

  • When: July 19 to December 23, 2022

Mark your calendars—great gifts astrology fans love, as you know. Chiron is taking its time, but there's no need to go into panic mode at the length of this retrograde. In fact, this is a lesser-known astrological happening that deserves more attention. 

"I think this transit has a lot to offer if you are willing to do the work," Simmons says. "This Chiron retrograde will be moving through the sign of Aries, so it might feel more personal than usual since Aries is the sign of 'me.'"

She adds, "It can be a more painful period since we are encouraged to face the rawest, most vulnerable sides of ourselves. Think about how you can take the lead with working through [your] issues."

Liz Simmons

Liz is a self-taught astrologer and tarot reader who blends Hellenistic and modern techniques that utilizes the tropical zodiac, Placidus House system and Whole House system.

Price believes things might feel chaotic (as retrogrades tend to be) but ultimately, Chiron's backwards spin will put us on the correct course and closer to our truth, provided we're accepting of whatever it brings our way.

"What we should take away from this transit is that ‘healing’ is a verb, it is an action and not something that will happen unless we get active about it," he adds. "This isn’t a process that will just happen. You have to be proactive and prepare to make the most of this retrograde."

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How to deal with Chiron retrograde

Now is the time to download some of the best meditation apps and stay grounded. 

"Specifically for this retrograde, you need to focus on your emotions during meditation. How do you feel? Why do you feel that way? Can you make peace with the feeling and let it go," Price says.

While you're at it, don't be fearful of change. 

"To ensure you get the most from this event you need to perfect the art of letting go," he adds. "Have a clear-out, throw out old letters clogging your drawers and give the clothes you no longer need to the local second-hand shop. These baby steps will prepare every level of your chakra to release."

Who will be most affected by Chiron retrograde?

"The most affected zodiac sign will be Aries, as due to the position of Chiron," Patrick says. "Aries can often feel uncomfortable when dealing with pain and healing, and they can be very prone to fighting change, which is why it is even more important for any Aries to make the most of this transitional time."

Even if you're a different sign, you'll want to take a look at your astrological birth chart and figure out how you personally will be affected this go-around. After all, Chiron is making our experiences very subjective. 

"I would suggest checking out the House that’s in Aries to see what kind of wounds will resurface," Simmons says. "Then think about how you can take the lead with working through these issues. Being assertive with your healing journey can help you make the most of this transit."

While, yes, at first Chiron seems like a difficult astrology player, but if we embrace its retrograde, we'll be able to reap the benefits. 

"This retrograde is just as important as any other, if not more so, because if you can’t truly love yourself and begin the process of healing, then you will never reach the full potential and beauty you have within," Price adds. 

If you're wondering what planet is in retrograde next, we can help with that, too.

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Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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