MARS now enters the intrepid Gemini, and the SUN will enter analytical Virgo in a few hours. Both masculine planets enter mental signs, where their activity is most potent and raw.
As they come to square each other, they also hit off Chiron in Aries, triggering issues around wounded masculinity and how men, particularly, currently feel about themselves.
The transit stresses circumstances about what it means to be a man, and conflicts generate internal questions about whether individuals lack a sense of masculinity at some level.
Coping with this dilemma may see men acting out by outright rejecting masculinity as bogus or outdated or by overcompensating, trying to demonstrate to others (and themselves) that they are ‘real’ men.
Either extreme is troubling, and we best stay mindful that the next few days could evoke crises which may require our tender understanding and support…
Wounded masculinity can play out negatively as gender shame (feelings of being emasculated), where the typical response is to ridicule the idea of masculinity, feeling both embarrassed and ashamed of being a man.
This is typical of the grotesque inner feelings of shame that Chiron projects upon both Mars (gender, sex) and Sun (identity, authority). The healing, of course, asks us to gently reassure the self-doubting masculine of his archetype and choose to support and/or honour non-stereotypical male roles.
Other masculinity wounds Chiron raises here are those of effeminate behaviours (‘not acting man enough’), as well as sexuality issues (confusion or doubts around sexual orientation); sexual dysfunction (impotence, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation); and sexually compulsive behaviours (sex addiction, porn addiction, unsolicited advances on others and predation). These might require specialist care as they are often buried and hard to navigate without appropriate skills.
Red flags here are around masculine individuals who feel isolated and lonely, unable to connect or cope in any relationship. There are many various reasons for this willful avoidance, and they are as complex as they are tremendously painful. Being alone and isolated creates barriers to intimacy, and men may self-medicate with all kinds of coping mechanisms including additions, such as work, drugs/booze, porn (masturbation), etc.
Chiron transits to Mars/Sun aggravate pent-up anger, fears, anxieties, and dogmas around a man’s faith in himself.
Intimacy is tough for men to comprehend, often confused with sex, or totemistic male bonding (contact sports, fishing, drinking, etc). Of course, society is evolving, and it seems more likely that younger generations of males more comfortably understand the quality and depth of having meaningful relationships, yet there remains immense peer and parental pressure to demonstrate more superficial aspects of masculinity, and Chiron’s tendency for shame by emasculation needs to be attended.
Chiron is a shamanic initiator, but an unintegrated Chiron leaves us with scarring, often without any strong mentor figure to guide us through the delicate nature of gender-related wounds.
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