Archive for March 17th, 2011


Conking Chiron; helping Hygiea

March 17, 2011

Crowning Hygiea

Image Credit: Independently Health

I am so over the unwholesome wounded healer archetype of Chiron and have shifted into the energies of Asklepius and Hygiea.

Alison Gunn’s article from May 2010, The Forgotten Healer: Asklepius , throws down the gauntlet for those who are enamoured with the Wounded Healer and in telling Chiron’s sad old gotshotwithapoisonedarrow story.

Wot a hoary chestnut!

Certainly, use the natal Chiron placement to identify where the wound lies…..but quit picking at it.  The healing energies are present in the signs and houses that Asklepius and Hygiea occupy……..that is if, you are committed to healing.

Woundology has become the official language of intimacy and as Caroline Myss observes, healing is unattractive:

The initial assumption of all practitioners is that people want to get healthy. Dr Myss questions this assumption. In her experience, she has found that most people find healing unattractive. She uses the example of therapy as a boat that takes a person across a river. The unfortunate thing is that most people do not want to get off on the other side. The reason for this is that the healed person would simultaneously have to give up the perceptions that cause the illness AND the emotional benefits and manipulative power provided by the same illness and perceptions.

Time to row the boat ashore, is it not?


Things to do now I’m 50

March 17, 2011

Image Credit: Lake Sider of rehabilitated squirrel, Rocky, in a horse chestnut tree.

Interesting facts about Conkers

Britain is believed to be the only country in the world where the game of conkers is traditionally played with horse chestnuts in the autumn.

Horse chestnut trees were first introduced to England in the late 16th century from Eastern Europe.

Horse chestnut conkers, unlike many other kinds of chestnut seed, are unfit for human consumption.

Conkers are edible by deer, cattle and not surprisingly, horses.

The first recorded game of conkers was on the Isle of Wight in 1848 and was modelled on a 15th century game played with hazelnuts, also known as cobnuts.

The origin of the name ‘conker’ is unclear, but one popular explanation is that it stems from the French word cogner, meaning to “hit” or “biff”.

Extracts from horse chestnuts have been used to treat malaria, varicose veins, diarrhoea, frostbite and ringworm, as well as being a component of sunscreen products.

World Conker Championships Website