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More interesting, though they had repeatedly attacked chiropractic medicine through something called the "Committee on Quackery," testimony at the trial demonstrated that medical doctors leading the attack did not even know what chiropractic was or how it worked. After 14 years, Wilk and his attorney Mick Andrews won a substantial settlement that included direct admission of wrongdoing by the AMA and other organizations.

Today, we take for granted that chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, and naturopathy are legal, legitimate, and available in nearly any city and many smaller towns. It is true that the AMA and the drug companies attempt to crush anything that might compete with them, but it's worth noticing that they have not succeeded.

It was not long ago that the word "massage" meant going to a prostitute, and that people bandied around the term "psychosomatic illness" as an insult, translating loosely to "It's all in your head."

The time of Chiron's discovery was a time of the roots of the holistic movement reaching deep into the culture. We might lament that the medical establishment and GMO foods and Big Pharma have way too much power—but imagine a world with no alternatives, with no options.

Let's consider the relationship of the Sun conjunct the discovery degree. The Sun is the astrological equivalent of the healthy ego. You can describe it as the place people want to shine in life, and seek success and glory. It's one of the most powerful identity factors in astrology—often, the seat of the idea "I am."

But the Sun can be a baby, seeking attention and wanting something for nothing. Other factors in the chart will describe how the person is willing to work or not work for their success (and potentially, glory); the person's ability to actually be an adult.

In this chart, the Sun is making contact with the emergence of Chiron as an idea and as a reality. It's as if the Sun has found its mentor, or connected to a source of higher knowledge.

To me, this placement is symbolic of the kind of growing up that we will need to embark upon in order to participate in solving the global crisis. The first step in that is individuals paying attention to their own personal healing, working with role models and becoming functioning adults. We have seen, in the past, many problems with immature people ending up in positions of power—we see the kinds of power games for which the world is so famous.

Grounded, healthy leadership requires individuals who are aware of themselves and of their relationship to their environment. It also requires people who have an actual spiritual connection, that is, whose perception does not end on the physical plane but who have the capacity to think and be sensitive on several layers of consciousness.

Yet this goes beyond the concept of "self-help" or being a better person. It goes entirely beyond the notion of what is self-serving, and beyond the idea of doing one's bit. Inherent in Chiron is the drive for service, a passion and devotion to humanity that you really can't fake.

There is one other thing. Chiron represents processing some of the darkest emotions and experiences that humans are capable of. Everyone has a little piece of this, and some people have quite a lot. On one level, I'm talking about normal emotions, but these emotions can, if ignored, get blown out of proportion or acted out in extremely toxic ways. The denial of shadow material—emotions associated with fear, shame, guilt, abandonment, and aggression—has led to more war and mayhem than perhaps any other factor, including greed (which is fed by all of the above). The holistic process described by Chiron demands honest awareness of these aspects of consciousness, if only so they can be brought to the light of healing.

Without the Sun in the Chiron discovery degree, this chart would indicate a frightening turn of history, indicative of all kinds of mayhem and violence ,with no way out. With a bold reminder of Chiron and what it represents, the scenario makes a lot more sense. We have a chart that reveals the problem, and it reveals the way to many potential solutions.

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