I discussed the upcoming Mercury/Chiron conjunction (at 18 degrees Pisces) in this week's horoscopes, but I have a few more observations.
When Chiron's wounds and Mercury's information are fused in Pisces, there is a rare opportunity to truly understand what hurts, and why. There's "clarity," but it's not the facts and figures kind of clarity. The information that's accessed transcends logic, allowing you to understand the speech of dreams, imagination and the subconscious. This conjunction with Chiron is about knowing (gut-feeling knowing) that you've stepped into something significant, because someone touched a nerve when they said X to you. Or you opened up someone else's box of vulnerabilities with your observations.
Because we're dealing with Pisces, the above scenarios will probably not be planned. Pisces energy finds its own path, and Mercury in Pisces suggests words/ideas that materialize on their own schedule.
Pain is just the key that opens the door. You need to walk through the door and stay with the awkwardness/hurt, in order to access the positive side of this conjunction: profound empathy or understanding. Maybe you connect with someone because of the hurtful associations your words cause (stranger things have happened). Maybe you make a personal leap of faith or healing, because you realize why X bothers you so much. You're not analyzing and sucking all the empathy out of the situation. It's more like free association, or following the words where they lead you. Or, keeping your mouth shut and really hearing what the other person is saying.
Mercury/Chiron can create words of strange beauty. Chiron is seductive. Some people are drawn to the hurt, because there is a simultaneous promise of healing. So we have broken words that make people feel whole. Think of the poet, songwriter or storyteller whose creations spring from their personal agony. Others read/hear (and can't get enough) because they are listening to someone who seems to be speaking directly to them, about the pain that no one else understands.
If you have natal or progressed planets, angles or Nodes from 17 to 19 degrees of the Mutable or Water signs, you'll feel this conjunction most strongly. Although it's exact on March 24th, you may start to feel it on March 23rd.