In astrology there is an aspect which is a favourite of mine called Chiron. Known as the wounded healer, Chiron is amazing for explaining how you can transmute all pain you have felt into positivity and transform your pain into growth and love.
In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur meaning he was half man half horse. The man half of him symbolises his higher perspective and psychic side, and the animal half symbolises his physicality in the real world.
Because he was a centaur and he had this duality of perspectives he never really fit in anywhere; as a result he was a bit of an outcast. He was strange to humans and strange to animals, so he took sanctuary in being skilled in all of the arts, music, archery, and healing of others. One day through no fault of his own, he was badly injured in the leg. It was really tragic because he was such a beautiful soul and he was always striving to help others. Although he was so skilled at helping and healing others, he couldn’t heal himself.
Prometheus was another demigod who was punished by Zeus. Chiron seeked out Prometheus for support as both of them were in great pain, but Chiron was so unsettled by seeing a fellow being in pain that he went to Zeus and requested to take on Prometheus’ wounds in order to reduce the amount of suffering being experienced by the collective. He figured that because he was already in pain, he might as well take on that of others in order to free them.
Zeus was so impressed by this act of selflessness that he chose to make Chiron a god in the heavens (dead) so that Chiron can help people from a place of painlessness.
In astrology, whichever place your Chiron falls in is wherever you feel most hard done by in life.
The teaching here is that if you are feeling pain, if you feel cheated by life, wherever you have felt most hard done by, you have a choice. You can either sit and wallow in self pity, or you can look to heal yourself, and find purpose in your pain by helping and support others going through the same thing. The harshest experiences in life can open us up to the most beautiful opportunities.