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THE WOUNDED HEALER
mythology, Chiron was born of Philyra, mortal woman, and Saturn,
immortal god. In order to escape Saturn's amorous pursuit, Philyra
had herself turned into a mare; however, Saturn outsmarted her
and shapeshifted into a horse in order to accomplish his intention
to rape her. When Chiron was born half horse and half man, like
a Centaur, Philyra was so ashamed she abandoned him in a cave,
thus establishing the deep psychic wound for which Chiron is well-known.
one-half god, Chiron was immortal and thus survived this early
abandonment. He went on to study with the god Apollo, who some
say became his foster father. There Chiron learned the arts of
music and homeopathic healing, as well as skills such as archery,
hunting, and the art of warmaking. He was wounded when a poison
arrow struck him in the leg. Because he was partly immortal, the
wound did not kill him but kept him in pain for the rest of his
life. He achieved death by trading places with Prometheus, who
had been bound to a rock by Zeus in punishment for mocking him.
In allowing himself to be bound to the rock, Chiron released his
immortality and was able to find peace through death.
Chiron was a Centaur, he is very different from other Centaurs
in mythology who were known for their drunken worship of the vine
and Dionysus, and enthusiasm for fighting. Some astrologers believe
that Chiron is the Centaur associated with Sagittarius, but I
do not believe that to be true. Chiron is remembered for his wisdom,
and for his having been a mentor to some of the great heroes of
Greek history, such as Asclepius, Jason of the Argonauts, Achilles,
and Hercules. Faced with intensely difficult challenges, he overcame
the limits placed upon him by his circumstances (astrologically
represented by Saturn, the mythological father of Chiron) and
attained great wisdom and achievement in many aspects of life.
feel that Chiron is more accurately a ruler of Virgo along with
Mercury, because of the concern of Virgo with the mind/body/soul
connection. Virgo also struggles between the difficulties of being
in mortal form and strives for greater wisdom and perfection.
Chiron was a modest individual - in fact, very little of his story
remains. That is more fitting with the Virgo archetype of modesty
and humility which is more concerned with service to others than
personal glory. Sagittarius seeks big adventures and the expertise
of higher learning; there is a love of travel and a dislike of
confinement. Chiron lived in a cave, and while the young heroes
which he mentored (Jason of the Argonauts, the hero Achilles,
and Asclepius, god of medicine and healing) honored him greatly,
Chiron did not himself seek glory and preferred a quiet existence
in his cave as fitting the Virgo archetype.
Chiron is classified as one of the Centaurs, a collection of minor
planets found between Saturn and Uranus. However, because Chiron
exhibited a "coma", or tail, some astronomers wanted
to classify Chiron as a comet. Currently, it is officially classified
as BOTH a comet and a minor planet. Chiron's orbit takes 50.7
years, but due to its elliptical orbit it moves through some signs
much more quickly than others. It takes about 8 years to travel
through Aries when it is farthest from the sun, and less than
1-1/2 years to travel through Libra. (Source: Zane Stein.)
sometimes categorize Chiron with the other asteroids: Vesta, Juno,
Hygeia, Astraea, and thousands more but Chiron is technically
not an asteroid. Technically Chiron is one of the bodies in the
Kuyper belt classified as "Centaurs," along with Pholos
astrological qualities include the alchemical transformation of
matter into spirit in our own consciousness, and while its irregular
orbit can take it anywhere between Jupiter and Neptune it is most
commonly found between Saturn and Uranus, bridging the personal
planets (through Saturn) and the transpersonal (Uranus, Neptune
and Pluto). The alchemical process that Chiron teaches reveals
the inner wounds in the body, mind, spirit system and helps to
Chiron's place in the birthchart shows a deep and early wound
which cannot heal. The sign that Chiron falls in shows us how
that wound is likely to be felt. For example, a person with Chiron
in Libra experiences great pain in relationships until they face
the original source of their pain and embrace it rather than avoid
it. Chiron's house placement gives a clue to where we are likely
to reexperience that wound. For example, someone with Chiron in
the second house of money, self-esteem and personal resources
is apt to have their ability to earn or build financial stability
wrapped up in their damaged self-esteem.
transits to Chiron in our chart can open up that wound again and
expose it to light so that it can be further healed. This can
be a painful process, but also a rewarding one as we become a
little more whole each time we face the past we hide from ourselves.
When transiting Chiron aspects one of the other planets in our
chart, particularly one of the personal planets (Sun, Moon, Venus,
Mercury, Mars, Jupiter) there is a great opening that occurs for
energy to be released and great healing to occur.