Chiron was named after the centaur in Greek mythology, and was discovered in 1977 by Charles T. Kowal of the Hale Observatories in Pasadena, California. Chiron’s position, size and behavior were unusual: to large for an asteroid, too small for a planet. As result, Chiron was defined as a “planetoid” (somewhere between a planet and an asteroid). With a unique and erratic orbit, most of the time Chiron lies between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, but it also passes inside the orbit of Saturn during its extremely elliptical 49-51 years orbit around the Sun.
Astronomically Chiron wanders along an elliptical orbit steeply inclined to the ecliptic; indeed the image of the eccentric, the wanderer, outsider, loner or maverick was quickly noted as relevant to its astrological meaning. Chiron is indeed the “wanderer among wanderers”.
In astrology, Chiron symbolizes the relationship between the mortal, instinctual, vulnerable animal body and the human intellect and spirit; therefore could be seen as symbol of the relationship between body and mind.
Going forwards, in astrological charts Chiron has been persistently found to connect with healing, medicine and teaching. Also, Chiron represents an emerging spirit of philosophical independence, compassion in the face of suffering, and an ongoing process of learning to trust the Inner Teacher or Guide. Moreover, the Chiron configuration often describes what connects an individual with his or her inner suffering, and also offers a route to healing. Additionally, the Chiron configuration also describes the nature of the healing that a person may have to offer to others. This may apply whether or not they work in the healing professions, as it is a natural quality, an emanation rather than a technic.
However, in order to understand the influence of Chiron in the natal chart, it’s absolutely necessary to understand symbolically the Saturn influence. This because, in Greek Mythology Chiron was a centaur, son of Chronos (Saturn). Therefore, the roots of what cause us the inner pain, separation, will be very important to study. In other words, Saturn did not bring sufferance at all, if all the duties will be respected in time, and if there is a discipline inside of the cycle.
Of course, if we don’t like to be responsible in some particular aria of our life, then “the time” which is associated by Saturn will bring unwanted tests in order to evaluate our individual growth. Therefore, here at this stage, each one of us can feel a separation, pain may or may not appear. Going forward is how we are able to understand and move on.
On another way, at this “life stage”, each person can have two options:
1).To deny the painful attempts, and don’t accept humility. When we don’t follow the rules, and when we don’t accumulate the duties, perhaps when we are not accepted by the group, we are forced to develop our individuality and risk expressing our own opinions. Our actions at this stage are incriminated symbolically to Uranus influence. Moreover, this first option is to take an unpredictable change, and move out from the life cycle, forget about limits and restrictions; perhaps taking a blind change, which subsequently can transform the entire life.
This can represent a big step, a jump, which can have extravagant impact on that particular life, at that particular time. However, in some of the cases this option can not progress too far and the old limits could appear again in new ways. In another world, even if we don’t want it, there is a connection between ‘old “ and “new”, “our past and our future”. When we don’t understand or we don’t accept something from our past actions, then we will always go back to our thoughts.
Consequently, Chiron has a mediator role here, that force each one of us to understand the importance of “old roots”, in order to be able to move our body and mind to a new life cycle. If we ignore the importance of accumulation, and then the importance of acceptation, our mind can generate same type of pain associated to regrets, inability to be flexible with the new circumstances.
2). The second, and the most important option is to contribute slowly and patiently to our individual growth. Even if you don’t fit perfectly in some area of your life (see were is Chiron in your natal chart), you may not give up that particular interest. Perhaps, you will like to find more sources, even intellectual ones, something that can satisfy your mind, in order to be patient with that particular “pain/issue”. Then our ego tends to turn our painful feelings of alienation into an ideology. Also, after the hard learning process we can become leaders and teachers.
I think that ultimately it could be a good thing for someone to have a delicate period of time in their lives; to become victim of the system. This could be a good moment for that person, a time to connect to his/her highly inner source, in order to survive and later to become a leader rather than a “follower”.
All in all, it’s important to verify the position of Chiron in the natal chart. This will give you an idea, from where comes your pain, what you have to accept in order to grow, or even heal yourself. Moreover, you will find your inner force, where your mind is working in a perfect synchronicity with your body; where you can do good for others that you cannot do for yourself. Hence, that aria of life where Chiron is located, will connect you to your wisdom, compassion and healing power. However your power will be benefic for others, not for yourself. Finally, Chiron often describes the concretization of a quality of being; it may be translated into something literal that must be done, achieved or pursued. In a simply words, Chiron can represent channels and instruments of collective energies. Each of us has this type of power. Do you know where Chiron is located in your natal chart? Or do you know the Chiron aspects in your chart? Do you know what area of your life is transited by Chiron?
If you don’t then you can ask me, and I will give you an answer.
In the end, if you like to know more about Chiron, I highly recommend “Chiron and The Healing Journey” by Melanie Reinhart. I was pleased to receive this book as a gift from AFA, and I really enjoyed it.