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Chiron was discovered in 1977 and was soon recognized as a type of "planet" not previously categorized. The discovery of Chiron by Charles Kowal occurred according to Zane Stein on 11/1/1977 around ten in the morning giving a zodiac position of about 3 Tau 08. Note that this is when it was discovered by Kowal, but the photograph was taken on 10/18/1977. Chiron was originally thought to be an asteroid due to its size, but it is now known to be a comet. Due to the confusion it has two designations. It is both a minor planet B-type asteroid (number 2060), and it is a short term comet (number 95P). Astronomical evidence suggests it has not been in its present orbit for long, in celestial terms. It is presumed that eventually it will have a close encounter with either Saturn or Uranus, and be thrown clear of our system by the 'slingshot effect'. Therefore it is known as a stranger or visitor. According to NASA, Chiron's composition and orbit indicate that it has moved from its original location in a colder area of space, possibly the Kuiper Belt (which is also a possible origin of Pluto). At perihelion, Chiron is closer to the Sun than Saturn and at aphelion it nears the orbit of Uranus, yet it is always very bright.

Soon after the discovery of Chiron similar planetary bodies were discovered (now totaling 41) and they were subsequently named "Centaurs". Chiron is the only centaur so far that is known to also be a comet. Essentially, centaurs are smallish bodies with highly eccentric orbits falling between Jupiter and Neptune, but whose orbit crosses over one or more of the outer planet orbits (Saturn, Uranus or Neptune). Most of them are highly eccentric and unique in composition or nature. Astrologically, we are still trying to determine the meaning represented by the various centaur bodies, but Chiron's nature is thought to be pretty well understood: Chiron is mildly malefic, it shows where deep-seeded pain is located in our lives & what we must work to undo it, in the process learning about ourselves & the things associated with whatever house & sign your Chiron is located in, thereby achieving a breakthrough on both the levels of Saturn & Uranus. It's sign rulership is heavily disputed, if at all there is one; the main assignments are Virgo because there are some similarities between their natures, & Sagittarius, but only because mythological Chiron was a Centaur. Another possible candidate might be Taurus, but of course, the possibility remains that it rules no sign at all.


In Greek mythology, Chiron was an important centaur. While most centaurs (half man, half horse) were coarse, rouguish, and violent, Chiron was refined, noble, and wise. He was a very good educator, educating some of the greats of mythology: Theseus, Jason, Achilles, and Herakles (Hercules), amongst others. He was talented at 'guiding his pupils to uncovering their highest potential and discovering their destiny'1.

The best known story of Chiron has many interpretations. One of the better known ones started when Hercules visited the centaur Pholus. Hercules asked for some wine; because the Greeks had strict rules of hospitality, Pholus was forced to use a vessel of wine given to him by Dionysus. Herakles quickly opened the vessel, causing centaurs to flock to Pholus's home. They then began attacking the house, most likely to get the wine and drink (as centaurs love to drink). Herakles had to respond back, shooting many centaurs with arrows, including Chiron (though what the wise centaur was doing there is undisclosed). Chiron, immortal, found himself in great pain but unable to do anything about it, as the arrow had been tipped with poison. In the end, Herakles ended up making a trade with Zeus: Chiron's immortality for Prometheus's (the benevolent Titan who brought fire to mortals) livelihood. Zeus agreed, so Chiron gave up his immortality (and thus life), while Prometheus was set free from his eternal torment. However, as a reward for his earthly behavior, he was placed in the heavens as the constellation Sagittarius.


General rulerships

  • Protestors
  • "New age" crowd

Animals: Butterflies, leeches, beneficial parasites

Colors: Mystical colors, tie-dye colors, gradients, orange

Countries: African, South Asian & South American countries

Flavors: Mint, herbs, particularly versatile ones, like those used in marinades

Nature: calm, introspective, gloomy, temperamental, independent, empathetic, listener

Places: Clinics, refugee camps & hideaways, rehabilitation centers

Plants and Herbs: Medicinal herbs & teas

Professions: Midwives, visiting nurses, other less structured, movable medical professions

Physical appearance, organs and parts of the body


Synastric symbolism

Natal Interpretations

Articles on Chiron Interpretation




Transits of Chiron

Cycles of Chiron
(derived largely from the book "Musings of a Rogue Comet - Chiron, Planet of Healing" by Martin Lass)
Transit Aspect Approx. Age Effects of Wounding Healing Opportunity
Natal conjunction

0 yrs.

The most important Chiron position.

Defines the wound. The wound is different for each person but stems ultimately from the pain of incarnation into a fragmented world and a desire to return to oneness. The gift of Chiron (if we attain it) relates to being both fully human and fully spiritual. It always involves the resolution of a paradox, for example to both love unconditionally and yet demand justice, or to be completely true to one's self and yet also cooperative with others.
1st Sextile Between 3-16 years, based on Chiron's orbit* Unconscious First major opportunity for healing, relief from separation and woundedness. Hope generated by a person, idea or experience which unconsciously points us toward a healing path.
1st Square 5-23 yrs. First conscious realization of the wound. Pain pushes us toward evolution. We recognize a need, although at this point we have no means to fulfill it.
1st Trine 7-28 yrs. One begins to realize that others have similar wounds, the wounding itself becomes a way back toward unity. Inspiration and guidance comes into our lives from teachers, healers, organizations, etc. We feel more supported in being ourselves.
Opposition 13-37 yrs. Second most influential transit. Intense, conscious awareness of our wounds and the polarities of existence. Dawning realization that the wound is part of what makes us unique. Active effort put into self-healing and trying to find meaning in life. Learning to love, forgive and accept ourselves and others. If this effort is avoided, a crisis can ensue in the person's life.
2nd Trine 21-40 Reassessment and synthesis of what we have learned about ourselves. Like the first trine, only this time with more conscious involvement.
2nd Square 29-43 yrs Confrontation with unresolved issues related to our wound. Regrets and feelings of loss. Works with the Saturn return and the Uranus opposition to create crises and resolution of personal issues. Healing and accepting our lives to a lesser or greater degree depending on the conscious work done on ourselves to this point.
2nd Sextile 37-46 Seeing the wound as a gift (if we have been consciously trying to do so). Creative synthesis and more opportunity for healing. Resolving the paradox.
The Return

50-51 yrs.

Most influential transit.

Issues related to the wound resurface as a test of the individual's level of awareness and growth. If we are able to respond with unconditional love, it will probably be a victorious experience, otherwise it could be very painful or even completely repressed and unnoticed. This is a major crossroad. We should experience confirmation of spiritual growth and healing at this point even if it means we have to work through more issues. If we do not, we are not likely to continue to work on ourselves past this point on the issues related to Chiron.

* Chiron's orbit has high eccentricity, spending more time in some signs than others. As a result, some people start the Chiron cycles early but have more time between major transits, while others start late but have less time between transits.

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