What is Chiron?
Chiron is a relatively minor player in the astrological pantheon, but it has been an important part of my work for over 25 years. Chiron has been variously called a comet, a planetoid, and an asteroid (see more about this here), and is now classified astronomically as a “minor planet.”
The sound bite definition for Chiron is that it represents the “wounded healer,” a term that originates in psychiatry where a wounded individual attempts to heal others. But that doesn’t really reflect the impetus that Chiron offers to heal the wounds of the soul that create energy blockages which cause psychological, emotional and physical distress. Chiron in the natal chart shows where those wounds can be found, and the key to healing. Chiron is also associated with mentorship since having healed the wounds of the soul, we often find ourselves inspired to help others.
Chiron is often associated in common mythology with the primitive race of the Centaurs (Kentauri), bestial creatures who represent the animal nature of man. But Chiron (Kheiron) has a completely different lineage – as the illegitimate son of Saturn with Philyra he was half divine and half mortal – and not of the Centaur race which were the offspring of a cloud and a king. Originally described as mere monsters, they only in later accounts took on the horse-man shape. . I make this distinction because Chiron’s astrological role is to form a bridge between our human suffering and our divine blueprint – to aid us in processing and releasing the pain of the past so that we can be free. For this reason, I find the name “Soul Healer” […]