Chiron is different from anything else in the Universe

Chiron astrology .  The mythological Chiron was a creature that was half man and half horse, so he is often lumped together with other Centaurs who share those physical attributes.  Astrologers sometimes classify him as an asteroid (his original astronomical classification), and astronomers sometimes describe him as a comet because he exhibits comet-like behavior.  You can read more about Chiron’s classification here in this earlier post.

The Centaurs of Greek mythology were actually tribes of beast-like men who roamed through Thessaly and the Pelopenessian peninsula in ancient times.  Although Chiron was similar in appearance, because he was half horse half man, he was of a different lineage entirely.  His father was Cronos (Saturn) and his mother was the nymph Philyra.  Chiron’s bestial shape was due to Cronos having shapeshifted into a stallion in order to overtake and mate with Philyra, the object of his great desire.   So while Chiron shares a similar imagery to the race of Centaurs, he is completely unrelated.

In the same way, Chiron is very different from the other astronomically classified Centaurs. Most important is the location of his orbit which generally lies between Saturn and Uranus although that orbit is elliptical and peculiar.  Barbara Hand Clow has called Chiron the “Rainbow Bridge” between the personal planets (the visible planets through Saturn) and the transpersonal planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).  The personal planets represent personality, and the outer planets are transformational forces.  Chiron serves the role of facilitating transformation through the healing of problems in the personality.

In mythology Chiron is often described as the wisest of the Centaurs, but in my mind this is erroneous on many levels.  Since he was not one of the Centaur race, his wisdom is in a category unto itself and unrelated to the Centaurs.  He was fostered by the god Apollo and became a mentor to the ancient Greek heroes and the tutor to Asclepius, god of medicine. He inspires the kind of wisdom that only life experience and conscious understanding of our inner wounds can reveal.

There are not many astrologers who work with the other astronomically classified Centaurs, and we are just beginning to learn what significance they offer to the astrological chart.  Pholus and Nessus seem to be the major Centaurs that are in use at the moment, although with new planetary bodies being discovered every day the landscape of potential symbolism is virtually unlimited.

Still, there is no doubt in my mind that Chiron is a unique key to understanding the challenges that we face today, in the twenty-first century, to grow and evolve beyond the limits of our past and move with greater freedom  into a new and unique future.

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By | 2013-04-30T07:01:06+00:00 April 30th, 2013|Astrology, Favorite posts|9 Comments


  1. Joe April 30, 2013 at 8:23 am

    So Jupiter and Saturn are considered personal planets, along with the inner planets?

    • April 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Yes, all of the visible planets, through Saturn, are considered personal planets.

  2. Beth April 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Chiron conjuncts my Pisces in the 11th House and opposes my Uranus/Pluto conjunction in Virgo. Lots of wounding with transformation and healing a major theme of my life. Working with others in their healing process also a major theme.

  3. Greg F April 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    My Chiron at 7 Cap is exactly sextile that of my girlfriend’s Mars and Chiron at 7 Pisces. We have both helped each other with past emotional injuries, although hers were very severe in childhood as she was rejected by her mother and sexually abused numerous times, as a child and an adult, resulting in complex PTSD and other disorders. Chiron is a channel between us that has helped her to be more trusting of me than maybe anyone else in her life. A strange but wonderful connection.

  4. Anna Greenflame April 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I had never thought about Chiron being of a wholly different order than the Centaurs, but it sure makes sense; this was quite illuminating!

  5. KaD April 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    My greatest interest in Chiron is in his archetype as the wounded healer: In Greek mythology, the centaur Chiron was known as the “Wounded Healer”, having been poisoned by one of Hercules’s arrows; but because he wasn’t able to heal himself he suffered thereafter from an incurable wound.

    I was born with NO bones in my legs, they grew in during the four years after I was born. I still have a slight irregularity to my gait. I have heard of people who were born with no leg bones but I have never heard of anyone who had them grow in. I wish I knew if this was a syndrome or had a name. My parents were told by a family doctor it shows up once every seven generations.

    • May 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Wow, I did not know about that KaD. It would be very interesting to see your chart if you’d care to share your birth data.

  6. Graham (Chiron! the business doctor.™) May 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    I just discovered your great site through Google Alerts. I have an alert on ‘Chiron’ as I use Chiron in my business name. After looking around your site (and I have an interest in astrology and matters related thereto), I thought you and your readers might like the take on Chiron that I have adopted. I use Chiron as my business name. Here’s a brief extract from my website webpage titled ‘Why Chiron? Such a Curious name!.:


    Why Chiron? Everyone asks that question. In short, the name evokes curiosity in those who confront it as my business name for the first time. There are two reasons for use of the name Chiron. The first one is why you are here. The name piques curiosity and consequently, the name provides me with a golden opportunity to spruik about my consultancy and the benefits I can bring to potential clients like you. Chiron is a smart marketing tool that clearly pays its’ way.

    The other reason for use of Chiron is more esoteric and reflects the character of the original Chiron.

    Role model ‘par excellence’

    Chiron, in Greek mythology, was astute, shrewd, judicious, reliable and trustworthy, all characteristics necessary or desirable in a modern business consultant. For the purposes of its use as my business trading name, it has nothing to do with the astrological planet ‘Chiron’ that was in fact named after the mythological Chiron … Over time, Chiron became further renowned for his knowledge of medicine, commerce, hunting and war strategy, as well as his wisdom and sense of justice. Chiron was also noted for his gift of prophecy (and wouldn’t that be a handy attribute for a consultant in this modern business world!).

    Relevance to the consultancy profession

    Except for the medical knowledge aspect, which has been utilised in my marketing strategy (viz., Chiron! the business doctor.™ … relieves business pain!™), all of the characteristics attributed to the original Chiron can be considered as characteristics either necessary or desirable in an effective, modern-day business consultant.

    end quote

    I trust that no one takes exception to this post. I just thought it may be of general interest by showing a practical modern use for the life well-lived of the original Chiron.



    • May 5, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      That’s great Graham, thanks and welcome. Chiron was renowned for his wisdom and the parents of the ancient Greek heroes sent them to him for advanced study. I’m glad that you are educating the greater public about this wonderful archetype!

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