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What Does Chiron Mean in Astrology?

This post was written by Anna
on February 8, 2011 | Comments (10)

Chiron is often noted in astrological charts and forecasts. He is not a planet, a star, or a node of the Moon. So who is he? And what power does he wield over our charts?

In Greek mythology, Chiron was a centaur, a breed of beings that were half man, half horse. They were known for being raucous and overly indulgent; however, Chiron was known conversely as being intelligent and civilized. He was a noted astrologer, healer, and oracle.

It is said that Chiron sacrificed his life so that mankind could obtain the use of fire. Being the son of Cronus, a Titan, he was allegedly immortal. There are varying accounts of his death, but all include an arrow poisoned with the blood of the Hydra. He was unable to heal himself and willingly gave up his life; he was honored with a place in the sky as the constellation Centaurus.

In astrology, Chiron is a comet that was discovered in 1977; it has a unique orbit, lying between Saturn and Uranus (and actually crossing over the orbits of the two planets). Because it was not pulled in by the gravitational pull of either planet and made a moon, astronomers have deducted that the comet has not been around for more than two million years. In our natal chart, Chiron is considered the “wounded healer” (stemming from the mythological story). He represents our deepest spiritual wounds and our work to heal these wounds.

The house and sign position of Chiron in a chart show just where we will have recurring issues on which work is needed. This need not be a negative, as we are able to heal our deepest-seated wounds with proper care and work. Chiron’s placement in a chart also shows where we may do well to teach others (even if it is regarding a topic that we may not necessarily excel ourselves).

Just as with any retrograde motion or other “negative” transit, we shouldn’t view it as a negative, but rather something out of which something positive will arise if we work hard enough.

Reader Comments

Written By Brandi Palechek
on February 9th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

I found a very helpful article for understanding the meaning of Chiron in the different houses and signs: http://www.bobmarksastrologer.com/chiron21.5.html

Written By Martin Lass
on October 19th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

Llewellyn has published the following book about Chiron:

Written By Freya
on May 27th, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

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 technics.

Written By amy
on February 5th, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

This is cool because im doing an article about him and this gave me some info about him so now i know what to say about him

Written By Marie Krag
on October 23rd, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

Very helpful and it is difficult to find material on this influence in the chart.cawtg

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