by Robert Wilkinson
In mythology, Chiron was the first centaur, an immortal half-man, half-horse. Though most centaurs were over-indulgent, rowdy, and uncultured, Chiron was considered the greatest centaur due to his civilized intelligence, nobility, and kindness. He was a great healer, astrologer, musician, ethicist, and respected oracle, as well as archer. According to legend, Chiron was most revered as a mentor and teacher to some great heros, with Asclepius, Ajax, Theseus, Achilles, Jason and Heracles as students. One of his skills was that he knew how to get his pupils to find their highest potential and destiny. Chiron's position in our charts mentors us to our highest potential and destiny.
Astronomically, Chiron is a comet that was discovered in 1977. In astrology, Chiron is commonly known as "the wounded healer," though it possesses other attributes as well. Since it has no home sign in astrology, it is said to be a wanderer. It is a bridge between the known and the unknown, where our "Sacred Wound" wanders until it finds healing.
Being between Saturn and Uranus, it has an orbit of about 51 years, and represents that part of us which is beyond the worldly limits of Saturn and not quite in the realm of the outer invisible transpersonals. It is part animal, part human, and shows us what we must heal and how we must heal it, and what we must learn to exceed our limitations and become our excellence.
We are told that Chiron came to classical Greek mythology from a more ancient shamanistic culture from northern Greece. He is also said to have been the first and greatest astrologer, trained by Apollo and Artemis to be expert in physical, cultural, and metaphysical realms. I'm sure this relates somehow to the other ancient Mediterranean legend that Thoth-Hermes was the first and greatest astrologer, who also was said to be expert in medicine, mathmetics, ethics, philosophy, and posessed skills in many of the same realms as Chiron.
Chiron was said to possess expertise in herbalism, surgery, and other healing arts, along with the gift of synthesis so that many different approaches could be combined successfully. This is what we call "holistic healing," so another trait of Chiron could be that it mentors us to a holistic approach to anything in the physical, cultural, or metaphysical areas.
It has also been said to be a pathway or door to a consciousness shift leading to different perspectives, and a bridge between old ways and new ways. Thus as a mentor teaching us how to synthesize, Chiron is an agent of change, presenting alternatives once we have a more complete picture of whatever we are learning.
As noted earlier, Chiron is the symbol of what teaches us or mentors us to our highest possiblities, the wound that becomes our authentic experience of movement beyond old limitations and fears into our nobility and kindness. In Chiron, don't look for things to be nice, neat, or orderly. It will, however, show you where your "animal" side meets your "human" side, ultimately leading you to your immortality.
It is associated with the "conjunctio," or "sacred marriage." This is where our darkness meets our light, enabling us to dance with ourselves and each other, transcending polarities and bringing forth a new wholeness. Thus it could also have an influence on how we are and what we are learning in relationships so we may come to a higher, more holistic view of the issues of gender. Chiron may be useful in examining your indulgences from an angle of greater enjoyment and/or healing, and will probably lead you into metaphysical pathways that will reveal your "highest potential and destiny."
Enjoy exploring possible ways that you have been wounded or mentored as revealed by the sign and house position of your Chiron, and how it taught to to synthesize, putting things together in a more integrated, holistic view. You may find that it shows you how to mentor others through your woundedness in that area. It certainly works that way in my own chart.