by Robert Wilkinson
Chiron, the Wounded Healer! Who is this "being" that generates so many questions and so much speculation? In Greek Mythology this brilliant and kind astrologer-healer was first, last, and best among centaurs, born of a different lineage than the rest who were a fairly rowdy bunch. Son of Kronos (Time/Saturn), Chiron was immortal, and though he could heal others, he could not heal himself, and gave his life so humanity could receive the gift of Fire. Since much of Astrology has some connection to mythology, what else can we learn about how to apply Chiron in our charts?
I have noted previously that Chiron is a mentor-teacher to heros, and knows how to get his pupils to their highest potential and destiny. Being part animal and part human, it indicates where our animal meets our human, ultimately leading us to immortality. It teaches us the experience of existing between worlds that all wounded healers must embrace so their knowledge is authentic and individual. It is where we become more "civilized," reasonable, and "walk our walk."
Any time we can heal our wounds and be of service to others, it's a very good thing. Our Chiron shows us how we are Chiron for others as well as how they are Chiron for us. All beings have at least one of what I call "the Seven Sacred Wounds," and this connects us to all others in space and time who share that wound. It is how we come out of separateness into compassion, and see our broader place in the vast scheme of things.
Now that I've sketched out a few of the tremendous possibilities Chiron offers us in our charts, if you want an in-depth look at many more characteristics and possible ways to apply these energies astrologically, please go to Chiron, the Wounded Healer and Metaphysician written a while ago. It covers a lot of ground, so enjoy!
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson