Chiron was the first centaur. Disowned by his parents, he was raised by teachers and sages. He was adept at many things but healing was his main vocation as he was GOOD at it. Possessed of a great knowledge of plants and herbalism, Chiron was a physician of both body and spirit. He was wise in his practice of compassion. The whole self is the healthiest self, and this was keenly understood by this Centaur. He was a holistic practitioner in the most literal sense.
Chiron received a mortal wound when he was accidentally pierced with a spear laced with poison. He could not die because he was himself immortal, being born of two Gods and so suffered terribly in his agonizing pain. He tried everything he knew to relieve his own pain and heal his festering wound, but could do nothing to help himself. He finally volunteered to take the place of Prometheus who was being tortured daily for eternity. Zeus took pity on Chiron (who was having his liver gnawed on by freakin' vultures) and allowed him to die and ascend to heaven where he resides in the constellation of Centaurus.
Unlike other centaurs and Gods, Chiron was faithful, respectful--not one to engage in infidelity or warfare.
Chiron was a very gentle creature. The other Centaurs, as they developed, were a bunch of rabble rousing rapists, thugs and drunks. Getting what they wanted and satisfying the immediate needs of their sensual bodies was their only real concern. That, and who had the best local 'shine. They were extroverted party animals.
Chiron was decidedly different. Intelligent and filled with compassion, he had loftier goals. Teaching was his passion. He was also a great astrologer. This is one the lesser known facts about this comet- like asteroid. Astrology was a great love of this Centaur and he was a prolific teacher of it. Chiron was married to a nymph named Chariklo. He was also different from other Centaurs and even Gods at the time, because he was not one prone to infidelities. He was faithful. He was respectful. He was not one to engage in warfare or competition. His ego was satisfied to give and receive love. He was, in essence, the first idealist male
This asteroid is the key that unlocks
the new when we have learned from the old.
Chiron orbits between Saturn and Uranus and has a very erratic orbit, staying in certain signs for years and others for a short time. This asteroid is the key that unlocks the new when we have learned from the old. A big part of this Centaur's energy is EXPERIENCE. Chiron was experienced in many things and was indeed so practiced he was even a master at his crafts.
This asteroid shows us where we can become masterful. Chiron was the greatest teacher known. Where and what we can teach is emphasized by the placement of Chiron. Healing through crisis is often associated with this planetary body. Pain does cause crisis and we can learn from it or be buried under it, thereby becoming of no use to anyone in our self-pity. When we fold up under pressure, we can be of no service
The area of life we receive our greatest wound and the means by which we can assist others with the experience gained.
Chiron is so much about service. Where we are wounded but also how we can be strong is emphasized by Chiron in our chart. Where we can teach others something we have yet to master or have been directly wounded in, is also a facet of this Centaur. This is seen in the sex therapist who heals many, but cannot seem to hook up themselves; the horseback riding instructor who teaches from a wheel chair; the drunk driver who killed someone and spends their life speaking against alcohol; the psychotherapist who has great success with patients but herself suffers from debilitating anxiety. Chiron is where we turn our own negative into someone else's positive. He makes lemonade out of lemons and opens a stand to let others know he has the good stuff in 100 degree weather.
Healing, shamanism, astrology, nursing, metallurgy, energy work, spiritual guiding, counseling, these are all subjects that are particularly ruled by Chiron. I also consider horses as subject to this ruler. Chiron shows up prominently in the charts of those who take part in these types of activities. The house where Chiron sits will show the area of life we receive our greatest wound and the means by which we can assist others with the experience gained from it.