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Chiron [Astro*Index]

Also 2060 Chiron. An asteroid whose orbit lies between Saturn and Uranus; discovered on November 1, 1977 by Charles Kowal. It is named after Chiron, the wise Centaur (half man, half horse), who tutored many Greek heroes. Astrologers have not settled its rulership but have worked mainly with Sagittarius and Virgo. The astrological symbolism of Chiron includes teacher and healer.

See also:
♦ Asteroids
Chiron [Prima]

A body — at times called an asteroid, at times, a comet or planetoid — whose orbit lies between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron was discovered on Nov. 1, 1977 by Charles Kowal.

It is named after Chiron, the wise centaur who was a healer and mentor/foster-parent/tutor of many Greek heroes. Half man, half horse, Chiron represents the holistic balance of instinct and intellect — the animal and human natures.

Various passages in classic mythology hint at Chiron's role in dealing with the shadow side of Jupiter and Sagittarius. Chiron was granted immortality for his selfless service but later sustained a untreatable poison wound that caused him eternal suffering. As a result, he gave up his immortality to Prometheus, who was thus freed from an endless punishment inflicted on him by Jupiter.

Keywords:   teacher
wounded healer
spiritual humility
morals, ethics
prolonged suffering
accidental poisoning
See also:
♦ Asteroids


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