Chiron, The Wounded Hero
Mar 29, 2018

Javier Bush
Core Spirit member since Dec 24, 2020
Reading time 3 min.

In Astrology, it is a generally accepted belief that a new planetary body is discovered when the collective consciousness of the people is ready for the energy the planet represents. In the late 1970s, the western world was beginning to question traditional ideas about religion, medicine and consciousness. New thoughts abounded, ancient healing techniques and alternative medicine were introduced—and the New Age was born.

The aim of this age, the Age of Aquarius, was to combine Eastern and Western spirituality and medicine with Western thought, to create a new and holistic world view, free from dogma and judgment. The self-help movement grew and encouraged individuals to draw from their own experiences to help others heal. It was within this holistic universe, that Chiron, the “wounded hero” became such an important tool for astrologers to bring healing to others.

Chiron is a minor planetary body with characteristics of both comets and asteroids. It was the first of a group discovered between 1977 and 1997—now known as centaurs because of their dual characteristics. These unusual bodies are thought to have originated as Trans-Neptunian objects within the Kuiper belt that orbits outside Neptune’s path. Astronomers believe that the stronger gravitational pulls of Saturn and Uranus caused these little “planetoids” to move to their current locations between the two larger planets, where they continue to orbit.

Chiron, known to astrologers as the “wounded hero,” represents the individual’s early trauma—a trauma that remains difficult to heal. Chiron’s elliptical orbit falls between the orbits of the last of the archetypal personal planets—Saturn, and the first of the transpersonal planets—Uranus, signifying the new holism and connection between self and community. The lesson of Chiron is to fulfill one’s ultimate potential by first healing self, then using the knowledge gained to help others to heal. How the individual accomplishes this and the nature of the original wound is suggested by Chiron’s position in the birth chart. This energy is similar to that described by Carl Jung in his description of the relationship between the analyst and the analysand.

Chiron has an orbit of approximately 49 years, so the Chiron return—the point at which a planet returns to the exact position it was at the time of the individual’s birth—coincides with the approach of the 50th year, a time when the individual is beginning to move towards the path to individuation, a feat Jung suggests is impossible to be accomplished by the young.

The planetoid, Chiron, is named after the mythical Greek figure, Chiron, son of Kronus/Saturn and the wood-nymph Philyra. It is said that Kronus, son of Uranus and his sister/wife Gaia—the sky and earth—was searching for one of his sons to eat. Kronus, the devouring father and unfaithful husband, came upon Philrya, who thwarted his advances by turning herself into a mare. Not to be dismissed, Kronus became a stallion so he could mate with the unsuspecting Philyra—and a son, Chiron, was born.

When Philrya saw her son, a centaur—half man and half horse—she rejected him. However, Chiron used the lessons learned from being abandoned by both mother and father—his earlier wounding—to become a great teacher, healer and prophet—unlike most centaurs who were known for their lustful pursuits and insatiable sexual appetites.

The immortal Chiron soon became a mentor to Hercules, Jason, Achilles, and Aesclepius—the great healer and teacher, who founded the famed mystery school and place of healing at Epidaurus. However, one day, Chiron was accidentally wounded by Hercules’ arrow—poisoned with the blood of the monster, Hydra, as he had been taught to do by Chiron—leaving Chiron with a wound that would not heal.

About the same time, Prometheus was punished by Zeus for stealing fire from the gods to give to the mortals. Zeus had Prometheus chained to a rock where an eagle came each day to eat out his liver, and each night the liver grew back—leaving Prometheus in eternal agony. The immortal Chiron, who was also suffering from a wound that would not heal, decided to sacrifice himself for Prometheus. Chiron’s selfless act, freed Prometheus from eternal torture, so he could continue to serve the human race. However, Chiron’s sacrifice caused him to lose his status as an immortal, so he died in the service of another—and ultimately for the entire human race, as did Jesus Christ.

Astrologers look to Chiron’s position in the birth chart for the individual’s greatest challenge—the original wound. However, if the pain is too strong, or the individual too weak to experience the pain necessary to heal the wound, then the individual may turn to alcohol, drugs or sex. But when the individual faces the original pain and heals it, then he or she can use the knowledge to help others.

by Liz Jelinek For Body Mind Spirit Guide

Leave your comments / questions for this practitioner

To write a comment please
Category filter
Concern filter
Type filter

All categories

Natal Astrology
$20 USD

[BEST VERSION] This session is giving you a vision and aim of your bestself after you struggled with all your shadow aspects and integrated them to your life. If you are ready to have a new life, which you were dreaming about long time already - this session will help you with this.

Kseniia Zhdanova
Natal Astrology
$20 USD
Reading about BEST VERSION of yourself

[BEST VERSION] This session is giving you a vision and aim of your bestself after you struggled with all your shadow aspects and integrated them to your life. If you are ready to have a new life, which you were dreaming about long time already - this session will help you with this.

Kseniia Zhdanova
Natal Astrology
$20 USD

[SOUL STRUCTURE] Each soul has own structure,and knowing it means to have unlimited access to inner energy. This readings are telling about your talents and strength, how you should make. decision in right way for yourself and explain how to have always high level of energy. Energy of SOUL is vital one and that’s why it’s so much important to know and have access to it always anytime.

Kseniia Zhdanova
Natal Astrology
$20 USD

[SHADOW or LOCKED STRENGTH] Describes situations and parts of life which is in your blind zone. Each person, or business have it. In business language we could say that it’s risks, which we take before start it. With a person it’s more about locked psycho energy and limitations which we don’t see, cause once mistaken we decided to lock it and do not use anymore. This reading is not an easy one but so much eye opening, cause all blocks getting out and person get lots of energy back but same time understanding that we are all not perfect ones. Knowning your shadow bring person to stand still on two legs, cause what was invisible becomes visible. It’s also explains why we are getting into “wrong” relations. Cause “shadow” part always needs to be. visible and through another person it’s always easier to connect with. This is part which could be fulfilled by another’s, but better by ourselves.

Kseniia Zhdanova

Related Articles

View All
Western Astrology
Jan 26 2022
Transpersonal Astrology: Cleo's Mirror

A symbolic encounter, experienced with *Cleo, reflected the processes held deeply within the pysche. During an Astrological reading, Heaven came to Earth, held within a profound transpersonal message.

Traditional in her ageless Irish looks.
Blue pearls f…

Donovan Pennant
Mar 29 2018
Disappearing stars could be signs of advanced alien life

Arthur C. Clarke is famous for having claimed that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Indeed, if a time traveler had snatched you from the past and taken you to the present, modern technology like wireless devices, air…

Javier Bush
Medical Astrology
Jan 18 2021
What is Medical Astrology?

Introduction. Astrology is the study of cosmic influences, that is, influences associated with the motion of the Sun, Moon and planets and the position of the stars that are considered to affect all living creatures, including humans. It is also the study…

Demi Powell
Sidereal Astrology
Jan 22 2021
Sidereal or Tropical – What is the right choice?

Tropical zodiac vs Sidereal zodiac, which one should astrologers choose?

First and foremost, it’s a personal choice. As with most strategies, I am a proponent of each person using what works for them. Essentially, nevertheless, I believe the choice betwe…

Demi Powell
Registered individuals enjoy all the possibilities of Core Spirit.