Chiron in Aries in Your Horoscope to 2026
Chiron is in Aries April 17th, 2018 to September 25th, 2018, then February 18th, 2019 to June 19th, 2026, then finally from September 17th, 2026 to April 14th, 2027. What does this mean in your horoscope and also your personal birth chart?
Chiron is the Teacher of Astrology
Chiron is the teacher of astrology. He turns up as people, organisations or situations which educate you about what is possible. What is no longer ‘impossible’ or unthinkable. Chiron is a centaur. He stretches his bow and arrow and he stretches you, too. He is an unusual, unique teacher. Not like anybody or anything else. Chiron is a maverick educator. An outsider.
Learning What is Unacceptable or Unthinkable from Chiron
Chiron, as a half-man, half-horse, could not exist and should not exist. Yet (at least to the Romans who gave us our astrology) he was the best of all teachers. Chiron’s lessons are about anything or anybody which more conservative or traditional types think is outrageous. Often, what you learn on a Chiron cycle is what would previously have seemed unacceptable or unthinkable. This still from Star Wars (starwars.com) is a good modern version of the old Roman/Latin myth.
Chiron’s Year of Discovery in 1977 – Star Wars
On 25th May 1977, Stars Wars arrived. Luke Skywalker and his hermit tutor, mentor and father figure Obi-Wan Kenobi (“Old Ben”) also arrived. Replacing Luke’s lost father as a Jedi Knight and guiding light, Obi-Wan is a strong Chiron symbol.
Chiron is a foster father figure in your horoscope. Rather like Sir Laurens Van Der Post, who was a father figure to His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales. This wonderful painting, Chiron and Achilles, is part of the Royal Collection Trust and hangs in the State Bedroom at Windsor Castle. It comes from the workshop of Giulio Romano (Rome c.1499-Mantua 1546.
Chiron the Foster Father and Guide
This painting shows young Achilles with his tutor, the centaur Chiron. The education of Achilles by Chiron is described by Statius and Philostratus, amongst others. This painting was acquired by Charles I, after whom the future King Charles III was named – which is an interesting twist.
Further on, I’ll look at why 1977, the year of Chiron’s discovery – mattered so much in the life of our modern monarch Charles and his instructor and friend, Sir Laurens van der Post. It was not only the year that Chiron arrived, but also the year that the relationship between Charles and his mentor attracted attention for the first time. Chiron is also associated with foster fathers through the arrival of the world’s first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, who was ‘fostered’ in a laboratory in 1977. Again, I’ll look more at that in a moment. (Photograph of Sir Laurens van der Post and the Prince Of Wales – The Daily Mail).
Chiron is Hands-On Help
Kheiron is a name derived from the Greek word for hand (kheir) and it means “skilled with the hand”, often associated with kheirourgos (surgeon).
Thinking of helping hands, and the phrase ‘Let me give you a hand’ and ‘Hands-on training’ is a useful way into the symbol.
Chiron was celebrated by Homer in the Iliade, by Pliny the elder, by Pseudo-Apollodorus, Aelian and Dante in the Divina Commedia so astrologers don’t lack clues about the symbol, here. Further reading can reveal a lot. Have a look at Statius.
Historic sources for Chiron’s status as a foster-father and surrogate father appear here.
Chiron Raises Heroes – the Chiron and Achilles Relationship
Your best source for getting to the heart of Chiron in your chart is history – particularly Statius. Chiron is really about the training of a hero (Achilles) and the very particular relationship that exists between a younger man and older man. Today we would call this a classic male role model. You can live this out in your chart if you are a woman, of course.
By transit, though, Chiron tends to appears as man/men in the role of mentors.
“Statius depicts Chiron as having reared a potentially unmanageable hero, but one who loves him and who has learnt from him good manners, music and heroic ideas.” Elaine Fantha: Roman Readings: Roman response to Greek literature from Plautus to Statius.
Chiron the Hunter
Thousands of words have been written about Chiron as the ‘wounded healer’ of the horoscope – some kind of strange cross between a traumatised psychotherapist and a limping acupuncturist – without ever acknowledging that he was a hunter.
That’s how the Romans knew him. Statius tells us that Achilles learned how to handle arrows and hunting spears with the centaur. Achilles hunted on foot, but Chiron also served as his mount. From Chiron, Achilles learned to take on bears, wild boars, lions and tigers (Fantha).
For Homer, Chiron was “most just of the centaurs” and the source of Achilles’ knowledge of medicine, but there is more to astrology than one source. Chiron was a music teacher just as much as he was a herbalist.
Music Teachers and Music Students
In the Achilleid, we find out that Chiron’s task with the young Achilles was “to expound with his lyre the heroes of old to his ward.” (Brill’s Companion to Statius: Dominik, Newlands, Gervais). In the Iliad, we find Achilles ‘singing of men’s fame” so Chiron obviously taught him to use his voice as well. As a surrogate parent/teacher Chiron – with Achilles, the child/pupil – shows us that there is a lot to learn in life not only about healing, but also music and hunting.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Kowal and Chiron
A good introduction to Chiron can be found in The Hunt for Planet X, by Govert Schilling.
“The new heavenly body was found in 1977 by Charles ‘Charlie’ Kowal. Charlie began using the new name, Chiron, two weeks after he had discovered it, before it had been officially approved by the I.A.U. He was not an established astronomer. He was an outsider. In the early days, according to Schilling, Chiron was ‘a loner with little respect for conventions. It was an unauthorised intruder in the territory of the solar system.’”
It’s all beginning to sound a lot like Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan-Kenobi, isn’t it…but that’s typical of astrology.
Fathers, Sons and Chiron
Schilling continues, “Kowal was inspired to call the new heavenly body Chiron, because, ‘during his lonely nights on Palomar Mountain he had read The Centaur by John Updike. It was a recognisable story of a difficult father-son relationship on the East Coast of the USA, based on the myth about the centaur Chiron…“’
The broken bond between father and son which inspired Kowal to name the object Chiron, is important. Chiron moved between Saturn and Uranus. The son who cut off the testicles and penis of his own father.
Later on, I’ll look at the strange synchronicity of Chiron with The Sex Pistols, and the album they released in the year Chiron was named. An album which triggered a famous legal challenge about…testicles.
As you can see, there is a lot more to Chiron in your horoscope than that throwaway line, ‘The Wounded Healer’.
In your horoscope, natally and by transit, he emerges as a foster-figure, father-figure or guide. A guru or mentor. There may literally be absent or missing father issues in the mix. The nature of the life lessons is broad-ranging.
This goes beyond the physical body, into areas like music – and hunting – today we might call it general career skills. It’s important to note that Chiron is also hands-on.
The Hunt for Planet X
New York 2009
Chiron the Educator in Aries – How are You Affected to 2026?
Sun Sign astrology shows you the headlines of your life. The front page. By knowing your Sun Sign you can see the soundbite about this cycle, which will be with you until 2026. Check this list now. It should immediately make sense to you, as in fact you are just finishing a Uranus cycle in the same zone of your chart. The same area of your life. In fact, you have had a long, slow revolution here already, as Uranus in Aries transited this house from May 29th 2010 and will finish on March 7th 2019.
Uranus is a symbol of radical change, freedom and independence in your horoscope. Chiron, which is set to replace him, is a symbol of education. Learning and teaching. Where is your seven-year course or tutorial about to take place?
ARIES: Self-promotion. Branding. Personal appearance. Title. Reputation. Portrait. Face. Shape. Style. Profile.
TAURUS: Secrets. Classified information. Confidential matters. Life behind the scenes. Mysteries. The unconscious. Occult.
GEMINI: Friendships. Groups. Trade unions. Political parties. Good causes. Societies. Rock bands. Social media. Social life.
CANCER: Career. University or college education. Unpaid work. Honorary role. Ambition. Profession. Calling. Vocation.
LEO: Publishing. The worldwide web. Academia and education. Travel. Emigration and relocation. Foreigners. Beliefs.
VIRGO: Finance. Charity. Taxation. Trustees. Government benefits. Banks. Currency and cryptocurrency. Property. Goods.
LIBRA: Partners. Former partners. Potential partners. Duets. Double acts. Enemies. Rivals. Opponents. The two of us.
SCORPIO: Lifestyle. Workload. Duty and service to others, from the dog and cat, to employers or staff. The body.
SAGITTARIUS: Pregnancy. Babies. Children. Young adults. Teaching. Parenting. Sexual relationships which risk parenthood.
CAPRICORN: The house. The apartment. The family. The household. The home town or homeland. Family tree. Roots.
AQUARIUS: The worldwide web. Multimedia. Writing and speech. Microphones and telephones. Computers. Communication.
PISCES: Money. Valuables. Charity. Business. Houses and apartments. Jewellery, art and antiques. Taxation. Legacies.
Do You Have Aries Factors in Your Personal Chart?
If you have Aries factors in your personal birth chart, in the First House, which rules your self-promotion, title, face, shape, style, body and image – your online profile and real-world packaging and presentation – Chiron is set to have a big impact. The actual degree of your Aries factors shows which year Chiron will trigger an education about yourself. He moves backwards and forwards so it may take a year or two for your ‘course’ to be established. Your mentors, guides and teachers may include stylists, hairdressers, personal trainers, speech therapists, public relations professionals, cosmetic surgeons, web designers and so on. We might also add portrait painters, photographers, film-makers and anyone who is in the image business. You may find it’s a man, or a male-dominated organisation, which offers you hands-on help. Perhaps this is about your physical health and wellbeing. Maybe it’s about your career skills (hunting for work) or music, if that is your path. Remember, Chiron is associated with vets as well as doctors.
2019 – Chiron at 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Aries
2020 – Chiron at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Aries
2021 – Chiron at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Aries
2022 – Chiron at 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 Aries
2023 – Chiron at 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Aries
2024 – Chiron at 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 Aries
2025 – Chiron at 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Aries
2026 – Chiron at 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 Aries
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Chiron the Educator in Modern Life
Chiron taught herbal medicine to Aesculapius. He taught Apollo the harp. Hercules learned astronomy from him and Achilles received an all-round education.
The modern equivalent might be a musician who can teach you three chords but also show you how to grow medical marijuana. It might be an astrologer or astronomer who can also educate you about music history. It may be a naturopath who also has a telescope in her garden.
As a pure symbol, Chiron in your chart, natally and by transit, will not show ‘wounded healing’ but it may show, quite literally, music, the medical profession, gardening or drugs.
Most of all, though, Chiron is a teacher. Plain and simple. A broad-ranging all-rounder. A father figure. This goes way back!
Dictionary of Syr Thomas Eliot (1538) “Chiron, nis, the name of a man, whom poetes doo fayne to be the one halfe of a man, the other halfe lyke a hors: who fyrst dyd fynde the vertues of herbes, and taughte Aesculapius phisike, and Apollo to harpe, and Astronomy to Hercules, and was master to Achylles, and excelled all other men of his tyme in vertue and iustyce.”
Chiron the Vet
Chiron is certainly associated with specific kinds of Roman healing. He was linked to herbal medicine and surgery. Yet, so were other mythical archetypes in Italian history. In fact, Aesculapius (an asteroid) was far more important to Rome as the god of health, than any other. The truth is, Chiron today is associated with vets, as much any other kind of healing.
Chiron appears as a symbol on the Milan Veterinary Medicine Faculty banner.
It’s probably more accurate to call Chiron a hands-on helper, with both animals and humans. In fact, although our astrology today is Roman and the horoscope symbol Chiron comes to us from Italy – he began life in Greece.
Chiron the Vet on the Royal College Coat of Arms
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London) has a Chiron-centaur in its armorial crest (below). We also find a link between Chiron and vets in Suidas (10th c. A.D.), Isidore of Seville (7th c. A.D.), and Latin manuscripts of the fifth and fourth centuries A. D. said to derive ultimately from a Greek text by Chiron himself.
Chiron the Educator of Princes and Heroes
Homer, Hesiod and Pindar certainly relate Chiron’s medical knowledge to humans, not to animals, but he is rather more a teacher of surgery and herbal medicine (to Aesculapius and Achilles) than a practitioner.
By the fifth century BC, in Athens, Chiron had come to represent the noble schoolmaster. But why the centaur form? Nicolò Machiavelli wrote in The Prince, Chapter XVIII (1532), that the greatest rulers who would be illustrious should learn through alternative means of achieving their ends. This develops the idea of the respected teacher. In fact, Chiron as a symbol is increasingly looking like a wild outsider. We’ve all had a teacher like that!
Chiron – Also, Your Punk Rock Music Teacher
Achilles the prince was taught by Chiron the half-man, half-horse. That’s certainly alternative. Chiron was discovered and named in 1977, the year that punk rock broke. In astrology, we define the meaning of a horoscope factor by looking for striking events that take place in the year that a planet, asteroid or other body is found – matching the myth from which the astronomers takes his or her inspiration.
Erasmus wrote, “Chiron taught his pupils to play the lyre, but he taught them also the fierceness of centaurs.”
The lyre, a version of the kithara, was the ancient world’s electric guitar.
Castiglione’s Count Ludovico asked: “Have you not read that music was among the first accomplishments which the worthy old Chiron taught Achilles in tender youth…?” So, we have a picture here of a horoscope symbol which is not only strangely associated with vets, but also with musicians. With father-figures and gurus. With Renaissance men, perhaps!
Chiron the Wild – Chiron as Sid Vicious
The Chiron and Achilles of Chartres Cathedral just inside the Royal Portal shows a wild centaur, armed with bow and arrow, gallops riding Achilles on his back while the boy appears to strangle a large fowl. It’s the ancient version of Sid Vicious on his motorbike wearing a black leather jacket. You might say Sid Vicious taught people that you did not have to be able to play the guitar, to have a number one hit. He did not have a father in his life. His father figure was Malcolm McLaren.
The Sex Pistols and other punks of 1977, notably The Clash, were influenced by the Jamaican/Reggae/Ska culture in London at the time, which also involved the smoking of herbs.
The ancients believed Chiron lived in a cave on the slopes of Mount Pelion where he gathered the herbs to make his medicine. The imagery of him in the sixth century B.C. is summed up by a vase now in the British Museum, where we see Chiron with his hunting dog. The branch resting on Chiron’s shoulder and the small tree nearby suggest the pharmaceutical properties of herbs. Punk band The Fall had a song called Mr. Pharmacist. David Bowie, creator of the 1977 classic Heroes, was one of the late Seventies musicians dependent on cocaine. Along with Star Wars, 1977 was a big year for music.
The largest study of Chiron is Martin Vogel’s Chiron der Kentaur mit der Kithara (Bonn, Bad-Gotesberg: Verlag fur Systematische Musikwissenschaft, 1978). One year after Chiron had been discovered by Charles T. Kowal, Vogel was making the association between Chiron and music teachers. Astrologers have had 40 years or so, to make the connection, but it’s amazing how often it’s missed. In fact, in my workshops on horoscopes, I often find that it is only when the truth about Chiron is revealed, that people actually understand this chart symbol for the first time. At last, Chiron makes strong and immediate sense to them.
Astrology can sometimes be quite literal. It’s about the connections between ideas and objects across space and time. We have no evidence at all that Charles T. Kowal, the thirtysomething astronomer who found Chiron, plucked a name from Latin/Roman mythology (as all astronomers try to do) with punk rock in mind. Yet, there was something about the year 1977 which was absolutely right for a centaur like Chiron to enter into astrologers’ dictionaries.
School for Heroes – Chiron’s Brand of Education in Your Life
Chiron taught heroes how to be heroic. His pupils were given an all-round education, much as the future monarchs of today receive. Music lessons. Riding and hunting lessons. Time in the army, navy or air-force. In 1977 this was much on people’s minds as The Silver Jubilee took hold of Great Britain and the Commonwealth and all eyes were on Prince Charles, the future king (and string musician), as well as his mother. It’s strange but true, that the young Charles was unusually fond of classical music. The year 1977 brought all this home to us as Chiron was waiting to be found by Charlie Kowal. It was about this time that David Bowie began promoting his new album, Heroes.
Chiron and the 1977 Modern Stratocaster
Beyond Bowie, we find other music lessons for rock’n’roll heroes in 1977. Fender’s signature Stratocaster guitar was made famous by Jimi Hendrix, but by 1977, the year that punk broke and Chiron was discovered, it needed an update. Some 23 years after the Stratocaster first hit the market, Fender introduced a five-position switch, a design overhaul that endures to this day.
The cithara or kithara (Greek) was an instrument in the lyre family of instruments and in fact, the word kithara in modern Greek translates as ‘guitar.’ There is a small but important difference. The kithara was used by professional musicians, and the lyre by amateurs. Punk rock was about amateurs who were nonetheless – professional.
For more on the astronomical side of Chiron, have a look at Asteroids, by Curtis Peebles (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington 2000).
Prince Charles, Prince William and Sir Laurens van der Post
Sagittarian Sir Laurens Jan van der Post was a father figure to the Prince of Wales, but also – importantly – godfather to Prince William. He was also a Jungian, humanitarian, philosopher and conservationist. Sir Laurens had a sixteen-year friendship with Carl Jung, who popularised the the term ‘synchronicity’ which is the rule that governs astrology.
You would hope, given Chiron and his reputation for educating princes, that there would a suitably Jungian link of synchronicity between the year 1977, Prince Charles and his mentor. There is, so we astrologers are happy. This was the year that Sir Laurens took the future king on a safari to Kenya. He also created the first World Wilderness Congress that year with conservationist Ian Player in Johannesburg, which has echoes of Chiron with his concern with wild beasts in the education of Achilles – and his concern with hunting. Not a lot of people know that Sir Laurens inspired the film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence in 1983, a few years later. Thus, we are back to David Bowie again!
This is his personal astrological birth chart. Sir Laurens, educator of princes – and godfather to the two next kings of England – was born with Chiron at 9 Aquarius exactly sextile Saturn at 9 Pisces. This is a wonderful example of Chiron in action as in 1977 Uranus stood at 9 Scorpio and Saturn stood at 9 Leo, the sign of kings.
Chiron and Centaurs in Children’s Books
There is no doubt at all that Chiron has a connection with the medical world, as well as music teachers, hunters and vets. We find his name hidden in chiropractor and chiropodist. The old word ‘chirurgeon’ is an obsolete way of spelling surgeon.
Yet, as a symbol or archetype, Chiron has also been stretched by children’s authors. If Chiron really dominates your personal birth chart (it lines up with several other factors at the same number/degree) then this book, below, might be interesting. It’s
The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature
Editor Lisa Maurice
Brill 2015 Netherlands
J.K. Rowling, Chiron and C.S. Lewis
Perhaps it’s not surprising that Chiron is so popular with children and young adults. He was, after all, the most attention-grabbing teacher in Roman myth. The ‘centaur of attention’ as the joke goes.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Camp Half-Blood, the work of C.S. Lewis, Eoin Colfer, Rick Riordan, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Jensen Abbott and of course J.K. Rowling has put centaurs firmly in the public imagination.
A Chiron Return can only happen when you are aged around 50 – the time that many people become grandparents, or in fact become promoted to senior teacher or headmaster/headmistress status.
If you are turning 50 over the next few years, you will have your Chiron Return and might find the book below, useful:
From Academia to Amicitia: Milton’s Latin Writings and the Italian Academies
By Estelle Haan
American Philosophical Society
Fifty Years-Olds as Gurus, Mentors, Guides and Foster or Father Figures
You can be a woman and live out Chiron in your chart – of course. Turning fifty means experiencing the full impact of your Chiron Return and it may be that this is the time you find yourself babysitting grandchildren, perhaps, or taking a more vital role with your godchildren, nieces or nephews. At around fifty you may find yourself given senior rank at work, so that you end up steering or tutoring younger people.
The Famous Wound. Chiron in A Classical Dictionary
The majority of paintings and surviving art we have which portrays this famous centaur does not show him as a wounded healer, or in fact – with any kind of wound at all.
The myth tells us that he was, of course, hit by a poisoned arrow, but the actual symbol or archetype is about so much more. John Lempriere is probably the most widely read source on mythology, in history.
“CHIRON: A centaur, half a man and half a horse, son of Philyra and Saturn, who had changed himself into a horse to escape the enquiries of his wife Rhea. Chiron was famous for his knowledge of music, medicine and shooting. He taught mankind the use of plants and medicinal herbs; and he instructed in all the polite arts, the greatest heroes of his age; such as Achilles, Aesculapius, Hercules, Jason, Peleus, Aeneas etc. He was wounded in the knee by a poisoned arrow, by Hercules, in his pursuit of the centaurs. Hercules flew to his assistance; but as the wound was incurable, and the cause of the most excruciating pains, Chiron begged Jupiter to deprive him of his immortality. His prayers were heard, and he was placed by the god among the constellations, under the name of Sagittarius.”
A Classical Dictionary
New York 1825
1977 and Professor James Kinsley
Heroes by David Bowie was released on RCA Records on 14th October 1977. In the same year, as Chiron was waiting for his name, Elvis Costello released My Aim is True. The centaur’s pupils, all heroic figures in Greek and Roman mythology, struck a chord in the album charts of 1977. Costello was unconsciously referencing Chiron’s bow and arrow. Strangely, the shape he is throwing in the photograph on the cover of My Aim is True, designed by Barney Bubbles, also looks not unlike the famous Chiron ‘key’ shape. This key symbol in the horoscope today is actually based on C.K. or Charles Kowal – the initials of the discoverer. His aim was true, too!
Chiron, Saturn, Uranus, Bollocks, Testicles and 1977
The biggest cultural event of the year 1977, when Kowal found Chiron, was the arrival of the only studio album by The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols on 28th October, two weeks after Bowie. It was deemed obscene and a court case followed on 24th November, with John Mortimer in charge and the word ‘bollocks’ under examination. Mortimer presented an expert witness, Professor James Kinsley. A solid Chiron teacher.
Head of the School of English at the University of Nottingham, he argued that the word “bollocks” was not obscene, and was actually a legitimate Old English term formerly used to refer to a priest. Geoffrey Robertson, also a teacher figure, appeared with Mortimer defending The Sex Pistols. They won.
This takes us back to Chiron, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. Saturn took a scythe from his mother (the scythe symbol, on its side, is the Saturn symbol today). He followed her instructions and cut off both the testicles and penis of his father Uranus in the most famous castration in mythology.
It’s typical of astrology that the most famous cultural output of 1977 had bollocks in the title. Perhaps Kinsley, Mortimer and Robertson were acting out the Chiron tutor/foster father/male role model part for the younger Sex Pistols.
The Power of Music, Chiron and Milton
In the work of Milton the adjective ‘mansuetus’ is used for Chiron. In other words, tame and gentle. Chiron uses the power of music to halt the potential violence of the warlike Achilles. As Estelle Haan puts it, “Under Chiron, the hands of Achilles, destined to kill Hector in brutal combat, “are detained in the strains of the lyre.”
We’re clearly dealing with something more than just another teacher, here. Chiron has a way with him. Repeatedly in astrology, particularly in the work of one of the world’s greatest astrologers, the late Dennis Elwell, you will also see Chiron associated with the word ‘maverick’. Let’s take a closer look at that…
Chiron the Maverick Teacher
Zane Stein, author of Essence and Application: A View From Chiron, is today the world’s foremost astrological expert on Chiron and is well-known to users of Solar Fire software. Zane has an interesting angle on the key word ‘maverick’ for Chiron, which sums up this unorthodox educator so well.
‘This word came from Samuel A. Maverick, an American pioneer and rancher who did not brand his cattle, unlike all the other ranchers around him.”
In astrology, it is the astronomers themselves who often tell us what a new heavenly body is all about. Charles, ‘Charlie’ Kowal, taught stargazers that you didn’t have to be a big-name astronomer to find a new heavenly body in the night skies.
An old copy of Time magazine, from October 27th 1975, tells us more about Charlie. Essentially, he was a research associate who had no Ph.D., had published no papers and had no academic achievements to his name. “I know nothing about astrophysics or electrodynamics,” Charles Kowal told Time. “All I’m good at is using a telescope.”
He went on, “I enjoy learning things, but a University is the last place in the world to learn anything.”
Foster Parents and Chiron
At the start of this in-depth look at Chiron, you saw how in 1977 the world not only experienced a new trend in music which would transform the album and single business – punk rock – it also saw the arrival of so-called ‘test tube baby’ technology. Louise Brown would be born on 25th July 1978, but all the work had been done by a very unusual method of fostering, in a laboratory in 1977.
Estelle Haan writes, “Chiron was a learned centaur, host and famous foster-father of poets; tutor, educator and even tamer of heroes.” Thus, our understanding of the horoscope symbol Chiron extends to fostering, very specifically.
We talk about fostering talent, fostering knowledge, fostering skill, fostering potential and so on. This adds to the centaur’s image as a teacher, guide and mentor. There may also be a literal meaning of fostering or adoption with Chiron in your horoscope.
Is Chiron in Your Fourth House or Fifth House?
If Chiron appears in Cancer in the Fourth House of family or Leo and the Fifth House of heirs, perhaps you’ll see real fostering, or at the very least, some kind of ‘adoption’ in the interests of education or instruction. With Chiron in Virgo and the Sixth House of work, natally, or in Capricorn and the Tenth House of career, perhaps your role in life is to foster work-experience students and interns, or mentor younger staff.
If you haven’t already noted your Chiron position by sign and house in your personal birth chart, it’s worth finding. If you don’t know it, you can take out Premium Membership, even for a month, and download your full astrological natal chart now. This is particularly important if you are male. Chiron is a strongly masculine symbol.
Chiron – Neither One Thing Nor Another
Chiron is neither one thing nor another. Not horse, nor man. By sign and house in your birth chart, Chiron will also reveal where you are two things at the same time, or hard to classify! You may also find that Chiron figures in your life turn up, who are teachers – father figures – yet also complex. Dual personalities.
Govert Schilling: “Chiron – a wise and gentle healer – was the son of Cronos (known to the Romans as Saturn) and the grandson of Uranus. So it was an appropriate name for an object that spent most of its time moving between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus. The mythological centaur Chiron was neither horse nor human; the celestial body Chiron was neither asteroid nor comet. Or perhaps it was both.”
As Chiron goes through Aries over the next few years, your teachers, mentors and guides may also be two things at once. Or, if you prefer, neither one thing, nor another. Intriguing characters!
Chiron is not unlike any other symbol you see in your horoscope. He is associated with Saturn and Uranus (below) but is dual in nature. Just like the centaur after whom he is named.
Chiron and Keys – The Work of Erminie Lantero
Erminie Lantero M.Div.,Ph.D. pioneered research into Chiron. In the foreword to her book, The Continuing Discovery of Chiron, Zane Stein wrote, ‘In my research, one of the primary meanings that surfaced for Chiron was the word KEY, to open new doors to new worlds.’
I love this way of defining Chiron. He is like the maverick schoolteacher with the keys to the classroom jangling on his belt. The headmistress who also happens to like punk rock, who has the key to the music room. In his new sign of Aries, Chiron is going to add another chapter to a very long story in your life, which began with Uranus (the revolution) in the Aries-ruled house of your chart. Amazingly, it will continue after Neptune enters Aries on March 31st, 2025, but that’s another story.
The Education of Achilles by Peter Paul Rubens (below) is from the Museo Nacional del Prado. His right hand, dangling, looks like it might even be reaching for a key. I hope Chiron in Aries is the key to the most fantastic learning experiences for you. Chiron is about so much. Father and son issues, for you or your teacher/mentor/guide. Vets. Music. Herbs and their derivatives, like prescribed drugs, recreational drugs and the natural world. Hunting. Riding. Shooting. Punk rock. Just remember, as Elvis Costello sang, in the year that Charles Kowal was pointing his telescope: My Aim is True!
How has Chiron manifested in your birth chart to date, and how will he show up in his brand new zodiac sign of Aries? I have mentioned these literal connections for Chiron because astrology has a funny way of showing up that way. Yet, if we take the symbol at its broadest, what we have is a multi-tasking, multi-talented teacher. And that’s really what Chiron is.