The Wounded Healer
Passing Through the Signs
Discovery of the Asteroid Chiron
Astronomer Charles Kowal, discovered Chiron in November 1977, and at first gave it the name ‘Maverick’ since it was quite different from other planetary bodies. It may be considered an asteroid but might actually be a comet dragged in by the Sun’s gravity. Its orbit mostly lies between Saturn and Uranus yet sometimes moves out beyond Neptune, spending most years in Aries and least in Libra, its path is very elliptical.
According to Myth, Chiron was the first born of the race of Centaurs. At his conception, his father, Chronos (or Saturn), shape-shifted into a stallion. His mother, the goddess Rhea was shocked when she gave birth to a half bestial baby, and she abandoned Chiron to die at the top of Mount Pelion, forcing him to heal his own darkness. Chiron was educated by the twin team of Apollo and Artemis. From Apollo he learned ethics, philosophy, maths, music, reason, logic and medicine; all that is redeeming about civilisation. From Artemis, the huntress, he learned the way of the forest, including the use of herbs. (Maya White)