Chiron and the Asteroids


Chiron was discovered in 1977 and is a planetoid which orbits between Saturn and Uranus. It was named after the centaur Chiron, a half man / half horse who was a wise teacher and healer in Greek mythology, and is therefore commonly known as the “wounded healer”. It seems to have a generally beneficial effect, and can be most associated with education, a direction in life, faith and a search for an ultimate truth. It is often linked to a turning point in life and a new direction, which moves one forward down a path of no return (a permanent effect). Other associations are as a maverick (due to its erratic orbit), stewardship (it is strongly linked to parenting and fostering) and spirited (prominently found in charts of healers and therapists).



Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter lies the asteroid belt, commonly thought to be a planet which never quite coalesced. It consists of hundreds of thousands of objects of which some of the largest are now being carefully studied to note their influences. It seems that the majority of the asteroids can be related to the feminine parts of the psyche; listed below are the four largest, which are now listed in a standard ephemeris:



Is associated to the earth mother and the mother / child relationship in general; represents nurturing on a material, practical and responsible nature, and the “growing of” and “taking care of” plants, animals and people. Also links with domestic crafts, gardening and agriculture. Indicates how one truly feels protected, accepted and cared for by the environment and the world.



Relates to the critical faculty, and to sharp incisive mentality. It is fond of making distinctions and “figuring” people out. It is linked to the fathers’ approval in early life, and translates in adult life to what one does (or refuses to do) to win approval with other kinds of authority figures or partners.



The asteroid which is associated with marriage and partnership between the sexes. Juno indicates the fears around what is or will go wrong in a relationship, and what keeps one from feeling totally secure. Its also part of the important dynamic that was learned in the relationship of the parents (particularly the mothers’ role and attitude to her marriage).



The nature of Vesta is ascetic, able to make sacrifices in the name of duty. Vesta often represents the denial of short-term gratification or sacrifice of the self in favour of long- range or greater goals. Vesta can be afraid of intimacy and closeness with others leading to lack of relationship fulfilment or relationship frustrations, then Vesta works rather than plays, taking on roles of work-as-compensation; work-as-alienation; work-as-excuse or work-as-sublimation.