I’ve gotten used to people calling me “Mr. Chiron” or “The Chiron Man” over the years, and have even grown to like it. (In fact, I even went so far as to appear at recent lecture in a specially designed shirt with the Chiron symbol on the front, reminiscent of Superman’s “S” on his outfit, and “Mr. Chiron” on the back. It brought a lot of laughs.)
You could say I have a real fondness for the little maverick body. Before it was discovered, I was just an astrologer, but the moment, back in 1977, that I read the New York Times headline, “Tenth Planet Discovered”, I turned into a Researher, consumed with an unwavering hunger to find out anything and everything I could about this new body. Chiron changed my life.
It wasn’t long before I had several dozen other astrologers involved, and I’d say we knew more about the astrology of Chiron within a year after its discovery than was known about Pluto even twenty years after it was found. And this was pre-Internet!
Chiron has become a standard astrologial tool. True, they were wrong about it being the ‘Tenth Planet”, but it can be found in just about every ephemeris in print today, and I don’t own a single astrology computer program that doesn’t include Chiron. One of the first things I ask at each lecture I give is, “How many of you know where your Chiron is?”, and invariably I’ll get a show of hands that includes 100% of the room.
Yet, even though we’ve been studying it for over thirty years, there is still so much more to learn about this body that was named after the wisest of all Centaurs.
And Chiron’s discovery opened the door, allowing a whole herd of other bodies to stampede in. Research is being conducted on a whole stable of other Centaurs, such as Pholus, Nessus, Chariklo and Asbolus. New bodies are being discovered out past Pluto that are changing the face of astrology almost daily, such as Sedna, which goes out farther than any other known body, or Eris, which some astrologers consider an excellent candidate for the long sought-after co-ruler of Libra.
When I started learning astrology, there was a nice, comfortable set of bodies. We all knew that a horoscope consisted of the houses, the Sun and Moon, eight planets, and a pair of lunar nodes. That was it (and if you were a practitioner of Vedic astrology, you didn’t even use Uranus, Neptune or Pluto.)
But when Chiron was discovered, I began to understand how Shakespeare’s Horatio must have felt. I soon learned that there are more bodies in the heavens than I had ever dreamt of, and they influence us here on Earth at levels I never knew existed before.
This is a fantastic time to be an astrologer. The universe is showing us its secrets at an ever-increasing rate. I can’t wait to find out what’s next.