Our featured image is by Giovanni Dal Lago, Italy, of the asteroid Chiron; from the NASA archives.
Barbara Hand Clow
Is the daughter of astrologer Robert Hand. i read her book and that started the search for Chiron’s meaning.
Zane Stein jumped on the Chiron boat almost immediately. He dedicates his site to the asteroid. He also wrote a book on it. Of the two, his is better.
Ms Hand-Clow’s book Chiron and the Rainbow Bridge has many interesting ideas, but it ultimately fails as she takes too much from Ceres and gives it Chiron, thus hurting both. I did like her emphasis on the environment and natural issues, which culminated in the 1970s shortly before Chiron was discovered, but how do I apply that to a horoscope? Ms Hand-Clow does not really give me much direction there, other than embracing my inner-Unicorn. I decided to to view the asteroid astrologically and let Chiron unfold for itself as there is little consensus of opinion on it.
Chiron, Hitler and Jones
American astronomer Charles Kowal discovered Chiron at Palomar Observatory, on October 18, 1977 at 3:47 PDT. A new moon was about to appear the next day, so the skies were still dark enough so astronomers could detect odd things. We got the longitudinal coordinates for Palomar from NASA, though the chart shows San Diego . This gives us the Ascendant of 15 Virgo, an Ornamental Handkerchief which Dr. Jones writes “preserves meanings and helps perfect action.”
Mental chemistry wise, the Moon is fast highlighting an outward bias and Mercury is almost partile the Sun steadying its focus, thus this is a disciplined approach to learning and interacting with others. The yod, a favorite configuration, is perfect here, and I drew one from Chiron at 04 Taurus to Jupiter in the 10th at 07 Cancer. The Apex ends at about Juno at 04 Sagittarius. Dr. Jones in his book, Number Significance, says the keyword for Juno is Politics or being Polite based on how Juno herself usually turned a deaf ear to her husband Jupiter’s philandering.
Both the husband and spouse are part of this configuration interestingly enough but it is the midpoint that shoots perpendicularly from Juno to to Gemini 04 that is the key to Chiron’s meaning, “Holly and Mistletoe” a symbol of maximum encouragement to the differences in human personality by allowing continual stimulation to all resources of imagination and spiritual appreciation. Reversed, Dr. Jones writes about Miss Wheeler’s symbol, “obsession with superficialities”.
Dr. Jones summed this up with his maxim of “respect for personality,” or the need not to judge a book (i.e. person) by its cover but allowing it to speak for itself. This requires someone not to prejudicially pigeonhole another by your preconceptions, fears, or misunderstandings but to accept them whole.
Respect for Personality:
Chiron & Adolf Hitler
Herr Hitler did not live while they found Chiron, but he is a good subject for the asteroid. In his case, we find Chiron intercepted in the ninth house of religion and journalism. Interception are blocked signs, the sign cannot outwardly manifest itself because of how the chart uses the celestial sphere for erection. At 06 Cancer 54, Chiron has the symbol of “two faeries on a moonlit night” that Dr. Jones suggests encourages a transforming sensitivity from one’s own light. Negatively, a senseless retreat to phantasy. As Chiron is intercepted, the positive meaning is negated and the world of make-believe takes hold.
Worse, Chiron is directly opposite the Moon that is conjunct Jupiter. Both also intercepted, giving him the ability to stir up monsters and demons on command instead of lovely and delightful faeries. Pity his father did not let him become a painter as he wanted…but that’s another post. Chiron tells us that Hitler was intolerant of any religion other than his own Superman creation, where he became the Head Prophet in a Cult of Personality.
Respect for Personality:
Chiron & Marc E Jones
Our next case, Marc Edmund Jones, a former Presbyterian minister, and the Dean of American Astrology, also has Chiron in the Ninth House and in Cancer. This time Dr. Jones’ Chiron is at 12 Cancer, but is not intercepted and so allowed to shine freely. The Wheeler symbol is “A Chinese woman nursing a baby with a message” is how life gains meaning from how the person accepts the totality of his existence. Its keyword is Materialization Dr. Jones was alive when Chiron was discovered; he died in 1980.
Dr. Jones spent a whole life devoted to his belief in that Astrology was the hand of God guiding us along, elucidating this message in his book “Astrology, How and Why it works, ” and appropriately enough, and in his most important message — A Respect for Personality.