Chiron is a comet with a unique and erratic orbit. In the natal chart, Chiron is symbolized by the “wounded healer.” It represents our deepest wound and our efforts to heal the wound.
Chiron was named after the centaur in Greek mythology who was a healer and teacher who, ironically, could not heal himself.
Chiron was a wise teacher and healer, and was also considered a maverick who went his own way.
Chiron in the Natal Chart
Chiron in our natal charts points to where we have healing powers as the result of our own deep spiritual wounds. We may over-compensate in these areas of life. Chiron, as a wounded healer, first must face issues of low self-worth and feelings of inadequacy and learn to rise above these issues.
Because the wound goes deep, and we may work hard to overcome it, healing powers are potent. As such, Chiron in our charts is a place of great knowledge, experience, talent, and wisdom. Even if our own experience with the issues are problematic, our experience informs us, and we can be excellent guides and counselors in these areas of life.
Its sign and house placement show us our wound and how we go about expressing it. Themes surrounding Chiron include how we might shoot ourselves in the foot, figuratively speaking, damage ourselves, or nurse a wound. We go our own way in Chiron-touched areas.
Chiron’s aspects show us other players in the Chiron story, and Chiron’s transits serve as time triggers. Transits to our natal Chiron also time our ongoing work with our Chironic issues.
Chiron in the Signs – Tables (How to find your Chiron sign)
The glyph, or symbol, for Chiron resembles a key and is comprised of an “O” and a “K”, representing “Object Kowal,” which was what Chiron was originally named (Charles Kowal discovered Chiron in 1977).
Astrologers have done some wonderful work on studying and understanding Chiron and its meanings in our charts. One is Zane Stein. Further reading off-site: Chiron and Friends.