First the basics.
Chiron, discovered in 1977, is a small solar system body (or minor planet) in the outer Solar System, orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. It was named after Chiron, one of the centaurs from Greek mythology. Since then more bodies were detected that orbit the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune. They were officially classified as centaurs. There are currently 452 centaurs listed.
Chiron has a diameter of about 120 miles. If the Earth were the size of a golf ball Chiron would be the size of a grain of salt.
Now the astrological embarrassment.
Astrologers, upon the discovery, turned quickly to their dictionaries and learned that Chiron, the centaur, was worshiped in Antiquity as a mentor, tutor and healer. But he was not able to heal his own wound. What a gift the astronomical community had bestowed on astrology by naming the newly detected body Chiron! What synchronicity! Didn’t alternative healing methods and therapies have a heyday in those years? The pantheon of Roman and Greek gods, all jealous and unforgiving, would now include a gentle soul, intent on soothing grievances. He was immediately labeled the ‘Wounded Healer’ and that moniker stuck, kitschy as it is. While dearly embraced by the astrological community overall, I am not the only one being confounded and perplexed.
A fellow astrologer puts it this way, sarcasm not withholding: “Despite its utter insignificance, it fascinates those astrologers who have decided that they are spiritually evolved. On its discovery Chiron was hijacked by a vociferous minority of astrologers who regard themselves as healers. Their wishful belief is that mankind is on the verge of a golden new age where each will heal his fellow. Having been discovered at the dawn of this new age, Chiron must be the planet of the healer: and as we all had such dreadful childhoods, he is a ‘wounded’ healer - the best sort, apparently.” And as to the time of discovery, he mocks that it also was the rise of the yuppie, the materialist player of the market, who produces nothing and makes himself rich. Yet the book that explains Chiron as a stockbroker, wounded or otherwise, has yet to be published.
To be told by almost any astrologer that each of us carries this wound of unknown origin in our charts (and in ourselves) and thus enables us to heal our fellow beings might be very comforting and ennobling but it is utter nonsense and diverting from the basic premises of astrology. Chiron is just a speck of rock floating in the outer void signifying nothing.
Quotation by John Frawley, ‘The Real Astrology’, 2001