Chiron (continued)

Maritha Pottenger

BACKGROUND (part omitted last issue)

As indicated in the Virgo issue of The Mutable Dilemma, Chiron was discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977. For what was probably the first time in history, astrologers were given access to an ephemeris of the new body within a year or two of its discovery. Chiron ephemerides were published by both Al H. Morrison’s CAO Times and by Malcolm Dean’s Phenomena Publications. Zane Stein provided some of the first in-depth studies of Chiron through his Association for the Study of Chiron. Several books have been written by Stein and others, despite the relatively brief time since discovery. As is normal in astrology, there is controversy over Chiron’s precise meaning. The myth of Chiron points to an association with Sagittarius.


You probably expect a lot of a partner, of marriage, or of yourself as a partner. Outcomes can range from avoiding marriage (if you cannot do it perfectly), to putting a partner on a pedestal (and being disappointed if s/he falls off), to adopting guru/student roles, to expecting a relationship to be “everything” to you, to constantly looking for someone new, exciting, or more ideal in your relationships. Or, you can attract bright, idealistic, optimistic people who emphasize goals, values and the quest for knowledge. It is important to allow others the right to search for truth in their own individual ways but shared values will greatly aid your partnership(s). You can experiment in roles with other people, and may reform ideas about people, interactions or beauty. Your original thinking can contribute to your ability to negotiate and harmonize.

You can make generalizations about sharing, harmony and balance. You usually believe that the big picture calls for grace, charm, equality, and cooperation though the seventh house can also manifest as competition. With a positive expression, democratic ideals are preferred in one-to-one encounters since your principles are likely to encourage seeing both sides and balancing polarities. You place a high value on justice and fair play if you have put your faith in a Higher Power and not in human beings. A less positive expression can lead to over-rating other people, perhaps feeling threatened by their potential strength and/or intelligence which could lead to a need to prove your own superiority.

EXAMPLES: Upton Sinclair, William Holden, Stephen Foster, Benito Mussolini, Claude Debussy, Prince Andrew, George Moscone, Ellen Burstyn, Bob Dylan.


You may expect a lot of a mate, of intimacy, or of yourself as a mate. You could idealize sexuality, resources, pleasures, or deep, psychological insights. You might give any of them too much importance, pursuing more and more in your life. Or, you might expect more than is possible from your mate, from close connections, or from yourself as an intimate partner. One of your challenges may involve accepting the humanity of people with whom you are emotionally close, rather than seeking perfection.

If you are still looking for “the supreme emotional high” in an intense interaction, you may enjoy experimenting with sexuality or intimate exchanges. You may be willing to pioneer and take risks in these areas or with shared resources through gambling or speculation. You are learning to balance individual freedom and your right to search for your own Truth with your desire to merge with another person. You may feel torn between the independence to pursue knowledge (particularly about psychological complexes and hidden motives) versus the desire for a total emotional commitment. You could reform ideas about sharing and transform your relationships. Original thinking can contribute to your capacity to give, receive, and share equally with others.

Your principles are apt to be deeply felt (perhaps a bit fanatic at times?) and to influence others. You may value power, potency, intensity, perseverance, and forcefulness. Being in charge might be too important to you if your faith is in power. It is important to maintain a balance between democratic ideals and a drive for power whether the latter is driven by the need for security or for personal gratification. A healthy expression includes the search for self-mastery/self-control by exploring psychological complexes and hidden motives. Your quest for insights includes both breadth and depth. Heavy conflict aspects could indicate lessons in any of these areas.

EXAMPLES: H. R. Haldeman, Otto Von Bismarck, Jack Kerouac, Kaiser Wilhelm II, John W. Gacy, Jack Nicklaus, Martin Luther, Joe Frazier.


You tend to expect a lot from justice, education or travel. You might turn individual truth into an absolute, believe in looking on the positive, place a high value on the mind, or be constantly driven to seek answers about the meaning of life. You can experiment with world views, philosophies and ideas. Your thinking about answers can be quite original, creative and pioneering. You may periodically reform your ideas about life’s meaning. You might generalize about religion, beliefs or values. Your principles probably include honesty, generosity, fairness. Democratic ideals may be among your ultimate values. You can be original in your thinking about truth and ethics.

You’re probably a natural seeker, looking for ultimate answers through philosophy, science, religion, spiritual quests, education, travel, or anything which expands your horizons. Or, you could turn speculation, expansion, risk-taking, good times, or humor into an ultimate value—seeking more and more. Group consciousness might influence your moral principles and ethical ideas. You tend to be optimistic about the big picture and usually believe that the future will be brighter than the past.

EXAMPLES: Enrico Fermi, George B. Shaw, Burl Ives, Warren Beatty, Edouard Manet, Philip Berrigan, G. Galileo, F. Nietzsche.


You are likely to expect a lot from your career, your professional role, or authority figures. You may want the ideal vocation, perhaps being too restless to settle down into anything less than perfect. Or, you may idealize the work ethic, believing that doing a good job and achieving success is an ultimate value. Or, you may work toward making a more ideal world, in fields such as writing, publishing, the law, theology, etc. Group consciousness may play a role in your ambitions and attainments. You probably set high standards for achievement. Individual truth may contribute to your career.

Your beliefs and values are apt to be influenced by a father or authority figure. If you got along with that individual, your principles are probably parallel. If you did not get along, your beliefs are probably the exact reverse. You may have idealized authorities (or power) (and been disappointed when they turned out to be imperfect humans). You may give too much significance to power, mastery and control, turning them into God. Your sense of faith and trust and your optimism about the universe are strongly affected by mentors and power people. Your challenges might involve understanding authority figures and the limits of power, or the development of a practical faith which helps you live by the “rules of the game”.

Your seeking of the truth is apt to be responsible. You want to bring ideals down to earth, make them useful in the world. Your principles highlight respect, capability and strength. You could generalize about karma, experience, reality; you are seeking universal rules and law. You may experiment with guilt, protocols and different structures. Your quest for answers tends to be very purposeful and serious. You could reform ideas about limits, laws, and lessons. You learn much through experience.

EXAMPLES: Alfred Tennyson, Michel Gauquelin, A. Eichman, Jack Anderson, Jerry Rubin, H. Himmler, Sam Peckinpah, Robert McNamara.


You may expect a lot from your friends, friendship or humanitarian principles. You might put acquaintances up on pedestals and feel disappointed when they are only human. Or, you may turn friendship into an ultimate value, seeking more and more. Or, you could be drawn to idealistic organizations. You are apt to emphasize democratic ideals in your interactions with others. You tend to believe each person has his/her own individual truth. Your thinking can be quite original, revolutionary, defiant and insightful.

You may experiment in groups, causes, organizations and associations. Your principles are probably humanitarian, equalitarian, open-ended and a bit unusual. You see much change and flux in life. You are always ready to reform ideas, adding your own unique twist. Group consciousness may influence your thinking, values, and perceptions. You can generalize about freedom, the masses, equality or the new age. The freedom to go beyond traditional boundaries–in thinking, in friendship, and in a pull toward the future–is essential to you.

EXAMPLES: Tom Smothers, Merv Griffin, O’Henry, Lawrence Welk, Gregory Peck, Arthur Ashe, Albert Einstein, Jules Verne, Jack London.


You could expect a lot from God, nature, compassion or intuition. You might overvalue mystical experiences or nonverbal knowing (perhaps to the point of gullibility). You may believe strongly in compassion, perhaps to the point of savior/victim entanglements. You have a strong streak of idealism which is probably partly unconscious. Your principles are cosmic, romantic, transcendent. You may touch the infinite through art, nature, or beauty. You could place a very high value on grace, harmony, compassion or anything aesthetic (painting, poetry, singing, writing, etc.). You may experiment with cosmic consciousness and altered states. You can generalize about faith, trust, union and art. You can make original contributions in terms of mysticism, spirituality, art, or healing and helping activities. You can blend the head and heart.

The big picture, in your eyes, is interconnected; separation is an illusion. Democratic ideals pervade your experience of the universe and a Higher Power. Group consciousness may influence your charitable instincts and desire to assist. In your eyes, individual truths are easily dissolved, idealized or transcendent. You may reform ideas with sensitivity, deception or clairvoyance.

EXAMPLES: Maurice Chevalier, Ernie Pyle, Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Hamill, Fred Astaire, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Ada Byron.



You seek the truth assertively, spontaneously, and naturally. You instinctively learn and teach. Your idealism is personal. You can be a maverick and need to go beyond known boundaries. You may be physically restless and active, or just constantly on the move with your mind. Optimistic, you are willing to experiment and to take risks. The freedom to do and know MORE is important to you, a part of your identity.

EXAMPLES: Jackie Robinson, Sir R. Burton, Steve Allen, Copernicus, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Kepler, Kant, Winston Churchill, Peter Sellers.


You seek the truth solidly, stably, and through your physical senses. You learn through touch and make connections through contact. You want to ground your principles in the material world. You may idealize or over-value money, possessions, pleasures, beauty or comfort. You could be independent in your approach to gratification and physical resources. You may be a risk-taker in handling income and outgo. (I have a right to what I enjoy and God will provide more when I need it). Yet, you are likely to want financial independence.

EXAMPLES: John Derek, Pancho Gonzales, Rip Torn, Morgana King, Sean Connery, Jim Jones, Omar Sharif, Bela Lugosi.


You seek ideals through discussion, study and objectivity. You place a high value on thinking and communication. You easily adopt the role of student, teacher or traveler. You tend to be independent in your thinking and may be quite articulate. Probably a positive thinker, you find it easy to look ahead and seek out constructive answers.

EXAMPLES: Bill Moyers, Elvis Presley, Herb Alpert, Lord Byron, Hugo Black, Alan Alda, Tom Smothers, Edmund G. Brown, Edna Ferber.


Your drive for enlightenment is emotionally based. You may idealize nurturing, protection, home, family, or roots. Yet, you may also be restless in the nest, torn between freedom and security or between valuing your home base and wanting to improve it or sometimes just to escape from its confinement. You probably value tenderness, compassion, caring and attachment. Emotional connections are a source of inspiration for you. Your quest for more understanding is focused on the arena of feelings, protection, preservation, home (or homeland), and family.

EXAMPLES: Jerry Rubin, Jean Houston, Ringo Starr, Ryan O’Neal, Earl Warren, Ritchie Valens, David Frost, John Dean.


The quest for the best is one you pursue lovingly, joyfully, and creatively. You may seek enlightenment through entertainment, speculation, taking risks, sex, love, or excitement. You can inspire others with your charisma and magnetism. You may want more than is possible from love, romance and sexuality. You may idealize children (or not have any because you can’t do it perfectly). You want to understand joy, drama and ego expansion. You are willing to experiment to expand your creative boundaries.

EXAMPLES: John Lennon, Graham Nash, Muhammad Ali, Helen Reddy, Larry Flynt, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Bruce Lee.


You may seek the truth sensibly, pragmatically, methodically. Your quest for enlightenment can be practical; you are dedicated and hardworking in the pursuit of understanding. You might expect more than is reasonable in terms of work (perfect job, ideal colleagues, doing your work just right) or health. You might strive to make a more ideal world which could mean working hard to try to make the world conform to your ideals. You may go beyond traditional boundaries in your drive for efficient functioning.

EXAMPLES: Robert De Niro, H. Goering, P. Yogananda, Charlie Tuna, John Denver, Hamilton Jordan, Duke of Windsor, Jean C. Killy.


Your quest for enlightenment may be pursued gracefully, with beauty and balance, or you could value competition. You may learn through others and teach much in relationships. You may idealize partners and partnership, perhaps expecting godlike perfection (from self or other) in relationships. Your restless urge for understanding affects the associations you choose. If you over-value or over-rate others, you may need to move back toward accepting or allowing equality.

EXAMPLES: Franz Schubert, Jose Feliciano, J. Edgar Hoover, Henry Winkler, Diane Keaton, Lotte V. Strahl, Suzanne Somers, F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Your quest for answers may be pursued with intensity and depth of purpose. You may find Truth through cathartic or transformative experiences. You may idealize sexuality, intimacy, psychological insight, or power—perhaps expecting more than is reasonable from mates or from yourself in terms of mastery. You want to get to the bottom of issues involving morality, ethics and principles. Learning to share power or to use it wisely can be a lesson with either Libra or Scorpio.

EXAMPLES: O. J. Simpson, Uri Geller, Larry Csonka, Prince Charles, Arlo Guthrie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Honore de Balzac, Lew Alcindor.


Eager and enthusiastic for learning, you can pursue knowledge with humor. Ethical issues, moral principles, philosophical quests or service could be quite important to you. Your search for answers is geared toward Final Truth, toward absolutes. You may place a high value on honesty, the intellect, travel, science, expansion or anything that broadens your mental, physical, or spiritual horizons.

EXAMPLES: Vida Blue, Fred Astaire, Alex Dumas, Phoebe Snow, James Hilton, Victor Hugo, Adlai Stevenson, Enrico Fermi.


Your drive for ultimate meaning may become a professional choice. You could work in a field involving education, publishing, travel, enlightenment, sports, fun, or any kind of expansive, seeking effort. You can be quite responsible in your quest for answers about the meaning of the universe. You tend to take moral and ethical principles seriously. You may be dedicated or hardworking in your pursuit of knowledge, but you might over-rate power or power figures.

EXAMPLES: Hector Berlioz, Christopher Reeves, Henry C. Lodge, Disraeli, Oscar Wilde, Hans C. Anderson, Johnny Weismuller, Ralph Bellamy.


Your quest for enlightenment is apt to be individualistic. You probably place a high value on tolerance, openness, freedom and/or equality. Your thinking may be original, inventive, and unusual—or strange, erratic and rebellious. Your principles and values are apt to differ a bit from convention. You enjoy going beyond traditional boundaries for information and answers.

EXAMPLES: George B. Shaw, Nikola Tesla, Sigmund Freud, Abraham Lincoln, William Saroyan, Simon Weisenthal, Jean P. Sartre, William J. Bryan.


You may seek knowledge intuitively, through emotional openness. You could absorb wisdom and understanding. You tend to value sensitivity and compassion. You are likely to be idealistic—seeking the best and the highest in life. Developing a firm faith in something Higher in life will be a major asset for you. Mystical experiences are possible. Teaching, creating beauty, healing, and helping others may have great appeal.

EXAMPLES: Guiseppe Verdi, Roy Rogers, Alan Watts, W. B. Yeats, John Galsworthy, Henri Matisse, Jacques Cousteau, A. Toscanini.

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