Planet Waves | Guide to Books About Chiron

The nucleus of Comet Hale-Bopp, left, is a tiny fraction of the size of Chiron, which is considered a huge "proto-comet" about 170 KMs across, with an atmosphere and a tail. Its size makes Chiron an unusual comet, and its astrological behavior far more influential than an asteroid. But like all comets, it's a harbinger of change.

An Overview of Books on Chiron | By Angela Mahan

For all the talk of Chiron, there are actually very few books written on the subject. Perceptions and experiences change fast with this planet; the first book's title, below, hits the nail on the head. Some of the best Chiron astrologers have not written books, Phillip Sedgwick and Dale O'Brien among them. Here, to the best of our knowledge, is a summary of the published books on Chiron, with quotes from each author.

The Continuing Discovery of Chiron by Erminie Lantero, 1983

In this first book ever written about Chiron, she details the discovery, the myth, other astrologers' findings, and many client examples. It's out of print.

Erminie describes her take on Chiron: "Working along the spectrum from the more empirical minded to the more inner directed researchers (though some already named have a goodly share of both orientations), I come to my own position. Chiron means to me the principle of healing or wholemaking, on any level. It surprised me for awhile that although healing did not go unnoticed by other researchers, they were slow to recognize it as a primary theme ­ despite the fact that illnesses and deaths were found from the beginning to occur fairly frequently under Chiron transits."

The beautiful late Al H. Morrison, in a letter to the author published in the book, wrote in 1981:

"I would say Chiron is an inconvenient benefic, in that you are always better off, freer and more able to function, after its transit conjuncts any natal planet ­ despite an invariably inconvenient, trying time of it (growing pains sort of a thing) during the transit proper. But half a degree only, which makes it over fairly soon, as well as brief/critical while it lasts. Whatever impasse situation you are in will be broken by a Chiron transit conjunct a natal planet."


Essence and Application: A View from Chiron by Zane B. Stein, 1984 with sections dating back to 1980.

"Through time, and experience, Chiron soon becomes the need to search for a meaning to life that is deeper than that represented by Jupiter, more durable than Saturn, and that will last in spite of the changes brought about by Uranus. It can become a personal QUEST, as a person searches everywhere for something that will be meaningful throughout all time, and in every place. It thus represents NOW -- the link between the past and the future -- and will show a concern to bridge any gap that exists between these two. And, as the person begins to discover life's deeper meanings, Chiron represents the TEACHER who desires to open new worlds for others, and instill in others the same spark to want to learn, and to want to begin their own quests. It can also be expressed as the desire of the parent to open worlds for the child, or as any person who acts to prepare a child to face the world, thus any foster parents."

Other keywords by Zane are: maverick, healing and wholemaking, common ground, personal imperative, turning point, pulling the plug or removing the dam, and loopholes.


Chiron and the Healing Journey, by Melanie Reinhart, 1989.

"Chiron symbolizes a unique combination of the potential creativity and vision of Uranus with the Saturnian respect for the past, personal limits and the laws of society and the material world. Further, there is the opportunity to bring it into our lives, to socialize this impulse in the Jupiterian realm. We do not need to betray our individuality by believing that we are blocked and frustrated by the negative Saturnian aspects of the collective, such as apathy, conformism and preoccupation with status and unthinking conservatism. Nor do we need to be out on a limb, alienated from the rest of society by iconoclastic, anti-social and unrealistic Uranian ideals. With Chiron, we have the opportunity for a creative combination of both, which provides the possibility of meaning, release and expansion (Jupiter) in the process of being true to ourselves. Standing at the threshold, Chiron relates us on the one hand to theSaturnian world of form and structure, and on the other to the Uranian desire to break these established structures and release the energy potential held within them. Thus we are challenged to create new forms, inner and outer, expressive of this new order of being."


Chiron: The New Planet in Your Horoscope by Richard Nolle, 1994.

"As an astrological archetype, Chiron holds forth the promise of self-transformation through a synthetic, holistic union of thought and action. The [first] Centaur planet is an alchemical key to be found within each of us. Potential uses for this key are limited only by the individual who finds it. To discover how Chiron's key fits into your life, Dear Reader, you have only to examine your natal horoscope."

"We have seen a number of life functions that correspond to the Chiron archetype thus far -- healer, astrologer, teacher, mentor, guide, a synthesis of dialectical opposites, a practical intellect, holism, a bridge, a link, etc. Perhaps the most comprehensive archetype of the Centaur is the one we have not yet considered. It is suggested by the graphic symbol for the Centaur Planet, which resembles the letter O surmounted by the letter K. The O stands for Object, the K for Kowal. However the symbolism is archetypally appropriate: (the symbol Chiron) is a stylized key. Look at it phenomenologically, and the meaning becomes clear. A Key is a device used to open a passageway from one reality to another. That, in essence, is just what Chiron represents."


Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets by Barbara Hand Clow, 1987.

"Chiron is process. It is the way to Uranus, but just as you would not wish to hold a lightning bolt, do not try to freeze process. For process exists only while it is being experienced."

"Chiron rules the focal point in time and place of multi-dimensional consciousness on the physical plane, the ultimate trigger of compassion on the emotional plane, the exact point of insight on the mental plane, and the maximized point of mysticism on the soul plane. Therefore, all those dimensions including higher dimensions above the soul plane are focalized into the house that Chiron inhabits."


The Key to Success in Love and Money by Magi Society, 1999 (Warning!!!)

"Chiron is the planet that has rulership over emotional ties, marriages, weddings, the family, spouses, and children. It represents the target of a person's romantic and marital interest. Chiron also has rulership over promises and commitments of love, including engagements and marriage vows. It governs fertility and pregnancies, and the act of giving birth to children in marriage. Chiron rules the marital and romantic instinct and desire of romance, as well as romance itself. It also signifies karmic bonds and intuitive trust. Chiron has dominion over charisma and a person's public image; and being noteworthy, esteemed, distinctive, and distinguished in appearance. Chiron is ruler of your career and how you choose to make a living, as well as where you could be most successful. It also signifies your earning power, the economy, and economics. Chiron imparts extraordinary qualities. It also represents life, death, and reincarnation, and it is symbolic of the future. To say that Chiron is a very important planet is an understatement!"

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