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The orbits of the Centaurs. Most nest between the Orbits of Jupiter and Neptune.
The Centaurs, generally act as unique escorts from one planetary realm to another. For example Chiron links the realms of Saturn and Uranus. Pholus links the realms of Saturn and Orcus. Asbolus links Jupiter and Neptune.
Mythologically, unlike the other Centaur's, Chiron comes from a different breed / stream of consciousness. Chiron was born of the union between Saturn (Cronus) and the beautiful sea-nymph Phylira who disguised herself as a mare to escape Cronus' pursuit. Cronus, disguising himself as well, as a horse, ultimately seduces Phylira to produce Chiron. Repulsed by the whole affair, but appropriately, Phylira (love chords, pure honey, elixir of the gods, protein of the future) abandons Chiron in a cave on Mount Pelion where he, destined to is unique fate, studies with wise and knowledgeable Apollo where he learned the art-sciences of music, harmonics, healing, and other related arts of self-mastery. More on Apollo and associated art-sciences can be found at Lore of the Lyre.
The rest of the family of Centaurs is the descendent of Ixion who mated with a cloud, known as Nephele, (disguised by Zeus to be Hera due to Ixion's attempted pursuit of Zeus' wife) mixing an elusive, mystical and magical element with the somewhat manipulative nature of Ixion. Nephele gave birth to the benevolent but outcast Centaurus. Centaurus then mated with the wild and free mares of Mt. Pelion creating the race of the Centaurs. (Pelion is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly of Greece, forming the peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.)
Chiron, characteristic of both a comet and an asteroid, often called a "planetoid," although in early 1995 it was reclassified to a comet status due to a March '94 observation of two discrete ice-jets emanating from its surface, actually acknowledging Chiron's rather unique and dynamic nature. However, this half asteroid / half comet character has been found in a couple other Centaurs. The Centaurs all cross (or have crossed) the orbits of the larger planets. Since the Centaurs do not have their own strong orbital resonance, they generally have unstable orbits (capable of changing over the time of one orbital round), greatly influenced by the orbital resonances of the larger planets. The Centaurs are rouge visitor's, believed to have entered into the realm of our outer solar system, perhaps from the Kuiper belt (as one theory), and thus become influenced by the larger planetary bodies and their orbital resonances. As example, Chiron's perihelion synchronizes with Saturn's orbit while its aphelion synchronizes with the orbit of Uranus.
The largest known centaur is Chariklo, which was discovered in 1997. It happens to have a more circular orbit, unlike Pholus, Nessus and Asbolus, which have highly eccentric orbits. There are about 30 named Centaurs. The first few are:
The orbits of Chiron Pholus Nessus & Asbolus. Note Chiron's orbital resonance with the orbits of Saturn and Uranus; Pholus, with the orbits of Saturn and Orcus; Asbolus with the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune; and Nessus, a bit more radical, linking the orbits of Asbolus and Pholus with Ixion, Neptune and Orcus.
(2060) Chiron, discovered in 1977
(5145) Pholus, discovered in 1992
(7066) Nessus, discovered in 1993
(8405) Asbolus, discovered in 1995
(10370) Hylonome, discovered in 1995
(10199) Chariklo, discovered in 1997
Chiron is ~246 km in diameter with an orbital period of 50.76 years. Chiron's orbit is highly eccentric and is inclined to the ecliptic by 6.932°. At its perihelion (closest point to the Sun), it lies just inside the orbit of Saturn. At its aphelion (farthest point from the Sun), it lies close to the orbit of Uranus. Thus, two significant "orbital harmonic resonances" occur, with Chiron linking Saturn and Uranus. For this reason, Chiron is acknowledged to create a bridge, way, or link between the realms of Saturn and Uranus—from the old, established, concretized, stoic realm of Saturn to the new, unconventional radical, electrical, spontaneous realm of Uranus. As we move outward in our solar (system's) consciousness, we move from Saturn to Uranus. Uranus breaks us from the conformity of the past, opening us to new realms of possibility. Thus Chiron escorts us in this process, often helping to create the way across the Saturn-Uranus abyss. Conversely, Chiron helps to bring the new Uranian revelations to the concretized world of Saturn. Chiron is believed to not be native to our solar system but is a welcomed and needed visitor—suggesting again its capacity to provide alternatives not previously considered.
At the time of Chiron's discovery, Chiron was considered unique with its orbit-crossing nature. However, many of the newly discovered Centaurs and Dwarf Planets also cross the orbits of each other and / or other planets, thus they also have a linking or bridging quality—all unique to each.
Chiron's role is often associated with new discoveries in the health field and medicinal arts; and classically, Chiron has been called "the wounded healer" (Barbara Hand Clow; et. al.).; having been accidentally shot by a poisoned arrow by Hercules. Chiron can be thought of knitting or establishing new neurological circuitry that previously did not exist, making new neurological functions possible. Chiron is found to be significant in astrological charts associated with new medical discoveries, inventions, and new technologies or modalities in the heath-care field; and is often prominently placed in the charts of people involved with such discoveries and of those involved in the healing art-sciences.
In the astrological chart, Chiron can indicate where personal healing is required, where we must create and cross a bridge, where transmutation is required, and where we will find our way from our Saturnian past to our Uranian future—how to get unstuck. It is always helpful to look at the placement of Saturn and Uranus to help understand Chiron's role in an astrological chart.
Chiron was discovered on November 1, 1977 by Charles Kowal. Chiron was close to our ecliptic plane at 8° 29' sidereal Aries conjoining Tyl of Draco; Fornax A; Mesartim of Aries (the mouth of the ram); and Shartan, Beta Aries. These stars nicely articulate Chiron's role for humanity—answering the human cry for help:
Tyl is the human cry—not that of grief, but of anguish, of the pain of the human plight. Tyl is the scream of our human struggle. Tyl's cry is for fulfillment at a very fundamental human level (personal cellular healing). Tyl is the cry of desire for one's physical needs to be met, for one's truth to be heard, and for one's dreams to be realized. Tyl is the burning cry in the initiatory fires of life.
Tyl asks us to honor that life's fire can hurt like Hell; to hear the cry; to not deny, squelch or pretend all is well in either denial or uppity arrogance. Tyl asks us to be real, to honor the pain we feel, to honor our humanness, and to have compassion for the struggle of others. Only unconditional acceptance of all emotion—especially pain—not the suppression of it, opens the transmutative process within to allow the searing, burning, digestive juices of Cetus to truly transform our lives and to set us free.
A Chiron-Earth harmonic synchronization occurred from 1994 through 1997 centered near the Chiron perihelion of Feb. 12, 1996. This occurs when Chiron was inside of Saturn's orbit. Chiron's perihelion harmonic (raised 15 octaves to 7.747 Hz) is very close to Earth's primary resonances which are between 7 Hz and 8 Hz. This is also resonant to the alpha / theta brain-wave region—the crossover point from relaxed attentive state to the creative intuitive dream state. This cross-resonance was indicative of strong Chiron themes accentuating at that time on Earth. This provided impetus to pursue a greater level of personal healing, and it seems to have brought that theme into vogue for mass consciousness. Prior to this time, alternative healing was not as popular in the press. This Chiron-Earth resonance helped humanity realize the need to find a way to create and cross a bridge from the old paradigm to a new one.
Chiron began moving from its aphelion and the orbit of Uranus in 1970 , inward in our solar system toward the orbit of Saturn. In this process, Chiron brought radical new discoveries (from the realm of Uranus) to our manifest concretized world (Saturn). Chiron entered the orbit of Saturn in late 1992, reached its perihelion in 1996, and left the orbital bounds of Saturn in 2000. Chiron is now on its way toward the orbit of Uranus and Chiron's aphelion (furthest point from the Sun), which it will reach in 2021. In this process, Chiron makes way from the bounds and limitations of our past structures in consciousness and established modalities of living, and helps us to realize and integrate new alternatives and paths in life, as it helps us to break trail into a new and refined neurological resonance.
Chiron's path through the heavens during the time it
enters Saturn's orbit through when it leaves Saturn's Orbit.
The orbits of Pholus, Saturn, Uranus,
Neptune, Orcus and Pluto
Pholus was discovered on Jan 9, 1992 by David Rabinowitz. After this time a number of other asteroids were discover in this area of our solar system—bringing the realization that Chiron was just one Centaur. Pholus is the second most important of the Centaurs after Chiron, hence the name given to the second Centaur discovered.
Just as Chiron embraces the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and is consider a key or bridge between the two planets due to their harmonic orbital resonances, Pholus' aphelion also synchronizes with Saturn's orbit, but it extends beyond the orbit of Uranus, crosses that of Neptune, and harmonically resonates with Orcus's orbit—Pluto's compliment. Pholus thus links the realms of Saturn and Orcus while passing through Uranus and Neptune.
Pholus does not cross Pluto's orbit at its aphelion, but does bring us to Pluto's door—just as Chiron brings us to Uranus's door. Due to Pluto's elliptical orbit, Pluto's distance from the Sun ranges from 29.65596 AU to 49.30336 AU. Pholus' aphelion lies within Pluto's orbital range at 31.98338 AU, still creating a strong harmonic resonance with Pluto.
More significantly, Pholus does cross the orbit of Orcus at the exact time of its aphelion—shown in the detail below. Orcus' orbital range is 30.323 AU to 48.05147 AU. The distance at the location in the orbit of Orcus where Pholus' aphelion occurs is 32.13568 AU, creating an almost exact resonance with Pholus' aphelion at 31.98338 AU.
Orcus has a nearly identical orbital size, orbital period (year) and inclination as Pluto. However, the orbital plane of Orcus is tilted in the opposite direction from Pluto's. Orcus is clearly Pluto's counterpart or compliment and is just as significant as Pluto. Mythologically, Orcus is the god of oaths and is punisher of those not living true to their soul oaths. The orbital parameters of Orcus suggest that Orcus invites us to adjust our tack in life and to redirect the use of our personal will, to lift ourselves beyond the judgmental segregations of life and apply our personal efforts for the greater nourishment of humanity. Orcus also invites us to apply our daily activities in-line with our true soul's purpose—to live true to soul purpose and undaunted to achieve our greater ideals in life. More about Orcus.
In light of the above, Pholus may help to lead us from the conforming bounds and limitations of our past, to make the radical changes in our lives, to pierce the veils obscuring our more transcendent soul purpose, and to awaken to that purpose and live it. Conversely, Pholus may also help us to then ground and concretize that purpose in the world. Pholus would seem to help us refine our sense of responsibility to one living true to soul's oath. Upon this journey, guided by Pholus, we may also confront the fear and loneliness encountered when leaving the apparent safety of our past established karmic patterns and choosing to live true to soul's greater purpose in the world. Pholus may be our ideal new psychedelic (mind expanding) drug.
Pholus, considered a wise and gentle Centaur, guards the centaurs' vineyards (and their wine). Pholus was mortally wounded by an unexpected coincidence, being punctured by a poised arrow he was removing from Chiron. As the story goes, Heracles was visiting Pholus in his cave on Mt. Pelion. After coercing Pholus to open a sacred vessel of wine he was keeping for the other Centaurs, the rest of the Centaurs became angry and arrived to Pholus' cave. Heracles accidently hits Chiron with a poisoned arrow while shooting at the angry Centaurs. When Pholus finds Chiron dead from a mere arrow, he removes one of the arrows form a Centaur to see what made the Centaur die, and accidently allows its poisoned tip to puncture himself, which also kills Pholus.
In this light alone, it might be worth watching tendencies to help others that may be wounded or in dire trouble, but at the cost of unexpectedly and severely hurting self, even mortally.
It is suggested by Robert v. Heeren und Dieter Koch, Pholus (German) that Pholus brings an unusual ability, or an unexpected experience or gift catalyzing profound or radical change.
Based upon the myth of Pholus along with its orbital cross-resonances with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Orcus and Pluto, it would seem that Pholus offers healing aid, through unexpected events (Uranus) or in a shroud of confusion or commotion perhaps involving drugs (Neptune) and / or helping one to make passage through veils and illusions (Neptune) to fulfill their soul oath, or greater life purpose (Orcus); and if need be, to ultimately discard that which is superfluous to one's greater purpose or life journey (Pluto).
Fitting with the above, I have found strong indication during a Sun-Pholus conjunction and the death of a loved one that Pholus gently and compassionately helped one "mortally wounded" make passage in a seemingly mysterious or shrouded way, obscured to most except to one observant to such mysteries, in a way that might not otherwise have occurred without an "apparent" confusion surrounding an introduced medicinal agent (the arrow alone is not sufficient), which seemed to have facilitated what otherwise would have been a prolonged and painful death. This passage was clearly in the greater interest of the souls involved (Orcus)—and in this case, freeing the mortal lives of two eternally entwined souls.
The Pholus-Saturn-Neptune-Orcus-Pluto orbital relation may also suggest seemingly fated events, but with reasons obscured until after they occur, one's that may yield a greater revelation, ideal, dream, vision or dissolution in to the unknown. Pholus may help us cross from the concretized world of Saturn and cross the veiled / hypnogogic dream world of Neptune to enter the realm of our souls' true purpose (Orcus); and if so requirer, bring us to the door of ultimate transcendence offered by Pluto—certainly this Centaur's journey.
Pholus was discovered in 1992 at 5° 42' sidereal Cancer conjoining magical Alpha Monoceros of the Unicorn, and Aludra, the pure one of the breed, of Canis Major. Pholus was discovered just as it was passing its north node; i.e., crossing the ecliptic plane and moving north of it. Pholus has an orbital inclination of 24.656°. This means that Pholus' most northern point above the ecliptic is ~24.5°. Pholus arrives to its most northern ecliptical latitude in 1999, in the constellation Bootes, just past the longitude of Archturus (& Spica), entering the first few degrees of sidereal Libra.
The discovery chart of Pholus suggests its arrival into our awareness brings the unexpected, fortuitous, and magical (Alpha Monoceros); acts in a unique way, that of a black sheep, white stallion or Virgin (Aludra), and is also involved with destined partners and their soul-level bonds (Spica / Archturus), as well as with medical herbs, potions, and the mysteries of their application.
Pholus & Chiron as they cross the orbit of Saturn
Pholus has an orbital period of 92.36 Earth Years, almost twice that of Chiron. Pholus reaches its aphelion (its furthest point from the Sun, reaching out to the orbit of Orcus, in 1938 and 2032. Pholus reaches its perihelion (its closest point to the Sun), reaching inward to the orbit of Saturn, on Sept 27, 1991.
Pholus has recently left the orbit of Saturn in early 1993—curiously just as Chiron enters Saturn's orbit (late 1992), and in the same area of Saturn's orbit—shown in the animation to the right. Due to this as well as the orbital crossing of the other Centaurs, we can see how the family of Centaurs inter-relate.
Pholus crosses Uranus' orbit in 2003; then crosses Neptune's orbit in 2018, it enters the influence of Orcus and Pluto by 2030 and reaches its aphelion and Orcus' orbit in 2037. Thus Pholus is currently aiding us to leave the realm of Saturn, has broke through the conformity of the past and into new opportunities as it crossed Uranus' orbit (in 2003), and is now on its way to break through the obscuring veils of illusion and inspire new visions as it crosses Neptune's orbit (in 2018); and to access the true path of the soul embodied by Orcus and to touch upon the profound transformation offered by Pluto.
Pholus enters sidereal Scorpio in late 2004 and it will enter sidereal Sagittarius in 2015. Its passage however is north of the ecliptic, first through Serpens, under the head of the Serpent, and then moving through the body of Ophiuchus throughout the rest of this entire period. Thus Pholus imbues the essence of Ophiuchus and lies prominantly under the auspices of more norther Hercules, which is of extra significance. We might consider this to be home territory for Pholus, and perhaps thus catalyzing a more prominent influence in our lives. Pholus conjoins Yed, the hand of death, of Ophiuchus and Dschuba, the head of the Scorpion in 2006, a stellar environment inviting us to take responsibility for our entrapments in life. That which must die here is victim consciousness, a primary step in the process of learning to claim a greater level of self mastery in life. Pholus conjoins Zeta Ophiuchus and Antares, the Heart of the Scorpion in 2008. Pholus conjoins Ras Algethi, the head of Hercules, in 2011; Sabik of Ophiuchus in 2012; and Ras Alhauge, the head of Ophiuchus in 2014—a climatic time in its journey. Pholus conjoins Cebalrai, the shoulder of Ophiuchus and the sting of the Scorpion in 2016, after which it will enter sidereal Sagittarius, beginning its journey over Galactic Centre and the Gate of God by 2018. This is a powerful and potent journey for this Centaur, and subsequently for its influence in our lives—one about our greater education, that is, learning self-mastery in life; especially regarding our personal transmutation and metamorphosis while in the very primal and carnal forces of nature governing life and death; and of these forces within self.
Nessus with Déjanire
Guido Reni. 1621, Bologna, Italy
Image Credit: Musée du Louvre/A. Dequier - M. Bard
Nessus, the third Centaur, was discovered on April 25, 1993 also by David Rabinowitz. Nessus has an orbital period of 122.58 years with a 15.643° orbital incline. The eccentric orbit of Nessus extends from between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and extends across the orbits Neptune, Orcus and Ixion, with its aphelion between the orbits or Neptune and Pluto. Like all of the Centaurs, which are a bit rogue, rebellious or unconventional in their approaches and retreats, are also teachers, aids, or liaisons for those willing to awaken to a greater path of exploration in self-mastery. Nessus inspires our need to radically sever from the conformity of the past and pierce our veils of illusion, to relinquish our denials, and to enter new realms of vision and creativity.
Considering its orbital crossing with its grandfather Ixion, we might have a theme associated with tyranny and sexual abuse, with suppression and denial issues (Ixion). However, since Nessus reaches out to the orbits of Neptune and Orcus (in the confluence of these orbits)—and synthesizes with these orbital resonances, Nessus would seem to aid in dissolving such issues into a greater universal awareness (Neptune) while at the same time inspiring a perspective from the incarnational purpose of the soul (Orcus)—thus helping to place such experience into the greater context of the soul's incarnational process of growth.
Melanie Reinhart relates Nessus to issues surrounding sexuality, death, revenge and jealousy. Although Nessus may appear to have a disrespect for morality, a bit on the wild side, it also seems to teach us about embracing our sensual and sexual nature, to enjoy this abundance in life, rather than denying it or shutting ourselves down to it due to righteous or erroneous beliefs of wrongfulness or emotions of unworthiness.
Nessus appeared (was discovered) at 9° 57' sidereal Libra conjoining Syrma, the knee of the Virgin, which I dub the "Star of Atlantis," and which lies "under the skirt of the Virgin." To learn more about this part of the heavens, see the "Astronomical Truth of the Virgin." Here we find secrets about the intimacies and harmonies of healing and sexuality, secrets totally suppressed, covered by religious dogmatic belief structures. Nessus' revelation here supports us to unlock crystallized belief structures and the assumed griefs or guilts that limit uninhibited sensual palpitation of life in all of its abundance.
Syrma inspires our transmutation by unlocking what has been frozen in consciousness due to past traumatic experience so we can move onward into our evolutionary fulfillment. Syrma inspires the use of healing artsciences to unlock crystallized patterns held within our cellular makeup, to bring emotional patterning (suppressed grief, resentment, anger, etc.) to surface awareness so we may free ourselves from the resultant biological conditions and behavioral patterns that keep us frozen in the past. The unconditional willingness to embrace all experience is key—to allow such inner transmutational movement. Conjoining Syrma is Quasar OQ 172 of Bootes, lying just over the feet of the Virgin. This quasar inspires the artistic vision, imagination, and drive to create a portal of beauty and purity to reach our highest attainment.
Asbolus' perhelion is 6.8436 AU, where as Jupiter's orbit (at the location of Asbolus' perihelion) is 5.14834 AU—about 1.7 AU away from Jupiter. (1 AU (astronomical unit) is the distance between Earth and the Sun (Earth's average orbital radius), which is 150 million kilometres or 93 million miles.)
Asbolus was discovered on April 5, 1995 by James V. Scotti and Robert Jedicke at Kitt Peak Observatory (Arizona).
Asbolus' aphelion lies just inside the orbit of Neptune and its perhelion lies close to the orbit of Jupiter. Thus, Asbolus does not exactly link the orbits of Neptune and Jupiter, but it is close. Asbolus does cut through the orbits of Uranus and Saturn—all of which provide insight into the nature of Asbolus.
A unique feature about the orbit of Asbolus is that its eccntricity is Phi resonant. This means that the length to width ratio of its orbit is very close to a Phi resonance. Abolus eccentircity is 0.62147 (Phi is 1.6180339887...). This suggests that Asbolus does have a orbital charactereistic that is quite in harmony with natrual order and to the evloutoniiary process common to nature.
North Node 10° 28' sidereal Pisces
Conjoining Stars: Eta Horologium; Eta Cepheus; Alpha Reticuli; Alpha Lacerta
South Node 10° 28' sidereal Virgo
Conjoining Stars: Zaniah Virgo
Perihelion (greatest influence) 02° 25' sidereal Capricorn conjoining Alpha & Beta Indus. Perihelion is 16S11 in Sagittarius near Theta Sagittarius
Aphelion 02° 25' Cancer conjoining Alsciaukat Lynx. Aphelion is 16N11 in the Lynx.
Orbital star alignments suggest that Asbolus lives in a state of "perpetual intuitive attentiveness" (aphelion stars), able to see events from a distance (like remote viewing) specifically attentive to events where misdeeds are occurring, or where that which is private is being violated. Asbolus, the seer, responds as a protector of that which might be considered sacred to a specific group or culture, especially regarding the possessions of such a group, including the protection of land and sacred or private sites (perihelion stars). Asbolus, with a strong sense of "right use of will" (South Node stars: Zaniah of Virgo) and without hesitation, will enter into a scenario where psychic-emotional confusion or manipulation exists (North Node stars) to stop such violation or disorder.
Asbolus' orbit (cutting through Saturn and Uranus), and with its perihelion close to that of Jupiter, suggests a radical nature able to cut through or penetrate structure and form with a mobilizing force to break up that which may be stagnant or in stasis.
For additional and excellent material about the Centaurs see the works of Zane Stein, Melanie Reinhart and Eric Francis. You will often find additional references to other astrologers as well in their articles that offer more Centaur insight.
|Chiron||~ 246 km||6.932°||0.37958||50.76||Discovered on November 1, 1977
Orbits between Saturn and Uranus
|185 ± 16 km||24.656||0.57115||91.85||Discovered January 9, 1992
Orbits between Saturn and Orcus
|60 ± 16 km||15.643°||0.51906||122.58||Discovered on April 25, 1993
|84 ± 8 km||17.615°||0.62147||76.88||Discovered on April 5, 1995
Orbits between Jupiter and Neptune
phi resonant eccentricity
|70 ± 20 km||4.144||0.24734||125.99||Discovered on April 5, 1995
Orbits between Uranus-Neptune
|~ 260 km||23.375°||0.17247||63.17||Discovered on February 15, 1997
The largest Centaur known
|CENTAUR||Perihelion||Perifelion Date||Aphelion||North Node||NN Date||South Node||SN Date|
|Chiron||14° 34' Virgo||Feb 12 1996||14° 34' Pisc||04° 17' Libra||Apr 20 1997||04° 17' Aries||Feb 28 2027|
|Pholus||29° 48' Gem||Sept 11, 1991||29° 48' Sag||04° 25' Cancer||Dec 26 1991||04° 25' Cap||Jun 29 2041|
|Nessus||27° 35' Virgo||Feb 9 1992||27° 35' Pisc||06° 15' Aries||Aug 17 2061||06° 15' Libra||Dec 10 1992|
|Asbolus||14° 51' Aries||July 31 2002||14° 51' Libra||10° 28' Pisc||Nov 29 2005||10° 28' Virgo||Sep 15 2071|
|Hylonome||12° 28' Sco||June 26 1995||12° 28' Tau||03° 12' Virgo||Jan 26 1994||03° 12' Pisc||Aug 11 2054|
|Chariklo||22° 23' Libra||Jan 25 2004||22° 23' Aries||05° 32' Cap||May 2 2021||05° 32' Can||Nov 3 2058|
|Sidereal Longitudes: Galactic Ayanamsa (add 0° 14' for Fagan-Bradley)|
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