The Astronomy and Astrology of the Centaurs

Chiron, Pholus, Nessus & Asbolus

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Introduction to the Centaurs

Centaur Orbits

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 the orbits of the larger planets, with the exception of Chariklo. 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 orbits of Chiron Pholus Nessus & Asbolus

The orbits of Chiron, Pholus, Nessus, Asbolus and Chariklo. 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. Chariklo lies within the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, crossing neither.

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. Mythologically, Chariklo is Chiron's wife. There are about 30 named Centaurs. The first few are:

(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's Orbital Resonance
with Saturn & Uranus

Chiron is ~246 km in diameter with an orbital period of 50.76 years. Chiron's orbit is highly eccentric (0.38108) and is inclined to the ecliptic by 6.93457°. 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's Discovery

Chiron was discovered on November 1, 1977 by Charles Kowal. Chiron was close to the ecliptic plane at 8° 29' sidereal Aries conjoining Tyl of Draco, Fornax A, Mesartim of Aries (the mouth of the ram), and Sheratan, 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. 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 teaches us to have compassion for the pain we experrience and for the struggle of others. Tyl teaches us to feel, to have unconditional acceptance of all emotion, especially pain, not the suppression of it, to allow the transmutative process within, to allow the searing, burning, digestive juices of Cetus to truly transform our lives and to set us free.

Chiron-Earth Harmonic Resonance

A Chiron-Earth harmonic synchronization occurred from 1994 through 1997 centered near Chiron's perihelion of Feb. 12, 1996. This occurred 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 Perihelion & North Node

Chiron's Perihelion (February 12, 1996) occurs in mid-sidereal Virgo (14° 19° Virgo) conjoining Porrima and Vindemiatrix of Virgo. Chiron's South Node (04° 13.6' Aries) conjoins Katain (Alrisha) of Pisces. Chiron's North Node (04° 13.6' Libra) conjoins Theta Carina of Argo Navis.

Chiron's Perhelion and North Node

Chiron's path through the heavens during the time it
enters Saturn's orbit through when it leaves Saturn's Orbit.

Chiron in Summary

Chiron acts as a bridge or escort between Saturn and Uranus. Chiron can indicate where a bridge is to be created and crossed, either from established, structured and crystallized patterns (Saturn) to radical new possibilities (Uranus), to break from the conformity of past, and to bring new discoveries and new levels of consciousness into concretized form.

Classically, Chiron is the Wounded Healer, which means our wounds are that which heal us. Chiron's placement in one's chart reveals areas in our lives where personal healing is required, where we need to find wholeness. Chiron impels us to get in touch with, face and heal our wounds, a process of unconditionally embracing our wounds with an open heart, willing to feel any emotion attached to those wounds rather then defending why we are wounded with judgmental mind. All wounds are cellular memory patterns that block us from becoming healthy and whole, and from expressing our full potential. Defending "why" we are hurt, unhealthy or wounded results in nothing more than further suppressing those unhealthy cellular patterns, creating more chronic conditions, often leading us to seek quick band-aid fixes or temporary feel-good patterns of behavior that merely mask and suppress the symptoms. This process of being unconditionally willing to dive below the surface of symptomology and feel, whatever the emotions may be, allows those very wounds to become the means, the elixir, that allows our inner transmutation into a refined vibrational resonance. This is a process of how to bring oneself through what is commonly called a Healing Crisis. (See the "Emotional Tone Scale History & Healing" section on the "Emotional Tone Scale" web page to learn more.

Prominent alignments with Chiron can indicate involvement in health-care or healing modalities, or with discoveries and new technologies applied in these areas. Chiron is also associated with the introduction of extraterrestrial technologies to humankind.



The orbits of Pholus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Orcus and Pluto

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 was 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.

Pholus Aphelion and the Orbits of Orcus, Pluto, Neptune and Ixion

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 our unique 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 live our uniqueness in the world. Pholus may be our ideal new psychedelic (mind expanding) drug.

The Myth of Pholus

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, Hercules 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. Hercules 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.

Roman Bronze of Heracles and Pholus on a black-figured hydria (Greek urn to carry water) 520–510 BC, Louvre Museum

Roman Bronze of Hercules and Pholus on a black-figured hydria (Greek urn to carry water) 520–510 BC, Louvre Museum

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 psychotropics (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 had a personal experience at the moment of a Sun-Pholus conjunction and the death of a loved one (my mother) that Pholus gently and compassionately helped, one who was "mortally wounded" in a serious debilitated state for a many year period, make passage instantly in a seemingly mysterious or shrouded way. This was obscured to everyone except to a couple of us observant to such mysteries. It occurred in a way that would not otherwise have without an "apparent" confusion surrounding a mistakenly introduced medicinal agent (the arrow alone is not sufficient), which clearly 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 Sun-Pholus conjunction was sextile to Chiron-Nessus, which were transiting her natal Juno, with the sextile creating a Yod to her natal Pluto.

The Pholus-Saturn-Neptune-Orcus-Pluto orbital relation may also suggest seemingly fated events, but with reasons obscured until after they occur, reasons that may yield a greater revelation, ideal, dream, vision or dissolution into 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 required, bring us to the door of ultimate transcendence offered by Pluto—certainly this Centaur's journey.

Transiting Pholus to a natal planet can bring about an instant metaphoric transformation to a very long-standing condition, often catalyzed my some mysterious agent or experience. Pholus transits are definitely something to watch for.

Pholus Discovery Star Chart

The Discovery of Pholus

Pholus was discovered (Jan 9, 1992) while retrograde just as it was passing its north node in early sidereal Cancer conjoining Tegmine of Cancer, Talitha of the Great Bear, magical Alpha Monoceros of the Unicorn, Aludra, the pure one of the breed, of Canis Major, and Ahadi Puppis of the Argo. Pholus has an orbital inclination of 24.7°.

The discovery chart of Pholus suggests its arrival into our awareness brings the unexpected, fortuitous, and magical (Alpha Monoceros). Pholus acts in a unique way, like that of a black sheep, white stallion, the pure one of the breed (Aludra). Pholus imparts a caring and nurturing force, and is especially protective of family and its home environment.

The Nodes of Pholus

Pholus' South Node and Chariklo's North Node

Pholus' nodal axis brings insight into how he interacts with the Earth plane. A planet's nodal axis is created by the intersection of the planet's orbital plane and Earth's orbital plane (the ecliptic). A planet's South Node is where in the ecliptic the planet moves from north to south across the ecliptic plane during its orbit. A planet's North Node is where the planet moves from south to north across the ecliptic plane. A planet's nodal axis can be thought of as the planet's energetic current of expression on the Earth Plane. The South Node stars articulate what are internally inherent attributes in this axis of expression, where as the North Node stars articulate how those attributes are expressed externally in the world. It impels us to take the South Node's energetic and to express it or expand upon it in its complementary form, that revealed by the North Node, thus synthesizing the two energetics into wholeness.

Pholus' South Node lies in early sidereal Capricorn at 04° 24.5', conjoining Alpha and additional stars of Indus in the southern heavens. North is Altair and Tarazed of Aquila, and Eta Aquila, on the wing of the Eagle, Alpha and Beta Sagitta (the missile of Zeus), Anser (Alpha) Vulpecula, and in the far north is Alberio of Cygnus.

This zodiacal area is both militaristic and shamanistic in character. It imparts a deep-respect for the land and for Gaia (Earth as a living conscious entity), with appreciation for natural beauty. It is of hermetism, esoterism, magic, and various areas of esoteric knowledge and science, also of covert technologies as well as the secret places and orders associated with them. Here we find the keepers of sacred knowledge and sacred ways, and the stewards of sacred places (fitting to Pholus' south node energetic). It can also be clandestine in nature, of ornate cloaks, secrecy and covert actions driven from personal motive, but is also of those with global vision and focused purpose.

Pholus' North Node and Chariklo's South Node

Pholus' North Node lies in early in sidereal Cancer at 04° 24.5', conjoining Samoht (Alpha) Monoceros, Aludra of Canis Major, Ahadi Puppis of Argo Navis, and the minor stars Tegmine of Cancer and Anwar al Farkadain of Ursa Minor in the far northern heavens (not shown).

Monoceros, the Unicorn, is of a species not common to Earth—one magikal and mystical. Samoht, Alpha Monoceros, is an Egyptian star name, actually older than the constellation Monoceros. Samoht means "one who has traveled from afar." Alpha Monoceros brings fortuitous situations, experiences or involvements quite out of the ordinary, which often appear unexpectedly. They may manifest while traveling or appear to come from another time or from a distant location. The spiral of the Unicorn's horn embodies its magic, but for it to manifest in our lives, we must live in the power of our uniqueness, not in denial of it. Alpha Monoceros invites us to be open to the unexpected and unique; and to relate to such experience without need to fit the experience into mass consensus or the norm.

Aludra, Wezen, and Adhara, a triangle of stars known as the Virgins, lie under latter sidereal Gemini and early Cancer. They create the hindquarter of Canis Major. Although of this Sirian constellation, Aludra and Wezen are a pair of their own class. They lie much further in distance than the other stars, thus being of their own realm.

Aludra served Hipparchus to make his famous astronomical reckoning about the precession of the equinoxes. Aludra, a supergiant star, is the only star of the constellation that lies across the Gemini-Cancer cusp. Aludra is the singular of Al Adhara, the Virgins—hence, a pure one of the breed. This is the white stallion, the black sheep, the unique person that does not fit in. An Aludra-type individual seems strikingly unique in some way—out of the ordinary, an old wise soul, an exceptionally unique person, often with an unearthly beauty or who is very attractive and warm-hearted. The synthesis of Samoht and Aludra can manifest as unexpected opportunistic meetings with very unique people, often fleeting opportunities that must be seized in the moment.

Just south of Aludra is Ahadi of Puppis, another supergiant star, which shines with the luminosity of 19,200 suns and with a radius estimated to be about 290 times our Sun. Ahadi means "having much promise," and being of the Argo, this is in reference to our greater evolutionary journey and its fulfillment. Ahadi imparts a soft, yet powerfully optimistic demeanor. Also worthy to note is the Lynx, which lies north, and further north is the fore part of the Great Bear, her head and forepaw Talitha, articulating an exceptionally caring and nurturing energetic.

Pholus Nodal Axis Summary

Pholus' early Capricorn South Node articulates his shamanistic character. Pholus is very much at home in privacy, seclusion and in sacred places of power, places strategic to his purpose. He is intimately perceptive of the subtle energetics of the land and life. Pholus is well adept in all areas of esoteric science, what might be considered the magical and mystical aspects of the natural world. He has an aesthetic appreciation for the elegance of natural form. He is exceptionally cunning and strategic in motive, and applies his knowledge with expansive vision and specific purpose.

Pholus early Cancer North Node indicates that he applies his shamanistic adeptness to protect those he cares for, especially family and home environment. He will intercede unexpectedly in out of the ordinary situations when there are threats to his family, which he can intuitively perceive and see with Eagle-like vision. He may appear to aid with diplomacy, but behind his gentle persona is a capacity to apply his mystical talents with ferocity and definitive efficacy.

The Pholus-Chariklo-Earth Orbital Plane Crossing

Pholus' South Node conjoins Chariklo's North Node and Chariklo's South Node conjoins Pholus' North Node. This indicates Chariklo and Pholus both interact on Earth in a complimentary way, they have a unique relationship and it ties their energetic qualities together through their Earthian expression. This is a triple orbital plane crossing, which means the axis created by the crossing of their orbital planes occur at the same location in space where both planes cross Earth's orbital plane (the ecliptic). Chariklo is presented below.

The Current Journey of Pholus & Chiron

Pholus has an orbital period of 90.94 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, just prior to reaching its North Node. Perihelion occurs at 29° 25; sidereal Gemini, conjoining Pollux of Gemini, Procyon of Canis Minor, and Wezen of Canis Major.

Pholus & Chiron as they cross the orbit of Saturn

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.

The Passage of Pholus through Ophiuchus

Pholus enters sidereal Scorpio in late 2004 and it will enter sidereal Sagittarius in 2015. Its passage 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 prominently under the auspices of more northern Hercules. Pholus may be more in home territory as he passes through transformational Ophiuchus. Pholus conjoins Yed Ophiuchus, the hand of death, 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 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.

Pholus and Ixion begin a new synodic cycle in 2012, in sidereal Scorpio. Pholus and Saturn begin a new synodic cycle in late 2017, in early sidereal Sag, at the Gate of God.



Nessus with Dejanire

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 122.99 years with a 15.642° orbital inclination. The eccentric orbit of Nessus extends from between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus and across the orbits of Neptune, Orcus and Ixion, with its aphelion lying between the orbits of Neptune and Pluto. Nessus inspires our need to radically sever from the constructs in consciousness solidified from past experience and to lift our veils of illusion, to relinquish our denials, and to spiritualize our past experience and awaken to the growth gained in the context of our soul's incarnational purpose.

Considering its orbital crossing with its grandfather Ixion, we 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, he also may teach us to embrace our sensual and sexual nature, to enjoy this abundance in life, rather than denying it or shutting ourselves down to it due to erroneous beliefs of wrongfulness or emotions of unworthiness.

The Discovery of Nessus

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.

Nessus Nodes & Perihelion

Nessus' North Node lies at 06° 21' sidereal Aries, conjoining Mirach of Andromeda and Mira Ceti. Nessus' South Node lies at 06° 21' sidereal Libra, conjoining Muhlifain Centauri and Miaplacidus Carina. Perihelion occurs on Feb 9, 1992 at 27° 26' sidereal Virgo, conjoining Eta Carinae of Argo Navis.



The orbits of Asbolus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune

Asbolus' perihelion 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 kilometers 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 perihelion 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 eccentricity is Phi resonant. This means that the length to width ratio of its orbit is very close to a Phi resonance. Asbolus eccentricity is 0.61877 (Phi is 1.6180339887...). This suggests that Asbolus has an orbital characteristic that is quite in harmony with the evolutionary process of growth common to nature.

Asbolus Nodes & Perihelion

North Node 11° 02' sidereal Pisces
Conjoining Stars: Eta Horologium; Eta Cepheus; Alpha Reticuli; Alpha Lacerta.

South Node 11° 02' sidereal Virgo
Conjoining Stars: Zaniah Virgo, Turais Carina and Phi Velorum of Argo Navis.

Perihelion occurs on July 31, 2002 at 02° 10' sidereal Capricorn conjoining Alpha & Beta Indus. Perihelion is 16° 28' south elciptical lattitude, south-east of Theta Sagittarius.

Asbolus Summary

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.



Chariklo (10199) (pronounced Kha'riklo) was discovered on February 16, 1997 2:51 UT (Feb 15, 7:51 PM MST) by James Victor Scotti of the Spacewatch Program at Kitt Peak Observatory in southern Arizona.

Kitt Peak Coordinates: 31.9599° N, 111.5997° W (31°57′54"N 111°35′57"W), Altitude: 6,883 feet (2,098 m).

Chariklo and Chiron orbits Chariklo's Rings

This artist's impression shows how the rings might look from close to the surface of Chariklo. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/Nick Risinger

Chariklo and Chiron orbits

Chariklo is the largest known Centaur object orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. It has an orbital period of about 63 years, and thus the ~age of its astrological return in a natal chart. Its orbital inclination is 23.365°, more like that of Pholus (24.7°), compared to Chiron's 6.934° inclination. Chariklo has a milder eccentricity as well, at 0.17445, which means its orbit is more rounded, meaning a less-extreme aphelion-perihelion distance (13.8 AU to 13.1 AU), thus having a more gentle and stable orbital resonance. Astrologically, this imparts a softer, well-balanced, and stable quality. She also does not cross the orbit of Saturn like Chiron does, nesting comfortably within the orbits of Uranus and Saturn, thus neither getting entrapped and calcified in thought or concept, nor being a radical extremist, she can embrace both perspectives with impartial understanding. Her higher inclination, like Pholus, imparts a unique perceptual quality, able to see things from an oblique perspective.

Chariklo is surrounded by a circular equatorial ring system, composed to two dense and narrow rings, observed at ESO's La Silla Observatory on June 3, 2013 and published in the journal Nature on 26 March 2014. (ESO: Chariklo's Rings).

Map of Pelion in Greece

Chariklo - Chiron's wife

In Greek myth, there are two nymphs with the name Chariklo, sometimes confused to be one and same. Chiron's wife was a nymph of Mount Pelion in Magnesia (northern Greece), the legendary homeland of Centaurs, born of Apollo (god of music, truth and healing, son of Zeus and Leto), and she was the mother of Karystos (Carystus). The other is a nymph of Thebes in Boeotia. This Chariklo was the wife of the Spartan, Everes. She was a close friend of the goddess Athena. This seems to be the more popular story, one about how Tiresias accidently saw Athena (or Athena and maidens) nude while bathing. Tiresias was stricken blind by Athena, abiding the law of Cronos. At Chariklo's plea to restore his sight, Athena, unable to, instead turned Tiresias into a prophet by giving him the ability to understand the voices of the birds. The asteroid (10199) was however named after Chiron's wife, born of Apollo, not after the Thebian nymph. Ref:

Mt. Pelion lies at the southeastern part of Thessaly, in the peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Thebes is in Boeotia, in Central Greece, about 50km from Athens. More about Pelion.

Chariklo's Discovery

Chariklo was discovered in Cancer conjoining Praesepe M44. Conjoining from the south is Zeta Monoceros (the Unicorn). Further south is Azmidiske Puppis of the Argo. North are Upsilon and Theta of Ursa Major, forming the foreleg of the Great Bear, which leads to Talitha, the front foot.

Chariklo's Discovery star chart

Cancer, commonly the crab today, is also the Egyptian Scarabaeus, an image that articulates the theme of humanity's emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion and its reawakening back to light. The Scarab is an appropriate mythical figure here because the beetle emerges from its snuggle in its own dung, where it matures. This theme also applies to our individual emergence from the family nest or from the collective consciousness that we co-create. The Scarab is a symbol of regeneration, transformation and re-birth, of being self-created, or self-made, to rise from itself—hence humanity's association with the beetle's emergence.

Praesepe, the Bee Hive star cluster (M44) in mid-Cancer contains about 1000 members. It is one of the closest open clusters and is visible to the naked eye. Praesepe is from the Greek Phatne, which means manger, also called the crib. Praesepe embodies the essence of the Scarab theme, articulating the protective and nurturing environment of home and family, and also supporting the birth, awakening and transmutation from darkness into light. Praesepe, with some aspects or transits, can impel emergence, migration, new beginnings, shedding old skins, skeletons, and cocoons. This is emerging out of the family nest, finding new paths and directions, or leaving behind old dwellings and the structures of consciousness they represent, or getting out of the collective dogma and the darkness it creates.

Chariklo's Discovery astrology star chart Chariklo's Discovery large image

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Interestingly, Chariklo is just past its South Node and Chiron is just past its North Node. Chariklo's North Node conjoins Pholus' South Node / Chariklo's South Node conjoins Pholus' North Node. This indicates Chariklo and Pholus both interact on Earth in a complimentary way, they have a unique relationship and it ties their energetic qualities together through their Earthian expression. Only aspects involving Chariklo are shown in the discovery chart. Note Chariklo's opposition to the Jupiter-Uranus-Ceres conjunction, capstone to the Grand Trine Kite. Also note the Yod to Juno (considering Chiron and Chariklo mythical relationship), and Juno's T-Square to the Chariklo / Jupiter-Uranus-Ceres opposition. Juno conjoins the exceptionally beneficent stars of the King and Queen, those impelling the offering of aid and support. Juno's prominence brings significant emphasis to covenants in relationships, and to ensuring the full expression and fulfillment of those relationships.

The foreleg of the Great Bear is composed of Upsilon, Phi and Theta, with Theta being the primary star of the leg and that which conjoins Chariklo. The leg extends to the forefoot of the Great Bear, marked by Talitha (Iota) and Kappa of Ursa Major, which I dub to be the protectress, guardian, and nurturer of humanity. This duo is also the Chinese "High Dignitary." Although minor stars, they should not be taken lightly, as they hold a principal office within the Bear. Of the Great Bear they are associated with the global scene and world powers. They inspire us to become a caring and nurturing force for each other, an enabling force that responsibly supports our emergence from darkness, dogma, and delusion, emergence from the limits and bounds created by selfish, fearful or controlling beliefs, a force that supports us to move into freedom and in greater personal fulfillment.

Theta Ursa Major, although unnamed, is a significant star of the Great Bear. It is a triple star system and is one of the brighter stars easily seen standing out in the Bear. Theta moves in the opposite direction in the heavens, along with Dubhe, compared to the other primary stars of Ursa Major, except it has a much faster proper motion than Dubhe. Just 40,000 years ago (not long in stellar time), Theta was just north of Merak, in direct line with Dubhe. Dubhe is the principal and overseeing star in this area of the heavens. Dubhe impels us to pursue a greater vision beyond the accepted political-religious-big-business dogmas of the human world that keep humanity in darkness and delusion. Dubhe impels those whose interest is the greater welfare and nourishment of the people to take a stand against the totalitarian elite whose intent is in dominating, suppressing and controlling humanity. At a personal level, Dubhe impels us to emerge from our own personal belief structures and limiting life patterns that keep us bound in life scenarios that are less than those we truly want. Theta, in concert with Dubhe and the theme of the foreleg and Talitha, brings impetus to take a stand against any forces attempting to harm or interfere with one's personal domain, and its protective boundaries (Praesepe), especially regarding one's intimate personal relations (family).

See "Perspectives in Space & Time: The Proper Motion of the Stars of Ursa Major" to see the movement of Theta and the additional stars of the Great Bear.

Aplustre of the Argo.Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius

The Argo's Aplustre. Uranographia, Johannes Hevelius 1687. There was also a nautical figurehead on the Argo's prow. Such a figure is known as a "Neptune's angel." In the case of the Argo, in addition to the Aplustre carving, Athene placed an oak beam from the oracle of Zeus at Dodona into the prow, which of course, as an oracle, could speak and guide the ship though its perils on its way to obtain the golden fleece from Colchis.

Azmidiske, Xi Puppis of Argo Navis, the Akkadian starship Ma, marks the aplustre of the stern of the Argo, along with the bright star Tureis, Rho Puppis. Azmidiske is a supergiant star estimated to be about 120 times the diameter of our Sun and about 8300 times more luminous. Azmidiske is an exalted star holding the signature of the mission of the Argo, the emblem of the mission of the soul. The ornately sculptured aplustre on ancient ships held an energetic, like a talisman, for the purpose the ship was built, embalmment of the ship's spirit or life force. It also acts as a shield, imparting protection upon its mission, which Azmidiske and Tureis exemplify. Azmidiske reveals a transcendent soul purpose for what is gestating in our lives, a transcendent force impelling us forward to fulfill that mission. Azmidiske imparts the need to trust and have faith in the subtle unseen currents at work in our lives, in the mission of our souls. When invoked, Azmidiske can bring a sense of undaunted conviction and protection through life's incarnational sojourn.

Chariklo's placement in her discovery chart indicates she imparts a protective and nurturing quality for family and covenant relations, especially for those who are unique, progressive and radical, who may not fit into the status quo. With neutrality and truthfulness she addresses the established, conservative, patriarchal authority for those she cares for to ensure the fulfilment of their soul's greater purpose or mission on Earth. Her prominent conjunction with Azmidiske indicates she holds the energy, establishes an energetic resonance, for others to ensure their evolutionary fulfilment. This is significant to consider for Chariklo's placement in a natal chart.

Chariklo's Perihelion star chart

Chariklo's Perihelion

Chariklo's perihelion lies at 20° 39' south of the ecliptic in Crater, expressing into sidereal Virgo at 4° 43', conjoining our North Galactic Pole (NGP) the Coma and Virgo galaxy clusters, home to our Super Galactic Center. Chariklo reached her perihelion on January 28, 2004. Chariklo's perihelion articulates the nature of her greatest influence. Astrologically, the Super Galactic Centre can be thought of as the spiritual mother center from which life emerges and spiritual nourishment and guiding wisdom expresses. Chariklo's placement here indicates one of a spiritual mothering quality toward those she cares for, ensuring their capacity to access and claim the cup of fulfillment, the Chalice of the Holy Grail (Crater). Here Chariklo inspires us to become pure vessels for the expression of our spiritual essence, committed to the fulfillment of the paths of our souls in the here and now, moment-by-moment, true to the heart of the Virgin principle. She inspires us to attune to and live from our greater spiritual/soul guidance, and to apply that guidance though demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term ramifications for all life and transcendent effects for the durative timestream of the incarnating soul.

The North Galactic Pole (NGP) is the northern point of the polar axis around which our entire galaxy spins. The North Galactic Pole lies ~30° north of the ecliptic nesting between Gamma and Beta of Coma Berenices. The NGP defines a principle geometric relationship between our ecliptic plane and our galaxy. The ecliptical longitude of the NGP is always square to the Galactic Equatorial Nodes (Gate of God and Gate of Man) of Earth's Precessional Cross. This is also the current ecliptical location of the anti-Vernal Point of the precessional cross. Astrologically, the North Galactic Pole brings confidence, stability, and guidance for the greater evolutionary fulfillment for all souls. It impels us to create an inner spiritual alignment to live in integrity toward this purpose.

Markeb, on the sail of the Argo, is of applied knowledge and intellect in navigational matters regarding the evolution of the soul collective. The stars on the sail of the Argo are of refined subtle energies or currents at work that function at the level of the soul's greater evolutionary journey—those transcendent to the dramatics of the external terrestrial world. Markeb means a vehicle of some sort. It is also the South Pole Star of Mars, the foundation of dynamic creative action, and also that regarding survival issues in the history of life in our solar system. These alignments are another indicator of Chariklo's capacity to be perfectly centered to hold a spiritual resonance or space for others.

Chariklo's Nodes

As mentioned above, Chariklo's discovery occurred very near her South Node. Chariklo's nodal axis brings insight into how she interacts with the Earth plane, and as mentioned in the Pholus section, Chariklo's Nodes are in direct compliment to those of Pholus. Their nodal axes conjoin by just under 1°.

Chariklo and Pholus orbits

Chariklo's South Node lies in early in sidereal Cancer at 05° 23.65', conjoining Samoht (Alpha) Monoceros, Aludra of Canis Major, Ahadi Puppis of Argo Navis, and the minor stars Tegmine of Cancer and Anwar al Farkadain of Ursa Minor in the far northern heavens.

Chariklo's North Node lies in early sidereal Capricorn at 05° 23.65', conjoining Alpha and Beta Indus in the southern heavens. North is Altair and Tarazed of Aquila, and Eta Aquila, on the wing of the Eagle, Alpha and Beta Sagitta, Anser Vulpecula, and Alberio of Cygnus.

The character of these stars and associated star charts are presented above in the Pholus section.

Chariklo's Nodal Axis Summary

In contrast to Pholus's secretive and shamanistic character, Chariklo's South Node articulates an open, warm-hearted, caring and nurturing demeanor, a persona often showing up unexpectedly in unique ways and in out of the ordinary situations, in seemingly magical meant-to-be encounters. Her presence is soft and uniquely attractive, with an optimistic and ambassador-like quality. She has an inherent affinity to nurture and protect intimate relations and those being reared in such relations.

Chariklo-Chiron Synod star chart, May 23, 1949

Chariklo expresses her South Node energetic (through her North Node) into Pholus's domain, often in sacred places of power or in places that are private and secluded, such as hermitages or retreats, or merely personal domiciles. Here she acts in a shamanistic capacity. She may also express into areas involving esoteric art-science, or even addressing dominating factions with covert manipulative controlling intent, where she may apply her nurturing ambassador-like quality with strategic motive for a specific purpose, especially to protect the sanctity of others and their choices to live outside the societal norm.

The Chiron-Chariklo Synodic Cycle

Chiron and Chariklo conjoined throughout 1949 during their retrogrades conjoining the stars forming the right leg of Ophiuchus, Al Niyat (σ and τ) and Antares of Scorpio (shown as the dotted white lines in the star chart. Their synod occurred on May 23, 1949 15:42 UT, initiating the current synodic cycle. The Chiron-Chariklo cycles are rather long, with this one projected to last about 257 years.

I will add more about their synthesis and this cycle as time permits.

Chariklo and Chiron conjoined in 1949.
(They will not conjoin again until 2206.)
Chiron and Pholus conjoined in 1955.
Chariklo and Pholus conjoined in 1961.

Additional References

For additional 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.

Zane Stein about Pholus | about Nessus | about Chariklo

Mark Andrew Holmes about Chariklo

Melanie Reinhart about Chiron

Eric Francis about Pholus | about Nessus

Centaur Orbital Parameters




Eccentricity ORBITAL

Chiron ~ 246 km 6.93457° 0.38108 50.7149 5.918 Discovered on November 1, 1977
Orbits between Saturn and Uranus
185 ± 16 km 24.7004° 0.57143 91.85 9.98 Discovered January 9, 1992
Orbits between Saturn and Orcus
60 ± 16 km 15.643° 0.51906 122.58 na Discovered on April 25, 1993

84 ± 8 km 17.615° 0.62147 76.88 8.9351 Discovered on April 5, 1995
Orbits between Jupiter and Neptune
phi resonant eccentricity
~ 273 km 23.365° 0.17445 63.033 7.004 Discovered on February 15, 1997
The largest Centaur known
~74 km 4.149° 0.24287 124.336 na Discovered on Feb 27, 1995
- 12.614° 0.38406 135.951 na Discovered on Oct 12, 1998

Centaur Nodes & Perihelion

CENTAUR Perihelion Perihelion Date North Node NN Date South Node SN Date
Chiron 14° 19' Virgo Feb 12 1996 04° 13.6' Libra Apr 20 1997 04° 13.6' Aries Feb 28 2027
Pholus 29° 25' Gem Sept 11, 1991 04° 24.5' Cancer Dec 26 1991 04° 24.5' Cap Jun 29 2041
Nessus 27° 26' Virgo Feb 9 1992 06° 21' Aries Aug 17 2061 06° 21' Libra Dec 10 1992
Asbolus 02° 10' Cap July 31 2002 11° 02' Pisc Nov 29 2005 11° 02' Virgo Sep 15 2071
Chariklo 04° 42.7' Virgo Jan 28 2004 05° 23.65' Cap May 2 2021 05° 23.65' Can Nov 3 2058
Hylonome 09° 16' Virgo Jun 21 1995 03° 14.45' Virgo Feb 10 1994 03° 14.45' Pisces Sep 21 2054
Cyllarus 29° 19.6' Aqu Aug 20 1989 26° 57.4' Aries Oct 3 1999 26° 57.4' Libra Jun 11 1960
Sidereal Longitudes: Galactic Ayanamsa (add 0° 16' for Fagan-Bradley)

All parameters based on 2017 JPL Data (Epoch 2000)