The Astronomy and Astrology of the Centaurs

Chiron, Pholus, Nessus, Asbolus & Chariklo

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 Centaurs, Chiron comes from a different breed / stream of consciousness. Chiron was born of the union between the Titan Cronus and the beautiful Okeanid (Oceanus) goddess-nymph Phylira of Mount Pelion. Cronus disguised himself as a horse to avoid being seen by his wife Rhea during his lovemaking with Phylira, resulting in their offspring Chiron, who was half horse and half human. Phylira (goddess of beauty, perfume, healing and writing, 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 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, a goddess-nymph from Mt Pelion, not a Centaur (presented below). There are about 30 named Centaurs. The first few and most prominent 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

Illustration: 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.



Chiron's Orbital Resonance
with Saturn & Uranus

Chiron-Saturn-Uranus orbital planes.

Chiron is ~246 km in diameter with an orbital period of 50.76 years. Chiron's orbit is highly eccentric (0.38108) but is only slightly inclined to the ecliptic by 6.93457°. At its perihelion (closest point to the Sun), which is also near its North Node, 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 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 Discovery Star Chart, conjoining Sedna at the Head of the Ram.

Chiron's role is often associated with new discoveries in the health field and medicinal arts; and classically, Chiron is often called "the wounded healer" (Barbara Hand Clow; et. al.), a term coined by Carl G. Jung; having been accidentally shot with a poisoned arrow by Hercules. Chiron works with the subtle resonances of neurological communication that make not only neurological functions possible, but also medical and healing modalities and technologies that incorporate subtle resonances, those transcendent to physical phenomenology (Radionics is a good example). 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. Ref: "Essence and Application, a View from Chiron" by Zane B. Stein

The German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen produced and detected X-ray radiation beyond the visible wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum, then called or Röntgen rays, when he was working with crystals. This occurred at the time of his Chiron return in 1895, also at the time of Chiron's perihelion. Of course many people had this configuration, but he also had very significant key, an exact Mars-Pholus conjunction in late sidereal Sagittarius conjoining Vega of Lyra, trine to his Chiron. Vega and the high vibrational and visionary stars of Lyra are associated with harmonics of light, sound and geometry applied in sacred proportion for healing and the awakening consciousness. The placement of Pholus delineates a unique area of expertise, and transits to Pholus often correspond to an abrupt breakthrough after a long period of dwelling with something perplexed or unresolved. Pholus is presented below.

In the astrological chart, Chiron can indicate where personal healing is required, where we must create and cross a vibrational bridge, where transmutation is required, and where we will find our way from our Saturnian past to our Uranian future, or to bring vibrational resonance of Uranus to change our calcified Saturnian structure. It is always helpful to look at the placement of Saturn and Uranus, and where they are in their synodic cycle, to help understand Chiron's role in an astrological chart.

Chiron's Discovery

Chiron was discovered on November 1, 1977 by Charles Kowal at Palomar Observatory from a photographic plate taken on October 18. IAU image data: 1977 10 18.38090 [Oct 18, 9:08:30 UT] RA 02 08 15.49, DEC +12 23 24.8, MAG 18.0.). An estimated time of discovery is around 10 AM LT. Astrologer Zane Stein adjusts this to 9:56 AM PST (17:56 UT) based on a letter from Charles Kowal, stating the time was a little before 10, along with extensive correlations (made with astrologer Al H. Morrison) to events following the discovery and to Charles Kowal's chart. The discovery was announced in IAU Circular 3129 on November 4, 1977. More details about Chiron's discovery, verification and its 1988 brightening can be found at

At the time of discovery, Chiron was close to the ecliptic plane at 8° 29' sidereal Aries at the Head of the Ram and conjoining Sheratan and Mesarthim of Aries. Also conjoining are Alphirk (and Iota) of King Cepheus in the northern heavens; Caph, the Queens hand; and the Pinwheel Galaxy M33.

Chiron, Sedna and Chariklo - A Special Relationship

Chiron also conjoins Sedna at the time of discovery (both retrograde implying in inward healing process), and also note Chiron's beloved Chariklo (in the above star chart) at the heart of Andromeda and conjoining the bound outstretched arms of the entrapped Princess—both adding significant astrological insight, especially regarding Chiron in the healing process of the reemergence of feminine principle on Earth and within human consciousness. Chiron will once again conjoin Sedna in 2035 conjoining the Hyades of Taurus.

Note: Chiron was at 09° 26" sidereal Aries in the October 18 image, less than one degree from its location on the November 1 discovery date. It was further in longitude earlier in time because Chiron was retrograde. Thus, it was also in a tighter conjunction with Sedna, within a fraction of a degree (of course unknown at the time).

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

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Chiron-Earth Harmonic Resonance

A Chiron-Earth harmonic synchronization occurred from 1994 through 1997 centered near Chiron's perihelion of Feb. 14, 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 modalities, although common, were not as popularized. This Chiron-Earth resonance also helped humanity realize the need to find a way to create and cross a bridge from the old paradigm to a new one, particularly regarding health and healing.

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 inspired 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 inspires us to break trail into a new and refined neurological resonance.

Chiron's Perhelion and North Node

Chiron's path through the heavens during the time it
enters Saturn's orbit (1992) through when it leaves Saturn's Orbit (2000).

Some scientific medical-related discoveries of the 1990s.

Highly controversial:
Early 1990s: Genetically Modified Foods.
July 5, 1996: Cloning of an animal from a single cell via nuclear transfer (the year of Chiron's perihelion).

One of the most significant advancements was The Human Genome Project occurring throughout the 1990s, with the announcement that the human genome had been sequenced in 2000, and with the results published in February 2001. (just as Chiron crossed Saturn's orbit). The Human Genome Project | The Human Genome Project History. This is exemplary of the Chiron's passage inside Saturn's orbit. The Human Genome Project paved the way for far more progressive advancements in the area of Genomics, Epigenetics and the advancement of human consciousness, such as that more recently initiated by Dr. Daniel Stickler and Dr. Mickra Hamilton: The Apeiron Center for Human Potential.

Chiron's Perihelion

Chiron's Perihelion (February 14, 1996) occurs in mid-sidereal Virgo (14° 07' Virgo) conjoining Porrima and Vindemiatrix of Virgo, Diadem of Coma and the stars of Corvus. In the southern heavens is Alherem of Vela, on the sail of the Argo

Chiron's perihelion delineates the area of his greatest influence. Vindemiatrix and Porrima mark the centre of sidereal Virgo and embody the essence of sidereal Virgo. Slightly past but between the two is Auva. This is also the exalted seat for our winged messenger Mercury, significantly adding perspective and understanding to the nature of the stars at this ecliptical longitude. Mercury is the vessel by which these stars function in their highest expression, that is, through the neurology of communication and logistics, and all that Mercury characterizes.

Mercury is a significant indicator used in astrological forecasting for agricultural commodities. Its exalted location lying in the midst of sidereal Virgo, sign of wheat and the harvest, explains why—something that is missed in tropical sign-based astrology, which places this ecliptical location in the tropical sign of Libra.

The Spinal resonance of Virgo

Porrima, just two degrees north of the ecliptic expresses through the more transcendent nature of the mind—our higher brain centers that activate a greater perceptual capacity, often associated with clairvoyance and telepathy. Porrima impels us to have foresight to see future or remote probabilities. Vindemiatrix, just north of Porrima, classically the Harvester or star of the harvest, the grape-gatherer and vintager, and in India it associated with widowhood. "This star is said to confer great powers of thought and an exacting, severe nature" (friend and siderealist Andrés Takra). I tend to associate all of these stars, Porimma, Auva and Vindemiatrix, with neurological function, the human spinal column, with attunement and timing, and with health and nutrition in general (that of crops, esp. roots and stems, and biological health).

The human spinal column is a highly-tuned vertical antenna that resonates to and receives Earth's gravitational emanations. These vibrations culminate in the cranial structure that reflects them to the pineal gland in the center of the brain. The pineal gland is a "neuroendocrine transducer" that converts gravitational and magnetic signals into chemical hormonal responses that control, via the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland. The pituitary is the master control center of the brain that governs the rest of the neurological system. This information not only governs our biological cycles but also expresses into our cellular structure—essentially into the molecular matrix of the cell in a "DNA Illumination Sequence" that is responsible for our evolutionary awakening. The pituitary is also the administrative center for long-term memory, and hence, the remembrance / emergence of our true selves. The pineal gland is also the counterpart to the pineal or third eye chakra, that of inner vision. Perceptual information perceived by a fully active pineal, including ocular, instantaneously re-expresses to the nucleus of every cell in the body, thus creating whole body perception.

North is Diadem of Coma Berenices, the jeweled crown above Virgin's head. Ornate Crowns in antiquity were designed with specific metals, jewels, and geometries to accentuate the wearer's telepathic and clairvoyant capacities, and for their communion with transcendent realms of consciousness. Diadem brings emphasis to natural materials geometry and technologies that facilitate attunement to our transcendent soul awareness and guidance.

The Antennae Galaxies in Corvus

The Antennae Galaxies in Corvus conjoining Diadem of Coma. One of the first images from the new VIMOS facility, obtained right after the moment of "first light" on February 26, 2002. It shows the famous "Antennae Galaxies" (NGC 4038/9). Credit: ESO

Lying just south of Porrima is Corvus the Raven Messenger. Corvus is of high intelligence, ingenuity, imagination, insight and adaptability. The brains of Ravens are among the largest of any bird species. They are problem solvers, inventors and are highly opportunistic. Corvus is the keeper of secrets and a knowledge holder, but is also a prophetic revealer—the oracular "raven messenger bird" to those who are so attuned, and who ask and listen. Corvus implores us to pay astute attention to the signs or messages naturally expressing through the world around us moment-by-moment and to adapt accordingly. The signs found in the simplest of life experience can have meaning if we are willing to be attentive to them. In fact, we can even ask to receive guidance, or information about future or remote events, simply by briefly holding the intent to inquire and then letting it go and listen. It is the sincere projection of clear intent that vibrationally elicits a response from the world around us. Corvus is a protector as well, of both the animal and human worlds, and will forewarn of approaching danger to avert unnecessary mishaps, as well as to affirm fortuitous opportunities, meetings or events.

Also lying in Corvus and conjoining Diadem is The Antennae (of the Ark), the Spiral Galaxy NGC 4038/9. Julius Schiller (c.1580-1627) combined Crater and Corvus as the "Ark of the Covenant." Although the Ark may be considered a technological transceiver for extraterrestrial communication or intradimensional travel, teleportation, levitation or transmutational purposes, all of these stars in this area of Virgo also have to do with our personal attunement, alchemy, and our capacity to become superconductors of consciousness, the illumination of the DNA.

In the southern heavens is Vela, the sail of the Argo. Alherem, of Vela, means sanctum and sacred, or "the sanctuary." Its alternate Latin name, Peregrini, means "wanderers," as in the Argonauts search for the Golden Fleece. Alherem is a binary star system. The main star is a yellow-white giant, with remarkable magnetic activity. A huge solar flare emerged from it in March 1998 (just a few months after Chiron's discovery) that brightened the star by a factor of two in ultraviolet light, and lasted for an amazing two days (Jim Kaler). Alherem impels us to refine our intuitive abilities to attune to the subtle magnetic forces and currents in nature, and those steered by our intent, that coalesce events in our lives.

The essence of this zodiakal area, comprised by all of these conjoining entries, expresses through the higher mental capacities associated with the ability to for-sense future probabilities and to perceive remote or non-local events in space and time. This prophetic ability is with specific purpose, not only for communication, but action. This is much more than receiving simple impulses of premonition, and is not only associated with ill-fated events, but is about how our attentiveness and experience "extends" or reaches from the past, through the present, and into the future. This implies the ability to sense future events just around the corner. The purpose of such eves-dropping into the future provides advantage in how to take appropriate action in the present so that we can prepare and steer our course "to meet" future events to come that are already precipitating from the realm of probabilities, set in motion by our past actions and steered by our intent.

There are a few key points of significance here. One indicates Chiron is not only about healing the wounds within, but is also about education regarding the healing process and healing in general. It also brings emphasis to neurology, to the mind and brain, and to refined neurological processes as well as to subtle energy communication such as that transcendent to thought. It brings emphasis to nature, to the natural world, and thus to natural modalities and technologies that facilitate health, healing and learning. It also stimulates our perceptual capacity to get behind the chatter of mind, to deeper levels of intuitive awareness. In this light, it emphasizes techniques such as meditation, Zen practices, nutrition, alchemy and associated art-sciences.

Chiron's Nodes

Chiron's South Node and Chiron's North Node bring insight into how Chiron interacts with the Earth plane, that is, it delinetates a primary energetic current we are faced with when addressing Chiron in our experience.

Chiron's South Node

Chiron's South Node (04° 14' Aries) conjoins Alrisha of Pisces, Cassiopeia-A, the Andromeda Galaxy M31, and Mirach of Andromeda.

Pisces is the constellation of the two fishes—a dual sign. One fish swims westward, horizontally along the ecliptic plane, with its head, marked by "the Circlet" of stars lying upon the Aquarius-Pisces cusp. The western fish articulates our primordial autonomic (sleeping) nature, and our unconsciously reactive participation in the cycle of mortal life. It is of our inherited genealogies that we are born into and the behavioral patterns they express. The eastern fish leaps upward, vertically from the ecliptic plane, seeking a greater freedom at the shores of sidereal Aries. The eastern fish articulates our desire and capacity to ascend from our inherited past and its ideologies, and our effort to awaken from submersion in the tumultuous psychic emotional entrappings of the human world articulated by southern Cetus, to become more than we have been.

Alrisha (Kaitain), Alpha Pisces, a very close pair of bluish-white stars, is the knot of the ribbon tying the two fishes of Pisces together. Alrisha lies across the cusp of sidereal Aries-Pisces, on the shore of sidereal Aries. Alrisha ties our primordial past, articulated by the horizontal fish swimming westward towards earlier Pisces, with our desire to rise from it, articulated by the upward leaping fish on the cusp of Aries. Alrisha is the bond—as in glue—that ties our past with our future. Alrisha creates a neurological tension that seeks resolution. This very same tension imparts the motive to aspire to become more than we are.

Alrisha reveals our need to embrace our past to rise into our future, as they are inseparably bound. People sometimes negate or reject the past, or place blame on their existing experience, the people in their lives or the places in which they live in order to make a change. Yet this inner emotional denial only denies us the change we truly seek, it leaves us only to face the same issues in yet another guise. To unconditionally accept and embrace our past and the lessons it has provided frees us from the chains of the past to create the destiny we truly desire.

The Andromeda Galaxy M31

The Andromeda Galaxy, M31, was first viewed as a nebulous cloud in the heavens, but with the advent of powerful telescopes, its majesty beauty became visible as our nearest galactic neighbor. This marked the time for humanity to see its own greater potential, to realize we can become much more than what in the past was merely an obscure nebulous notion. Even more recently, we find that the beautiful and nearly perfect shaped Andromeda Galaxy, composed of hundreds of billions of stars, has two nuclei (centers of force) forming the heart of the galaxy, articulating an exquisite spiraling expression of life from the unified masculine and feminine principles. Spiral type galaxies in general articulate the flow of spiritual and physical forces spiraling into evolutionary expression. The Andromeda Galaxy exemplifies the ideal for humanity, the masculine and feminine polarities of life to express in their full majesty and glory, spiraling together in beauty and perfection. It brings inspiration to visibly express and demonstrate our unification in its greatest potential and form, to become all that we can be. This mosaic merges 330 individual images taken by the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope aboard NASA's Swift spacecraft. It is the highest-resolution image of the galaxy ever recorded in the ultraviolet. Image Credit: NASA/Swift/Stefan Immler (GSFC) and Erin Grand (UMCP)

Conjoining Alrisha is Mirach, Beta Andromeda, is a massive red star, with a magnitude identical to Alpheratz, Alpha Andromeda. Mirach also has a companion star, although very faint, about 60,000 times dimmer. Mirach, which lies north of Alrisha, is the sash or chord of the Princess Andromeda, also marking her loins. Mirach signifies a bond of strength and is a star of betrothal and union, of those destined by desire and choice to be together. These are bonds of the soul, those that were established before this lifetime, bonds that are enduring, and which often manifest with an outward declaration of commitment to their union. Mirach indicates partnerships that make it possible through committed union for two to become or achieve something greater than either can be or do alone.

Mirach and Alrisha can express as a bond of strength or they can express as bond of emotional entanglement and dependency. Emotional clarity determines which. This articulates the difference between inter-dependency and co-dependency. Either way, there is impetus for achievement.

The Super Nova Remnant Cassiopeia-A in the northern heavens embodies the over-theme of Cassiopeia, the soul of the queen. Cas-A creates the need to see opportunity for attainment (articulated by the beautiful and conjoining Andromeda Galaxy M31) rather than opposition impeding it, and to have the courage to do the inner work required to claim it. In typical Cassiopeian style however, this can express as an explosive temper tantrum of outrage or anger when feeling deprived or a victim of our position or environment in which we may find ourselves, or victim to other forces attempting to manipulate and control our freedom or birthright. However, this is ultimately due to not having dealt with our own emotional issues to start with. Cas-A offers a powerful opportunity for transformation if we are willing to surrender any bitter attitudes that we deserve something or some position, and to shift our focus from why we are being denied, deprived or hurt to appreciating that which we do have and the beauty that is. This acceptance is that which allows bestowal of the beneficence due our greater essence of being. Cas-A is the strongest radio source in the sky. The multi-spectral forces of Cas-A create a sub-conscious drive to seek attainment beyond the limits we currently experience, to express our full potential.

Chiron's South Node Summary

Chiron's South Node stars especially bring emphasis to the requirement to embrace our emotions and our experience with unconditional acceptance rather than righteously blaming why we feel the way we do and the circumstances of our life experiences outside of self, defending why we are wounded with judgmental mind (arrogance, righteousness, denial). As Chiron's South Node energetic, this is fundamental to realize and actualize as a prerequisite to work with the subtle energetic principles and wisdom offered at Chiron's North Node.

Chiron's South Node also emphasizes that any discordance within self stems from long-established energetic currents, generally which extend beyond this lifetime. They may even be inherited genomic and epigenetic patterns not of our own making, but those that have formulated over eons, but nonetheless are ours to address. It also indicates that committed, or what may seem destined, relationships in this lifetime are also based upon long-established soul-level bonds, and we may be co-participating not only to support our mutual attainment and to manifest our greater potential, but to also support the healing and evolution of discordant patterns inherent to collective consciousness.

Chiron's North Node

Chiron's North Node (04° 14' Libra) primarily conjoins Theta Carinae and Miaplacidus of Argo Navis, and Centuarus X-3.

The legs of the Virgin extend into the sidereal sign of Libra in our modern image of the supine Virgin. They extend to mid-sidereal Libra, where we then arrive to the clutches of the Scorpion, our modern scales of Libra. I coined the phrase "Under the Skirt of the Virgin" to delineate this area of the of the zodiak, the first half of sidereal Libra, to mythically articulate the long obscured secrets hidden within this part of the zodiak. This embracing mythical image, and the individual star themes creating the qualities of sidereal Virgo and Libra, and those now hidden—under the skirt, reveal the truth about the evolutionary process of the soul, and of that which is required to ensure a healthy pure birth and our attainment of evolutionary freedom from perpetual re-birth and entrapment in the Clutches of the Scorpion, in the karmic currents of the past established on Earth.

The Diamond Cross of Argo Navis.

The mythical image of this entire area of the zodiak articulates the Virgin giving birth into the Chelae of the Scorpion, into the reincarnational process of soul growth. The first few degree of sidereal Libra mark the thighs of the Virgin, which are about intimacy and mutual support. North is the staff of Bootes and his right foot marked by Zeta Bootes. Bootes is consort and protector of the Virgin, protector of the Virgin principles and ensuring the save birth and healthy evolution of souls. South is the Centaur, the principal constellation in this area of the heavens, the wise and benevolent teacher of self-mastery.

Theta Carinae lies slightly south of the Galactic Equator on the keel of the Argo, Theta emits a peculiar spectrum, showing it to be a silicon-rich star, a peculiar chemical anomaly. It has an estimated luminosity of about 22,000 times that of our Sun. Theta also has an obscure name, "Vathorz Posterior" (of Old Norse-Latin origin), which means "Succeeding One of the Waterline," referring to the Galactic Equator upon which the Argo sails. Theta Carinae is the prominent member of the Theta Carinae Star Cluster, a bright open cluster of about 60 stars. The Theta Carinae Cluster is sometimes referred to as the Southern Pleiades due to its resemblance. Slightly north of Theta Carina, along the galactic equator, is a giant stellar nursery surrounding the nebula NGC 3603, one of most compact clusters of young, massive stars in our galaxy.

Miaplacidus along with Theta Carinae (Vathorz Posterior) and the Theta Carinae star cluster, Upsilon Carina and Omega Carina form the Diamond Cross of Argo Navis. It, like the Southern Cross, does not have a central star in the center, thus forming a diamond more so than a cross. You must be south of 20° north latitude on Earth to see it. The Diamond forms the keel and hold of the Argo. Theta Carinae and the Theta Carinae Star Cluster are of secret knowledge, record keeping, scribing, and the articulation of intelligence regarding navigational matters and transcendent evolutionary currents of the soul. Theta Carinae embodies the Gnostic wisdom of art and sacred architecture as it relates to healing and evolutionary fulfillment of the soul, which transcends an incarnational manifestation.

The Purple Rose of Virgo.

Conjoining Syrma is the Supernova SN 2007af, a recent and stunning revelation found under the skirt of the Virgin: in The Purple Rose of Virgo, a barred spiral galaxy (slightly smaller than our Galaxy). The supernova is the bright object seen slightly below and to the right of the galaxy's centre. Image Cerdit: ESO PR Photo 16/07

Miaplacidus, Beta Carina, is the second most important star of the Argo, after Canopus. "Mia" is of greater universal flowing waters of Source and "Placidus" is of grid-navigational-mapping. Miaplacidus involves the navigational mapping of cosmic evolutionary currents—evolutionary intelligence and how it expresses in time and space. Miaplacidus is of Astronomical-Earthgrid mapping, navigation, inner-dimensional travel, and related art-sciences and environments that support our greater evolutionary journeys in life. Living at or traveling to the right locations at the proper times in our lives is of significance to be in proper (space-time) harmony. The purpose of sacred geometry, naturally tuned architecture, and the art-sciences involving harmonics and resonance are all of significance here—many of the art-sciences that have been obscured, suppressed or lost to humanity—including the integrated knowledge of astronomy and astrology and its application in cartographical mapping on the Earth in space and time.

Conjoining Syrma, which I dub the "Star of Atlantis," lies under the skirt of the Virgin and marks the knee of the Virgin. Syrma resonates with issues relating to frozen genetic coding and the resultant crystallized emotional patterning incurred due to devastating or cataclysmic events of the past, especially incurred from the controlling use of resources to obtain power over others. Syrma provides inspiration for personal change and transformation, and articulates our need to unlock our frozen genetic coding and crystallized cellular makeup that keeps us stretched out of the present. Syrma alignments can bring deep-seated emotional patterning to surface awareness so we may clear it, especially suppressed grief and issues related to the use of power. Syrma also inspires the application of art-sciences that can aid in this process, freeing our selves from epigentic conditioning and behavioral patterns passed on through generations.

The hold of the Argo (the Diamond), expressing through this area of zodiak and conjoining Syrma of Virgo, is also associated with long-established wealthy and powerful clandestine secret societies or orders.

The Diamond Cross of Argo Navis.

The Giant Nebula, NGC 3603 (conjoining Theta Carina). Thousands of sparkling young stars nestled within the giant nebula NGC 3603. This stellar "jewel box" is one of the most massive young star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. NGC 3603 is a prominent star-forming region in the Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way, about 20,000 light-years away. This image shows a young star cluster surrounded by a vast region of dust and gas. The image reveals stages in the life cycle of stars. The nebula was first discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1834. The image spans roughly 17 light-years. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage

Centaurus X-3 is an X-ray emitting pulsar with a period of 4.84 seconds, a frequency at the very low end of the Delta brainwave region, which also resonates with Mercury's rotation harmonic and Neptune's orbital period harmonic. Centaurus X-3 consists of a rotating neutron star (the pulsar) in a 2.087-day orbit around a giant or supergiant star labeled V779 Cen (also called Krzeminski's Star). The regular disappearance of the neutron star caused by its orbit around its companion star blocks the pulsar's X-ray emissions for 0.488 days, thus producing isochronic envelopes of the pulsating x-ray emissions. The X-ray emissions also flicker at rates of between 100 and 2,000 times per second, which are the fastest known X-ray variations of any neutron star. (Data from the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer). Centaurus X-3 lies exactly on the galactic equator above the Theta Carinae Star Cluster, and about 1° north of NGC 3603. Cen X-3 adds to the theme of Theta Carinae and contributes significantly to the theme of early sidereal Libra and the Diamond of the Argo.

Cen X-3 imparts a transcendent guiding neurological impulse that incites a natural attraction toward harmony and beauty that is life promoting at a deep meditative level of consciousness. Here we may find unique events or portals occurring in space and time that can change our evolutionary experience and destiny if we are willing to transcend logistical mind and function from deeper levels of awareness, much like lucid dreaming. Opportunities presented here allow us to walk away from the mundane, from what is established in our lives, from what seems to make sense to onlookers. They require a leap into the void with the knowing there are subtle but greater soul-level currents that can carry us to our fulfillment. Learning to move in intimate trust and harmony with these forces is a key dynamic of this part of the zodiak.

Also conjoining Cen X-3 are Rho and Omicron Centaurus. Rho (ρ), Omicron (ο), Delta (δ) and Pi (π) extend from Muhlifain and create the hind legs of the Centaur, which lie over and protect the secrets held in the Diamond of Carina. Muhlifain, the third brightest star of the Centaur, is of secrecy and protection, and indicates there is a double meaning, that one thing said exoterically reveals the opposite esoterically, or that one thing conceals another. This is also a key principle in the healing process where at the epitome of a healing crisis, at the point of revelation, there occurs a phase conjugation (or flip) in consciousness where we realize what we were projecting externally is the opposite of what was occurring internally, that is, what we project outside of self onto others and life experience is actually how we feel about ourselves.

Chiron's North Node Summary

Chiron's North Node stars bring emphasis to establishing greater inner harmony and wholeness within self and in our relationships through deep inner healing work. They impel us to address long-standing crystallized genomic patterns, both personal and collective (Chiron's South Node) through wholistic healing and developmental art-sciences such as meditative and associated techniques, architectural environments incorporating sacred proportion and resonances, and with other related art-sciences that may have long been obscured, as well as with new advancements of these art-sciences. Chiron's North Node impels a discovery process transcending thought into the depths of consciousness to trace energetic currents that transcend this lifetime.

Chiron in Summary

Chiron acts as a bidirectional neurological messenger between Saturn and Uranus and the resonances they create within self. This can be from established, structured and crystallized patterns (Saturn) to radical new possibilities (Uranus) that break us from the conformity of the past, and to bring epistemological revelations and new levels of self-awareness into concretized form or into demonstrable applicability. Prominent alignments with Chiron can indicate involvement in health-care or healing modalities, or with discoveries and new technologies applied in these areas, especially those that use natural but unseen forces. Chiron is associated with the introduction of new medical and healing technologies or methodologies to humankind, as well as education (learning and teaching) about wholistic modalities that support healing and whole body awareness, including meditative techniques and associated disciplines. Chiron emphasizes consciousness development that brings forth our unique attributes that may have been suppressed or squelched by societal conformities. Chiron impels us to honor our uniqueness. Chiron also influences information flow within our neurology and subtle energy communication throughout the body. Chiron also incites the capacity to access and heal soul-level patterns as well as genomic and epigenetic patterns that extend beyond this lifetime. Chiron impels us to cultivate metaphysical non-reasoning perceptual abilities like clairvoyance and telepathy, and to trust in those abilities.

Classically, Chiron has been dubbed "the Wounded Healer," which means our wounds are that which heal us. Chiron's natal chart placement reveals areas in our lives where we need to seek deeper levels of harmony and wholeness through an inner healing journey. Chiron impels us to get in touch with, face and heal our wounds, a process of unconditionally embracing our wounds with the willingness 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.



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

Pholos (Pholus) was an Arkadian Centaur who lived in a cave on Mount Pholoe in southern Greece on the Peloponnesos peninsula. 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 a Centaur. As the story goes, Pholus was hosting Hercules who was traveling through the region while searching for the Erymanthian boar. 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 slew many of the Centaurs with his poisoned arrows while others fled. Pholus removes one of the arrows from a Centaur to see what made the Centaur die, and accidently allows its poisoned tip to puncture himself, which also kills Pholus. (There are minor variations to this legend.)

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 deliniates 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 may impel us to to look through the emotional veils shrouding issues of abuse and to spiritualize them (Neptune), and to see them from the perspective of soul's incarnational purpose (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.

Abuse comes in many forms, from psychological to physical, and does not necessarily imply abuse of a sexual nature. Mere neglect, diminishment or abandonment of a child can be forms of abuse that can leave a child with feelings of inferiority, separateness and fearful of intimacy throughout their lives. The placement of Nessus in one's chart does not necessarily indicate abuse, it may simply delineate our psychology about or emotional response to abusive people or abusive situations. It may reveal where we feel we have been abused, diminished or neglected whether it was intentional or not, or it may indicate how we abuse or disrespect ourselves, in whatever form. Nessus is of deceit and betrayal, so the first thing to consider with a natal Nessus placement is how we deceive and undermine ourselves. Beneath this may lie the deeper cellular patterns to uncover that formulate such behavior.

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.

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 15, 1997 2:51 UT (Feb 14, 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 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).

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 side view

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 6.935° 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 capacity, able to see things from a oblique perspective.

Map of Pelion in Greece

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.

The Myth of 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 goddess-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:

One thing we can look at through mythological legend is the commonality between the lineage of Chariklo and Chirion. Like Chariklo, Philyre (Philyra), the mother of Chiron, was also an Okeanis goddess-nymph of Mount Pelion.

Okeanos (Oceanus) was the primordial god of the great life-giving river of the heavens. Okeanos and his wife Tethys "the Nurse," (caregiver) birthed the Potamoi, the gods of rivers, and the Okeanides (Oceanids), the goddess-nymphs who presided over Earth's fresh water. The Oceanids consisted of the Nephelai (Cloud-Nymphs), Aurai (Breeze-Nymphs), Naiades (Spring and Fountain Nymphs), Leimonides (Pasture Nymphs), and Anthousai (Flower Nymphs). The Oceanids provided care over the life giving and healing elements, especially the elixir of life, water.

The name Philyra, or Philyre, is composed of Phi and Lyra (Lyre). Phi is the golden mean and numerical progression that is natural to life and all that is beautiful and grows in perfect proportion. Lyra is the lyre of Hermes, the musical instrument tuned to perfection, which could heal and awaken consciousness. In this sense, the name implies one in perfect attunement, one who embodies such awareness and knowledge, and who could bestow such a resonance. Today, Philyra, as a Greek girl's name, means "Lover of Music."

Chariklo and Chiron orbits

Philyra cared for and taught those who were unique in some way, like Chiron, who were abandon or shunned by society. In some legend, Philyra and Chariklo both reared the young Achilles and other proteges of Chiron in Philyra's cave, Chiron's dwelling on Mount Pelion. Chariklo was the foster-mother of many other great heroes in addition to Achilles, including Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, and Perseus. Chariklo bore Chiron three daughters, Melanippe (Hippe), Endeïs, and Ocyrhoe, and one son Carystus. This suggests Chariklo has a Philyra-like quality, one who cares for, rears and protects those who are outcast or different and with exceptional potential.

Chariklo clearly imparts a benevolent and graceful character, and unique perceptual abilities. Born of Apollo, she has knowledge in the healing art-sciences, that of harmonics and resonance. In consort with Chiron, she holds a sacred spatial resonanace that allows us to look within and heal ourselves to bring forth the exceptional beings we are.

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.

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.

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 Moon creates a second Grand Trine, interlocking with the other Grand Trine, thus forming the Star of David, a geometric configuration of exceptional stability and articulating the unity of the masculine and feminine, and of spirit and form, the spiritual and physical.

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 fulfillment of their soul's greater purpose or mission on Earth. Her prominent conjunction with Azmidiske indicates she holds an energy, establishes an energetic resonance, for others to ensure their personal healing, awakening and evolutionary fulfillment. 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 (SGC). Chariklo reached her perihelion on January 28, 2004. Chariklo's perihelion delineates the area 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. It is the source of maternal instinct and impels us to trust that instinct as the first and most powerful force. SGC inspires us to become pure vessels for the expression of our spiritual essence, to become one with that essence, and to live from soul awareness in the here and now, moment-by-moment, true to the heart of the Virgin principle.

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 Perihelion Summary

Chariklo's perihelion 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). Her greatest influence is to inspire us to seek our spiritual essence and to establish an inner alignment and stability based in the durative nature of our souls, that which precedes birth into human form. She inspires us to become pure vessels for the manifestation and expression of our soul awareness, to embody that resonance and to realize we are souls expressing through physical form rather than identifying ourselves as beings separate from our soul essence. She impels us to attune to and live from our greater soul awareness and spiritual guidance in the here and now through demonstrable action with consideration for the long-term transcendent effects for the durative timestream of the souls that we are.

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. See "The Nodes of Pholus".

Chariklo's Nodal Axis Summary

In contrast to Pholus's secretive and shamanistic character, Chariklo's South Node deliniates 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 impetus to nurture and protect the sanctity of others and those being reared in the care of others.

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. She may also express into areas involving esoteric art-science, or even addressing dominating factions with covert manipulative controlling intent. Here she acts in a shamanistic capacity. She may apply her nurturing ambassador-like quality with strategic motive for a specific purpose, especially to protect the sanctity of one's personal space and that of others and their choices to live outside the societal norm, as well as sacred places of specific purpose and places of privacy for spiritual healing.

The Chiron-Chariklo Synodic Cycle

Chiron and Chariklo conjoined throughout 1949 during their retrogrades (shown as the dotted white lines in the star chart), conjoining the stars forming the right leg of Ophiuchus, Al Niyat (σ and τ) and Antares of Scorpio. Their synod occurred on May 23, 1949 15:42 UT, initiating the current synodic cycle. The Chiron-Chariklo cycles are rather long, with this being about 257 years. We are currently in the first quarter of this cycle. We will reach the 90° point in 2042. Entries specifically setting the theme of this cycle include Al Niyat (σ), and two high energy X-ray sources, Scorpio X-1, and Hercules X-1.

The stellar energetic here impels a transmutational process and the opportunity to physically and emotionally demonstrate our choice to walk the higher path of self-mastery and self-responsibility. It impels us to embody this capacity in our neurology such that this action becomes unquestionably natural. It impels us to create the space or resonance in our lives for this inner metamorphosis and to demonstrate this transmutation in our relations and in how we participate in the world. Without embracing this inner metamorphic shift, we will continue experience a greater sense of unrest and agitation if motive to act is based from personality interest alone. It impels an emotional maturing, to embrace the emotions we experience as our own doing rather than blaming how we feel outside of self and upon others in anarchic rebelliousness—a prerequisite to self-mastery—and to establishing a healthy neurological flow in self and in the collective populous.

Ultimately, if we pursue a level of personal metamorphosis and self-mastery beyond the common person, we experience an inversion of our perception of the world. This inversion is from seeing self as being entrapped and suppressed by forces that seem to be outside of self, bound by our 3-d realmspace, to establishing the capacity within self to express outwardly through the will of intent so as to direct those forces creating our lives—from the inside out—to consciously steer our creative power to manifest a new reality for ourselves. This inner metamorphosis is not something done from how we think. It is about spatial dimensionality, allowing a perceptual awakening within self, such that we totally shed our limiting and previous human mold.

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.

The Paths of Chariklo, Chiron and Pholus 1950-1996.


Centaur History and Lineage:

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° 07' 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)