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Astrology (Beyond the) Basics – An Overview of Chiron: Wisdom in Grief

'The Education of Achilles by Chiron' fresco from Herculaneum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples).
‘The Education of Achilles by Chiron’ fresco from Herculaneum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples).

“Wounded healer”, “maverick”, “shaman”: if you’re reading this site, chances are you have already stumbled upon at least one of these definitions in association with Chiron, the asteroid/comet named after the wise centaur of Greek mythology. While the astrological Chiron does typically mark the presence of a sore, vulnerable spot within the psyche/soul, we aren’t helpless in the face of our primal wounds: the root of our atavistic hurt is also where we can distill our existential wisdom from, in order to heal ourselves and others.  

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Astrology (Beyond the) Basics – Deconstructing Lilith: Subversive Feminine Power

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Picture by Claire Oring – claire-oring.tumblr.com

Writing an article about Black Moon Lilith is not an easy task. She encompasses so many layers of human experience – mythical, socio-cultural, sexual, instinctual dimensions are all intertwined within her Essence. Lilith is raw, tortured, unapologetic and rebellious, an archetypal figure whose charisma and iconic influence have been cemented through millennia of history. Her use in Astrology, however, is fairly recent: it’s not until the 1930’s that she started to appear in Astrological studies, with the work of French Astrologer Don Néroman. Black Moon Lilith’s entrance into mainstream astrology was delayed and tortuous, which comes as no surprise considering that we’re talking about a figure who incarnates themes of rejection and ostracism.  

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Planets in Astrology, Chapter 10. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld

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“Il Ratto di Proserpina”, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Every celestial body in our solar family seems to follow a fate that mirrors its symbolism and astrological significance: such is the case with Pluto, the outermost one. Positioned at the outer edge of the Solar System, Pluto was officially downgraded to a ‘dwarf planet’ in September 2006 after a long-running debate; demoted in a whole redefinition of planethood, Pluto is therefore not an actual planet anymore. This did not stop astrologers from reckoning it to be a powerful force; its interpretation and symbolism are studied since over 40 years, and proven to be efficient.

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Planets in Astrology, Chapter 9. Neptune, the Cosmic Solvent

Poseidon holding a trident. Corinthian plaque, 550-525 BC. From Penteskouphia.
Poseidon holding a trident. Corinthian plaque, 550-525 BC. From Penteskouphia.

Probably the most elusive and ethereal force among the Astrological bodies, Neptune was the only planet to be mathematically predicted before being directly observed. Symbolizing a wisdom beyond reason, which defies the empirical notions of knowledge, Neptune is all about intuition, and the awareness of the Unity that permeates the world of manifestation. Its discovery happened in the wake of the Romantic movement, in 1846, after the cultural shift from faith in reason, to faith in feelings and imagination, profoundly transformed the intellectual scenario of the Western world.