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Unread 03-13-2021, 08:44 PM
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Smile Re: Transits of Chiron

Originally Posted by IleneK View Post
Hi, David,

Just to clarify about the Chiron myth, I have never heard a rendering to describe him as having betrayed anything.

Here is the story I have heard through the years:

According to archaic myth, Chiron was sired by the Saturn who had taken the form of a horse and impregnated a nymph, Philyra. Soon after giving birth to Chiron, Philyra abandoned her child out of shame and disgust. Chiron, effectively orphaned, was later found and fostered by the Sun god Apollo, who taught him the art of music, lyre, archery, medicine and prophecy. Apollo's twin sister, Artemis, trained him in archery and hunting. Chiron's uniquely peaceful character, kindness, and intelligence are attributed to Apollo and Artemis' nature.

He did not teach others to use poison-tipped arrows. He was accidentally struck by one from which he could not heal, since he was part divine. It was not until the gods finally allowed him to die and be placed into the heavens that his undeserved suffering and wounding ceased.

Chiron was a great healer and respected oracle and was said to be the first among centaurs and highly revered as a teacher and tutor.

A healer who teaches the use of a deadly weapon of warfare seems to me to be working at cross purposes.
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