Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was discovered in 1977. Although a somewhat newly discovered planet, Chiron has shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, Chiron was named after a unique centaur (part human, part horse) in Greek mythology.
The centaur Chiron was held as superlative among his wild brethren. Centaurs were notorious for being overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, given to violence when intoxicated, and generally uncultured. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. He was also known for his knowledge and skill with medicine, and recognized as a physician who taught ancient wisdom to mankind. Ultimately dying of a poisoned arrow which he had made, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer." Being an immortal, he could not die immediately, and was forced to suffer the pain his wounds. Ultimately, he was freed through an act of compassion, where he gave his life for another suffering being. He is also associated with shamanism and the art of looking deeply within oneself in order to heal. The discovery of the planet Chiron is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement of the late 1970's.
Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where there is also the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people. Although one has been wounded, it is possible to look within, invoke the healer Chiron, and have more compassion for others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron in their charts are likely to be educators and spiritual healers, much like the civilized centaur-healer.