chiron the centaur

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“He must’ve just come from teaching archery. He had a quiver and bow slung over his #1 CENTAUR T-shirt. He’d trimmed his curly brown hair and beard for the summer, and his lower half, which was a white stallion, was flecked with mud and grass.”

The Battle of the Labyrinth

the image was too good not to draw

he has a wonky lower half since I didn’t use a reference :d

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“I feel like I could eat the world raw.”

Please consider Song of Achilles au for tododeku im crying at a dennys

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bokkle-oran-doove  asked:

Hi, I was wondering if you could give some examples of lesser used Greek mythology monsters, and what kind of personalities they may have. Thank you so much. I love your blog so much.

Ooooh boy, this was my obsession growing up.  Here are my favorite top five that you probably haven’t heard of.  

Spoiler alert:  they’re weird.

5.  Ichthyocentaurs. 

“Ichthyocentaur,” by Chrisgiz12@DeviantArt.  

Or as I prefer to call them, mercentaurs.  They’ve got the arms and torso of a man, the front legs of a horse, and the tail of a fish.  They also have “lobster claw” horns on top of their heads.  

The two best known Ichthyocentaurs are the wise Aphros and Bythos, who are half-brothers of the Centaur Chiron (the fella who raised Jason, a la Jason and the Argonauts.)  In some version, it was the Ichthyocentaurs who hoisted Venus out of the ocean on her clam shell.

Their names really do translate roughly to “fish centaurs.” 

4.  Amphisbaena.

It’s like CatDog, except both ends are snakes.  In Greek mythology, when Perseus killed Medusa, the Pegasus was born out of her corpse but her blood on the ground birthed the Amphisbaena.  In some versions, it rolls across the desert by biting onto its other  head and forming a wheel, and it feasts on insects and human corpses.  Not friendly.

3.  Phorcys.

You heard of mercentaurs, now get ready for mercrabman.  Crabmerman.  Mermancrab.  Whatever, I’m still working on the name.  In Greek mythology, they called him Phorcys, and he was essentially a merman with the front claws of a crab and spiked red skin.  He’s purportedly a child of either Oceanus and Tethys or Pontus and Gaia (it varies from myth to myth) and is the father to a host of notable monster children, including the Gorgon sisters and possibly Echidna. 

Sufficed to say, he’s a big player in Greek mythology.

2.  Ophiotaurus.  

(Art via: https://mrpsmythopedia.wikispaces.com/Ophiotaurus

This one’s part bull and part serpent:  it’s got the front half of a bull and a snake’s tail.  That might sound like the end of it, but whoever burns the entrails of the Ophiotaurus is said to possess the power to defeat the gods.  It was attempted by an ally of the Titans during their war with the gods, but Zeus took the form of an eagle (or sent an eagle, depending on the myth) to retrieve them.  

I’m inclined to be fond of the Ophiotaurus, but I might be a bit prejudiced because of how endearing it was in Percy Jackson.

1.  Hippalectryon.

“HIPPALEKTRYON DE BRUYERE” by Fabian Palmari

I couldn’t make this shit up if I tried.  It’s part horse, part rooster, specifically in that order:  the Hippalectryon has the head (and sometimes front legs) of a horse and the hind legs, body, and wings of a rooster.  Its function and any notable myths about it remain unknown, but Aristophanes described it as “an awkward looking creature.” 

I’d imagine so, Aristrophanes, I’d imagine so.

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Ασκληπιος

Asclepios was the god of medicine and the son of Apollon and the Trikkaian princess Koronis. Asklepios was raised by the centaur Chiron who instructed him in the art of medicine. He grew so skilled in the craft that he was able to restore the dead to life. This was a crime against the natural order and so Zeus destroyed him with a thunderbolt. After his death Asklepios was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Ophiochus (“the Serpent Holder”).
Asklepios was depicted as a kindly, bearded man holding a serpent-entwined staff. 

Chiron

Chiron is an asteroid orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. Saturn represents earthly structure and limitation. Saturn in the chart is where we are limited, where we perceive difficulty. Beyond Saturn is the realm of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. These transpersonal planets represent divine knowledge, oneness, and rebirth. How does one jump from fear and limitation to divine grace? The answer lies in Chiron, whose symbol resembles a key.

Chiron was a centaur, born after Rhea, Cronus/Saturn’s wife, found him making love to a nymph. In order to escape, he transformed into a horse at the moment of climax, leaving Philyra, the nymph, pregnant with the half-horse, half-human Chiron. While the other centaurs were uninhibited, violent sensualists, Chiron was a monk of sorts. He lived a solitary life up in the mountains. He was learned in all sorts of subjects and would only leave his ascetic lifestyle to teach. One day, he was wounded by Hercules’s poison arrow. Although Chiron was a great healer, he could not save himself from the pain of this magic wound. He decided to trade his immortality and end his suffering. Prometheus, who was chained to a mountain after giving fire to the mortals, was released in exchange for Chiron’s descent into hell.

So how does this story play out in the birth chart? Chiron is the healer and the teacher. He represents that wound that seems to never go away - deep psychic pain, usually incurred during childhood, that follows us through life. Chiron, too, was wounded. He could only release himself from the pain by descending into the underworld. Symbolically, in order to heal our wounds, we must die unto ourselves. We must shed our old skin in order to leave the past behind. But we cannot forget our wounds - they are our saving grace, in many ways. There is something divinely fateful about our suffering. When we face our wounds, we are given access to the realm of divine inspiration. The archetype of Prometheus is similar to Uranus - he brought divine knowledge to the human realm. When we trade in our suffering and allow ourselves to be reborn, we reach higher levels of understanding. Delving into our wounds is the key to true understanding of our soul.

As Rumi the poet said, “The cure for the pain is in the pain.” We all contain within us an innate ability to heal ourselves. Those with Chiron prominent in their charts may be drawn to healing professions, especially those of holistic health or hands-on healing such as massage therapy. When Chiron was discovered in 1977, holistic health care was becoming a larger phenomenon in the West. When we heal ourselves, we become available to teach others and heal others. All the energy we have been investing in sorrowing over our old wounds is released, and we can begin to tap into the creative potential of Uranus.

Wherever Chiron is in your chart, you may have been wounded.
Chiron in Aries/1st House: wound around identity, action, drive, passion

Chiron in Taurus/2nd House: wound around material world, sensuality, money

Chiron in Gemini/3rd House: wound around communication, mind

Chiron in Cancer/4th House: wound around nurturing, family, father

Chiron in Leo/5th House: wound around creativity, self-love, children

Chiron in Virgo/6th House: wound around the body, health, work

Chiron in Libra/7th House: wound around relationships, beauty

Chiron in Scorpio/8th House: wound around sex, power, intimacy

Chiron in Sagittarius/9th House: wound around religion, expansion, morality

Chiron in Capricorn/10th House: wound around career, reputation, mother

Chiron in Aquarius/11th House: wound around group-involvement, friendship

Chiron in Pisces/12th House: wound around spirituality, oneness, unconscious

I’d also like to note that Chiron in the earth houses (2nd, 6th, 10th) means you might be drawn to healing as a source of income, job, or career.

Facing our childhood wounds is never easy. But if you take Chiron’s placement in your chart and keep it in mind, you may start noticing how these themes have played out in your life. Much like Saturn in the chart, once you face this area of life, you will come out stronger than before. Your adulthood needn’t be marked by past pains - liberate yourself from your past by reveling in these wounds and activating your own healing potential. Explore the sign and house placement of your Chiron and ask yourself - when did you incur these wounds? How has it affected you up to the present? How and why is it difficult for you to express the energy of its sign? I think a possible antidote is getting in touch with the sign placement and healing through it. For example, my Chiron is in Leo and practicing self-love and creative expression is helping me, now, to heal old wounds.

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Two separate - but related - novels about young people in the ancient times, with transcendent exploration of both love and hope

Cleopatra’s Daughter The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two— the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander— survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts. Based on meticulous research…[it] is a fascinating portrait of Imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of history, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

The Song of Achilles Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath. They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

CHIRON

identity: masculine
known as: the planet of healing

what is it?
an asteroid located between saturn and uranus. though is is called an asteroid and the ‘planet of healing’, it is in fact a comet nucleus.

what does it represent?
chiron is our life lessons, and deals with aspects of illness and how they’ll affect our spiritual journey. he represents those who learn through their suffering.

anonymous asked:

What’s Chiron?

Chiron is a minor planet. In ancient mythology Chiron was a centaur and a very wise healer. He was accidentally hit by a poised arrow from Heracles when Heracles fought the centaurs. He couldn’t heal himself although he was a wise healer. So he became the wounded healer.

In Astrology Chiron shows where we have our deepest wounds. Where we suffer and can’t heal ourselves. However, if we master the suffering and somehow heal ourselves we become greater.

How Eva Stangenberg says: “[…]Chiron is not about achieving mastery through diligence and hard work as is the case with Saturn, or by releasing the energy bound to traumatic experiences as is the case with Pluto, but simply by accepting the deficit of not being “whole”… Only through our experiences with this feeling and the acceptance of not being “whole” can we begin to understand this problem in others[…]“