Lilith and the Centaurs

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  • 7/27/2019 Lilith and the Centaurs


  • 7/27/2019 Lilith and the Centaurs


  • 7/27/2019 Lilith and the Centaurs


    The centaurs are celestial bodies orbiting between Saturn and Neptune, typicallyfollowing very elliptical paths. Collectively they are regarded by Melanie Reinhart as

    indicating inclinations and drives that require integration or overcoming in the course ofself-development; and the transcendence of the personal ego and narrowly earthlyconsciousness.

    The first centaur discovered, Chiron, has a period of about 49 years. It comes within theorbit of Saturn for a third of its cycle, and exceeds the perihelion distance of Uranus (butnot its mean distance from the Sun) at aphelion around 9 Aries. Its glyph represents akey. It is accorded astrological influence in connection with the path of its eccentric orbitbetween Saturn and Uranus and, to some extent, with the reputation of the name'Chiron' in ancient mythology.

    With these considerations in mind, the influence of Chiron is thought to partake of both

    the material and psychological realities of Saturn and the inventive mental perspectivesof Uranus; and it can manifest in its expression as either the inherent conflicts betweenthese energies, or their smoother-integrated combination, and the anchoring of Uranianwisdom and understanding in reality. It challenges the individual to bridge the disparitybetween the Saturnian and Uranian principles, bringing inner transformation and thehealing of Saturnian restrictions in the process.

    Chiron is believed to signify the ability to heal others; belief in the superiority of one'sown knowledge and ways; the challenging of limited established perspectives and views

    with original or different ones; education and teaching ability; an exaggerated sense ofpersonal suffering and affliction; the expansion of the universal perspective beyond

    materialism or dualism while retaining its anchoring in matter; freedom from restrictive

    cultural, parental or societal ideas or codes related to its sign and house placement; thehandling of the crisis of adolescence whereby individuation is sought but parentalallegiances and family pressures and values remain binding; higher knowledge that canbe taught outwardly to the world or inwardly as guidance to the spirit; holisticunderstanding; liberation through compassion; medicine; the opening of the heart tosuffering; rebellious, wilful nonconformity; the search for a cure; the seeking of means tocircumvent established rules and codes; self-healing from within; and the union of mind

    with body and intellect with instinct.

    Chiron's placement in signs where it is closer to or within the orbit of Saturn stresses itsmore practical and personal side; while its placement in signs where it is closer to the

    orbit of Uranus emphasises its more mental and transpersonal side.

    When within the orbit of Saturn, around 20 Leo to 27 Scorpio, Chiron confers thestrongest centering in the self; a sense of being unprotected by boundaries from theoutside world; sensitivity to the integrated oneness of the universe; a tendency toconstruct artificial boundaries and defence structures such as intellectualisation,immersion in the collective, or pushing oneself outwards into society, in order tocompensate for this insecurity; a tendency to project parental filters onto the

    transpersonal or divine realm; and sometimes an inclination, whether overtly or subtly,to make demands of others, and to feel the need to be the centre of attention.

    When at the orbit of Saturn, around 10-20 Leo or 27 Scorpio to 7 Sagittarius, Chironconfers an equal connection with the inner (personal) and outer (transpersonal) realmsof existence, bringing confusion as to whether one is responding to the outside world or itis responding to oneself. It confers at once the capability to rapidly translate internalchanges into outward realities; and a strong intuitive impressionability in response to

  • 7/27/2019 Lilith and the Centaurs


  • 7/27/2019 Lilith and the Centaurs


    psychological urges of which consciousness would be personally liberating and beneficial;self-liberation through the embracing of one's less accepted inwardly burning emotionsas a valid component of self; the tendency to interpret the present through the filter ofpsychological complexes inherited from the past; awareness of the patterns of interactionbetween people, locations and matter; deep-seated psychological motivations (including

    vengeance and recompense for and transition from past hurts) for sexual desire and lust;

    the development of integrity and self-empowerment; levels of personal empowerment ordisempowerment conditioned by past experiences with others; illusory promises ofsalvation whose unveiling is liberating and protecting; and repercussions of treachery andpower misuse.

    References: Demetra George and Douglas Bloch; Martha Lang-Westcott; M. KelleyHunter; Bistra Spirieva; Melanie Reinhart


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