Chiron Research Pool
Pool Your Birth Data and Experiences!
One of the earliest books on Chiron by Erminie
Lantero was called The Continuing Discovery of Chiron.
This title captures what astrologers and astrology
students have been doing together since 1977, when
Chiron first appeared in Charles Kowal’s telescope.
It has been exciting to attempt in modern times to
decipher the meaning and astrological applications of
this important astrological archetype, still relatively
new in our consciousness. Chiron involves lingering
wounds or disowned parts of ourselves and difficulties
moving forward—yet within that pain and struggle, this
centaur planet hides true gifts: guidance our our
journey to wholeness, and even hints about our
vocation or calling.
In 2011, I heard Richard Tarnas talk about how
amazing it is that we have come to a consensus as an
astrological community on the meanings of all the
“standard” planets. However, he noted that we have
not yet come to that common understanding about
Chiron. I agree, but I think we are zeroing in.
That means we need to roll up our sleeves, compare
more notes, and get our ideas and experiences “out
there” for others’ responses until we find the common
ground of consensus. To do my part for this cause and
process, I plan to continue to write articles and books
on Chiron, my astrological specialty for 22 years.
I am revising the way I’ll use the information
I collect from you, as well as my offer to
provide charts for participants.
Originally, I’d hoped to collect a statistically valid
sample through a variety of participants that would
allow me to make objective conclusions about Chiron
based on your reports. After reassessing the level of
work necessary, considering time needed and my other
commitments—and after analyzing the data
contributed so far—I have concluded that a project at
that level is more comprehensive than I can undertake
now. So far, the participants are approximately 95%
female. Ultimately, I’d need to balance the
demographics. Not only is gender an issue; to make
valid conclusions, I’d need to solicit participants who
are not naturally drawn to astrology or the “Chironic
arts” to see how Chiron works not just for the “Chiron
prone,” but for all. This is a research design challenge,
to find people who would be willing to contribute to
such a study without an interest in astrology. Finally,
I’ve been guided to begin moving away from writing
about astrology, almost exclusively, and onto more
fiction and memoir. I don’t see a comprehensive
project and the kind of Chiron book I originally
envisioned happening anytime in the foreseeable
future, if at all.
Your anecdotes are still wanted and needed! I will
still write astrology articles and books and draw
examples from this “research pool,” even if astrology
isn't my only focus. If enough diverse data are
collected in the pool to support the larger project, I
will consider moving forward.
Given the now highly tentative nature of the larger
research project, I will be unable to provide chart work
for Chiron’s transits to itself (Category 4) unless the
larger project becomes a go.
Thank you for your understanding, support, passion for
Chiron—and for keeping those stories coming!
How to Contribute
I need anecdotes of 200 words or less sharing how
you have experienced astrological Chiron. I
welcome your stories on any or all of the following
topics (1-4).The word limit request is per segment.
(If you write about all four, take up to 800 words.) I
may contact you, at some point, for more details.
1. By sign. Examples:
• I’m a Chiron in Aries and I have dyslexia
incurred from a head injury as a young child.
• I’m Chiron in Cancer and I can’t break away
from the rigid demands and expectations of my
old-school ethnic family and roots. (Elaborate.)
2. By House. Examples:
• Chiron is in my 2nd House. We grew up dirt
poor in the ghetto, and I have never been able
to shake my fear of being broke or take the
risks I need to create anything but a
subsistence income. (Elaborate)
• Chiron is in my 8th House. My mother died in
childbirth, and I feel guilty about even being
3. By Transit: Examples:
• When transiting Chiron crossed from my 9th
to 10th house, a crisis in faith actually led me to
a new career that feels like my true calling.
• Once Chiron entered my 1st House by
transit, I became painfully aware of a skin
condition I previously took in stride and didn’t
think “looked so bad.” I felt ugly and unlovable.
4. Special Transit Category – Chiron’s
Transits to Itself: Examples:
- At my first Chiron square, my father died.
- At my Chiron opposition, I became a father
- At my second/upper Chiron square, I lost a
major job that supported me in a good lifestyle,
but it was the impetus toward getting me to my
real life's work of service.(Elaborate)
I am particularly interested in this category and how
- At my Chiron Return, I moved to a new
community where I am part of a network of
healers sought after for their skills and wisdom.
I feel I've arrived as an "elder" in the most
you’ve experienced Chiron in its 50-year cycle,
when transiting Chiron squared your natal Chiron,
opposed it, squared it a second time, and then—if
you’re old enough—came home for your Chiron
Return. You can still leave an anecdote in this
category, even if you haven’t completed a full
Chiron cycle/are under 50. Simply include only the
cycles you've already experienced.
This is both the transit category I am most
interested in—and the trickiest in terms of gathering
data. Because of Chiron’s eccentric orbit, there is no
predictable pattern about when you might have
experienced any part of the Chiron cycle other than
the Chiron Return, always at age 50-51. For
instance, the First Chiron Square can occur
anywhere from age 5-1/2 to 23. If you have access
to astrological software and know how to find your
transiting Chiron to natal Chiron transit dates,
thanks for your stories.
E-mail your 200-word maximum anecdote per
segment to joyce [at] joycemason.com. I will be
taking information ongoing. There is no deadline. I
will update you on this page, if I reach a point
where I am no longer taking input.
I will need at least your first name and complete
birth data, though neither will appear in print for
protection of your privacy. When cited specifically,
anecdotes will be identified in my publications as
Research Participant number (uniquely assigned to
each individual), gender, year of birth, nationality,
and Chiron sign. Example: Participant #28, male,
1948, American (USA), Chiron in Scorpio.
A special note on nationality. Please tell me how you
identify yourself for the sole purpose of giving your
anecdote a cultural context. For instance, I have
two friends born in England, but they have lived
almost their entire lives in the US, so they consider
themselves American. It's about what you consider
The Fine Print
In participating, you agree to share your anecdotes
freely without compensation for use in whole or
part in my writings. (There's no guarantee any
specific anecdote will be used.) You don’t hold me
responsible for any actual or perceived harm
resulting from publication. I agree to keep your
identifying information confidential. And I agree to
be forever grateful!
Welcome to the Research Team!
Your generous sharing will make all the difference in
the world toward the further discovery of Chiron.
Questions or submissions: joyce [at] joycemason.
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