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Chiron/Pluto Conjunction

There will be a conjunction of Chiron (half comet/half planet or asteroid) and Pluto on December 30, 1999. The last time they were in conjunction was July 18, 1941 (about the time Nazi Germany was initiating its final solution to the "Jewish problem").

In mythology, Chiron was the half-brother of Pluto and Zeus (Jupiter). Chiron shared a cave on Mount Pelion with Zeus...Zeus took the light side of the cave, Chiron got the dark...

Astronomers have discovered that Chiron is only the first of many composite objects with the characteristics of both a planetoid and a comet. They are "refugees" from the Kuiper Disc, a flattened reservoir beyond Neptune, where all short-period comets, like Chiron, are believed to have been born. The International Astronomical Union has designated Chiron and the class of objects it represents as "centaurs," in Chiron's honor. These scientists are onto the parallel between mythical Chiron's composite form and the fact that the planetary object named after him is also a composite entity. (This is ironic, inasmuch as Chiron's true astronomical nature was unknown when it was named by its discoverer.)

(Chiron and Pluto: The Comet Brothers, Joyce Mason)

Chiron is thought to be what remains of "the mother of all short period comets," [Discover, February 1991, p. 9] from which all others split off.

"...the runt planet Pluto is actually the king of the ice dwarfs, the leader of the cosmic centaurs...Some astronomers, only partly tongue in cheek, say we should regard Pluto not as the smallest of planets, but as a comet to end all comets."

(The Planets: Portraits of New Worlds, Nigel Henbest)

Chiron is unusual because it has a detectable coma, indicating that it is a cometary body, but it is over 50,000 times the characteristic volume of a comet, a size more commensurate with a large asteroid, which it was initially assumed to be. Furthermore, its curious orbit is unstable on time scales of a million years, indicating that it hasn't been in its present orbit long. Chiron was the first of four bodies discovered so far with similar orbits and properties. These bodies have been designated Centaurs, after the race of half-man/half-horse beings from Greek mythology, in recognition of their dual comet/asteroid nature. (Chiron is named after the wisest of the Centaurs, the tutor of Achilles and Hercules.) It is believed that the Centaurs may be objects which have escaped from the Kuiper belt, a disk of objects orbiting beyond Neptune.

(The Chiron Perihelion Campaign)

The Centaurs

These monsters were represented as men from the head to the loins, while the remainder of the body was that of a horse. The ancients were too fond of a horse to consider the union of his nature with man's as forming a very degraded compound, and accordingly the Centaur is the only one of the fancied monsters of antiquity to which any good traits are assigned...

Chiron was instructed by Apollo and Diana, and was renowned for his skill in hunting, medicine, music, and the art of prophecy. The most distinguished heroes of Grecian story were his pupils. Among the rest the infant Aesculapius was intrusted to his charge by Apollo, his father...

Chiron was the wisest and justest of all the Centaurs, and at his death Jupiter placed him among the stars as the constellation Saggitarius.

(Bulfinch's Mythology)

There is a strange story that the Centaur, Chiron, though immortal, was willing to die for him [Hermes] and that he was allowed to do so. Hermes spoke of this:

Look for no ending to this agony
Until a god will freely suffer for you,
Will take on him your pain, and in your stead
Descend to where the sun is turned to darkness,
The black depths of death.

(Mythology, Edith Hamilton)

...Latin name Sagittarius, which means the Archer.

The Hebrew and Syriac name of the sign is Kesith, which means the Archer (as in Genesis 21:20). The Arabic name is Al Kaus, the arrow. In Coptic it is Pimacre, the graciousness, or beauty of the coming forth. In Greek it is Toxotes, the archer, and in Latin Sagittarius.

(The Witness of the Stars, E. W. Bullinger)

[Three constellations in this sign are: 1. Lyra (The Harp), 2. Ara (The Altar), 3. Draco (The Dragon).]

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