“It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those other constant human fantasies that tend to tie it back,” says Joseph Campbell in talking about the hero (with a thousand faces). “Apparently, there is something in these initiatory [mythic] images so necessary to the psyche that if they are not supplied from without, through myth and ritual, they will have to be announced again, through dream, from within—lest our energies should remain locked in a banal, long-outmoded toyroom, at the bottom of the sea.”
Another way of asking this question when trying to assess your growth and Spiritual Path is What mythic story am I living in?
The celebrated painter, Johfra, painted a famous series of the 12 great Astrological Signs. Johfra’s mythic Sagittarius uses the Centaur (perhaps Chiron) to symbolize the Archetype of wisdom, strength, and spirituality. While Jupiter of course has these qualities, Sagittarius is an archer, and Chiron fits all the criteria (though not discovered until 1977, three years after the painting).
Sagittarians work hard and play hard too, especially at sports—until they get caught up with a study or philosophy that captures them, but they seldom just survive. They’re usually shooting for some goal.
Are you Sagittarian? I don’t mean necessarily your Sun sign. Do you have Moon, Mars, Uranus, or an Asteroid there? You may be more Sajj than you think.
And where is your Chiron? The Greeks prized Chiron; this mythic half-horse being symbolizes the half-animal, half-divine hero who is so wise that he teaches the sciences and arts to the gods and heroes. However, after a life of kindness and help to all, he receives an incurable wound from a poisonous arrow sue to no fault of his. Being half-immortal as the son of the great original deity Kronos (time), he begs for release from his torment, so Zeus permits Prometheus, another benefactor to humanity, to trade and have immortality while Chiron greets the welcome Afterlife of the Unconscious.
What’s your Chironic wound that doesn’t heal, perhaps your core wound from childhood and pastlives? What House, Sign and aspects describe your Chiron? What can you do to transcend it?