CHIRON'S DISCOVERY PREDICTED
As you know, Chiron was officially discovered in 1977. But there were a few farsighted indivduals who foresaw this body many, many years before.
- Maurice Wemyss wrote a series of books from 1920 to 1940..his "Wheel of Life" series. One of the most intriguing things was his prediction of a body that would be discovered of the nature of Chiron, which would have an affinity for Sagittarius, and a period of 45 years.
Maurice was amazingly close with his prediction. Even the orbit is not far off, considering Chiron's orbit shifts over thousands of years between about 46-51 years (although currently it is closer to 50.) Maurice was wrong about one thing...his prediction about where this new body would be found was wrong.
- In 1936, Dane Rudhyar published what has become an astrological classic, "The Astrology of Personality." He talks about a series of links, or 'moons', in the solar system. The first, of course, is our Moon, linking Venus with Mars. The second, he said, may be the asteroid belt, linking the inner solar system with Jupiter. And the third 'moon' the inner solar system with Saturn, and what is beyond Saturn. He has the outer reaches of this body going out almost to Uranus.
- In the Spring of 1961, Charles A. Jayne wrote an article for In Search magazine on hypothetical planets. For one of these bodies, he gavea period of 50 years, plus or minus 2 years. He said it would have an orbit so elliptical that it would actually swing inside the orbit of Saturn when closest to the Sun (Perihelion). He predicted that the new body would be found near its on South Node, and with the Moon's North Node in Scorpio. He named the body Charon, and came up with a symbol for it which I have placed at the top of this page.
Well, his prediction was right in every respect except two. First, the Moon's North Node was not in Scorpio. (It had been in Scorpio up until December 1976, so Charles was only off one sign.) Second, the body was named Chiron. HOWEVER, within months of Chiron's discovery, a moon was discovered around Pluto, which was named Charon. So perhaps Charles tuned in to both Chiron and Charon in his prediction. (The symbol, I understand, was designed thinking of Charon's ferryboat across the river Styx.)
- Al H. Morrison published an astrology magazine in the 1970's called CAO TIMES. On the cover of the issue published August 29, 1977, Al chose to put a drawing which shows a huge body being lifted up above New York City by a construction vehicle. The caption: "Pedestrians watch as crane lifts another planet over NYC." This was published only around two months before Chiron was discovered.
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