With the discovery of Chiron, a new dimension was opened in our understanding of how astrology reflects the soul’s journey of awakening. This book is an indispensable reference for those who seek to understand Chiron’s meaning in the horoscope, and is considered as a classic text on the subject. Melanie Reinhart’s work demonstrates a rare combination of careful research, innovative thinking, thoughtful cultural commentary and inspired interpretation, as she explores the archetype of the Wounded Healer or Shaman. "Suffering is present in everyone’s life, but relating with wisdom and compassion to our own experience turns ‘poison into medicine’. Thus we develop the awareness which both accompanies and also initiates new stages of our spiritual journey." This book has accompanied the healing journey of thousands of people all over the world, and has been translated into seven languages. Considered by many working astrologers as the definitive text on the subject, this book gives detailed, thoroughly researched information on Chiron's astronomy and mythology, its placement through the houses and signs, as well as aspects to the major planets. New material which features in this edition includes discussion of the process of the 'Chiron Return' which occurs at age 50, an expanded review of Chiron as representing our current 'Zeitgeist', and extensive material on the astronomical picture. Chiron, once a celestial anomaly, is now in a class of its own. In the 1990s, exciting astronomical discoveries yielded a new category of objects - 'The Centaurs'. Chiron is considered the prototype of this group which comprises the short-orbit comet-like objects that cross the paths of the planets from Saturn through to Neptune. They are said to have originated in the Kuiper Belt, which surrounds the Solar System and which has been called 'the newest frontier of planetary science'. The symbolism is perfect, as Chiron is that luminous thread of consciousness which links different levels of the inner and outer dimensions of our human experience, helping us make sense of our suffering in a deeply personal way, and thus to release our attachment to it.