OPA Astrology Store LogoChariklo Wife of Chiron

by Melanie Reinhardt

The Centaur Chariklo was discovered on February 15th 1997 at 02.51 UT (7:51pm Mountain Time), at the Kitt Peak Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Here is her truly amazing discovery chart.

We see Chariklo in Leo in the 11th house, and no fewer than SIX planets in the 6th degree of their respective signs, including Jupiter applying to a conjunction with Uranus by just a few arc minutes!1 Looking more closely, we see that Chariklo actually completes an almost exactly perfect six-pointed star configuration, involving seven planets! These complete stars are quite rare, and usually only approximate. Chariklo sits in the 7th degree of Leo, for which the Sabian Symbol reads:

“The constellations of stars shine to man’s common humanity and to all enduring archetypes.”

Dane Rudhyar’s interpretation speaks of the “nearly unchanging patterns of stargroups … opposed to the sequence of ever-changing fashions and social ideals. The keyword here is PERMANENCE.”2

The six-pointed star is composed of two equilateral triangles – one points up and the other points down. Heaven and Earth unite. All the opposites are balanced and in perfect harmony with each other, joined astrologically with a sequence of sextiles, so prototypically linking the entire sequence of compatible signs – air/fire or water/earth. In some traditions, this star diagram is associated with the heart chakra, which is the middle ground of the seven-fold system. Three chakras above, and three below the heart, the sacred space from which we may be in contact with any of the realms represented by the other individual chakras, bringing awareness and balance.

In this chart, the six-pointed star joins the elements of air and fire, and has the elements of earth and water each represented by a singleton planet. Chiron is in Scorpio (the healing waters) and Neptune is in Capricorn (the sacred earth). This suggests the capacity to contain, preserve and hold the volatility of fire and the unpredictable mobility of air, and thus to mitigate their potential destructiveness. In other words, Chariklo may represent strength that enables us to stand our ground deeply, gently, and perhaps invisibly, while we persist and endure, although buffeted about by circumstance or indeed our own inner storms. We are protected, neither burned up by fire, nor blown away by air.

The current world situation comes to mind … fire consumes whole towns and disrupts thousands of people who lose belongings, homes, livelihoods, loved ones or even their own lives. Seismic activity is increasing worldwide as the fiery magma beneath the earth’s surface moves. Meanwhile hurricanes of words swirl across the internet, particularly on social media platforms. Mindless reactivity, gossip, lies, slander, exaggerations, biased opinions, ‘fake news’ … mirror actual hurricanes, tornados, typhoons and cyclones. Land or sea (water or earth) is whipped up into dangerous airy swirls, sometimes full of dangerous debris, lasting from a short hour or so, to many weeks.

About Chariklo

  • Length of orbit: 63 years, approximately
  • Discovered by: James V. Scotti
  • Original designation: 1997CU2
  • Asteroid number: 10199
  • Perihelion: 2 Dec 2003, 05.13 UT. (Zodiac position: 3°55’ Libra)
  • Features: Most stable orbit of all known Centaurs. Grazes the outer orbital path of Saturn, and the inner of Uranus, but does not cross over either one.

Ephemeris for Chariklo

Download Chariklo positions (monthly) 1930-2030 – http://mbf.cc/EcVgb

Where is Chariklo now?

Chariklo is currently in Capricorn, already within orb of conjunct Pluto, through 2017-2018. These conjunctions are an important feature of the 2019 star-scape and will mature to exact on the following dates in 2019:

          • 16 Feb 2019 – 22°06’ Capricorn PLUTO-CHARIKLO
          • 23 July 2019 – 21°40’ Capricorn PLUTO-CHARIKLO
          • 25 Nov 2019 – 21°19’ Capricorn PLUTO-CHARIKLO

Followed by:

  • 12 Jan 2020 – 22°46’ Capricorn SATURN-PLUTO single conjunction (bringing to a close their cycle which began in 1982).
  • 16 Feb 2020 – 26°45’ Capricorn SATURN-CHARIKLO single conjunction (which remains within orb throughout 2020).
  • 21 Dec 2020 – 00°46’ Aquarius JUPITER-SATURN single conjunction (bringing to a close the 20-year cycle which began in the year 2000!)


  • From January – April 2020, if we include the South Node plus Centaurs Chariklo and Pholus, with Jupiter also in Capricorn, briefly accompanied by Mars, there are between five and SEVEN points in Capricorn! (Manifest or bust?)

Meanwhile, in preparation, whenever either Pluto, Saturn or Chariklo turn direction (to go Retrograde or Direct), there is an opportunity to attune to this combination, to feel the energy, receive its guidance and to give thanks. This also happens at conjunction or opposition with the Sun. Click the link below to download a pdf file giving the dates when these windows open during 2018-2022:

Who is this celestial being whose current aspects are so interesting …?

The details of Chariklo are very scant in the usual sources of classical Greek mythology, which leaves space for us to sense her energy for ourselves, and indeed, the theme of invisibility is perhaps something of a clue. We are told she was originally a nymph. How did she become a Centaur? Did she fall in love with Chiron and follow him into his realm?

Certainly, we can imagine her being the one who cared for Chiron during his long life dealing with a wound he could not heal, while continuing to act as a healer and mentor for others. Eventually, his fate was resolved by changing places with Prometheus … and Chiron was immortalized in the constellation of Centaurus. We are not told what became of Chariklo. Did she return to her origins, becoming once again a water-nymph, as imagined by astrologer Kelly Hunter?3 Or did she join Chiron in his celestial home? Does she live on as an ‘eternal helper’ in another dimension?

In attuning to the qualities of Chariklo, and observing how they express in people’s lives, we can notice the following:

Gift for creating or holding sacred space. This can be instinctive, or through learned skills, but is typically invisible rather than overtly strategic. A temenos, container or alembic within which the work of the soul is facilitated.

Ability to witness and facilitate transition. With Chariklo strong in a horoscope we may find people doing the often invisible work of caring for those who are in transition … being born, giving birth, dealing with illness and recuperation or physical death. Chariklo is a midwife, to body and soul. Literally, as in physical birth and death, or metaphorically as when we die to an old identity. Attending to those who are wounded.

The silent power of receptivity. A deeply yin energy, out of which new yang is birthed. Recognition of the silent power of this profound receptivity.

The strength of Being. We find Chariklo holding a reservoir of compassion, devotion, discernment and presence. Perhaps invisible, but strong in the capacity to be joyfully dutiful, consistent, supportive, forbearing, kindly and nurturing.

Summary: An invisible transformation process – to bear with, abide with, hold space, accompany and bear witness, facilitate healing and renewal by deep acceptance. Profile, achievement and impressing others are not important.

See if you can detect this energy, deep within you. For it is she who will accompany the intense pressure of the forthcoming Saturn-Pluto conjunction, within range from January 2019 until October 2021. We are already easing into it now, with Chariklo applying to the conjunction with Pluto by only about 2°-3° at present (as of late 2018).

Perhaps she will mitigate the intensity? Or teach us how to let go of reactivity and vengeful motivations and instead bear with our feelings, so that clear action can follow? Or shed light on the Saturn-Pluto process itself, which may already be echoing back, reminding us of late 1982, when the previous Saturn-Pluto conjunction was exact on November 8th. What led up to that 1982 time for you? And what happened afterwards? Can you see/feel/sense life-threads connecting you to that period of time? Do you see processes which need resolution and closure? Or perhaps something is returning that was buried by circumstance back then? Something maturing, for which we can feel a deep gratitude?

Remember … clear, scintillating diamonds are formed from carbon, deep in the earth. As is gritty black coal. Saturn-Pluto is a gritty, black, sometimes melancholic sort of combination … in mood, thought and feeling or our response to life situations, both‘in here and out there. With the help of Chariklo, we can perhaps embrace this pressure and quietly explore these darkly luminous states while remembering the light of the diamond …


1. Exact JU-UR conjunction was the day after, Feb 16th 1997, at 02.22 UT.
2. “An Astrological Mandala” (1974 edition), p. 135. Vintage Books, Random House, NY.]
3. Personal communication November 2016.
4. http://www.alcyone.de/ae/data/10199_ Chariklo.html

Melanie Reinhart is an award-winning graduate and patron of the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Astrology has been central to her life since 1959, and from 1975 she has offered consultations, writing and teaching in the UK and abroad. She is known for her original research on new celestial objects. Books include: ‘Chiron and the Healing Journey’, ‘Saturn, Chiron and the Centaurs’, and ‘Incarnation’. Melanie has a particular interest in meditative experience as a healing modality. Her website: www.melaniereinhart.com.