The Myth of Chiron, the Great Healer 5 minutes The Myth of Chiron tells of a being who, through his great compassion for others, dedicated himself to healing their physical and spiritual suffering. It is also a metaphor that shows how to help others and save them from torment.
Unlike other myths, the myth of Chiron tells us about a sage, a noble and skillful centaur, who is very different from other centaurs. You may know that in Greek mythology centaurs were creatures, head and torso which were human while otherwise shaped like the body of a horse. In general, they were impulsive and mostly wild creatures.
It is believed that the myth of Chiron is closely related to the medical and psychological professions. In fact, the etymological meaning of the word “Chiron” is “skillful with hands” or “healing with hands.” The word “surgery” (and its variants in many Romance languages) comes from the name of this picture.
But is also known as the “wounded centaur”; a symbol of someone who does not know how to offer help or how to ask for help at the right time. In the myth of Chiron, we see a lot of humanity. He stresses the importance of mutual recognition of our vulnerability as a basis for compassion.
“Health is the greatest asset. Satisfaction is the greatest treasure. Trust is the best friend. Non-existence is the greatest joy. “
– Lao Tzu-
Myth of Chiron
The story of Chiron begins when the titan Kronos, the son of Uranus, arrived on Earth in search of Zeus. While traveling, he met an oceanid (sea nymph) named Filira. Kronos fell madly in love with her and did not leave her alone. When Filyra felt uneasy about the pursuit of Kronos, she asked Zeus to turn her into a mare so that the restless Kronos would leave her alone. But Kronos learned of the oceanis’ plans and turned into a horse to try and rape her. Exhausted by the situation, Filira fled to the Pelas Mountains.
She gave birth to a son in this secluded place. It was a difficult birth, and as soon as she saw her baby, she screamed in horror. Her son was half boy, half horse, and she immediately rejected him. So she went to Zeus again and asked him to turn her into a tree so that she would not have to breastfeed her baby.
Chiron was thrown next to a tree, but the god Apollo and the goddess Athena took pity on him and adopted him. Under their leadership, he grew up as a pious and wise being with an interest in many different subjects and in particular medicine. He was filled with joy to be able to bring relief to those who were suffering and spiritual strength to those who were on the verge of death. He was very well versed in medicine. and soon became famous. Many people turned to him for help and advice.
Legend has it that Chiron saved a hero named Peleus. as a gift a fantastic sword from the fire god Hephaestus. He then seduced his wife with a man known as Akash, who as a result set a trap for revenge on Peleus.
Akash persuaded Peleus to go hunting, and while he was gone, Akash stole his me h and left him in the hands of the centaurs, who were usually very cruel. Chiron managed to save Peleus, and from that moment on, they both remained good friends.
Peleus had a son named Achilles. Achilles’ mother, Thetis, burned her son all over her body, and then anointed him with ambrosia, as she thought it would make him immortal. Peleus was horrified by this ritual and grabbed Achilles from Thetis before she could cover her son’s heel with the elixir.
Then Peleus handed over his son Chiron to be responsible for his upbringing and education. The centaur noticed that the child’s heel was burned, and the first thing he did was took the heel bone from the giant and placed it in the wound. This is how we got the famous expression “Achilles’ heel”.
According to the Chiron myth, the centaur was accidentally wounded by Hercules or Hercules; one of his good friends. The hero fought alongside other centaurs and accidentally directed one of the arrows at Chiron, who was wounded in the knee.
The centaur began to turn in pain. But he was endowed with immortality. For this reason, he could suffer, but not die. The wound did not heal, but the torment continued. Consequently, he asked the gods to help him free himself from immortality so that he could die and avoid severe pain.
the gods obeyed him. Therefore, Chiron eventually gave up immortality to Prometheus, the titan, who escaped suffering thanks to this important gift. Because of the kindness and exemplary life of Chiron, the gods decided to turn him into a constellation called the Centaur so that he could shine in the sky forever.