Astrology Secrets Revealed by ERIC FRANCIS


December 3, 2004


Hi Eric:

My interest in Chiron has certainly grown since becoming a subscriber. I'm still very much an astrology novice, and the links you provide are a great help in my search for information. Recently I purchased a book on Chiron by Barbara Hand Clow, and although much of the information in it is very enlightening, her description of my "personal Chiron" sort of made me shudder -- and I don't think fit well (Chiron in Scorpio and the 8th House). Is this position as awful as I am interpreting? Thank you.



July 24, 1947, Peoria, IL,10:05 PM



Dear Patty,

This question is a good lead-in to the next one, where the writer asks about her Chiron time frames; I suggest you give that a good read. Yet I want to take this opportunity to explain what I think is a truly significant distinction between two ways to look at a planet. One way is to look at it as a 'placement'. This is looking at a planet as if it were a fixed particle. A fixed placement, in theory, has a fixed interpretation. And you got a taste of what can happen when that interpretation does not work for you. You can say, "Wow, that's awful" but you're not exactly filled with awe.


The other way to look at a planet is to see how it responds under transit, such as in the time frames exercise below. I call this the wave approach, because a planet is a living, moving entity. Looked at this way, a planet is not about a single interpretation, but rather a series of responses and evolutionary changes as time goes on and as the transits come and go. A planet tells a story. And that story is the real interpretation.


This is not an easy method to work with, compared to opening a book and finding out what your planet 'means'. You have to do more work yourself; the answer you are seeking may seem vague at first; you're not going to be handed something definitive.


When working with these 'fixed' interpretations, it's necessary to take into account all the data that you can, including what the writer has to say, about both the house and sign placement, and the aspects to that planet in your chart. Then you have to put the whole thing together.


It's also very helpful to learn as much as you can about the planet itself, and the house that it is in, as apart from what these specific writers have to say about these things. The 8th is no doubt the most intense house of the zodiac; Scorpio has a resonance to this house, so the effect is probably going to be amped up; and Chiron has a way of bringing things into vivid reality in ways that are above and beyond the average planet. So one thing we can say for sure is that you're going to be dealing with a lot of 8th and Scorpio in this lifetime owing to your Chiron placement.


The question is not so much what this means, but rather how you deal with the changes, and the constant pressure to transform yourself every time you wake up, lift a finger, walk out the door or talk to another person. There is a question of how the power dynamics work in your relationships. There is a question about what sex means to you, and what is it's relationship to power. And last, there is a question about what kinds of experiences you've had that relate to death. You could write a better chapter about these themes, as they work for you, than any astrologer could -- because you have lived them and they have not.


How might you find out what those experiences are? I suggest the following exercise below.


Meanwhile, here is my Chiron Archive.


And here is an article on Scorpio and the 8th House: For the Love of Money.