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According to Greek mythology, the constellation of Sagittarius is the iconic form of Chiron the Centaur.
Chiron was born from the union of Philyra and Cronos. Cronos was king of the gods until overthrown by his son Zeus. Born from the same father, Chiron and Zeus are half brothers, and a strong connection exits between them.
Chiron was accidently shot and wounded by his friend Hercules' arrow. Although he was immortal, he chose to die because his death would also enable Prometheus to be freed. Prometheus was an immortal said to have created man from clay. He stole fire from the gods and gave it to humanity. Before Chiron's sacrifice, Prometheus was chained on a cliff where every day an eagle came to eat his liver. Chiron became the constellation of Sagittarius as a reward for his great sacrifice and service.
Before his death Chiron was renowned as a philosopher, teacher, and his healing abilities. Additionally, he is credited for raising and instructing Jason, Achilles, and Aeneas. The glyph of Sagittarius is that of an arrow further reinforcing the iconic Centurion Archer image.