Ophiuchus (O-fee-Yoo-cuss) the 13th sign

I was born under the sign of Ophiuchus (O-fee-Yoo-cuss), the 13th sign.

The Sun’s transition through Ophiuchus usually occurs during November 29 and December 17. The constellation of Ophiuchus falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius and takes up 18° of the Sun’s path.

Solar system or Galaxy?

Following the opinion of Claudius Ptolemaeus, the Classical father of astrology (c 130 – 170 AD), that the Zodiac system should be fixed to the seasons, accounting for the orientation of the Earth relative to the solar system; Tropical astrologers divided the Sun’s path into 12 segments, giving each constellation an equal 30° of the heavens.

This left out Ophiuchus which is in contact with the ecliptic (the apparent path that the Sun traces out in the sky during the year, appearing to move eastwards on an imaginary spherical surface).

Differing from Plotemy, that never resolved the contradictions between tradition – the simple 12 Sign zodiac – and the reality of a 13th constellation of Ophiuchus that had been left out; another opinion considered of more importance to account for the orientation of the Earth relative to the background stars, to the galaxy.

This difference of opinion gave birth to two distinct schools of Astrology: Tropical astrology, traditionally practiced in the West; and Sidereal astrology, followed by some Western and all Jyotish astrologers ( Indian astrology, Hindu astrology and Vedic astrology).

The 13 astronomical constellations of the ecliptic



Constellation of Ophiucus

Astronomy does not leave out the constellation of Ophiucus. It is a large constellation located around the celestial equator between Aquila, Serpens and Hercules, northwest of the center of the Milky Way, quite visible between April and December. It is best visible in the northern summer located opposite to Orion in the night sky.

Ophiuchus is also known as Serpentarius. The name Ophiuchus originating in Greek and Serpentarius in Latin, both mean “serpent-holder”.

One of the original Ptolemy constellations, the Serpent Bearer is included in Ptolemy’s Al Magest Star Catalogue (c 130 – 170 AD) and the Farnese Globe, a depiction of Atlas holding the Celestial Sphere above his head, in a Roman copy of a circa 2nd century BC.

In Greek myth, Ophiuchus represents the god of medicine, Asclepius. Asclepius was the son of Apollo and was taught by Chiron, the Centaur. He learned how to bring people back from the dead, which worried Hades. The god of the underworld asked his brother Zeus to kill the medicine god. Zeus did strike him dead, but then put the figure of Asclepius in the sky to honor him.

Asklepios was a real physician who lived in Greece around 1200 BC, and through time, myth and legend, he became the Greek God of healing.

Are you born between November 29 and December 17?

Your sign beyond the zodiac is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer, seen by many as the zodiac’s thirteenth sign. He is Aesculapius, ‘the unceasingly gentle’, the Greek god of healing who holds the serpent of medicine and rebirth, and who offered cures and diagnoses to the sick in dreams.

You tune in naturally to other people’s feelings, and you need to use your latent gifts and understanding in a positive and active way if you are to feel fulfilled and easy with yourself.

Location – The stars of Ophiuchus lie between Scorpio and Sagittarius on the zodiac band.

Your Plant – Peony

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Your Jewel – Crystal

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Published in: on November 22, 2009 at 2:58 pm  Comments (1)