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Your New Star Sign - Part Two

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The twelve equal zones that resulted from the Babylonian astronomers dividing the ecliptic (the path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year), are known as - the twelve star signs of the zodiac. However, over the last few years, what has come to light is that the Babylonians also deliberately omitted a thirteenth constellation, named – Ophiuchus.

The astrology world has not only had to contend with the controversy created by precession (the gradual shift in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation) causing star sign fans to wonder if in fact they have actually been the star sign they have thought all their lives, but apparently, ‘wait – there’s more…’!

Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is, and has always been, the 13th constellation on the zodiac belt; but apparently nobody has ever initiated his sign as a member of the Zodiac. One possible explanation is that it would have meant that it would not have been a convenient; one constellation for each of the twelve months of the solar calendar year - although it would have fitted in the 13 month lunar year very nicely.

Another explanation has been said to be that the constellation Ophiuchus was never added to the chart because astrologers believed the Sun went straight from Scorpius (Scorpio) into Sagittarius, even though the Sun travelled through Ophiuchus for nineteen days before entering Sagittarius. Whatever, the reason for the omission, let’s focus on the information available about this long overlooked constellation and star sign.

Ophiuchus – the 13th Sign of the Zodiac:

  • Prounounced : O – fee- U - cuss
  • named by his relationship to the archetypal being called the Serpent
  • commonly represented as a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens, and formerly referred to as Serpentarius
  • one of the 48 constellations listed by the second-century astronomer Ptolemy, and remaining as one of the 88 modern constellations
  • the only constellation named after a real human
  • honoured for bringing the art of healing to mankind
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Although the stars of this region have been seen as a serpent for thousands of years, their symbolic meaning still remains uncertain. It is believed that the Serpent and its bearer Ophiuchus are related to the Greek healer-god Asclepius. The Greeks believed that the serpents of Asclepius could cure diseases and so belong a long association between serpents and medicine that continues to our own time.

According to the Greek tale, Asclepius was given to the medicine half-man Chiron by his father to care for. He grew up learning the crafts of the medicine man. After having discovered the potency of those herbal remedies from the snakes he then went on to use it on other mortals.

Apparently this didn’t go well with Zeus, the grand master of ‘ruling overlords’. Zeus went to war with Asclepius; striking him down with a thunderbolt. Even though this is a common response from Zeus, he displays some compassion, turning over the constellation of Optics to the care of Asclepius. So humanity once again remains the servants of Zeus the grand master, and Asclepius becomes an immortal.

The 13 Zodiac Signs :
FOR PEOPLE BORN BEFORE 1990 (INCLUDES PRECESSION)
(Sidereal Astrology)
Aries
Apr 19
May 13
Taurus
May 14
June 19
Gemini
June 20
July 20
Cancer
July 21
Aug 9
Leo
Aug 10
Sept 15
Virgo
Sept 16
Oct 30
Libra
Oct 31
Nov 22
Scorpio
Nov 23
Nov 29
Ophiuchus
Nov 30
Dec 17
Sagittarius
Dec 18
Jan18
Capricorn
Jan 19
Feb 15
Aquarius
Feb 16
Mar 11
Pisces
Mar 12
April 18



The (Traditional) 12 Zodiac Signs:
PRIOR TO PRECESSION and ADDING OPHIUCHUS
(Tropical Astrology)
Aries
Mar 21
Apr 20
Taurus
Apr 21
May 21
Gemini
May 22
June 21
Cancer
June 22
Jul 22
Leo
Jul 23
Aug 23
Virgo
Aug 24
Sep 22
Libra
Sept 23
Oct 23
Scorpio
Oct 24
Nov 22



Sagittarius
Nov 23
Dec 21
Capricorn
Dec 22
Jan 20
Aquarius
Jan 21
Feb 18
Pisces
Feb 19
Mar 20


Note: Some astrology dates vary according to whether astrologers use tropical or sidereal astrology.



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