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Ophiuchus - Love and Understanding
You may well already love and understand an Ohiuchus, but unlike the other twelve signs of the zodiac, you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere near the amount of written material on the sign. Why? The reason is because although astronomers and astrologers have long known about this constellation, it has only recently been included as an astrological sign by astrologers who practice a certain type of Sidereal Astrology.
Mainstream Sidereal Astrology (Hindu astrology) and Tropical astrology (which includes the popular Sun Sign astrology) do not regard Ophiuchus as a sign, as they use the traditional twelve sign zodiac based on dividing the ecliptic into twelve equal parts rather than the constellation boundaries. It would no doubt be a challenge to change twelve equal parts into thirteen, although using a lunar calendar would fit quite nicely.
None-the-less, according to astronomers Ophiuchus is located between
Aquila, Serpens and Hercules, northwest of the centre of the Milky Way, and lies between Scorpius to the west, and Sagittarius to the east. Many formerly known Scorpios and Sagittarians are either embracing Ophiuchus as their new star sign, or heavily disputing it’s authenticity as an inclusion as an astrological or zodiacal sign.
Ophiuchus is depicted as a man grasping a serpent. In the 4th century it was documented as being associated with doctors, healers or physicians. The sign for Ophiuchus is that of the Caduceus, a staff topped off by a knob with flanked wings. On the Caduceus staff there are two snakes criss-crossing their way to the top. These symbols are almost always associated with health and wellness and a holistic way of life. Does this sound familiar?
So, it seems that until the masses decide to include Ophiuchus as a star sign, the healers of the world may go unrecognised, even unto themselves. Perhaps they may prefer to remain anonymous rather than become an arch enemy of Scorpio, vying for position among the ranks, or stay out of the way of Sagittarian arrows, but if they do decide to stand up and be accounted for, we may all decide that the time for the world’s healers has arrived.© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.