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Ophiuchus the 13th zodiac sign

Updated on February 14, 2015

The thirteenth zodiac sign

Named Ophiuchus, the thirteenth zodiac sign, but astrologers who still map the sky from the Babylonian era do not allow Ophiunchus to be taken into account as a new zodiac sign.


Ophiuchus is one of the 88 modern constellations, means "he who brings the Snake", is often called Ophiuchus and according to the published articles from newspapers, the thirteenth Zodiac is ignored by astrologers, accused of failing to take into account of the perception of the Earth, which over the centuries has changed the way we see the celestial Vault. The existence of Ophiuchus is of course known to astronomers for a long time, but the argument is back in question , the astrophysicist Parke Kunkle stated that during millennia the Earth has changed its axis of rotation "because its shape is not perfectly spherical" by gravitational forces of the moon .

The way we perceive, is that it takes approximately 25800 years to make one complete revolution (imagine the motion of a spinning sphere), makes the position of the stars on the celestial sphere change slowly. The stars always stay there where they are, but they are observed differently because the Earth moves and changes its orientation. Astrologers do not take into consideration of this change and continue to use sky maps based on the system in place which was used around two thousand years ago by the Babylonians to measure the passage of time.

Ophiuchus is now part of the constellations of the Zodiac. However, it is not considered an astrological sign yet. The period of his astronomical date would range from the 30th November to 17th of December, but it is not yet contemplated in the astrological dates.

The gravitational pull of the celestial bodies, the only way in which they can interact with us, is negligible (made equal to 1 average force exerted by Mars, Venus is 52, Jupiter Saturn 5.8 0.2, while that of midwives following childbirth, i.e. two thousand billion). This is indeed true. But there is always going to be someone who will come up with a new theory. Yet when I read my horoscope, it's almost always right. The opposing argument is simple: the forecasts are so generic that you would otherwise always agree.

The story goes like this, the history of the Zodiac that appeared in the horoscope, would be represented as a burly man facing a huge anaconda. Different myths tell the story of Ophiuchus. According to the ancient Greeks, the constellation recalls the story of Asclepius, the mortal son of the God Apollo and Arsinoe. The two conceived a son, but Arsinoe then decided to marry another man, to anger Apollo. Artemis, the sister of the Greek God, killed Arsinoe to avenge his brother while Asclepius life was spared.

The boy was cared for and raised by the Centaur Chiron. Asclepius became very skillful in curing disease and restoring them back to a youthful-looking state. The snake symbol of regeneration, because changed its skin back to a younger state, was associated with the figure of Asclepius, making the Gods angry! And could not accept that a mortal had the capacity to restore disease. Zeus killed Asclepius with lightning, but Apollo decided to bring him back to life making him the God of medicine. The boy then became a God and is now in the constellation Ophiuchus.

I was curious to know my new astrological sign. I looked up my horoscope online.

Exciting but only if all this is actually true?

Astrology can be interesting simply as a pass-time.

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      A Ercoli 5 years ago

      Hi, klarawieck, Thanks:).

      Ophiuchus is sort of a myth and one of those large modern constellations. Some people were a little shocked back then when they first heard of it, lol. Basically, Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology. If we were to accept it, then we'de both end up being cancer instead of Leo.:) However, it is still interesting.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      If that is in fact your picture, then you're surely a LEO (like me). I found this very interesting and very well researched. Thank you.

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      garrett4cannon 7 years ago

      Very reliable information. Many thanks for this! alarmes

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      A Ercoli 7 years ago

      Thank you all for the comments.

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      classyromy 7 years ago

      Interesting that I would now fall under the 13th zodiac sign. I am fond of being a Sagg....apparently we are optomistic, adventurous and sincere! But yes, it's just a fun curiosity! I believe, we control our own destiny; not a zodiac sign.

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I agree... it is interesting but should never be taking too seriously. It would be like taking a fortune cookie after chinese one night and living your life around that fortune cookie. Interesting hub. I was curious about the new zodiac sign. For me, however, I will always be a Libra - hands down!

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      sonia05 7 years ago from india

      very interesting and cool hub!

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      Dee aka Nonna 7 years ago

      This was very interesting reading, good information. Everyday Astrology (as we read in the newspaper) is an interesting pass time, but when you did deeper into it's core and some of the things you mentioned it is cause for a moment of "pause" and it's truly makes one think.

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      FeliciaM 7 years ago from Canada

      Interesting article. Thanks

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      Vishaaa 7 years ago from Somewhere on this earth..

      I loved this hub. specially the last sentence "Astrology can be interesting simply as a pass time."