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Astrological Sign: Ophiuchus

Updated on February 5, 2013

Zodiac Sign Ophiuchus!

Ophiuchus is a large constellation located around the celestial equator. Its name is Greek for 'snake-holder', and it is commonly represented as a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 1st century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It was formerly referred to as Serpentarius, a Latin word meaning the same is its current name.

Ophiuchus is a zodiacal constellation (meaning that the Sun passes through it during the course of the year), but unlike the other twelve, it is not counted as an astrological sign by astrologers. As of 2008, the Sun passes through Ophiuchus between November 30 and December 17.

The Thirteenth Sign

What it means for you.

The change in the zodiac will not change anything for anyone born before 2009. Your sign was determined at the time that you were born.

The zodiac or star signs were created over 2,000 years ago, but due to the moon's gravitational pull, the Earth has slowly moved in it's axis. This has caused about a one months change in the alignment of the stars.

The constellation Ophiuchus did not enter the celestial path until 2009. This means that only babies born in 2009 or later will have a new set of zodiac signs!

Below are the new dates associated with the thirteen sign zodiac:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16

Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11

Pisces: March 11- April 18

Aries: April 18 - May 13

Taurus: May 13 - June 21

Gemini: June 21 - July 20

Cancer: July 20 - Aug. 10

Leo: Aug. 10 - Sept. 16

Virgo: Sept. 16 - Oct. 30

Libra: Oct. 30 - Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov. 23 - Nov. 29

Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 - Dec. 17

Sagittarius: Dec. 17 - Jan. 20

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Ophiuchus In Astrology

Although Ophiuchus intersects the ecliptic, it is not a zodiacal sign in most versions of astrology. The signs are defined as more-or-less 30-degree segments of the ecliptic, of which there are twelve, and they are named after nearby constellations at the time the system was developed, rather than being defined by the modern constellations. However, a few sidereal astrologers consider the Sun to be in the sign Ophiuchus when it is in the constellation Ophiuchus, which as of 2008 is November 30 to December 17.

Although not incorporated into the 12-sign zodiac, Ophiuchus and some of the fixed stars that it is composed of were sometimes used by astrologers in antiquity as extra-zodiacal indicators (i.e. astrologically significant celestial phenomena lying outside of the 12-sign zodiac proper). An anonymous 4th century astrologer, often known as Anonymous of 379, seems to have associated "the bright star of Ophiuchus", likely 03B1 Ophiuchi, with doctors, healers or physicians.

Is "Global Warming" Related?

The zodiac or star signs were created over 2,000 years ago, but due to the moon's gravitational pull, the Earth has slowly moved in it's axis. This has caused about a one months change in the alignment of the stars.

I asked this question about two years ago and still wonder about it. Could the cause of our climate warming up be caused from the earth moving a little on it's axis?

Everyone I spoke to about this, thought that I was crazy! Now, the earth moving on it's axis has given us a new sign in the zodiac.

Could our way of life not be the actual cause of global warming? Could it really be caused my Earth's shift on it's axis?

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      Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

      Finally, I know a little more about Ophiuchus. Makes more sense to me now. Nicely done lens. You've been blessed!

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      Brewsterboy 6 years ago

      @pixelposy: Might have to do that! I was asking one of our local weathermen about my "global warming" theory and while he wasn't sure what effect it would have on overall warming he said, "If the axis continues to precess it would likely cause our seasons to change until eventually we have summer in December."

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      I'm not sure I understand your global warming, earth shifting theory, maybe you should write a lens on the subject? Great info. on Ophiuchus. I first heard about it on the radio as they were telling everyone your sign had changed.

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      Brewsterboy 7 years ago

      @sustainableartist: I don't suppose it matters much to many of us, but can be pretty upsetting to those who figure that it makes a big difference in thier lives. It's creating quite a controversy as to whether it affects everyone or just those born in 2009 and later.

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      sustainableartist 7 years ago

      Ha, love it! One of my friends told me about this sign a few years ago and it still cracks me up that the zodiac is offset.

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      ShamanicShift 7 years ago

      Ophiuchus is a lifelong (secret) favorite -- blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      GoodinDevelopme 7 years ago

      Was curious what that new sign was all about. Have some friends that now apparently fall into this new category. Ophiuchuses...Ophiuchi...? Thanks for the info. (I'm now a Scorpio I guess...who knew)