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Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign - Whats it means to be an Ophiucus

Updated on January 17, 2011

The Ophiuchus Star Sign

Ophiuchus previously known as Serpentarius is often referred to as the 13th sign of the Zodiac.

Ophiuchus is the serpent holder and is oft associated with doctors and healers. The standard symbol of the rod and serpent associated with Medicine (the Rod of Asclepius) is also the most commonly associated icon to Ophiuchus.

Occasionally, the news that "the 13th sign of the Zodiac" has been added will surface, this is a finding that fails to recognize the distinction between tropical and sidereal astrology. The standards of western astrology or tropical astrology do not recognize a 13th Zodiac sign, this means your "sun sign" is not Ophiuchus, .....sorry.

The Hidden Zodiac - Ophiuchus and Arachne

The truth about Ophiuchus is a tangled story - the short answer has been revealed above, but Ophiuchus has a long history of entering our Zodiac and the mystery of "why" it may not be included is as interesting as whether it truly is.

Some leading stories:

  • The Greeks in an effort to subdue any Feminine God Worship (ala Da Vinci Code) intentionally pushed Serpentine ( Ophiuchus ) who is suggested to be a natural progression of the Isis myth into the lesser canon.
  • Fear and superstition relating to the number 13
  • The shift of the planet didnt account for the passage of Ophiuchus during the time of its creation but over time Ophiuchus has entered our zodiac range and deserves to be considered otherwise the entire base of the zodiac system is in refute.

Further stories and details follow the Ophiuchus images, including the "lost Zodiac symbol" Arachne.

How to pronounce Ophiuchus

So how do you pronounce Ophiuchus?, it looked pretty dirty to me, like a request to penetrate but apparently the correct pronunciation of Ophiuchus is:

off ee oo' kus    ( off-ih-YOU-kuss )

Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign
Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign

Personality Traits of Serpentarius

Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign
Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign

The New Zodiac Chart - What is my new sign?

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

How to make an Ophiuchus symbol on a Computer

Some font libraries will recognize the Ophiuchus symbol.

  • HTML Entity (decimal) ⚕
  • HTML Entity (hex) ⚕
  • Microsoft Windows Alt +2695

The History of Ophiuchus

Many Variations of the story exist but one accepted rendition goes roughly like this:

If one is familiar with the story of Orion or of Prometheus, they may remember the great Centaur and immortal son of a Titan, Chiron. Chiron, was also featured in the recent movie and book series centered around "Percy Jackson"

Orion, the Great Hunter is killed by the Scorpion, sent to him to punish him for his transgressions against the gods. Enter, Asclepius, a pupil of Chiron, who is able to resurrect Orion. This is a double blow against the gods, healing one they had punished and also knowin and using the power of resurrection which was supposed to be reserved to the god Hades.

Perhaps as punishment, perhaps as reward, Zeus takes Asclepius and places him in the heavens along side Orion and transforms into the immortal Ophiuchus forever grinding his heal into the vanquished Scorpion (Scorpio).

Isis as Ophiuchus - Greek adaption of the myth

That Ophiuchus -- literally, in Greek, "snake bearer" (Ophioukhos) -- is Isis also is of little doubt. Both Isis and Asclepius gained notoriety by resurrecting a person struck down by the poison of a scorpion. They both also resurrect the same god, under different names, who was to become the constellation Orion. Snakes also feature prominently in stories of the two healing deities, as does the Goddess of the Moon. In many ways, the Greek myth of Orion and Asclepius seems to be a ragged echo of the tale of Osiris and Isis, filtered through millennia and the politics of place and time.

So Ophiuchus is a proper fit astronomically, (Ophiuchus is accepted as a constellation) and the background mythology fits strongly into the existing lore. The story of the 13th Zodiac Sign hits popular news every few years but is in fact often argued for within astrological societies and thinkers.

The true Ophiuchus - Ophiuchus, the Man.

Students of Mythology will often link Ophiuchus to being a representative of real breathing human. Making Ophiuchus the only sign of the zodiac based upon a man.

The father of medicine, Aesclepius, is Imhotep from Egyptian Lore who is patterned after Enki, a Sumerian God . Joseph, from Hebrew lore is also considered to be the same historical figure. Same guy, 4 different interpretations and serialized adaptions are performed by each culture. The binding thread, is this man brought medicine to mankind. Taking the power of death from the hands of the gods.

Ophiuchus is certainly a majestic and powerful zodiac sign for those who accept the 13th Zodiac sign.

Daily Ophiuchus Horoscope

Todays Ophiuchus Horoscope:

You are trying to escape the routine, dull, and ordinary aspects of your life. You try to find new things that will make your life more exciting and stimulating. But with every effort of this kind, circumstances, duties, and obligations seem to hold you back and keep you stuck in an oppressive situation. You may get to a point where the pressure is unbearable, and then you will make a sudden break for freedom. You may suddenly leave a relationship, an oppressive job, or your place of residence, without warning anyone. 

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Proud to be Serpentarius (Ophiuchus) Apparel and Tees

Serpentarius - The Serpent Bearer depicted crushing the Scorpion
Serpentarius - The Serpent Bearer depicted crushing the Scorpion
Ophiuchus Star Sign
Ophiuchus Star Sign


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    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I knew the minute I read Opiuchus traits I was living under the wrong zodiac sagitarius. I have always had a healing affect on people and felt strangly drawn to the Goddess Isis

    • Daniel Carter profile image

      Daniel Carter 

      7 years ago from Western US

      Apparently, because of the recent tsunamis that tilted the earth, and the present cosmic shift, I am now officially an Ophiuchus. I read a few bits online, and strangely I seem to fit most of the descriptions with the exception of one: "wearer of plaid."

      NOT. No likee big time.

      I suppose I could walk around bragging that I'm a "serpent holder" but I don't think that would bode well in many situations....

      Very interesting hub, Sun! Thanks for the read.

    • kislany profile image


      7 years ago from Cyprus

      I'm a Taurus as well! I'm strongly interested in astrology but I've honestly never heard of this aspect of it. Quite interesting information.

    • pmccray profile image


      7 years ago from Utah

      I'm still a Taurus . . . YES!!! But my son is now an Aries . . me no likey.

    • suejanet profile image


      7 years ago

      I am not going to change my sign. I am a scorpio always have been always will be.

    • TruthAwake profile image


      7 years ago from The Dirty South

      As an avid astrology enthusiast, here's my issue with the matter:

      "Every now and then over the course of 26,000 years, signs get thrown off a sign or two. So don't worry- if you're an Aquarius, that's what you are." ~ Bill Duvendack, Astrological Association of St. Louis.

      So considering this is a natural phenomenon, and no one has adjusted signs in the past to accommodate this Ophiuchus character, why adjust it now? I'm wondering if it will be widely accepted or cast out. Many astrologers don't accept it.

      Nonetheless, useful information and well researched hub.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting revelation. Thank you.

    • Green Lotus profile image


      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Ive always found the signs of the zodiac along with Greek mythology to be fascinating and compelling. Thanks for some new insight.

    • Cagsil profile image


      7 years ago from USA or America

      Interesting hub Sunforged. I'll leave it at that. This could seriously go off on the wrong direction. Thank you for sharing. At least now, if someone asks me how to pronounce it, I can tell them.


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