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Born Under Ophiuchus - the orphan sign of the new zodiac

Updated on February 18, 2012

Born under Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus is a constellation located in SQ3 quadrant, bordering some other constellations like Scorpion and Sagittarius in the south and Aquila, Serpent and Hercules in Milky Way. Ophiuchus belongs to the series of Hercules constellations. Its place is north of ecliptic, the path of the sun through the twelve constellations.  

The constellation of Ophiuchus has been observed long time ago but it is not clear yet who saw it and/or name it first.

Despite the early knowledge, Ophiuchus was not included in traditional western zodiac. Today, after much discussion, there is a serious possibility that Ophiuchus will be part of our daily life.

Here is why:

Western Zodiac or Tropical Zodiac

Calculated upon one year of apparent motion of the sun on the sky, this zodiac has been in use for 2000 years in Europe and North America. It was first introduced by astronomer Claudius Ptolemy in 2nd century AD.

Sidereal Zodiac

It is calculated upon the position of the planets on the sky in contras with other stars. It is as old as Western Zodiac and used by everybody else in the world. Also, it is more accurate in comparison with the Western one.

So, let us explore this constellation and its attributes and see what kind of fortune it may bring to the people born under the sign of Ophiuchus.


Ophiuchus or Sagittarius?

Since the new zodiac have made its appearance, the dates of the 12 horoscope signs have shifted and a new sign, Ophiuchus, have been introduced. The new sign have been placed between Scorpio and Sagittarius, or November 29 and December 17.

Confused and frustrated, people are still wondering under which star they were born. The answer to this question is a matter of individual choice. You may want to stick with the old zodiac and then you are Sagittarius, or you may dare to go for the new zodiac, which case you are Ophiuchus.

Another consideration in making your choice is the type of personality and fortune the two signs are offering.




Old Zodiac dates: November 22 to December 21

New Zodiac dates: December 17 to January 20

  • It is a positive sign
  • It is a male
  • The element of the sign is fire
  • The main attribute of Sagittarius is flexibility
  • The color is blue
  • The stone is turquoise
  • The lucky day is Thursday
  • The main qualities: honesty, generosity, courage
  • The main lack: unrealistic confidence
The Sagittarius is kind, friendly, and open but he can also be rude and arrogant.  He likes freedom and adventure but he will ultimately look for a secure life with plenty of recognition.


Old Zodiac dates: non

New Zodiac dates: November 29 to December 17

I have checked few astrology sites to see if the astrologers have yet developed a solid description of this new zodiacal sign. It was very disappointing to see the same attributes copied all over the net. However, here is a short portrait written in 2009 on a Romanian website, in my own translation:

"People born under the sign of Ophiuchus have healing powers, they are dream tellers, they have the gift of premonition. They are lucky, friendly, talented, romantic but wise, intuitive and inventive. They could gather a crowed around them but they seek peace and harmony.

They like to learn as much as they can and often they make good scientists, doctors and even astrologers. They excel in show business. They attract people of power but they make enemies among relatives or close co-workers. Sometimes they are undecided, hence could fall under a bad influence.

The number 12 plays a major role in their lives They are compatible with the natives of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Scorpio. They should avoid the natives of Aquarius, Pisces, Taurus, Leo, and Virgo."

Except for Japan where Ophiuchus have become popular once Walter Berg have published his bestseller book "The 13 signs of the zodiac" in 1996, the other countries have ignored the new astrological zodiac.

With so little information about the 13th sign and considering that the astrologers do not want to adopt it, the life of an Ophiuchus could be rather boring. No daily predictions, no love compatibilities, no lucky lottery numbers. All one could get is the number of road accidents that may happen between November 29 and December 17.

It is said that one in twenty person is an Ophiuchus. With so many millions of Ophiuchi that may want to claim their sign one day, the astrologers better be ready!


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      ThePaganSun 8 months ago

      Ophiuchus is a constellation but not a sign. Sidereal isn't "more accurate" than Western since Western was followed by the ancient Greeks who knew about precession. Sidereal's constellations don't fit into the pure 30 degrees since they're of different sizes. In fact, I read that the constellations were named after the signs and not the other way around. Ophiuchus doesn't have a ruling element, planet, house, or polarity so it cannot be a sign.

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      dee 2 years ago

      Well iv just found out im an indigo aka a lightworker an earth angel and now iv just found out that im not saggittarius but serpentarius. No wonder I av a connection to snakes! Wen I was little I evn pikd two up at diff times not knowing it culd hurt me. And I wanted to get a snake tattoo. I also found out im a psychic vampire. So gee all this internet buisness I dk wat to make of it. I must ssy supernatural things av plagued me all my life. I could tell you but to go into it. Why it wuld neva end. All I can tell you all is that regardless of all these things you are wat you are. Everyone is special and unique. Neva fget that right folks cos you are!!!! REad the good book. Ijna. +++

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      Mcgrady 2 years ago

      My birthday falls dead center of the ophiuchus. No wonder why i could never relate to that jackass acher lol. Ive even compared personalities of friends with the newly updated zodiac and they even seem more relative to the new horoscope. I cant wait to tell people about themselves. Especially the ones that think they know every and anything about "everything".

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      Caprittarius 5 years ago from Plunge, Lithuania

      it already time to make observations and descriptions of Ophiuchus.

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      American_Choices 6 years ago from USA

      Fascinating. This is new information for me. I wonder if it will be adopted. Change is hard and yet they must rewrite the personality traits. I will tune in for more information.

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      AzHeE handsome 6 years ago

      thats cool

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      dswana, I'm glad you finally found your sign...Thank you for stopping by.

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      dswan9 7 years ago from Amsterdam and London

      so I am not a capricorn ? No wonder I couldn't live up to my last sign. It's a great picture of the new sign as well

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      Druid Dude, there are two kinds of scorpios, the good scorpio and the bad scorpio. I met them both and it is a big difference between them. I believe that only the good one could be influenced by such an altruistic sign as ophiuchus :).

      Thank you for your visit.

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      Druid Dude 7 years ago from West Coast

      I still think I'm a strong scorpio with Opiochus influences. Under your description, it fits quite well, and it's inclusion at this time is...revealing. I notice that your depiction of the sign is Cadeucis in nature. Very revealing. Voting up on info

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      I'm sory De Greek....After long debating I decided I did not want to surprise my boss, at my job, as I don't think he would appreciate it. So here I am, stuck with my old avatar, at least until I change the boss.

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      Why did you change your picture? :-)))