Ophiuchus, the 13th Zodiac Sign
What is Ophiuchus
There I was driving to working listening to my favorite radio station and minding my own business when the announcer delivered some surprising news. Suddenly there is a 13th zodiac sign. Well, I thought, where did it come from? Why do we need a new sign? I like the ones we have. Who was the person who came up with this idea? Why hadn't I heard about this before? Is my sign going to change? It better not. I would not let it. I am and I always will be a Scorpio.
When I got home that night I sat myself down at the computer and began to research these puzzling questions. As I read and gather information I was finding myself with more questions. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there has been a 13th sign ever since the people first began to show interest in astrology over 2,000 years ago. According to some reports the Babylonians discarded the 13th sign because they only wanted 12. It seems that 12 signs were easier to handle.
Why do we need another sign?. Well, because the moon's gravitational pull on the earth has caused the earth to shift on it's axis, so now the sun passes through all 13 of the constellations where before it spent such a nominal time in the Ophiuchus constellation that people seem to think it was unimportant.
What is Ophiuchus? The Ophiuchus is depicted as a man handling a serpent, his body dividing the large snake into 2 parts. The sign of Ophiuchus is patterned after the original Serpent Holder of Mythology, Enki, a Sumerian God. An interesting fact about it is that it is the only astrological sign linked to a real man. This man lived in Ancient Egypt somewhere around the 27th century BCE. His name was Imhotep. He was a Doctor, Architect, High Priest, Scribe, and an Advisor to King Djoser.
There is a bit of good news for those of us who are resistant to changing their zodiac sign; apparently the new sign shift only applies to people born after the year 2009. So, relax, if you are old enough to be reading this, you get to keep the zodiac sign you have some to know and love.
The New Zodiac Sign Lineup
Capricorn: January 19 - February 15
Aquarius: February 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 12 - April 18
Aries: April 19 - May 13
Taurus: May 14 - June 19
Gemini: June 20 - July 20
Cancer: July 21 - August 09
Leo: August 10 - September 15
Virgo: September 16 - October 30
Libra: October 31 - November 22
Scorpio: November 23 - November 29
Ophiuchus: November 30 - December 17
Sagittatius: December 18 - January 18
Traits of Ophiuchus
- interpreter of dreams
- vivid premonitions
- attracts good luck and fruitful blessings
- serpent holder
- prone to change
- lofty ideals
- a seeker of peace and harmony
- doctor of medicine or science
- capable of living under stressful conditions
- adds, increases, joins, or gathers together
- inventive nature
- expanding qualities
- seeks higher education and wisdom
- supervisor of work
- likes unlimited freedom
- fame - either grand or completely misunderstood
- aspirations of healing the ills of man
- reaches for the stars, figuratively and literally
- tax assessor or levys taxes
- astrological talents
- likes to wear bright colored clothes
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