Ophiucus: The Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac

January 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Astrology

The shift of the planets and stars has caused an uproar among many Internet and social media users, since a story broke online January 14, 2010 about a new astrology chart for 2011. For many people, this new astrology chart meant an entirely new zodiac symbol. It also meant that daily horoscopes for several decades had been entirely off the mark. For people whose birth date falls near the end of November and the first of December, this also meant a zodiac symbol that had never before been included in traditional astrology calendars. The new zodiac sign is known as Ophiuchus, and it is the 13th sign of the zodiac, according to astrologers who follow the new school of thought.

Ophiuchus, also known as Typhon, a multi-armed monster, is derived from Greek mythology, and was known to wreak havoc. In Greek literature, Ophiuchus was taken from his mother’s womb and raised by a good and wise centaur named Chiron. Ophiuchus was able to study and become a wise person known to heal the sick and raise the dead.  The ability of Ophiuchus to grant humans eternal life did not sit well with the gods, and Zeus later struck down Ophiuchus with a thunderbolt.  Ophiuchus was resurrected by his father and eventually became the god of medicine and healing.

The Laocoon version of Ophiuchus is depicted as a man, a Trojan priest, battling serpents with his two sons.  This representation of Ophiuchus is said to be the punishment for trying to warn the citizens of Troy about the giant wooden horse waiting to enter the citadel, left by the Greeks.  Ophiuchus and his two sons battling the snakes sent by the goddess Athena was taken as a sign to let the giant wooden horse in, without first checking its contents.

Ophiuchus is also considered to be the most modern embodiment of Tiresias, a wise man.  Tiresias lived as both a man and a woman as punishment for disturbing two snakes copulating in the forest on two separate occasions. He did this to answer the question posed by Zeus, of who enjoyed sex more, men or women.  Because of the answer Tiesias revealed, he was struck blind by Hera.

Christian writers wrote propaganda against the cult of Askepios, proposing that their own savior was being prefigured, which was a potent rival to the Christian faith in their belief of Jesus. The symbolism of the snake represented in both versions is basically the same, wisdom and all hidden knowledge from beneath the earth.  Wisdom and healing have become associated with Ophiuchus and the serpent-bear representing the zodiac sign.  The constellation of Ophiuchus is said to be representative of the stars forming an elongated house in the sky.

Ophiuchus is said to be a man wrestling a snake.  A healer of men, Ophiuchus is considered to be a doctor of science or medicine and seeks out higher enlightenment and education.  Ophiuchus is also considered to be envied by his peers and found favorable by authority figures as well as his father. Ophiuchus, pronounced ‘o-few-cus’, is a constellation that both the sun and moon pass through during the year, yet is not featured in the either the Tropical or Sidereal zodiacs of modern astrologers.

The introduction of Ophiuchus to the 2011 astrology chart has raised many questions regarding the right astrology chart to use for astrological purposes.  The debate on Ophiuchus may continue for some time and until a resolution is officially announced, it leaves each person to decide which sign they feel more aligned with.

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