That old pick-up line – What’s your sign? – may have gotten a tad more complicated.
Whereas there used to be only twelve zodiac signs to choose from, now there’s a thirteenth one on the horizon. And if that weren’t confusing enough, the inclusion of this extra sign just might shift the calculations of all others. Therefore – a Scorpio might no longer be a Scorpio, a Sagittarian might no longer be a Sagittarian – and even a Pisces may no longer swim, nor a Leo roar…
Blame Ophiuchus – the allegedly “new” zodiac sign. But before you do, consider some of its more intriguing aspects.
Ophiuchus (Greek for “Snakeholder” aka “Serpentarius” in Latin) is a constellation that was listed by 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy. It is northwest to the center of the Milky Way – its southern part located between Scorpio to the west and Sagittarius to the east. Although Ptolemy was fully aware of its existence, he nevertheless persisted with a fixed and abstract description of the zodiac as being made up of only twelve segments (30 degrees each). This neatly-packaged – yet inexact – interpretation of the zodiac ignores not only Ophiuchus, but also the changing positions of all other constellations with respect to planet Earth.
What is it about Ophiuchus that Ptolemy (and many other astrologers) seem to find so compellingly taboo? Is it that Ophiuchus is the only constellation that seems linked to an actual person? Is it that this actual person – called Imhotep in Egyptian and Asclepius in Greek – supposedly learned human medicine by watching snakes share healing herbs with one another? Is it long-term superstition regarding the number thirteen?
Or was it just so much easier to work with twelve tidy “boxes” than with thirteen less ruly ones? After all, the addition of Ophiuchus could shake up our familiar astrological personas faster than one can spell Ptolemy –
e.g., Aires could now be from April 19 to May 13, etc.
But all is not lost! The following alleged qualities of those heavily within the influence of Ophiuchus (November 30 – December 17) can more than make up for the (hopefully temporary) identity angst: vivid premonitions; interpreter of dreams; lofty ideals; seeker of peace and harmony; seeker of higher education and wisdom; attracts good luck and fruitful blessings; etcetera!
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Did you know…
According to his website ProfessorAstrology.com – Thomas Kearns, who has a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Albany, has developed a new approach to learning astrology called Linear Astrology.