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Ophiuchus: The 13th Zodiac Sign

January 17, 2013
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Ophiuchus: The 13th Zodiac Sign

Brittni Cebulak

Have you heard of the 13th zodiac sign—the one that carries the infamous name of Ophiuchus, aka the “serpent bearer?” Some say that this newly arisen astrological constellation is a sign of the devil, proving that the Anti-Christ has already or will soon take root in society, ultimately ending the world in 2012 (which we know by now did not happen). Others say that the constellation has been there all along, and that an alteration between the moon and Earth’s rotation and gravitational pull on each other has made it visible once more, after possibly thousands of years of hiding behind the Scorpios and Sagittarius constellations. However, due to the fact that there is so much controversy surrounding the subject, only the main facts and history of the Ophiuchus sign will be recounted.

The Ophiuchus constellation is located near the “celestial equator,” ordinarily depicted as a man wrestling with a serpent; hence the reason why “Ophiuchus” means “serpent bearer.” Moreover, there are numerous “characters” from Greek mythology that are thought to represent the infamous Ophiuchus, including “Asclepius the healer, Trojan priest Laocoon (who was killed by sea serpents), and Phorbas (who saved the people ofRhodesfrom an infestation of serpents).” It is nearly impossible to know who Ophiuchus was meant to represent; the knowledge has simply been lost with history.

Even though it is not found in the common zodiac, Ophiuchus is found in the “Sidereal Zodiac,” which is used by Hindu astrologers. Their astrological sign dates are based on a moving zodiac, and not the fixed one we currently use in Western astrology. Therefore, according to the Sidereal Zodiac, the signs that we currently associate ourselves with are wrong. Below are the dates and signs used by the Sidereal Zodiac, with the Ophiuchus sign being included:


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


Obviously, many people simply refuse to associate themselves with a different zodiac sign; therefore, they simply ostracize the existence of the Ophiuchus constellation. Others accept the fact that the new sign actually exists, but do not go so far as to renounce what they have always known their zodiac sign to be. In fact, it is all a matter of personal belief and choice—I will not try to convince you one way or another; your sign is what you want it to be.

As mentioned previously, there is much controversy surrounding the appearance of the Ophiuchus constellation, so one cannot say too much about it without sounding as if they are taking a certain standpoint regarding its true meaning and the affect it has on the common zodiac. Furthermore, since most of the key information of its origin and creation has been lost to history itself, many aspects of Ophiuchus remain a seemingly eternal mystery. Is it a sign of evil? Does it warn of the end of days? Has it marked the arrival of the Anti-Christ? Or is it simply just a thirteenth constellation shunned by the common, even numbered zodiac? In the end, I assume we must all draw our own personal conclusions.





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