Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ophiuchus: The 13th Zodiac Sign

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The buzz started out just after astronomer Parke Kunkle said that due to the changes in the Earth's alignment the dates of many zodiac signs have changed and in addition he said there may be a 13th Zodiac sign: Ophiuchus. The statement of Kunkle made confusions to many around the world who greatly believes in astrology.This quote attributed to the Minnesota Planetarium Society suggests that there is a 13th Zodiac sign, “Ophiuchus” that appears between Scorpio and Sagittarius that would result in bumping everyone’s Zodiac signs over by a month.

Let us take a look at the definition of Ophiuchus as the 13th zodiac sign was named after him. According to Wikipedia; Ophiuchus is a large constellation located around the celestial equator. Its name is Greek (Ὀφιοῦχος) for 'serpent-bearer', and it is commonly represented as a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus was one of the 48 constellations listed by the second-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It was formerly referred to as Serpentarius English pronunciation: /ˌsɜrpənˈtɛəriəs/, a Latin word meaning the same as its current name.

The most recent interpretation is that the figure represents the healer Asclepius, who learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs.

To prevent the entire human race from becoming immortal under Asclepius' care, Zeus killed him with a bolt of lightning, but later placed his image in the heavens to honor his good works. It has also been noted that the constellation Ophiuchus is close to that of Sagittarius, which has at times been believed to represent Chiron (the mentor of Asclepius and many other Greek demigods), though Chiron was originally associated with the constellation Centaurus.

With this, here is the Zodiac as some astrologers believe it should be:

Aries            April 19 - May 13 
Taurus          May 14 - June 19
Gemini         June 20 - July 20
Cancer         July 21 - August 9
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
Sagittarius    December 18 - January 18
Capricorn      January 19 - February 15
Aquarius       February 16 - March 11
Pisces          March 12 - April 18

Based on that, astrologers have gathered together a series of traits that would match such a person. I’m not sure myself about the qualities of that of Ophiuchus, but perhaps if you combine the traits of Scorpio with Sagittarius you may come up with something along these traits:

A seeker of peace, wisdom and knowledge
Many people are jealous of this person
Attractor of good luck and Jealousy
Has a flamboyant dressing sense and favors bright colors
Interpreter of Dreams
Authority looks upon him well
Would make a great architect or builder
Number 12 is this persons lucky number

I would like to emphasize that this writing was based on a research for those who want to know the 13th sign and not on my beliefs as I’m not an astrologer myself coz if I am, I might be in the astrology niche (LOL). I remain a firm believer of the 12 zodiac signs. Can you give an idea or your opinion about this matter? Please feel free to share us yours in the comment box.


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