Ophiuchus: The 13th Sign of the zodiac?
|January 13, 2011||Filled under Astrology, Current News|
Ophiuchus: The 13th Sign of the zodiac? Astrologers Tell-all
Charlie Jane Anders says: “The internet is burning up with the news that the zodiac has been rearranged. There’s a 13th sign, Ophiuchus, and people who think they’re Virgos are actually Leos. What happened here? We talked to the astronomer [Parke Kunkle] who caused the fuss. Read More” Interestingly, I’m a Leo with a Virgo Stellium. See end of post re: Vedic astrology.
What I Imagine
Is Ophiuchus the 13th sign of the zodiac? Most Western astrologers say this constellation isn’t.
From what I get, Ophiuchus has traits that are a bit quirky, kind of Uranian like. Come to think of it, it’s not even lined-up with the other signs – unruly, I tell ya! Could Ophiuchus be playing a joke on us since this constellation was discovered thousand of years ago and Western astrologers already ruled it out as being the 13th sign or could Ophiuchus be pulling a temper-tantrum?
Ophiuchus, the Trickster may be saying: “I want me some fame and fortune! Give me some space in the light! haha” or maybe Ophiuchus, the mischievous child, combines a bit of happy Sag and dark Scorpio with a side of sassy Libra thrown into the mix! Take a look. Ophiuchus seems to be setting out its foot and walking down towards Sagittarius to fit between Sag and Scorpio. Cozy, isn’t it? Is Ophiuchus like a child wanting to be heard, to belong? “Let me in, let me in…” or is Ophiuchus testing us, challenging us to look beyond what we already know?
What do professional Astrologers say?
There are scholars and practitioners of Astrology and some do both. My current interest is on providing stellar personal astrological consultations. While I’m interested in research and knowing things deeply, I’m currently less focused on knowing how things came to “be” in the Astrology world. I’m less focused on researching mathematical, astronomical aspects of the stars right now because I have enough to work with as-is and Astrology is a life-long study. 🙂 So I leave the heavy stuff to the smarter and wiser astrological folks to learn from for now… 😉
Check out what my colleagues have to say:
Jeff Jawer said, “There is no truth in this, Western Astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac, which is based on the seasons, not the signs. Anyone who seriously researches the subject would know that.” Read more
Matthew Currie (a Sagittarius!): “…it turns out that “Ophiuchus” is a “Trending Topic” [on Twitter], which gives us something else to talk about.. Namely: why do you never hear anyone who actually knows astrology talk about Ophiuchus? If an astrologer made a crackpot claim about astronomy, no one would listen, so why does the reverse get all the buzz? … Read more” Matthew also has a piece on Salon.com that goes deeper into the why and why not. Also check out Matthew’s radio show tonight where he will be talking about Ophiuchus.
Molly Hall says: “Everyone’s talking ’bout the 13th sign today, Ophiucus, (O-phew-cuss) which is a very cool-looking constellation. To the ancients, it appeared to be a man holding two snakes — a two-part constellation pair called Serpens (Cauda) and Serpens (Caput). Its Latin name is Serpentarius — a snake handler! Astrologers already know about precession, but for thousands of years, the Western Tropical Zodiac has been aligned to the seasons (the equinoxes). Read more”
On Twitter, AstroSHayden Suzan Hayden says:
#ophiuchus refers to Precession which is old news.WESTERN astrologers use a different system: SIDEREAL an example of what Western Astrologers use nowadays.It’s a Sidereal Ephemeris. http://astrology101.com/ephemeris/default.asp. Western Astrology doesn’t use outdated system. We use Sidereal Ephemeris NOT #ochiuchus
What others say
This is what Wikipedia has to say about Ophiuchus.
Not that it probably means anything to anyone but I find it interesting that Ophiuchus and Oprah share the Oph letters and Oprah is an Aquarius who is ruled by Uranus. My love of numerology and patterns picks something up with that. 🙂
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