There cannot be many people, who are interested in astrology, who have not by now heard of the 13th star sign of Ophiuchus.
It was introduced to the zodiac several months ago after a ‘wobble’ of the earth’s rotation caused the earth to be in a slightly different position in relation to the sun than it was 3000 years ago when the zodiac was established.
This was brought to our attention by one Parke Kunkle who is an astrology lecturer and also a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society.
So Ophiuchus has been squeezed into the zodiac, meaning that the other twelve signs have had to shuffle around a bit to accommodate it. This has caused much consternation and concern among star followers around the world.
The sun passes through Ophiuchus between Nov.29th and Dec 17th, meaning basically that most of the people who were Sagittarians are now Ophiuchus. Added to this, all other signs are shifted one place to the left. So Cancers become Gemini’s, Virgo’s become Leo’s (most Virgo’s are probably still celebrating that fact) and so on.
So who is this new pretender to the Sagittarian crown?
Ophiuchus was known as Aesclepius to the Ancient Greeks and Imhotep in Ancient Egypt. He was the son of Apollo and was a healer who had a vast knowledge of medicine. It was said that he was so skilled that he could return the dead to life. Hades, who was lord of the underworld, managed to convince Zeus that Aesclepius should die and Zeus killed him with a bolt of lightening. He was then placed in the heavens as a constellation. He is represented as the serpent or snake-bearer. The serpent or snake is the symbol of the medical profession to this day.
Traits of Ophiuchus:
• Advances well in life, which can cause envy in others
• Seeks knowledge and wisdom vigorously
• Authority favours him
• Inventive and ambitious
• Tends to come from a large family
• Leaves home at an early age
• Good luck and blessings are showered upon him
• Tends to wear flamboyant clothing of bright colours
• The number 12 features very strongly in life and luck
What about star sign compatibility with Ophiuchus?
Star sign compatibility will be found with: Cancer, Pisces, Capricorn, Libra and Ophiuchus.
The best match for Ophiuchus (water), is Pisces (water). This dual water element works well between the two and offers sensitivity and intuition, added to this, they also share the same element of mutability, which makes them adaptable and flexible.
This is an interesting combination because, if Ophiuchus is now the Sagittarius of before, then Sagittarians have changed from a fire element to water, but kept their quality of mutability.
Sagittarius was never a perfect match for Pisces. But of course, Pisces now contains people who were previously Aries, which would have been an excellent match with Sagittarius, both of whom were previously fire elements but now, as Pisces and Ophiuchus, they are water elements.
Let’s hope it hasn’t put out the flames!
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