Yesterday was my birthday, and a part of my personal celebration was to see where the moon was on Her cycle to see how She may have influenced me. The chart stated that She was in Ophiuchus (Oh-Fee-You-Kuss). Of course, I had no idea what that meant, so today, I looked it up.
Whoa. I am no astronomer nor astrologer, but it seems that there are thirteen zodiacs instead of the normal twelve. Ophiuchus is, the tenth real sun sign according to Dr Shepherd Simpson, Astrological Historian. (Note: You will have to cut and paste. For some reason, the website refuses to link. http://www.reocities.com/astrologyconstellations/ophiuchus.htm )
The addition of Ophiuchus shuffles the zodiac. According to Dr. Simpson, Pisces is the first of the zodiacs and Aquarius is the last of the zodiacs. The dates change, too. His work is copyrighted so I'm not going to cut a paste the chart at the end of his article which has the thirteen sun signs with their respective dates. I am still an Aquarius, but instead of being at the tail end of the zodiac date for Aquarius, I am now at the beginning. My son, is not a Scorpio, but a Libra.
So who is Ophiuchus? I'm going to do my best to keep it simple. It is a typical Greek drama. After reading several sources, this is how I have pieced it together:
Ophiuchus, in Greek mythology, was Asklepios who is the Greek God of physicians and healing.
Asklepios is the son of Apollo and Coronis, who was a mortal. Apollo had his sister, Artemis, kill Coronis because she fell in love with Ischys and wanted to hang with him instead of Apollo. Apollo saves the baby, Asklepios, and gives him to Chiron, the centaur, to raise. Chiron taught him the art of medicines/potions and surgery.
Asklepios lived as a mortal, but is regarded as a deity who gave birth to several children including the Goddess Hygieia (Hygiene anyone?). Zeus killed Asklepios, but why is a bundle of mixed up stories.
The bottom line is that Asklepios brought someone back from the dead (some claim it was Orion) with a Divine elixir (the Elixir of Life?), and Zeus hit him with a thunderbolt as punishment for violating the natural order of the world. Now why did Zeus put Ophiuchus in the sky as a constellation if he disrupted the natural order?
In my favorite interpretation, this is the true reason why Zeus killed Asklepios:
Hades of the Underworld, didn't like Asklepios and his elixir because this elixir would keep folks from dying and put Hades out of business. Hades appeals to his brother Zeus to put an end to Asklepios. Zeus, part of the good-old-boy network, obliges and kills Asklepios, but gives him a constellation between the Scorpio and Orion to honor him. The end.
So much drama, so little time. The bottom line is that Asklepios, as Ophiuchus, sits in the sky between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Some people also link Ophiuchus with the ancient Egyptian, Imhotep, architect, healer and major magician lineage holder.
So what does all this mean? If you follow Astrology, it could change everything. Chances are that astrologers won't change the 12 signs that rule over the 12 houses of the zodiac to add a 13th. Betty Matteson Rhodes lists Ophiuchus' attributes but her calendar still has the first sign of the zodiac as Aries and the last sign as Pisces, which clashes with Dr. Shepherd Simpson, Astrological Historian's calendar, which begins with Pisces and ends with Aquarius. You can decide for yourself which calendar you would like to follow.
Some people are linking his discovery to the fateful 2012 stating that the constellation, Ophiuchus, will sit above the Sun at the winter solstice of 2012 making it an important constellation with respect to the Galactic Alignment of 2012. Dr. Simpson states, though, that the Great Galactic Alignment happened on 12-21-1997.
I have no way of tying all this together for you, at least not right now nor in this blog post. If you find this information interesting, I encourage you to do some research. Let me know what you find. If you already know something, please educate me more. Otherwise, I'll continue at my pace of continuing research and blogging about it if I find something interesting.
As always, thanks for reading.
Update: 13 January 2011
The news of Ophiuchus really hit the networks and internet today. Here is another good article I found written in 2007: The 13th Sign: Ophiuchus