The 13th Zodiac- Ophiuchus- I

This is what I found when I googled the term. This is the generic definition published across all such sites giving information about the same.

According to astrological principles, the Sun travels from the constellation Scorpius and goes directly into the sign of Sagittarius. But due to the constant motion of the cosmos, the Sun enters, for a few days of the year, the star constellation ‘Ophiuchus‘ before entering Sagittarius from Scorpius, thus creating astrologically the birth of a 13th sign of the Zodiac, which is named as Ophiuchus- the Serpent Holder.

The constellation of Ophiuchus is the only sign of the Zodiac which is linked to a real man. This man lived in ancient Egypt around the 27th century BC, and his name was Imhotep. The attributes of Imhotep can also be found in the Biblical Hebrew man Joseph, son of Jacob. Imhotep is credited with many accomplishments including the knowledge and use of medicine. It is said of Imhotep that he brought the art of healing to mankind. The symbol of a serpent, which is still widely used today to represent the medical profession, was used to represent Imhotep. Imhotep was also known as ‘Aesclepius‘ to the ancient Greeks.


  • Interpreter of dreams, premonitions
  • Attracts good luck
  • Serpent holder
  • Lofty ideals
  • A seeker of peace and harmony
  • Doctor of medicine or science
  • To add, increase, join or gather together
  • Poetical, inventive nature, expanding
  • Seeks higher education
  • Overseer, supervisor of work
  • Fame – either grand or completely misunderstood
  • Longevity, aspirations of healing the ills of man
  • Architect, builder, reaches for the stars
  • Tax assessor or levies taxes
  • Astrological talents, intuitive
  • Large family indicated, but apt to be separated from them when young
  • The number twelve holds great significance
  • Foresight to benefit from hard times
  • Has secret enemies in family or close associations
  • Many jealous of this subject
  • Notable father, apple of father’s eye when young
  • High position in life expected [depending on aspects] highest fame and legend comes
  • After death however
  • Feelings of granular, wise,
  • Likes to wear clothing of vibrant colors
  • Receives the favor of those in charge

Ophiuchus in the Planetary Zodiac

The planet Pluto was found in Ophiuchus until the end of 2003, after which it passed into Serpens Cauda, the Serpent’s Tail. The Centaur object, the minor planetoid Chiron, was visible against the stars of Ophiuchus until November 2001, after which it passed over the border into Sagittarius. Venus and Mercury can be found in Ophiuchus for a time each year.

The New Zodiac as being proposed

  • Aries = April 19 – May 13
  • Taurus = May 14 – June 19
  • Gemini = June 20 – July 20
  • Cancer = July 21 – Aug 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

Ophiuchus the constellation

Ophiuchus is a large constellation located around the celestial equator. Its name is from the Greek Ὀφιοῦχος “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 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations. It was formerly referred to as Serpentarius (English pronunciation: /ˌsɜrpənˈtɛəriəs/; also Anguitenens), a Latin word meaning the same as its current name.

Ophiuchus– Astrological Significance

Ophiuchus has sometimes been used in sidereal astrology as a thirteenth sign in addition to the twelve signs of the traditional Zodiac, because the eponymous constellation Ophiuchus (Greek Ὀφιοῦχος “Serpent-bearer”) as defined by the 1930 IAU constellation boundaries, is situated behind the Sun between November 29 and December 17.

The origin of this idea dates back to 1970, with Stephen Schmidt’s suggestion of a 14-sign zodiac (also including Cetus as a sign). A 13-sign zodiac has been suggested by Walter Berg and by Mark Yazaki in 1995, a suggestion that achieved some popularity in Japan (where Ophiuchus is known as snake messenger (へびつかい座 hebitsukai?)).

Mainstream sidereal astrology, notably Hindu astrology, and tropical astrology (including the popular Sun sign astrology, use the traditional 12-sign zodiac based on dividing the ecliptic into 12 equal parts rather than the IAU constellation boundaries, and do not regard Ophiuchus as a sign!

Also follow- The 13th Zodiac- Ophiuchus- II

Filed under I, Me, Myself. Follow the link for Continuity, Relevance or Reference.

About Olivia

Corporate worker, textile designer, writer.
This entry was posted in Festivals, Science and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to The 13th Zodiac- Ophiuchus- I

  1. Pingback: Universal Law of Existence | Olivia's Life Instances..

  2. Pingback: 2012 alignment of planets

  3. Pingback: The 13th Zodiac- Ophiuchus- II | Olivia's Life Instances..

  4. This is really interesting, Liv. Thanks for doing the research for us. I’m a Capricorn (12/29) but sure don’t “feel” like a Sag. In fact, I can relate to a lot of the characteristics of this new one (have to look at the spelling again.) And Capricorn, as well. Hmmm. Let’s see what they do with it.

Say something..

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s