The 13th Zodiac: Ophiuchus or Serpentarius

Introducing Ophiuchus or also known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder or the Serpent Bearer.

The symbol (left - source: Wikipedia, "Ophiuchus (astrology)" ) is as suggested by Walter Berg in his The 13 Signs of the Zodiac (1995).

Come to think about it, the seemingly simple symbol is really apt to the zodiac's description. The right image (Source Gelageo's Opchiuchus) shows nicely a man holding a snake. So in the simplistic symbol's component, the letter U ought to refer to the man's two hands & the sine-like wave diagram to the snake. Nice.

LIST OF KEY WORDS DESCRIBING THE SIGN OF OPHIUCHUS (Source: Ophiuchus - 13th Astrological Sign by Betmatrho):
 interpreter of dreams, vivid premonitions,
 attracts good luck and fruitful blessings,
 serpent holder, lofty ideals,
 a seeker of peace and harmony,
 doctor of medicine or science, natural-pathic,
 adds, increases, joins, or gathers together
 poetical, inventive nature, expanding qualities,
 seeks higher education and wisdom,
 overseer, supervisor of work,
 fame - either grand, or completely misunderstood,
 longevity, aspirations of healing the ills of man,
 architect, builder, reaches for the stars, figuratively and literally,
tax assessor, or levys taxes,
 astrological talents, intuitive,
 large family indicated, but apt to be separated from them when young,
 the number twelve holds great significance,
 foresight and good fortune 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
 feelings of granular, wise, genius mentality,
 likes to wear clothing of vibrant colors, and plaids in particular,
 receives the favor of those in authority.

What the hell? 'Tax assessor'? Heh.

This new zodiac has obtained acknowledgement even from a reputable magazine like TIME. In its article, "The New 2011 Zodiac: Has Your Sign Changed?", Ophiuchus is featured with the range of birth dates from 29 Nov to 17 Dec.

Partially quoted from TIME article on Ophiuchus:
The brand-new Ophiuchis are known to take charge of any situation with wisdom and knowledge. They command the admiration of their peers and have big dreams for themselves.

So how does it affect the previously 12 zodiacs? Well just take a look at the new zodiac sign dates:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16; Old dates: Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11; Old dates: Jan. 20-Feb. 18
Pisces: March 11– April 18; Old dates: Feb. 19-March 20
Aries: April 18 – May 13; Old dates: March 21-April 19
Taurus: May 13 – June 21; Old dates: April 20-May 20
Gemini: June 21 – July 20; Old dates: May 21-June 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10; Old dates: June 21-July 22
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16; Old dates: July 23-Aug 22
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30; Old dates: Aug. 23-Sept. 22
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23; Old dates: Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29; Old dates: Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17; Old dates: N/A
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20; Old dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 21

- None of the existing Capricorn stays as Capricorn with the new zodiac dates
- Only Aquarius who were born on Feb 16 – Feb 18 will still be Aquarius
- Only Pisces who were born on March 11 – March 20 will still be Pisces
- Only Aries who were born on April 18 – April 19 will still be Aries
- Only Taurus who were born on May 13 – May 20 will still be Taurus
- None of the existing Gemini stays as Gemini with the new zodiac dates
- Only Cancer who were born on July 20 – July 22 will still be Cancer
- Only Leo who were born on Aug 10 – Aug 22 will still be Leo
- Only Virgo who were born on Sept 16 – Sept 22 will still be Virgo
- Only Libra who were born on Oct 22 – Oct 30 will still be Libra
- None of the existing Scorpio stays as Scorpio with the new zodiac dates
- Only Sagittarius who were born on Dec 17 – Dec 21 will still be Sagittarius

Bleah, I'm no longer a Scorpio!

THOUSANDS of people woke up to the realisation this week that they aren't who they thought they were.

Worse still, neither was that partner they always thought they were so compatible with based on their astrological signs, because this week it was announced that many of us were reading the wrong horoscope.

'Over the 2,500 years or so since the zodiac was established, your sign has moved about a month relative to the sun and stars,' wrote Robert Roy Britt in a posting on LiveScience that was republished by a newspaper in Minnesota, triggering the zodiac panic. 'You're no longer what you think you are, and so if you're an astrology buff, perhaps poised to make a New Year's resolution based on the stars and a reading of your supposed personality, know that you're actually following observations, predictions and advice aimed at another person entirely.'

The shift, which has come about because the Earth has been wobbling on its axis for millennia, means most people go back a sign. Warm-hearted, patient Taurus becomes selfish, quick-tempered Aries. Eminently practical and prudent Capricorns are now blindly optimistic and careless Sagittarians. And many Sagittarians are now Ophiucus.

Oh what? Ophiucus. It's the hitherto little-heard-of 13th astrological sign. Apparently the Babylonians had an Ophiucus column in their daily horoscopes but it got dropped somewhere between their civilisation and ours. In any case, news of the shift and of Ophiucus's resurrection sent astrology buffs reeling.

If they weren't wondering how to get rid of the Scorpio tattoo that they just had done when it turns out they're really Libra, as Michele Zipp did in a blog posting on The Stir, they were pondering some of the other existential questions raised by the change. According to a survey conducted in 2009 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a quarter of Americans believe in astrology. That's 75 million people who could be wondering about Ophiucus.

From Straits Times, "The abrupt dawning of the age of Ophiucus".


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