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Are You An Ophiuchus?

Submitted by on December 19, 2012 – 2:23 AMOne Comment | 700 views

How basic Astrology works and what sign you were born under:

There are numerous constellations in the night sky. There are just as many in the daytime sky, but the sun is too bright and you cannot see them. They are there just the same. It just so happens that there are a convenient dozen that form a band through which our sun appears to pass due to the Earth’s rotation in the course of a day and its path around the sun during the year. This is called the celestial equator. Your sign is actually not visible to the naked eye on the day of your birth because it is the constellation through which the sun is passing in relation to the orbit of the Earth at that time. You only get to actually see your sign a few months later.

The signs of the Western Zodiac are:

Aries – March 21 – April 20
Taurus – April 21 – May 21
Gemini – May 22 – June 21
Cancer – June 22 – July 22
Leo – July 23 -August 21
Virgo – August 22 – September 23
Libra – September 24 – October 23
Scorpio – October 24 – November 22
Sagittarius – November 23 – December 22
Capricorn – December 23 – January 20
Aquarius – January 21 – February 19
Pisces - February 20- March 20

These we pretty much know and I will leave it at that. But the universe in all its generosity saw fit to throw us a “Baker’s Dozen” when it came to astrological signs. Oh yes it did and that pesky interloper is called Ophiuchus and is describe by the Roman Poet/Astrologer, Marcus Manilius


Ophiuchus holds apart the serpent which with its mighty spirals and twisted body encircles his own, so that he may untie its knots and back that winds in loops. But, bending its supple neck, the serpent looks back and returns: and the other’s hands slide over the loosened coils. The struggle will last forever, since they wage it on level terms with equal powers”

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.

Now, Ophiuchus is not commonly recognized in astrological circles, in fact he barely has a toe hold on the celestial equator at all

But there he stands none the less and if you have just celebrated your birthday, between Nov 29 and Dec 17 then you are an Ophiuchus! Confuse your friends, irritate your astrologer, or just be pedantic and make yourself sound smarter than everyone in the room when you proclaim the astrological anomaly of your birth.

Horoscopes are provided for entertainment purposes only, and as such, they come with no guarantee of accuracy or usability of the information and advice contained within. Read at your own risk!

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Henry Paterson

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I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

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  • The Oshmar

    So, Ophiuchus and Sagittarius share the same time almost?

    I guess that means the majority of Sagittarius can pick which one they want to call themselves.