Ophiuchus, the Serpent Wrestler is known by some as the thirteenth sign of the Zodiac. We are all familiar with the twelve signs of the Zodiac which were created about 2000 years ago. The description of a Zodiac sign is the sign that appears when the Sun sets of an evening. When the signs were first chosen, there were twelve signs and those are one that make up the twelve signs of the Zodiac today. The people who study the Zodiac signs are known as Astrologers. The difference between the Astronomers and Astrologers are that the former study space to see what is going on outside our planet where as Astrologers look at charts and predict our day to day future. Calling an astronomer an astrologer can get their backs up and annoy them.
The theory behind Astrology being that our destiny lies in the star sign that was in the sky at the time of the birth of astrology. Since they were drawn up over 2000 years ago, the Earth`s orbit around the Sun has changed as it does not orbit the same ecliptical path any more. This is due to the forces exherted on the Sun by other planets in the solar system. As a result of this, the Earth will travel out further from the Sun or come in nearer. Therefore when the Sun now sets, it sets in a different constellation than it did all those years ago. However, the astrology community has not changed with the times. Some astrologers do use the thirteen starsign Zodiac. There are a number of reasons why they haven`t updated :-
- Thirteen is an unlucky number
- Thirteen can not be split into smaller equal groups ( Earth, Fire, Water and Air )- General Reluctance to change
If you`ve ever wondered why your love life or fortune is going as they had told you in the stars, you now know the reason. This does not mean that you should automatically stop believing in the Zodiac. This page is just to make you aware of why your Zodiac prediction doesn`t match. According to a number of reads, the ruling planet of Ophiuchus is the planetoid Chiron rather than a full planet such as Saturn. 1 Also in the same article, the website states on the first line that in 13 sign Astrology, constellations do not have ruling planets.
Below is a table detailing all twelve\thirteen signs of the Zodiac, their official range and the actual astronomical range when they can be seen in the place of the setting sun.
|Star Sign||Official Date Range||New Date Range|
|Aries, the Ram||Mar 21 - Apr 20||Apr 19 - May 13|
|Taurus, the Bull||Apr 21 - May 21||May 14 - Jun 19|
|Gemini, the Twins||May 22 - Jun 22||Jun 20 - Jul 20|
|Cancer, the Crab||Jun 23 - Jul 23||Jul 21 - Aug 09|
|Leo, the Lion||Jul 24 - Aug 23||Aug 10 - Sep 15|
|Virgo, the Virgin||Aug 24 - Sep 23||Sep 16 - Oct 30|
|Libra, the Scales||Sep 24 - Oct 23||Oct 31 - Nov 22|
|Scorpius, the Scorpion||Oct 24 - Nov 22||Nov 23 - Nov 29|
|Ophiuchus, the Serpent Wrestler||n/a||Nov 30 - Dec 17|
|Sagittarius, the Archer||Nov 23 - Dec 21||Dec 18 - Jan 18|
|Capricornus, the Seagoat||Dec 22 - Jan 20||Jan 19 - Feb 17|
|Aquarius, the Water Bearer||Jan 21 - Feb 19||Feb 16 - Mar 11|
|Pisces, the Fish||Feb 20 - Mar 20||Mar 12 - Apr 18|
For those who follow astrology, a selected number of traits of a person born under the constellation are below. For more indepth knowledge of an Ophiuchian, visit Know Your Fate. :-
- Interpreter of dreams
- Seeker of wisdom and knowledge
- Will have a great family but have to leave the home at early age.
- Attract good luck
- A great architect or builder
-Authority looks upon him/her well
Ophiuchus was according to Greek mythology a man called Asclepius. He was the son of Apollo and Coronis, the daughter of King Phlegyas of the Lapiths. He was given the power by the goddess Athena to ressurect the dead including the more famous Orion, the hunter. He was killed by a bolt of lightning from Zeus who had been requested to do so by Hades. As Asclepius was resurrecting, Hades was worried that the Underworld was not getting as many dead as he should be. He was turned into a constellation to appease Apollo who had killed the three cyclop beings. The Cyclops, mystical one eyed beings built Zeus`s thunderbolts. The constellation as we see it is below :-