I read an article yesterday about the 13th zodiac sign- Ophiuchus. I admit it was an interesting piece of content which, however, did not really convince me it changes anything no matter whether it is existing or not. I’ll give you a short resume of what I’ve read in the article so that you can decide for yourselves.
According to Greek mythology Ophiuchus also known as Asclepius, was the son of Apollo. He was a healer who possessed the gift to bring the dead back to life. However, Hades (Pluto) didn’t like that and convinced his brother Zeus (Jupiter) to kill Apollo’s son with a lightning bolt. As he was half-god, after his death he was placed as a constellation given the name Ophiuchus/Serpentarius (The Serpent Holder). According to Egyptian mythology, such man really existed and his name was Imhotep and he brought the art of healing to mankind. The Biblical equivalent of Asclepius/Imhotep was Joseph, son of Jacob who possessed the same attributes of healing.
Outside of mythology, it is said the Sun spends 19 days of the year in the Ophiuchus constellation which is located between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Moreover, before introducing the Gregorian calendar, the years used to be divided into 13 months with 28 days each. If we would stick to this calendar instead, the signs would be as follows:
Aries– 19th April- 13th May
Taurus– 14th May- 19th June
Gemini– 20th June- 20th July
Cancer– 21st July- 9th August
Leo– 10th August- 15th September
Virgo– 16th September- 30th October
Libra– 31st October- 22nd November
Scorpio– 23rd November- 29th November
Ophiuchus– 30th November- 17th December
Sagittarius– 18th December- 18th January
Capricorn– 19th January- 15th February
Aquarius– 16th February- 11 March
Pisces– 12th March- 18th April
I had a discussion with a friend of mine who’s into Astrology, regarding the 13th sign. A curious thing is the sign of Scorpio is really a strange sign. There is a huge difference between the October Scorpios and the November Scorpios. Moreover, they are separated in black and white Scorpios. In terms of the other signs, all 12 of them are separated in decans, which signifies that people born under the same sign do not possess the same qualities.
The sign of Ophiuchus might exist and influence our lives together with the other 12 signs, or it could be just a myth. No matter what though, the stories and mythologies around it are very curious and open our vision for the unknown.
Very interesting subject
Thank you, glad you like it 🙂
Hmm…I don’t know what my opinion on this is. It sounds interesting, but me – an Aries?! I think I’m more closed off to this since I’m so used to the regular 12-sign constellation. If I was introduced to 13 signs rather than 12, I’d have a much easier time believing this. I wonder if there are any other signs we have yet to know about.
Hi Ana, thanks a lot for your comment! I personally find the possibility of the existence of a 13th sign interesting, but I think it rather blends in within the neighboring signs rather than having it’s own influence. 🙂