Were you born under the constellation of Ophiuchus? If your birth date falls between the 29th November and 18th of December, you might consider yourself rather special. Ophiuchus is the name given to the 13th sign of the zodiac. To be accurate, Ophiuchus is not a zodiac sign at all; it is a constellation. However, for the purposes of this article, we’ll call it a sign.
It all began with an astronomer called Pete Kunkle, who claimed that, for astrology to come into line with astronomy, there should be a 13th sign. While we’re not one hundred percent convinced, we’d thought we’d take a closer look at the mysterious sign of Ophiuchus, and the characteristics of those born in this period.
But Aren’t We Sagittarian?
Yes, under the conventional traditions of Western astrology, people born between the 29th November and 18th of December are Sagittarian. However, if we take into account the idea that precession has caused a shift in the constellations relative to our view of them and the alignment of the sun, it means the whole zodiac has shifted also. Find out more here: New Zodiac Signs – Were You Born Under a Different Sign?
In essence, our view of the sun passes through the constellation of Ophiuchus, the serpent. Which is why Dr Kunkle is so keen on astrologers adopting a 13th sign. In reality, the zodiac signs are no longer related to the constellations at all, so most astrologers are happy to stick with the conventional 12.
Who or What is Ophiuchus?
Ophiuchus is a constellation, or grouping of stars, that appears to be a man holding a snake. The name Ophiuchus means ‘serpent-bearer’. And, because snakes were (and are) used as both poison and cure in medicine, Ophiuchus is said to represent the healer, Asclepius in ancient Greek lore. Asclepius, apparently, was able to bring the dead back to life with a strange concoction.
The Dark Lord of the Underworld, Hades, was so freaked out by the prospect of losing his job, he petitioned Zeus, who agreed that death should mean death, and how could there be an afterlife if there was no death? And then there were all the other complications that no-death would lead to. No way could this nonsense be allowed to continue. So Zeus grabbed hold of Asclepius and flung him out to the heavens, where he has been ever since and given the celestial serpent name, Ophiuchus. The constellation is also sometimes known as Serpentarius (Latin).
Characteristics of Those Born Under Ophiuchus
People born between the 29th of November and 18th of December, let’s call them Ophiuchans, are colorful characters indeed. They are changeable adaptable and love to explore new places, new concepts, new ideas and to meet new people. Their whole life is geared to change, and they thrive on it. They are flamboyant with an unmistakable sense of style. Whether wealthy or poor, they always manage to look good and stand out from the crowd.
This propensity to change causes them to be restless and for ever searching out the new big thing. It also means they find it hard to settle for long in one relationship, so they may have to accept that the Ruby wedding anniversary won’t materialize for them unless they miraculously meet a partner who can match, and keep up with, their chameleon-like way of life.
Ophiuchans have the ever-shifting benefits of living in different places and under different circumstances. They are able to rise after any setbacks, and are able to put their defeats and failures behind them as they face new challenges up ahead.
They are usually intelligent, intellectual, emotional and intuitive. This means they are a very powerful force to be reckoned with. You won’t best them in an argument, or if you do, be prepared for them to storm off in a major fit of pique. Know that they will drop friends and acquaintances in an instant when they become tired or bored with them.
Ophiuchans In Love
Their zest for life makes Ophiuchans attractive partners, and they generally have their pick of potential dates. They love to flirt and are passionate, enthusiastic lovers, but their nature means they find it difficult to commit to one person. They are also prone to jealousy and bad temper, though most displays of irritation are fiery and short-lived.
Ophiuchans detest being categorized and labeled. They resist any attempts to be boxed in or restricted. They are best suited to work that offers continual challenges and opportunities for them to put their creativity to good use. Ophiuchans are excellent communicators and have a knack for telling people what they want to hear but at the same time persuading them round to a different point of view. Hence they are good in sales and retail. Just don’t expect to keep them long unless, as an employer, you can keep them engaged and interested in their work. Ophiuchans also like to be appreciated and praised.
Your Ophiuchus Child
As a parent of an Ophiuchus child, your job is a difficult one. However, if you understand their need for constant change and challenge, you will learn how to raise them to be spectacular and fascinating adults. Your task is not so much to parent or teach, but to facilitate their hunger for learning. Abandon all ideas of routine, they will not work. Give your Ophiuchus child the space to grow into the amazing person they are born to be. Never impose restrictions or rules unless you can demonstrate why they are necessary. Whenever possible, allow the child to make their own choices and for them to learn the consequences of their actions, both good and bad. Remember, your work is not to prevent them falling, but to pick them up afterward.
Are you an Ophiuchan?
Born under the Ophiuchus ‘sign’? Share your insights and the characteristics that set you apart from other people. We’d love to hear from you.