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Ophiuchus, the 13th Constellation: A Call for Change
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My five years of studying astrology has come to a revolution of sorts. I have discovered another constellation that modern astrology has decidedly omitted: Ophiuchus. I wonder why that is?
According to Wikipedia: Ophiuchus is one of the 88 constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. Ophiuchus was formerly referred to as Serpentarius meaning "serpent-holder". It is a large constellation located between Scorpius and Sagittarius. Of the 13 constellations (constellations that contain the sun during the course of the year, meaning the ecliptic) , Ophiuchus is the only one not counted as an astrological sign.
The Sun passes through it each year. so do the other planets. Dr Shepard Simpson on his website explains this theory in great detail and as I read his website I decided to do a great amount of digging myself. In other words, I was intrigued so I fed my curiosity. I cannot quote anything from his site as he has it copyrighted and I will give this man the respect he deserves. My fondest wish at this point is to meet this man and talk with him.
According to him we are using outdated methods:
"Which planet makes its 'house' in Scorpius [in modern terms the planetary ruler] is even more complex. In the Age of Taurus, 4000 years ago, Leo was the Summer Solstice sign in the northern hemisphere and hence the Sun made its 'house' in Leo and the rest of the signs followed from this starting point. But by the time of Ptolemy, in the Age of Aries, Cancer was the Solstice sign and should have been assigned the Sun. However Ptolemy assigns Leo the Sun. Even Ptolemy kept out-dated astrology, as we do today." -- Scorpious by Dr. S.S.
So the astrology that is being taught by all these schools charging oodles of money is not even correct. Has it ever really been correct?
As to which constellation we should use as a starting point in our Zodiac wheel, my vote is for the one is now conjunct our Galactic Center, which is Sagittarius. You have to realize our universe is in constant movement and we need to take that into account.
Now I know a lot of skeptics debunk astrology as not being a proven science. And I tend to agree. Historically speaking, most scholars are very dedicated to their work but many of those people in more ancient times were illiterate and so the things they learned were not written but were handed down orally.
Hence our Druid ancestors’ way of teaching was by word of mouth. There was no written record as only the wealthy and priestly in those days were taught to write. The ancient Egyptians had great storehouses of knowledge written by priests and kept in libraries, hail Seshat! (My patron goddess) , until they were destroyed by various conquering factions.
It is very unfortunate that ‘the victors’ often destroy great things and, as we very well know, it happens even to this day. Keep the people stupid and you have a great working class. History repeats sometimes because the technique works.
Why do you think I am going on a tangent about this? Well I know it is relegated to the realm of Ophiuchus. See his ‘ruler’ is the great shaman of change. Anyone born in the sign of Ophiuchus carries a great sense of purpose in his/her life. He has a way of bringing healing and knowledge out when it is needed.
Since Ophiuchus is related to the god Asclepious of the Greek pantheon and Imhotep of the Egyptian pantheon, I can only assume he/she would take on the qualities of a great healer. Hence his image contains the two snakes that are held in each hand. If one does some further digging into mythology, Hera sent two snakes to kill Hercules when he was a baby and he killed them both by squeezing them to death.
Also according to mythos, serpents are associated with death and rebirth as they shed their skin in order to grow. The Pythia of Delphi was associated with a great snake at the oracle of Delphi until Apollo took it over. Eve spoke with a snake that convinced her that the tree of knowledge would not kill her but open her eyes to the truth and to “be as one of the gods.” Women and snakes are combined in stories through history.
I am led to believe that Ophiuchus represents more than just a male persona. I believe the sign carries the wisdom and healing of the ages and is neither male nor female but both. The Hierophant couple if you will.
A modern shaman or witch to be exact.
Is it any wonder that history would rid itself of the "Great snake handler?" Knowledge is power.
I checked out my theory by taking my birth chart and going back nine months to my conception. What I found was striking! I had my Venus and Mars conjunct in the constellation of Ophiuchus in my rising sign, which was in opposition to my North node in Taurus. Sounds very interesting to me.
I then took it a step further and combined my birth (when I took my first breath) in a transit format: I had two grand trines. If anyone is familiar with the vertex of astrology, this is referred to as the “gateway.” My transiting birth Sun (Gemini) conjunct the natal Vertex in the 8th house in turn trine Chiron in the 3rd house and then trine with Neptune in the 12th house. The other grand trine involves natal Venus/Mars in Ophiuchus ascendant trine natal part of fortune which was conjunct transiting Mercury in 8th house in turn trine the Vertex in the 4th house.
Sorry if that is a mouthful. To me that smacks of fate and destiny. Of what, I have yet to figure that out. So I have work ahead of me. Lots of it.
So to sum it all up: there are 13 constellations in our Zodiac. There is a need to incorporate and update the astrological system as new scientific and/or occult discoveries emerge so as to better reflect our modern times. The planets need to be put in their proper constellations. ‘Old school’ astrology needs to be replaced, folks.
Our current system of interpretations needs to reflect these changes in our knowledge and so our wheels need to be reinvented.
What I need now is learn how to write an astrological software program to do all of this. Are there any out there who would teach me and would like to help me with a project as voluminous as this? We can make history, folks. We have the technology to do it now. I would like to be a part of it.
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