Is Ophiuchus a Real Starsign?
Despite the Babylonians discovering Ophiuchus in the 12th century BCE and the Greeks around the same time, astrologers do not officially recognize it as the 13th zodiac starsign. However, the constellation does exist towards the southern part of the Milky Way, and some people consider it to be a thirteenth starsign. Therefore, the question remains: is Ophiuchus a real starsign?
Ancient Babylon developed the zodiac system we use today over 2,000 years ago, recognizing only 12 signs corresponding to the positions of the Sun and planets along the ecliptic. Although the thirteenth zodiac sign does lie along the edge of the ecliptic, it was never included in the zodiac system because its location was not viewed as significant.
Inclusion of a new sign would necessitate a change in the starsign of individuals born during that time. Despite its lack of official recognition, many people still show interest in this lesser-known constellation, seeking its characteristics and traits, which often include healing, wisdom, and natural leadership.
Ophiuchus the 13th Starsign?
Ophiuchus is a constellation located towards the Milky Way’s southern part. Although it is not widely recognized, it is considered by some to be a thirteenth starsign. The zodiac normally comprises twelve constellations positioned on the Sun’s path, the path that the Sun follows across the sky throughout the year, known as ‘the ecliptic’.
Astronomers and astrologers have debated the creation of an additional starsign. The inclusion of Ophiuchus would require adjusting the dates associated with each sign, which some astrologers argue would significantly alter an individual’s sign and horoscope. However, others note that the thirteenth starsign has been known since ancient times and that its exclusion from the zodiac is primarily due to the agreed-upon twelve-constellation system.
Throughout history, the constellation of Ophiuchus has been depicted in various ways, such as a serpent-holder or a healer, by different cultures. Despite not being an official zodiac sign, Ophiuchus is a real constellation in the night sky, renowned for its bright stars and unique shape. Its existence highlights the vast and complex Universe, with many mysteries yet to uncover.
What are the Ophiuchus Starsign Dates?
Ophiuchus, the Serpent-Bearer, represents a lesser-known astrological sign positioned between Scorpio and Sagittarius. Its origins trace back to ancient Egypt, contrary to popular belief, and it symbolizes healing, transformation, and rejuvenation. People born under this sign possess intuition, passion, and an unwavering love for knowledge. If your birthday falls between November 29 and December 17, you belong to the sign of Ophiuchus. Adopting a 13-constellation zodiacal system would require other starsigns to adjust their dates, including poor Scorp, who would have only six days to call their own.
Including the zodiacal constellation Ophiuchus as the 13th zodiac sign, has been the subject of much debate and controversy among astrologers. It is believed that the alignment of the stars has shifted, and what we know as the zodiac calendar has been off by approximately one month since ancient times.
Consequently, the starsigns associated with each month may not align exactly as they used to, making it necessary to account for the shift in the earth’s alignment by adding a thirteenth sign. Despite these debates, studying the principles of this ancient sign has helped many individuals who identify with the Serpent gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their personality traits.
Date Changes for Every Starsign in the Thirteenth Constellation System
Aries ( ELEMENT FIRE | RULER MARS )
DOB 12 Constellations – Mar 21 – Apr 20 | DOB 13 Constellations – Apr 18 – May 13
Taurus ( ELEMENT EARTH | RULER VENUS )
DOB 12 Constellations – Apr 21 – May 21 | DOB 13 Constellations – May 14 – Jun 19
Gemini ( ELEMENT AIR | RULER MERCURY )
DOB 12 Constellations – May 22 – Jun 21 | DOB 13 Constellations – Jun 20 – Jul 20
Cancer ( ELEMENT WATER | RULER MOON )
DOB 12 Constellations – Jun 22 – Jul 22 | DOB 13 Constellations – Jul 21 – Aug 9
Leo ( ELEMENT FIRE | RULER SUN )
DOB 12 Constellations – Jul 23 – Aug 22 | DOB 13 Constellations – Aug 10 – Sep 15
Virgo ( ELEMENT EARTH | RULER MERCURY )
DOB 12 Constellations – Aug 23 – Sep 22 | DOB 13 Constellations – Sep 16 – Oct 30
Libra ( ELEMENT AIR | RULER VENUS )
DOB 12 Constellations – Sep 23 – Oct 22 | DOB 13 Constellations – Oct 31 -Nov 22
Scorpio ( ELEMENT WATER | RULER MARS )
DOB 12 Constellations – Oct 23 – Nov 22 | DOB 13 Constellations – Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus ( ELEMENT FIRE | RULER JUPITER )
DOB 13 Constellations – Nov 30 – Dec 17
Sagittarius ( ELEMENT FIRE | RULER JUPITER )
DOB 12 Constellations – Nov 23 – Dec 21 | DOB 13 Constellations – Dec 18 – Jan 18
Capricorn ( ELEMENT EARTH | RULER SATURN )
DOB 12 Constellations – Dec 22 – Jan 20 | DOB 13 Constellations – Jan 19 – Feb 15
Aquarius ( ELEMENT AIR | RULER SATURN )
DOB 12 Constellations – Jan 21 – Feb 19 | DOB 13 Constellations – Feb 16 – Mar 11
Pisces ( ELEMENT WATER | RULER JUPITER )
DOB 12 Constellations – Feb 20 – Mar 20 | DOB 13 Constellations – Mar 12 – Apr 18
The Brightest Star in the Constellation
The star Rasalhague is the brightest star in the Ophiuchus constellation. And it has been associated with certain esoteric healing qualities in ancient mythology and folklore.
According to some ancient myths, Rasalhague was associated with medicine and healing and was said to possess magical properties that could be used for medicinal purposes. In some cultures, the star was also associated with knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual and mystical practices.
Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing, is often represented as a man holding a snake. He was known for his ability to bring the dead back to life, and his association with the serpent as a symbol of rebirth and regeneration are also connected to this sign. The symbol of the World Health Organisation is the Rod of Asclepius which represents health and medicine. It’s a rod with a snake entwined around it.
The NASA Rumour – Do You Have to Change Your Star Sign?
Is it true that according to NASA, they discovered a 13th sign of the Zodiac? Not really; it’s just a viral story that NASA added this sign, and it is incorrect as NASA doesn’t deal in astrology. Furthermore, the discovery of this thirteenth ‘zodiac sign,’ known as Ophiuchus, is not new.
Ophiuchus was discovered by the Babylonians or the Ancient Greeks thousands of years ago. It is another astrological constellation system that does not affect Western Astrology. Dozens of different astrological systems have sprung out of the Babylonian and Greek systems. You can change your sign if you wish to!
What Does Rose Smith think about Ophiuchus?
“Firstly, people should use the Astro system they feel comfortable with. It’s a case of ‘horses for courses.’ Secondly, the addition of Ophiuchus to the 12th constellation system would affect many people who would have to accept a different star sign with different dates. I am one, and I do not relate much to the proposed Mutable Earth sign, so I’ll be sticking to the 12 constellations Astro system, however, do follow the strongest vibe for you”.
So is Ophiuchus a real star sign – in this Studio 10 interview, psychic Rose Smith explains how the Western Astrology system can be stunningly accurate if you know your date, place, and time of birth. So you can be rest assured your star sign hasn’t changed.