Represented by the Rod of Asclepius and located between the signs Scorpio and Sagittarius, Ophiuchus is recognized as a zodiacal constellation by the International Astronomical Union since 1930, establishing its influence period between November 30 and December 17.
A controversial birth:
Ophiuchus existence generates concern in many astrologers, since it not only questions which sign represents those born between November 22 and December 21, it also creates alteration in the other traditionally recognized signs.
The Ophiuchus existence means that Sagittarius would only occupy six days in the solar disk and both: snake and centaur would be opposite or complementary with Taurus. Before the imminent need to modify the calendar many astrologers have raised their voices in protest.
A message in the stars:
There are twelve traditionally recognized zodiacal signs; these represent constellations that make up an imaginary belt distributed along the Celestial Equator. These signs divide the zodiacal belt of 360 ° into 12 30 ° portions each, Ophiuchus will radically modify this distribution, losing the accuracy that has characterized it for centuries.
Each zodiac sign corresponds to a constellation, a star's formation. According to antiquity astronomers, each sign is represented by figures drawn in the sky by constellations, so we have for example a bull representative of Taurus, the Lion, the Ram, the Balance and the Twins, representatives of the signs Leo, Aries, Libra, and Gemini respectively. Ophiuchus also presents this characteristic, displaying the image of a man, who holds a snake.
But... Who is this man in the sky?
According to Greek mythology, the image drawn by Ophiuchus belongs to Asclepius, a demigod son of Apollo and Coronis. Legend has it that Apollo entrusted the education of his son to Chiron the centaur, a half-man/half horse that represents Sagittarius, who made of Asclepius, a brilliant medicine student.
Asclepius’s talent was so incredible that he even could resurrect the dead. Becoming a health icon for the Greeks, it’s no coincidence that his sake surrounded rod surrounded, known by the Romans as the "Rod of Asclepius," is the symbol of medical vocation.
Asclepius and his gift of resurrecting the dead upset Hades, god of the underworld, who told Zeus about his discontent and the threat Asclepius pose against the world of the dead. So Zeus decided to end the demigod’s life.
However, Zeus considered Asclepius’s gifts should be eternally remembered and sent him to the sky with his old mentor Chiron. Since then, Ophiuchus is located next to Sagittarius, drawing a man with a snake that symbolizes the renewal of life.
Finally, are they 12 or 13?
Many astrologers maintain the traditional division of twelve zodiac signs. However, some detractors maintain Ophiuchus validity and his influence on those born within his period. Therefore, according to the Ophiuchus’s supporters, the people influenced by this sign can develop up to three different types of personalities.
First Phase: From November 30 to December 5, those born from to, tend to be dreamers, idealists, and travellers, inclined towards humanitarian and religious activities.
Second Phase: From December 6 to 12, are usually related to commercial activities, are emotional, tender and sometimes enigmatic.
Third Phase: Finally, those born between December 12 and 17 are practical, methodical, organized, tenacious and sometimes stubborn.
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