It all started with a story that had been resurfaced. Ophiuchus, or the serpent-bearer, is the 13th zodiac sign found by NASA. Anyone born between November 29 and December 17 is an Ophiuchus, not a Scorpio or a Sagittarius. Scorpio’s window would be reduced to just seven days, and the entire astrology chart would alter, resulting in different star signs for some Pisces, Leos, and Libras. As astrology fans on the internet began to panic, NASA stepped in to gently correct the record.
Is the 18th of December a Sagittarius or an Ophiuchus?
Were you born between the 30th of November and the 18th of December?
On your birthday, the sun will most likely pass in front of the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer.
I’m almost expecting to hear someone say:
You’re entirely correct. Because Ophiuchus is a constellation rather than a zodiac sign, this is the case. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between astrological signs and astronomical constellations, when and where to look for Ophiuchus, the deep-sky gems it holds, its mythology, science, and more.
Signs versus constellations
On August and September evenings, the Serpent Bearer stands tall in the south to southwest sky from Northern Hemisphere latitudes. Ophiuchus is closer to above from the Southern Hemisphere. Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpionis, is also close by.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) drew up the official boundary lines for all 88 constellations in the 1930s. Rasalhague, Ophiuchus’ brightest star, and Antares, Scorpius’ brightest star, are labeled in the photo below of the constellation Ophiuchus. Rasalhague is a bright star that marks Ophiuchus’ head, although it pales in comparison to Antares, the star that depicts the Scorpion’s beating heart.
Ophiuchus is in a bad way. Despite the fact that the ecliptic passes through him, no one ever claims him as a birth sign. After all, the zodiac band stretches 8 degrees north and south of the ecliptic, with a total width of 16 degrees. The constellations aren’t evenly distributed along this area in our sky, either. Everyone who reads astrological advice online is familiar with the zodiac signs. There are 12 zodiac signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and so forth. However, there is no Ophiuchus.
However, the moon and planets pass through Ophiuchus on a regular basis. Likewise, the sun. From roughly November 30 to December 18, the sun is in front of Ophiuchus.
Around November 21, or anytime the sun is exactly 30 degrees west of the December solstice point, the sun is said to enter the sign of Sagittarius. On the December 21 solstice, the sun enters the sign of Capricorn. So, regardless of the sun shining in front of the constellation Ophiuchus from November 30 to December 18, the sun passes through the sign Sagittarius for the month leading up to the December solstice.
By the way, in around 72 years, the December solstice point advances one degree westward in front of the zodiacal constellationsor backdrop stars. By the year 2269, the December solstice point will have finally moved into the constellation Ophiuchus.
When and where to locate Ophiuchus
Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is the ideal time to see Ophiuchus (Southern Hemisphere winter). Late July and early August in the Northern Hemisphere show this constellation high in the southern sky during twilight and early evening. On fall evenings in the Northern Hemisphere, it can be visible in the southwest sky.
This relatively large constellation lies to the north of Scorpius the Scorpion and to the south of Hercules the Hero in the sky. If you’re familiar with the brightest star in Scorpius, Antares, try star-hopping to Ophiuchus from this crimson beauty. The star Rasalhague appears on Ophiuchus’ skull (Alpha Ophiuchi).
In tradition and in the sky, Ophiuchus is associated with the Serpent constellation.
If you have a dark sky, you might notice that this is one constellation that looks exactly how it should: a large man holding a snake.
Ophiuchus is derived from two Greek words that signify serpent and holding.
Deep-sky objects in Ophiuchus
Take your binoculars and scan Ophiuchus, which lies in the Milky Way band and has numerous deep-sky wonders, on a night when the moon isn’t visible. For example, Ophiuchus has a lot of globular clusters. M10 and M12 are the two simplest globular clusters to see with conventional binoculars, as seen in the chart above. They seem as weak puffs of light via binoculars, but with a telescope, you can see these globular clusters for what they are. They’re massive stellar metropolis with hundreds of thousands of stars that span a hundred to a few hundred light-years in diameter.
The Pipe Nebula, a massive interstellar cloud of gas and dust spreading across nearly 7 degrees of sky, is another big deep-sky favorite. That’s about the width of three to four fingers at arm’s length. This dark nebula is located in southern Ophiuchus at a distance of 600 to 700 light-years and can be viewed with the naked eye in a dark, transparent sky. The Pipe Nebula is located to the east of Antares and to the north of Shaula and Lesath. The above chart shows these two stars (but not the Pipe Nebula).
Ophiuchus in myth and star lore
Ophiuchus represents Asclepius, the Greek deity of medicine and doctors, in Greek mythology. He is always shown with a large serpent or snake in his hand. A snake’s venom can either kill or cure, depending on how it’s utilized. Asclepius is claimed to have manufactured a healing elixir from Serpens the Serpent’s venom, Gorgon’s blood, and an unknown herb. Until the god of the underworld, Pluto, appealed to the king of the gods, this potion granted humanity immortality. Pluto urged Zeus to rethink the consequences of death’s death.
We have no idea how Pluto made his case. Maybe he just said that what never lives never dies, and that no mortal can have one without the other. Sophocles may have summed up the myth’s core theme when he said:
It is preferable to die and sleep the never-waking slumber than to live after the soul’s life has passed.
In his Four Quartets, poet T.S. Eliot may have mirrored the notion of the ever-living story:
We perish in the company of the dying:
We are born with the dead in our midst:
In any case, according to legend, Zeus seized the elixir, exiled Asclepius from Earth, and enshrined the great physician in the celestial realms. Today, the Staff of Asclepius, a symbol of the World Health Organization and other medical organizations, pays homage to this myth and mirrors the magnificent celestial shape of Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer constellation.
Ophiuchus in history and science
A supernova explosion of a star within our own Milky Way galaxy hasn’t been seen in almost 400 years. However, in the year 1604, a supernova known as Kepler’s Supernova blasted into the scene, allowing for 18 months of naked-eye sight. It sparkled in the southern hemisphere of Ophiuchus, not far from the Pipe Nebula.
Tycho’s Supernova, which lighted up Cassiopeia in 1572, was followed by Kepler’s Supernova in 1604. The Aristotelian notion of an unchangeable world outside the orbit of the moon was shattered by these supernovae, which sent shock waves through Europe’s elite. Tycho Brahe measured the 1572 supernova’s parallax, proving that it was not an atmospheric phenomenon. In reality, the supernova flashed well beyond the orbit of the moon. Shortly after, in 1604, Kepler’s Supernova seemed to hammer home the point once more.
Furthermore, in 1577, Tycho Brahe estimated the distance of a comet and discovered that it was also farther away than the moon. Aristotelians wanted to believe comets were gases burning in the atmosphere, but Tycho disproved Aristotle’s unchanging universe theory once more.
Bottom line: For nearly two weeks each year, the sun passes through the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, making Ophiuchus an unofficial member of the zodiac. Learn the difference between astrological signs and astronomy constellations, as well as how to find Ophiuchus.
Is Ophiuchus a rare astrological sign?
Aries is the second rarest zodiac sign, followed by Sagittarius, both of which are fire signs, according to Stardust.
According to Stardust, the first sign of the zodiac is Aries, which has a spark of creativity that “gets everyone going and moving.” According to Stardust, Sagittarius, the third rarest zodiac sign, “falls during the autumn season and are renowned to be adventurous and free-spirited.”
What is the appearance of Ophiuchus?
Ophiuchus is located northwest of the Milky Way’s center, between Aquila, Serpens, Scorpius, Sagittarius, and Hercules. Scorpius to the west and Sagittarius to the east make up the southern portion. Summer is the greatest time to see it in the northern hemisphere. It’s the polar opposite of Orion. Ophiuchus is represented as a man holding a serpent, with his body dividing the Serpens constellation into two sections, Serpens Caput and Serpens Cauda. Ophiuchus is a constellation that spans the equator, with the most of its territory in the southern hemisphere. Rasalhague, the brightest star in the constellation, is located towards the northern edge of Ophiuchus, with a declination of about +12 30 degrees. The constellation reaches 30 degrees declination to the south. Within Ophiuchus, portions of the ecliptic are south of 20 degrees declination.
Will Sagittarius have a nice year in 2021?
The Sagittarius Career Horoscope 2021 forecasts that the year 2021 will provide positive career outcomes for Sagittarius natives. This year, you will be successful at work, and your coworkers and bosses will be very supportive of you. During this time, your loved ones will strongly encourage you to advance in your work, which will aid you in making advancement and accumulating wealth. The months of January, May, June, August, September, and December are the most auspicious for you due to the favorable arrangement of planets. You will be able to work harder and complete every task or project on time at this point.
Furthermore, according to Sagittarius Jobs Predictions 2021, the months of May and August appear to be favorable if you are considering a job transfer or shift, as the planet Sun will transit in your ninth house. Apart from that, you will get the opportunity to travel abroad owing to work-related matters in November and will be able to take advantage of it. Based on your work performance in May and June, you are likely to get promoted.
Despite the fact that many of your opponents will remain active this year, your attentive behavior will give you the appearance of dominating them. Businessmen and merchants will also benefit from the Sagittarius Yearly Predictions 2021. Natives who work in a relationship will gain their partners’ support, which will help them achieve. You’ll be able to profit even if you’re not in the United States.
What is the correct pronunciation of Ophiuchus?
Ophiuchus is pronounced /fijuks/ in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Ophiuchus is pronounced “oh-FEW-kuss” in simple old English.
What are the three Sagittarius types?
A decan connected with the moon, Goddess of mystery and fluidity, begins around December 1 and spans 10-20 degrees of Sagittarius. Because the moon is associated with feminine nocturnal elements, it is not usually regarded as particularly lucky or powerful in masculine fire/air signs. Sagittarius, on the other hand, is a mutable sign, and its fluctuating environment corresponds to the moon’s continual light oscillations. This decan also happens to be opposite the midpoint of the moon’s two most powerful signs, Taurus and Cancer. The moon gently ushers us into the oncoming night here.
The number nine of that element, in this case the Nine of Wands, is associated with the second decan of a mutable sign. The Rider-Waite version of this card, known as “the Lord of Great Strength” in Book T of the Golden Dawn, depicts a battle-scarred warrior who appears to be on alert and ready at all times. At first glance, this does not appear to be a reflection of the moon’s energy, but it is a defensive rather than aggressive posture. Nines depict the suit’s energy being fully realized, as well as the cost of achieving it. It is now necessary to defend what has been gained through a series of wars.
Is Sagittarius the most uncommon zodiac sign?
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Scorpios, if you haven’t noticed, are everywhere, and they aren’t the rarest of zodiac signs. They’re not only the most common, but they’re also the ones that are most likely to reveal their sign in any given situation. Scorpios can’t stop themselves from boasting about their zodiac sign.
On the other hand, Aquarians keep their tongues quiet. Even though Aquarians are the most unusual of all the zodiac signs, there are probably more of them in your inner circle than you realize.
Ophiuchus, who shall he marry?
I’m not directly touched by the rekindled dispute regarding Ophiuchus, the 13th zodiac sign, because I’m a proud (and predictably stubborn) Taurus. The sign, which lies between Scorpio and Sagittarius and encompasses those born between November 29 and December 17, is not universally accepted as a part of the official zodiac. However, learning about the sign’s history and the psychological attributes of Ophiuchus is fascinating. Most importantly, if you use astrology for love (and who doesn’t? ), you might be even more interested in how the Ophiuchus sign behaves in relationships and which signs are most and least compatible with them.
For those of you who were as perplexed as I was, Ophiuchus (pronounced Of-ee-You-Cus) means “serpent carrier” and represents a human being entwined with a snake, which is ideal for all you Slytherins out there. Their personality is complex, and their ideal spouse is someone who can complement them and deal with some of their less desirable characteristics.
The most important aspect of a successful relationship with Ophiuchus, according to Wong, is respecting their need to be free and unbound, as well as their want to be appreciated. “The perfect partner should not need to be praised as much and must possess inner confidence to improve what an Ophiuchus can provide,” she says, adding that someone who is smart yet satisfied in a “supporting role” is the best choice for an Ophiuchus. “Like the crew of a movie that shines a light on the actor, the perfect partner must provide a solid backbone to the partnership.”
If you’re wondering if you and an Ophiuchus are a good match, these are the five most compatible signs for the serpent bearer.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Because they’re both creative daydreamers, the Neptune-ruled Pisces is the ideal match for Ophiuchus. Pisces is a sign that puts their heart and soul into their relationships and loves to play a more supportive role, which is a good match for Ophiuchus’ romantic requirements. These are two signs, according to Wong, who can easily express their emotions and feelings. “More than that, both signs are easygoing when it comes to adapting to new situations,” she adds, “so they’d be fantastic together in times of change.”
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorn, a realistic, goal-oriented, and ambitious sign, would get along swimmingly with Ophiuchus. They’re both intellectually ambitious, hardworking, and competitive in their professional and personal lives, according to Wong. When one of you needs to put in extra time at work, both partners will be understanding and supportive, because they understand that some things are required in order to reach your goals. Capricorn has no objections to Ophiuchus spending time for themselves, but will gladly listen to their complaints if they need someone to listen. Capricorn will be a grounding influence for Ophiuchus if they are in one of their moods. These two appear to be a well-balanced power pair.
Ophiuchus (November 29 to December 17)
When it comes to love, not every zodiac sign can effectively date another zodiac sign. After all, your worst characteristics will almost certainly be reflected back to you. Wong, on the other hand, believes that a couple with two Ophiuchus signs would have a lot of fun together. “Because an Ophiuchus is always looking for pleasure, it seems logical that they are particularly compatible with their type, especially when traveling,” she explains.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer is no exception for Ophiuchus, who seems to perform well with sensitive Water signs. Cancer and Ophiuchus, according to Wong, are a wonderful match because both are devoted and possessive signs. “The latter trait, according to Wong, occasionally borders on jealousy.” It does, however, pave the way for physical and emotional fulfillment, both of which are essential for a happy partnership. Cancer, like Pisces, is content to perform the supporting role, which Ophiuchus values much in a mate. Overall, Cancer and Ophiuchus are a solid match because Cancer will make Ophiuchus feel at ease, while Ophiuchus will make Cancer feel needed.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
“Libras and Ophiuchus get along swimmingly because Libras, a mellow combination of Capricorn and Pisces, are intellectuals, creative thinkers, and art lovers, according to Wong. They’ll hit it off immediately away and have enthralling discussions that will last for hours. Ophiuchus and Libra both have a “a desire to go to new places and explore the unknown Another relationship-oriented sign, Libra, is obsessed with keeping their spouse happy. Libra will provide space for Ophiuchus if they require it. Libra is more than happy to reassure them and shower them with attention if they need it. These two signals are likely to begin as friends before moving on to a more romantic level.
Is the 21st of December a Capricorn or a Sagittarius?
- Aries is the first sign of the zodiac (March 21April 19)
- Taurus is the sign of the bull (April 20May 20)
- Gemini is a sign of the zodiac (May 21June 20)
- Cancer is a disease that affects people (June 21July 22)
- Leo is a sign of the zodiac (July 23August 22)
- Virgo is the sign of the Virgin (August 23September 22)
- Libra is a sign of the zodia (September 23October 22)
- Scorpio is a zodiac sign that (October 23November 21)
- Sagittarius is the sign of the eagle (November 22December 21)
- Capricorn is a sign in the zodiac that (December 22January 19)
- Aquarius is the sign of the water bearer (January 20February 18)
- Pisces is a water sign (February 19March 20)
Taurus is the most devoted of the zodiac signs, remaining faithful to the right person till the end. Their ideal soulmate is someone who feels the same way they do about their feelings. They want someone who can make them feel like they are the only person in the world by being trustworthy, loyal, honest, and clear.
When it comes to choosing a life partner, the Gemini is quite picky. Their ideal partner is intelligent, funny, and lives an intriguing life rather than a dull one!
The Cancer has a big heart and is quite lovable. They require someone who is both affectionate and intelligent in order to make them feel special and appreciated. They are looking for someone that is compassionate and empathic.
Leo is drawn to those who are fascinating, confident, and secretive. They want someone who isn’t afraid to be themselves. They enjoy playing mental games!
Someone who is motivated and has a purpose in mind is the Virgo’s soulmate, not someone who procrastinates all day. When it comes to finding a love, the Virgo needs to be serious!
The Libra won’t settle for anything less than perfection; they seek someone who has it all, including good appearance, intelligence, and self-assurance. They admire physical beauty, are drawn to intelligent people, and admire people who are self-assured!
The Scorpio is a lover who loves profoundly, intensely, and unconditionally. Their ideal soulmate is someone who shares their feelings. They also enjoy a personality that keeps them guessing until the very end.
Sagittarians appreciate self-sufficiency. Their ideal partner is someone who is caring and open-minded while yet giving them space. They despise possessive or clinging people.
Capricorn is a finicky sign. They want their spouses to be well-dressed, stylish, and confident in their own skin. Apart from these qualities, they should be trustworthy and loyal!
Pisces prefer to have a good time and live in their own world. Someone who is as crazy as they are, has a creative mindset, and can connect with them deeply is their ideal soulmate.