13th Zodiac Sign

This news story about new astrological Sun signs and the changes to the zodiac, because of Constellation Ophiuchus, is absolutely the biggest attention astrology has ever had. This story has been in the news before, but this time it was spread like wildfire because of the internet. It has put the spotlight on common Sun Signs and and how they relate to the constellations of stars.

Melissa Bell at The Washington Post has quoted me in New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet, with “It is the planets moving across the backdrop of the stars which influence our lives, not the planets moving through imagined 30 degree divisions on a piece of paper.” This is from an article I wrote last year, Zodiac Signs, Fixed Stars and Precession.

We don’t use astrological signs here at Darkstar but we do use the tropical zodiac we are all familiar with. We use it as it was intended, as a mathematical tool so we can draw up the horoscope. Instead of using the Sun signs for interpretation, we look to the aspects the planets make, and to the fixed stars.

It is possible to understand astrology without using any Sun signs, in fact things become much clearer when you take the signs away, and all the baggage that has built up around the signs, such as elements, rulerships etc.

Astronomers and critics have a good point when the rubbish astrology, citing the constellations and precession. Their argument is logical. I was a scientist, and I am very critical. I’m also an astrologer, and like the great astronomer/astrologer Johaness Kepler, I see the value of the tropical zodiac as a measuring tool, but not the value of Sun signs.

One year ago I wrote about the Saturn Uranus oppositions of 2010, and how they would effect astrology, as astrology is ruled by Uranus. There is a growing mass consciousness awareness of this issue. Astrology has critical role to play in the shift in consciousness beginning to occur. We are evolving away from the zodiac sign astrology and the strict rules and regulations that are based on the 30 degree divisions.” The Evolution of Astrology.

So the biggest news story in the history of astrology has the world abuzz with questions about the Sun signs. Now many people are questioning astrology and looking a bit deeper. Astrologers are being forced to defend their art, and they themselves have to look deeper. This is just the beginning of the process. The Jupiter Uranus conjunction last week has brought this new awareness about astrology. Uranus square Pluto from 2012 to 2015 may well bring fundamental changes to astrology, a major transformation.

Constellation Ophiuchus spans all of Sun sign Sagittarius. As an example of how Ophiuchus effects us more than Sagittarius, check out the horoscope of Tiger Woods. He has Moon in the sign Sagittarius, but it is on the brightest star in constellation Ophiuchus called Ras Alhague, the Head of the Serpent-charmer. This star with the Moon gives “misfortune through women, perverted tastes and mental depravity”.

- Jamie

Symbolism – From 12 to 13

I just thought I’d throw some ideas around as to why Ophiuchus has suddenly become top news.

Astrology is based on the sun’s path, the ecliptic being divided into 360 degrees and then divided by 12. The aspects are formed by the division of that circle by numbers one to 12. 1= Conjunction, 2=Opposition and so on up to 12 =Quincunx. We have the 12 Signs and the 12 houses. The 4 quadrants and the 4 seasons. It all fit’s together neatly. This is basically a Solar calendar and a Solar masculine, left brain, linear mindset. I wrote a little bit about the symbolism of the number 12 here: Whole Sign Houses.

Before Uranus was discovered the rulerships were conveniently divided into the 12 day and night rulers using just the 7 visible planets. This also neatly corresponded to the days of the week. Uranus true to its radical nature upset that precious balance and since then further new bodies have been discovered to confuse the matter more. Now who rules what?

Introducing a 13th sign throws the whole thing into utter confusion. It’s like the 13th uninvited fairy in sleeping beauty. The Judas of the signs. The whole concept reminds us of Eris, the uninvited wedding guest in the Greek myth.  The discovery of Eris caused a stir and ended up with Pluto being demoted and Ceres being promoted to dwarf planet status. This gives male Pluto and female Ceres equal ranking. It must have been galling for Pluto to step down off his power throne. But this beautifully symbolizes quality of the sexes. It’s quite revolutionary.

So is a revolution in astrology coming our way? The lunar calender had 13 months, it was more accurate and did not need a leap year. It followed the ways of the Goddess and respected natures cycles. But if we take on Ophiuchus then how would the circle be divided? It throws everything into chaos, like Eris did.

Whether this new sign is ever integrated or not, I do see the interest in it reflecting a general  re-balancing of the masculine and the feminine going on in the world psyche. With the additions of Ceres and Eris, we have more Goddesses in our pantheon now. The transformation of astrology that Jamie mentioned regarding Pluto squaring Uranus could also be part of this adjustment.

The Pluto Uranus conjunction in the 1960′s brought about great advances in sexual equality and it’s only natural that the changes should be reflected in the ways we measure the planets movements.

Ophiuchus has always been on the ecliptic, its not a new thing that has just been discovered. The mere fact that it is being discussed and people are willing to entertain the idea that their Sun sign could be wrong marks a shift in our thinking. As for the constellation itself, Ophiuchus is the snake charmer and snakes have so many evocative associations. Wisdom, occult knowledge, Kundalini, forbidden fruit, shamanism, sex…

Exciting times are ahead for our craft.

-Marina

UPDATE! The Meaning of Constellation Ophiuchus

1. voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2011/01/new_zodiac_sign_dates_dont_swi.html

95 Responses

  1. WILL says:

    Also during this period I listened to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as an audio book and reading all that stuff about the snakes reminded me of Snape and the Snake and the Defense Against the Dark Arts, the betral of Dumbledoor by Snape.

  2. Panagiotis says:

    I have found information about Ophiuchus here:
    mynewzodiacsign.net/?page=ophiuchus

    • Jamie says:

      You might want to edit your homepage. “After all these years, the planets positions are not what they used to be”. The planets positions are not the same as they were yesterday either. It is the position of the stars and their constellations which have changed in relation to the tropical zodiac.

  3. Jamie says:

    uberqueenofwands, you can post charts by using photobucket or image shack. just upload your chart on there and use the code like you would post on a forum. I just made a link on here:
    uberqueenofwands horoscope

  4. Jamie says:

    That’s what you call a stellium!

    • uberqueenofwands says:

      Many thanks Jamie! As an inhabitant of that stellium I am intrigued by others with similarly packed groups of planets. I notice its Angela Davies (60′s radical) and I think she has 7 in Aquarius? I think Axl Rose has a bunch in Aquarius too. Stelliums are both blessings and curse asn there is little in the way of half way! So one is either high as a kite or suicidal. Thank god for my Virgo asc and the ability to analyze…
      CAtherine Tennant’s book on lost constellations puts this birthdate within Hydra which feels like the Leo but Pisces ruled 12th house the stellium fall in. I can relate to Hydra a lot. I spent four years in JUngian analysis working almost entirely with dreams and symbols!

      • Marina says:

        “Stelliums are both blessings and curse and there is little in the way of half way! So one is either high as a kite or suicidal.”

        Oh yes! Good one, I can totally relate to that with, Sun, Moon, MC, Venus, Mars and both Liliths all in Aquarius. I think the house is really important too. I feel more like a Saggy with Jupiter rising and that stellium in the 9th. How much do you feel like a 12th houser/Neptunian/Pisces though because that energy is very different from a Leo? Sag and Aqua have lot more in common atleast.

        • Uberqueenofwands says:

          that’s quite a stellium too!
          The odd mix of Leo and Pisces is, thank god highly creative! Politically I’m the kindest fascist I know! I dream for the entire world, paint, write, make clothes, had a theatre company, get radically immersed in music ( I played piano by ear from the age of four, I am convinced this was left over from a previous life) , love meditation, taught yoga for years and practiced from the age of 16 way before it was fashionable, but then sometimes feel overwhelmed by the desire to create things, have difficulty putting the vision into reality and in answer to your Q how does it feel… Well BONKERS at times! I fall in love too deeply and take years to recover when it goes wrong… The funny thing is, an astrologer told me way back when I was about 20 that with all that Leo my life would manifest as very Aquarian and he was right! Both signs are fiercely independent of course.
          The weirdest thing about a full 12 th house is that people project on to me like mad and some of the stuff whichnhas been ascribed to me is, frankly hysterical!
          Of course at times I look in the mirror and think, who is that person. Ultimately I am happiest when I am in meditation… Pisces… But then there is always the allure of the beauty parlour!

        • Marina says:

          Funny about the opposite thing because before I discovered the fixed stars, I always felt I should be a Leo.
          I love all things camp and regal. My house is so Leo, giant chandeliers, big gold mirrors, red velvet curtains, 4 poster bed, ornate fireplaces, sparkly granite worktops..oh god it is bad, but I don’t have gold fish shaped taps in my bathroom (though my parents did..eek) and I’d wear a crown out shopping if i could, but id get beaten up.. I could go on.

          My best friend at college was a loud gay Leo man with a golden mane of spiral curls who loved to dress up as Madonna. And now I’m with a man with Mars on Regulus, couldn’t be happier!

        • Uberqueenofwands says:

          Everyone should try and be a bit Leo now and again just for fun! Actually, I think they do when they take their holidays in August. They get to drop their uniforms, parade on the beach, be generally sybaritic and make likeable idiots of themselves as they claim a bit of beach as their kingdom for two weeks!
          I certainly lived up to my Aquarian opposite by being a single working mother from the age of 18, back in 74 when it was a very new idea, traveling all over the world to places off the beaten track, having a very unconventional household and being generally radical. My radical writings as a sixteen herald got me thrown out of a convent!
          I shied away from gold taps but love lavish curtains! I still expect to rule the world one day… The marriage of Leo and Aquarius!

  5. uberqueenofwands says:

    That should say Angela Davies (Davis?) birthday today!

  6. Uberqueenofwands says:

    Another iPad typo! It should say a sixteen year old but came out as a sixteen herald!

    • Marina says:

      Heraldry!!! Love them freudian typos. There is a theory somewhere that there aren’t really 12 signs, but 6 polarities. You know I think I agree with that.
      But maybe they are only pronounced with stelliumites. Jamie is a Virgo, but he can be a bit of a zoned out Pisces a lot of the time….I also remember a Taurean stellium guy who was such a suspicious and secretive Scorpio with a right old sting in his tongue.

  7. uberqueenofwands says:

    I am resonating with the 6 polarities, the more I think about it! I know a multiple virgo who is the biggest slob in town and another who has a stellium in Scorpio who’s biggest obstacle in life is his attitude to money and material things – i.e covets deeply but points a finger of disdain at people who have amassed wealth etc
    Rgds the stellium thing, Jung calls it an enantiodromia – when something turns into the opposite of what it is!
    Perhaps each sign has its shadow in its opposite? i.e the negative aspects of the opposite sign? I’m going to keep a good look now!
    As a Virgo asc I am either anally tidy or in a state of Piscean flux! i.e chaos!

    • Marina says:

      The more I think about it the more it works. It also means that the signs then work for both hemispheres! Its like ying and yang isnt it? Each sign has a part of itself in the other.
      I have less of an aversion to using the signs if i think of them in this way. I know some very indecisive Aries who need advice of all an sundry before they make a decision. And I know some really selfish Librans!!

      So really, the opposition shouldn’t be such a bad aspect either. I have always suspected this.

      I guess this is why Ophuichius was left out then. Billy no mates.

      • uberqueenofwands says:

        I think we’re really on to something here Marina! Your yin yang analogy is spot on and I agree that certainly, the natal opposition is no so bad, it can offer a balance between two signs. I’m now going to scour the heavens for a possible opposite to Ophiucus!
        I also know some indescribably selfish Librans who are real trouble makers and some very diplomatic Arians!

        • The balancing of the yin/yang and polarities can actually be found within Ophiuchus, if we apply broader interpretations to it than the usual greco-roman patriarchal meanings. Our mate, personally and cosmically, isn’t “out there” somewhere. It lies right at the core of the thing itself.

        • charyl says:

          Ditto Sistertongue (love it) I can vouch for that.
          Do you think that if we could get over ourselves that we might just channel down from above. A pure stream running through us. But we’re seemingly no where near there are we, are we? I don’t know where that fits with all the other intents. The merging with the cosmos etc.

        • marina says:

          Oh god that is perfect! You read my mind about Ophuichius. I was thinking the exact same thing that he does not need a polar
          Opposite because he is all in one. If Algol is the Lilith star than ophuichius is the Lilith constellation.Describes the casting out of paradise (The ecliptic),being exiled and then ultimately finding her “Adam” inside her and claiming her own sovereignty. Ophuichuis worships nature like Lilith. Neither bow down to The solar God.

        • uberqueenofwands says:

          youtube.com/watch?v=Clq-GiqvL9o&feature=related

          You might find this very enlightening rgds archetypes of the feminine.

        • uberqueenofwands says:

          What do you actually base this on?
          Yin/yang doesn’t imply or mean mate. It is just polarity of qualities.
          Taking the idea that everything contains the seed of its polar opposite – as seen in the yin/yang symbol how do we find that in Ophiucus? Are there myths from other cultures which might explain your idea that Ophiucus contains the balancing?
          The Yin yang symbol is similar to the Hunab Ku – which seems to represent two spiralling forces in opposing directions which from the Shamanic point of view at least cold be seen to cancel gravity or provide a vanishing point of some kind.
          Can you explain how the balancing yin yang polarities are represented in Ophiucus, I would be very interested to know as mythoology on the constellation is not that abundant.
          Don’t dismiss Graeco Roman mythology as patriarchal until you have studied the ancient mytholgy and how it arrived – that is to say, the significance of the planet Saturn in ancient skies as it wan’t just an idea based on preference, it was a mythology based, as they all are, on a physical reality. This is a brilliant starting place youtube.com/watch?v=qzxVhLcCH8w and will explain much of what you need to know about the planets and mythology.

  8. Marina says:

    14 signs now apparently?!
    astrologynewsservice.com/articles/tysons-zodiac-are-there-really-14-signs/

    • rob says:

      Nah – but, I can go with the combination of Ophiuchus and Scorpio suggested here….Ophiscorpius or Scorpiucho….hey, what about Pinocchio, the Truth Teller