The serpent, already a symbol of wisdom and its goddess Athena, was associated with Asklepios' rejuvenating skills because it could renew itself, becoming "young" again by shedding its old skin. But the fates and the gods did not like the idea of a human with the ability to grant other humans the gift of eternal life. So Zeus struck him dead with a thunderbolt.
Because he warned his fellow citizens of Troy not to let into their walled citadel the giant wooden horse left behind by the Greeks. The goddess Athena she of the snakes sent enormous serpents to strangle and kill the priest and his sons. The Trojans interpreted it as a sign that it was all right to let the gift horse in without looking into its contents.
The rest is, again, tragedy. The key to both tales is the snake, symbol of wisdom and of all the knowledge hidden beneath the Earth. One of the great sites of prophecy in the ancient Greek world was Pythia, from where we get our word python. And so, I have a third scenario to help explain who Ophiuchus is.
DATES: Nov 30 – Dec HOUSE: WORD FOR GUARDIAN: Master. THE CONSTELLATION. According to legend, the Serpent Bearer constellation had two. Ophiuchus (⛎) has sometimes been used in sidereal astrology as a thirteenth sign in addition to to the twelve signs of the tropical Zodiac, because the eponymous constellation Ophiuchus (Greek: Οφιούχος "Serpent-bearer"), as defined by.
It isn't a story told very often, but while not perfectly matching the "snake holder" description, it involves wisdom and snakes. Tiresias was considered the wisest of men, and he was summoned before the gods because Zeus and his sister-spouse Hera were quarreling. Zeus insisted that women enjoyed sex more than men; the prudish Hera said it was not true. The only one who knew for certain was Tiresias.
Once when he was walking through the woods, he came upon two enormous serpents that were mating. Being curious and not afraid of disturbing these symbols of wisdom as they copulated, he poked at them. As punishment or a boon , Tiresias was transformed into a woman and lived, fully, as a woman.
Years later, walking through the same woods, he again came across serpents mating. He knew exactly what to do. He poked them again.
He was a man. Okay yes we're freaking out.
Unfortunately, the technicalities behind this confusing disinformation can be complicated to grasp, leaving followers of Western Astrology uncertain of the truth. This bad news spread like wildfire, reigniting the same foolishness that ran rampant in January of , when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story in which a local astronomy instructor definitively claimed that the Earth's wobble had shifted the zodiac signs.
The claim created an instant stir then, setting the web on fire, just as it has continued to do.
Your zodiac sign never changed. There is no reason to panic or remove your tattoo. There is no thirteenth sign.
The Internet is amazing when it comes to disseminating news quickly, but it's just as amazing when it spreads disinformation. Fact 1 as claimed by NASA: There is a thirteenth constellation that crosses the ecliptic, which is the celestial highway the planets travel along on their orbits around the Sun.
The NASA site explains that the Babylonians divided the ecliptic into 12 equal parts, "like cutting a pizza into 12 equal slices. They go on to explain that there were actually 13, not 12 constellations in the zodiac, and that the Babylonians left out the sign Ophiuchus as a matter of convenience.
Therefore, NASA claims that the Sun -- which appears to move through the 12 signs each year from Earth's point of view -- is aligned with Ophiuchus for nearly three weeks each year, and people born at that time are born under the sign of Ophiuchus. Furthermore, NASA notes that the constellations in the zodiac are not equal in size, and that the Sun passes through Scorpio in 7 days but takes 45 days to transit Virgo.
Fact 2 as claimed by NASA: 3, years after the Babylonians created the 12 signs of the zodiac, the sky has shifted, changing most people's sign. NASA is, in fact, referring to a well-known concept that is referred to as "the Precession of the Equinox.