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Celtic Ophiuchus

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San Antonio, United States

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Ophiuchus
The Other
Zodiac
Sign !
pencil drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper coloured on computer Ophiuchus
has sometimes been used in sidereal astrology as a thirteenth sign in addition to the twelve signs of the tropical Zodiac, because the eponymous constellation Ophiuchus (Greek Ὀφιοῦχος “Serpent-bearer”) as defined by the 1930 IAU constellation boundaries is situated behind the sun between November 29 and December 17.
The idea appears to have originated in 1970 with Stephen Schmidt’s suggestion of a 14-sign zodiac (also including Cetus as a sign). A 13-sign zodiac has been suggested by Walter Berg and by Mark Yazaki in 1995, a suggestion that achieved some popularity in Japan, where Ophiuchus is known as Hebitsukai-Za (へびつかい座?, “The Serpent Bearer”).
Ophiuchus, has been known since ancient times, and is better known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder. The sign of Ophiuchus is patterned after the original ‘Serpent Holder’, Enki, a Sumerian god. In his 2011 book, Kanatas Vasilis suggested the Greek letter phi (Φ) as the symbol for the sign of Ophiuchus, from the Greek word for Ophiuchus, “ΟΦΙΟΥΧΟΣ”.[ LUCKY COLOR : PURPLE
LUCKY STONE : TOPAZ AND RED COLOUR PRECIOUS STONES
Orange topaz, also known as precious topaz, is the traditional November birthstone,
Ophiuchus is also related to the mythological characters Asclepius
Imhotep
and
Enki
Ophiuchus is seen as a healer and as such carries the
Rod of Asclepius
not the
Caduceus
It is relatively common, especially in the United States, to find the caduceus, with its two snakes and wings, used as a symbol of medicine instead of the correct Rod of Asclepius, with only a single snake. This usage is erroneous, popularised largely as a result of the adoption of the caduceus as its insignia by the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1902 at the insistence of a single officer (though there are conflicting claims as to whether this was Capt. Frederick P. Reynolds or Col. John R. van Hoff).

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