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Ophiuchus the 13th Zodiac Sign? No, It's Not

Expert astrologers debunk the latest astrological rumor

The recent media hype about Ophiuchus (pronounced Oh-fee-YOU-cuss), "the new 13th zodiac sign," has sent folks spinning into an astrological identity crisis -- as well as overloading our own DH web servers. But the whole thing is not even true!

"Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology," said expert astrologer Rick Levine. "It's not an Astrology issue. It has to do with the stars -- it's not a sign, it's a constellation." 

"There are four seasons each with a beginning, middle and end," Levine continued. "That makes 12 zodiac signs, and there's no such thing as a 13th astrological sign."

So why are people freaking out, wondering if they went to bed last night a Gemini and woke up a Taurus? Here are the answers you've been waiting for on this cosmic controversy:

What is Ophiuchus?

Ophiuchus is a large modern constellation commonly represented as a man grasping the snake represented by the constellation Serpens.

Is Ophiuchus the 13th sign?

No. It's just a constellation. Even the founding text for Astrology (Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy written 170 AD) only mentions 12 signs. A few astrologers who practice the controversial sidereal  (constellation-based) zodiac use it as the 13th zodiac sign -- and by a few we mean about 1 percent.

How did this whole myth get started?

It began when astronomy professor Parke Kunkle of Minneapolis Community and Technical College told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the precession of stars over time. He said "Two thousand years ago the Sun was 'in' whatever it was in. Now it's about a whole constellation off from that." Kunkle's quote went viral and was picked up by FOX News and other media outlets because people mistakenly assume that Astrology is based on constellations. But that's not true.

So what is the truth?

Astrology is based on the four seasons, not on constellations -- and the seasons don't change. As Levine said above, there are four seasons, each with a beginning, middle and end, which adds up to 12 zodiac signs. There is no 13th astrological sign. Period.

What does this mean for you?

Nothing! Your zodiac sign hasn't changed. If you were a Gemini yesterday, you're still a Gemini today -- don't worry, you'll never wake up a Taurus. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What can we learn from this?

Listen to the experts, and don't believe everything you read until you check your facts. There are a lot of people out there who think they understand Astrology when they really don't. Dailyhoroscope.com works only with authentic astrologers and we'll be sure to keep you informed of the truth.

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54 Comments to "Ophiuchus the 13th Zodiac Sign? No, It's Not"
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Yak says:
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:03

oops typo: "referring all the way back...."

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Yak says:
Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:00

All the signs are based on constellations!!! I totally believe in Ophiuchus and there is great stuff about him/her at http://themindunleashed.org/2013/08/the-13th-zodiac-sign-ophiuchus.html
If the sun controls our world and it's location relative to us when we were born (in whichever constellation on the ecliptic it appeared then) then wherever you go, there you are! One caveat: the Earth rotates, that should impact our perception of where we are relative to, so since the earth rotates, carrying the observer through the cycle of sunrise and sunset, our position should be obscured considering the apparent motion of the Sun with respect to the stars. Can you answer this one? PS: do any of the signs represent "divine elements" If you study mythology, this is a great question. I have enjoyed reading everyone's comments, I created a whole series of sculptures based on the Zodiac and referring a llm the way back to the Babylonians

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vega ophiuchus says:
Thu, 10/17/2013 - 06:16

I believe Ophiuchus by its very nature is easy to be overlooked because the divine element it represents is nothing. When reading a book one always gives more thought to the words written than the spaces that separate them yet without these pauses all letters and words would run together and become an indecipherable mess. It is the same for Ophiuchus, the unspoken bridge between years, ages and eons. After all in order for there to be beginnings or endings there must be nothing before there is something, and nothing after something.

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Carla VanKoughnett says:
Sat, 02/11/2012 - 16:16

Before Pope Gregory XIII we followed a Lunar Calendar which is as Ucinogen eloquently pointed out is 28 days to a month of 13 Lunar cycles in a year. This leaves 1 extra day a year unaccounted for, but a 30 year scholar of paganism, and dear friend of mine explained this as being a day sacred to the goddess. Leap year being a day sacred to god. People might ask which god? whose god? What god?.. and in response I personally believe they are all the same force just different faces, and interpretations of those faces. Ophiuchus is not new. He was an actual man who walked the Earth and did such miracles in healing that he was "gifted his own stars by the Gods" His symbol was originally a stick with a snake wrapped around it, and this symbol is modernly used to represent medical practices. I too have to say, "Welcome back Ophiuchus." Cast out and forgotten by the rule of the Church. It's time we remember history before the confounding antics of the Illuminati/Vatican to distort, and rewrite the past.

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Ucinogen Hall says:
Sat, 01/21/2012 - 10:20

‎"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." —Arthur Schopenhauer

With a little simple research and mathematical sense any astrologist will soon realize that the 13 month, 28 day lunar cycle is profoundly more accurate than the current 12 month cycle that has been promoted by the establishment for centuries. Why exactly the campaign against the abolition of the 13th symbol took place may very well never be fully understood—but rest assured it was a deliberate attempt to hide/rewrite truth and will not be very successful much longer.

I say: Welcome back Ophiuchus. We missed you.

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jack says:
Tue, 01/03/2012 - 20:47

it wouldnt work anyway twleve months twelve zodiacs. and for the people that believe the world will end it is not going to happen it has never happened yet

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A. Writer says:
Mon, 11/07/2011 - 13:14

Briana, you're actually wrong about the whole 'it's the astronomers' faults'. People have mistaken the words of Kunkle, in hype and fanaticism most likely. He never actually said that there had to be a 13th sign, he merely commented on the fact that while we base astrology via signs and stars, yet we actually disregard the 13th constellation in the Western Zodiac. The Zodiac itself is based on lunar cycles, but because of the leap year system, we actually cut our years short, bar that one year in every four. There are actually 13 cycles, much Jeff stated earlier, because it coincides with the positioning of the sun over the 13 constellations in correlation to the Earth. The Eastern Zodiac follows this. On the other hand, the Western doesn't.

Kunkle never once stated that there was going to be a 13th sign xD

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Evan Croft says:
Sat, 10/22/2011 - 10:52

The arachnid isn't the thirteenth sign, Kassie, Ophiuchus the Snake Bearer is >> it has to do with the "movement" of the sun in the sky and all that. And I agree with most of the people here. Why would you base something like the zodiac signs on seasons on earth? And even if you did, what about the two different hemispheres? That's just ridiculous :P

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Colonel Panic says:
Mon, 07/25/2011 - 01:44

I'm not particularly a follower of Astrology, I just happened to stumble across this (perhaps a little late, meh). I am surprised that no one seems to have mentioned this by now. As someone who lives in the SOUTHERN hemisphere, since our seasons are out by six months compared to you guys, does that mean I am really a Virgo and not a Pisces based on this "seasons" theory? I fail to see how seasons would have anything to do with it then if that's not the case.

Also, just wanted to correct a little cosmological flaw in Vanessa's argument (posted 14th January - yes, a while back but still): stars CAN and DO move through space. Our Sun for instance orbits the centre of our galaxy just as we orbit around the Sun.

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Kassie says:
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 18:14

As I recall learning, the 13 symbol is actually the arachnid! the spider. Sorry, everyone has there two sense, and that happens to be mine.

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