Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
The ancient Greeks deliberately merged him into Scorpio, as it made more sense to divide the year neatly into 12 signs rather than 13. Besides that, Scorpio and Ophiuchus run side by side along the ecliptic – the path the Sun appears to take against the constellations throughout the year – and so together they take up about the same amount of space as one sign. The constellations, by the way, are not all the same size,.
Ophiuchus exists as a constellation, not a Zodiac sign.
Next to Ophiuchus there’re more than 20 constellations that would “fit” in Zodiac, however they don’t.
The guy who said it is not even an astrologer, he’s astronomer. Astrology exists for over several millennial and nothing will be changed considering Zodiac signs since they were never divided by constellations.
It is important to distinguish the zodiacal signs from the constellations associated with them, not only because of their drifting apart due to the precession of equinoxes but also because the physical constellations by nature of their varying shapes and forms take up varying widths of the ecliptic. Thus, Virgo takes up fully five times as much ecliptic longitude as Scorpius. The zodiacal signs, on the other hand, are an abstraction from the physical constellations designed to represent exactly one twelfth of the full circle each, or the longitude traversed by the Sun in about 30.4 days.
SO TO RECAP
Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology.
It’s not an Astrology issue. It has to do with the stars — it’s not a sign, it’s a constellation.
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.
How did this begin.
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.
Astrology is based on the four seasons, not on constellations — and the seasons don’t change. 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 to 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?
Don’t believe everything you read until you check your facts. There are a lot of people out there who think they understand Historical Astrology when they really don’t at all.
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of the stars, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.”