Ophiuchus – Constellation Not Sign

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A little while ago that old chestnut about Ophiuchus being the thirteenth sign of the zodiac appeared all over the press once again.

The story seems to come around periodically in our ‘lowest common denominator’ society, which apparently seeks to deliberately trivialise (and confuse) virtually every issue, especially during the summer.

Each time the story is pitched in a different way to make it look as though it’s new, when in fact it’s old.

Let’s be clear – the twelve signs of the zodiac are the equal 30 degree divisions of the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun around us.

Constellations are different from Zodiac signs

The signs from Aries to Pisces are not the same as the constellations, the latter, though they lie behind the path of the sun on its journey, are of unequal length – and yes, there are thirteen constellations which intrude into this path, one of which is Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer.

When we think about it, twelve is a natural division. For example, the planet Jupiter takes almost twelve years to return to the same position. That means he spends roughly one year in each sign. I think this is significant.

Whilst there are some astrologers who incorporate Ophiuchus into their work these days, I do not subscribe to it for the reasons outlined above. To each his own, as they say, and keep a clear mind.

The bottom line is that I think the waters are muddied enough already and nature’s symmetry truly is something to behold – and uphold.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

 

Lucky Leo!

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With the sun now in his own sign of Leo, we are entering high summer in these northern lands.

Leo is the sign of warmth, life, love, kids, sport, acting and self expression in general. The fact that the zodiac (or the ecliptic) is the apparent path of the sun through the sky, makes the sign of Leo, ruled by the same sun, seem rather special to me – and Leos know they are special. The kings and queens of the zodiac.

Leo is the fifth sign and also linked to the mundane fifth house in astrology. In numerology the number five is broadly similar to Leo’s optimistic traits of lust for life and experience.

Leo is the sign of creation of all kinds, just like the sun is the source of warmth and light. Leo is the sign of children, therefore, our most fundamental creations who continue our pursuit of life and love.

Leo is the positive, ‘masculine’ sign of fixed fire. Fire signs are ardent, powerful, creative, fixed signs are determined and stubborn – we can see that the symbol of the Lion is highly appropriate. So why else would the collective noun of lions be ‘pride’?

The sun is said to be dignified in his own sign of Leo. Proud Leo indeed.

Notable Leo individuals include interesting characters such as the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

 

Haiku: Circles

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Circles of the sun
are divided into twelve
A natural law

copyright Francis Barker 2019