NASA claims that they’ve done all their calculations and have come up with a new zodiac sign. They’ve sent the traditional, well-established horoscope charts for a toss with the introduction of Ophiuchus.
“Checking the stars” before undertaking any activity has always come to be counterpoised by the belief that the stars affect our lives in no regard at all and that land us in quite a pickle, as a new zodiac sign just adds to the same debate.
In Nasa’s defense, they’ve left the pre-existing zodiac signs intact, introducing a new one that falls somewhere in between Scorpio and Sagittarius and calling it the ‘Serpent Bearer’, owing to its position in the center of the Serpens constellation.
Ophiuchus is near the astral equator and is noteworthy is the sense that out of all the 48 constellations presented by Ptolemy in the 2nd-century, it is one of the numerous constellations that may have had an impact on our horoscopes. The sign was originally not considered to be of any importance because of the barely there touch of the sun. The Greek God of serpents gives it the name.
This knowledge, however, isn’t particularly newfound and actually dates back to about 30,000 years. This brings up a rather pertinent question- as to why Nasa has sprung up with it, disturbing the astrological flow that has flown smoothly all these years?
Some ancient legends might be able to answer the above question.
Ophiuchus, the god of serpents was symbolic of the god Apollo to the Greeks. He was responsible for the snake that had the duty of protecting the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was the prognostic priestess Pythia who is famous for her ESP powers.
Apollo cannot be labeled insignificant as he was as powerful as Zeus’ son and possessed powers that allowed him to control the movement of the sun. This again, raises another unavoidable question- why would such a powerful god be ignored from our horoscope and astrological system? The answer may be the old fact that the calendar was created by the ancient Babylonians who created the 12 signs in accordance with their 12-month system, but that is not all. Many have opined that the answer may be found in the relationship between Apollo and the Oracle.
It is said that the Oracle is older than Apollo in terms of existence and spoke to him about international relations, power and so on. Even today, the mystery of the Oracle at Delphi is unsolved and highly intriguing.
The story does not end there and goes on to say that the Oracle’s temple was triumphed by Apollo and Mother Earth kept her holy serpent at Delphi, after which Apollo killed the serpent and tried to possess the powers of the Oracle.
The new calendar with 13 signs plays out like this:
Capricorn: January 20- February 16
Aquarius: February 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- August 10
Leo: August 10- September 16
Virgo: September 16- October 30
Libra: October 30- November 23
Scorpio: November 23- November 29
Ophiuchus: November 29- December 17
Sagittarius: December 17- January 20
We are still positively uncertain as to how accurate the math is and the bigger uncertainty of whether the zodiac impacts us at all still prevails.
Joseph Campbell calls our belief in the Zodiac our “call to duty”, as what impacts us may not be the astral bodies and their places at all, but our very own faith.
This faith, that has stayed ingrained in our for generations and is by forces within us and is a symbol of constant struggle we all face to achieve spiritual realization.
Campbell responds to the reference below in an interview with Bill Moyers :
“ Genesis 1: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”
Campbell says, “This is the song of the world, from a legend of the Pima Indians: ‘In the beginning, there was only darkness everywhere, darkness and water. And the darkness gathered thick in places, crowding together and then separating, crowding and separating.’”
To which, Moyers says,
“ And the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters, and God said, ‘Let there be light.’”
Response by Campbell, “This is from the Hindu Upanishad: ‘In the beginning, there was only the great self, reflected in the form of a person. Reflecting, it found nothing but itself, and its first word was, ‘This am I.’”
There are endless stories of creation from every culture there is and could be but the true representation of creation is humanity as a whole, which leaves the question of astrology belonging to a particular discipline unanswered.
Is there any life changing of the new zodiac sign? Is NASA trying to communicate something to our consciousness? Does mythology provide any backing?
“These bits of information from ancient times, which have to do with the themes that have supported man’s life, built civilizations, informed religions over the millennia, have to do with deep inner problems, inner mysteries, inner thresholds of passage and if you don’t know what the guide signs are along the way, you have to work it out yourself.”