Ophiuchus, Where Art Thou?

There is a debate going on right now wherein the constellation Ophiuchus, an ancient constellation important to the Greeks, is being discussed in such a way that implies that incorporating it into the current zodiac would disrupt the order of the universe and change people’s entire lives, forcing them to abandon their sun sign, an absurd notion. Nothing could be further from the truth, but what bothers me the most is the hysterical tone of this debate. If you’re interested, here is the blog entry I wrote last April about this fascinating constellation and its ancient meaning.

Ophiuchus, Where Art Thou? Perhaps the first question to ask is, where did this constellation go, and why do we who rely on the tropical zodiac ignore it? The answer makes sense only in the West: we prefer simplicity, so we elide almost all difficulties, complications, and anything that does not fit into a simple equation, and end up throwing out the baby with the bathwater. When it was decided that there should be an even 12 signs in an even 360 degree zodiac, Ophiuchus w … Read More

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