Ophiuchus Our 13th Constellation
Visits Ophiuchus the Medicine Man Annually
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Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer also known as Aesculapius (pronunciation), the first doctor of medicine, has the reputation of being the "thirteenth constellation" of the zodiac. Each year from November 30 to December 17 the Sun journeys through the southern regions of this constellation.
Ophiuchus is large, including Serpens Caput (the snakes head) and Serpens Cauda (the snakes tail) in his hands. This heavenly Medicine Man is located above, on and actually crosses the ecliptic. Scorpius lies below the feet of this Serpent Bearer and below the ecliptic. Ophiuchus is often shown with his left foot on the heart of the Scorpion and his right foot above the stinger. Images 1, 2
Each year, as November ends and December begins, the Sun spends a substantial amount of time transiting the legs of Ophiuchus, hence the claim it is the "thirteenth constellation" of the zodiac or the tenth Sun Sign. The legs of Ophiuchus lie in sidereal Scorpio.
In 2016 Saturn is transiting the realm of the Medicine Man along with Sol from Nov. 30 - Dec. 17. Saturn and the stars of Ophiuchus are invisible in the glaring light of Sol, our central luminary. These energies shine down upon us during the daylight hours.
Use this Nov. 29 New Moon Map to help visualize the following:
Nov. 30 - Dec. 17 Saturn and Sol travel easterly (left) in the heavens.
Sol begins the journey at the Serpent Bearer's left leg above Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. Fast moving Sol continues the journey eastward and conjoins Saturn Dec. 10. Sol then passes east of Saturn. Dec. 12-17 Sol transits the right leg of Ophiuchus above and then a little east of the Scorpion's stinger. This marks the end of Sols visit with the Medicine Man.
The legs of Ophiuchus stand in the burning ground of Scorpius the Scorpion. Fiery forces from Antares ensure growth evolution and change. These initiatory fires along with the added powers of Ophiuchus, Sol and Saturn are bound to ignite the kundalini serpent fire within humanity. The stinger of Scorpius guarantees we stay awake and on the divine path of transformation.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 17 slow moving Saturn remains below and in the vicinity of the star Sabik, located above and to the east (left) of Antares.
Saturn, lingering in Ophiuchus near Sabik, stands at the fiery gates of initiation testing, disciplining, teaching us who we really are, Homo Luminous.
Sol, the burning heart of our solar system, and Antares the fiery heart of Scorpius along with Saturn and Sabik are initiating, inspiring, impressing and bio-illuminating us with the self-mastery of Ophiuchus.
Listen. What are these great celestial beings telling you? What must die? What must heal? What must be changed and created personally, nationally and globally to serve the evolution of consciousness and humanity's spiritual development?
As our Sun transits this area of the sky, November 30 through December 17, take time each day to feel its warm rays touching you.
Know that these solar rays are a medicinal elixir imbued with the healing energies and mastery of Ophiuchus the Medicine Man and the evolutionary influences of Saturn.
Make time to listen while absorbing the warm rays of the Sun. This type of sunbathing is bound to give you a new look on Life!
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