Ophiuchus Our 13th Constellation


Sol Visits Ophiuchus the Medicine Man Annually
November 30 – December 17


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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 snake’s head) and Serpens Cauda (the snake’s 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

… The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis) ... The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with the snake reaching for the Northern Crown [Image] articulates the process of claiming our self-mastery ... to become ascended in vibration as illumined beings free from karmic entrapment. Nick Fiorenza 11/4/02

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, located between Scorpius and Sagittarius. Images Three Zodiacs, Zodiac Wheel The legs of Ophiuchus lie in sidereal Scorpio.

Ophiuchus is knowledge holder over the raw creative forces governing life and death--one who has attained ascension from the lower-order forces that perpetuate our scenarios of (re-incarnational) entrapment. Ophiuchus is exemplar of one who has mastered the initiatory forces of life and who has brought the interplay of these forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment. The neck (Unukalhai) and head of the snake embody the essence and wisdom of living true to soul, in one's true self-mastery--as a Christed (soul infused) being of light.

The astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus--the entwined double serpent upon a staff--the double helix of the DNA. Nick Fiorenza 12/12/04

The double helix of the DNA and the caduceus always remind me of the kundalini serpent fire within each of us. The Subtle System

Celestial Influences

In 2018 as Sol transits the legs of the Medicine Man from Nov. 30 - Dec. 17, a new comet conjoins the left hand of Ophiuchus, Jupiter and Mercury retrograde (11/16-12/8). These celestial energies are invisible in the glaring light of Sol, our central luminary. These energies shine down upon us during the daylight hours.

The Transits of Sol, a New Comet, Jupiter and Mercury

Maps #1, #2, #3 help visualize the following:

Sol begins the journey Nov. 30 at the Serpent Bearer's left leg above Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, and continues the journey eastward toward the stinger of the Scorpion, ending the journey Dec. 17

The new comet, discovered by Don Machholz on November 7, 2018, is at perihelion, late November to early December. At this time it conjoins a deep yellow star in the left hand of the Serpent Bearer (the Yed of Ophiuchus). Below the hand, near the head of the Scorpion lie eastward moving Jupiter and westward moving Mercury. Helpful San Francisco Sky Chart (Vary date for daylight hours.) The new comet conjoins the left hand of Ophiuchus and the two planets.

[The comet] will swing around the Sun sometime in late November or Early December, at its perihelion, as it conjoins Yed of Opiuchus, Mercury and Jupiter. It will then head directly across the rich Globular Cluster M10, the heart of Ophiuchus, as it leaves our star system and its message behind.

Nick Fiorenza / The November 7, 2018 Lunar Cycle

Esoteric Reflections

The legs of Ophiuchus stand in the burning ground of Scorpius the Scorpion. Fiery forces from Antares, the Scorpion's red heart star, ensure growth evolution and change. The stinger of Scorpius guarantees we stay awake and on the divine path of transformation.

Ophiuchus is the exemplar of one who has attained self-mastery, illumination and evolutionary freedom. His left hand firmly lifts and holds the neck and head of the serpent toward the heavenly Northern Crown (Corona Borealis). In 2018 the Serpent Bearer does this with the energetic aid of the new comet bringing messages from beyond, with beneficent Jupiter expanding the consciousness of the heart and mind and with Mercury, messenger of the gods, bringing new energies and ideas from Sol our central luminary.

The initiatory fires of Scorpius along with the added illuminating powers of Ophiuchus, Sol, the new comet, Jupiter and Mercury are bound to ignite the kundalini serpent fire within humanity.

In Summary

Sol, the burning heart of our solar system, and Antares the fiery heart of Scorpius along with the new comet, Jupiter and Mercury 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?

These great beings are teaching us who we really are, Homo Luminous.

I offer the following links for further pondering, if so desired.

The Sun ~ Scorpio ~ Antares ~ Jupiter ~ Mercury

Solar Bathing

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 the new comet, Jupiter, Mercury, Antares and Scorpius the Scorpion.

Make time to listen while absorbing the warm rays of the Sun. This type of sunbathing is bound to give you a new outlook on Life!


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