Q:Is this TRUE?
SHORT ANSWER: NO.
For those not a fan of LONG reads here’s the short version: it’s not true, nor is the discussion even relevant. If you like learning about what astrology is REALLY all about, then read on because this here is the best article I’ve personally written on the topic in general.
Astrology making news headlines? How novel!
First of all, thank you for the question! I am delighted that people are interested in verifying the ‘merits’ of this ‘news’ story that is being circulated. It’s sort of surprising to me that it’s getting so much play; there are multiple articles showing up about this all at once in a wide variety of news sources.
This last eclipse was POWERFUL. There are a great many changes in the works for the next couple of years and everybody knows it in their bones. An increased awareness of astrology is a welcome one, even if this particular article seems to be more of a distraction from the more relevant points astrology has to offer during this time of great change. There are a good number more eclipses this year so plan on hearing about a LOT of activity, particularly on the topic of astrology because this will be a very crucial ‘bookmark’ in our history as a people and astrologers have been watching and waiting for this for a very long time.
If you follow the tone of the article(s) being circulated in the mainstream press, you can easily detect this as being an attempt to invalidate astrology as a whole, attempting to reduce it’s relevance by introducing what is known as a ‘straw man argument’. It’s very clear what the agenda is here: to dissuade people from exploring astrology in depth, which makes me wonder if the ‘powers that be’ aren’t a little nervous at the prospect of the more widespread problem of people investigating what astrology is really all about.
The Church is also notorious for pushing this agenda by outright condemning astrology as witchcraft, but there is a piece of information that might be worthwhile for you to know about this hardcore position that the Church takes: the best astrologers in the world and the greatest astrological library on this planet resides at the Vatican. If these books were so dangerous, you’d think they would just be destroyed outright, but they are not. They are used regularly by the Church.
In fact, the entire story of God’s Sun (oops: God’s SON) is the story of the Solar Deity and his journey through the 12 mansions of heaven; plain and simple. The “Greatest Story Ever Told” is really nothing more than an epic astrological parable. More on that below…
So let’s begin with this: Ophiuchus is not a new thing, at least not among the well-read astrological community and they reference this a bit in the article.
In fact, there have been heated debates on several supposed alternate zodiacs, one of the most notable being a temple in Egypt which had strangely abundant number of signs. No one uses these systems and I’m certain there are a great many reasons why, but I suspect that the most important of them is that they didn’t function properly.
All of the great astrologers know about Ophiuchus existence as a constellation, yet none of them included it in the wheel of the year. There is astrological and mythological meaning to ALL of the constellations which create our night sky, even the ones not of the zodiacal band, but they are really only supporting characters of the main narrative of astrology: the path of the Sun. This makes a lot of sense because without this key body, there would be no life on Earth as we know it. Certainly, there would be no humans.
THE GREATEST [ASTROLOGICAL] STORY EVER TOLD
There are many forms of astrology, each has a very important relevance to the culture in which it evolved out of. The Western astrology is based ENTIRELY upon the path of the Sun and is ALWAYS based on the Solstices and Equinoxes. There is a very clear reason for this which I have covered here and there in previous entries: astrology is about tracking patterns of life here on EARTH. No one cares about what astrology has to say about life on Mars because NO ONE LIVES THERE!
Astrology is for us, the people of Earth.
It is the path of the Sun - and the Sun alone - which creates the four seasons which in turn dictate the cycles of growth, bounty, abundance and rebirth. These cycles are the foundation of our sustenance and existence on this planet. The Sun is our “Lord” without whom we would surely perish. He “dies” (or at least is mortally wounded) at the Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) because he has reached the height of his path in our daytime sky during the warm seasons. He “falls” to Earth from the Summer Solstice to the Autumnal Equinox where his reign truly comes to and end and is considered “dead”, thus unable to defeat the dark knight (oops: Night). Darkness now reigns more of our 24 hour period than the the Sun does.
He continues his path through the land of the dead where he finally lies still in his “tomb” for about 3 days. There is no noticeable upward or downward movement of the Sun during this period. This is known the Winter Solstice, the height of darknesses reign over our land and is, quite frankly, the REAL reason for “the season”.
But then something happens… He rises again from the grave with renewed vigor! He has defeated Death itself.
He starts his path upward back towards Heaven until the Vernal equinox where light once again triumphs over darkness and the light hours outnumber the dark ones. In the Christian version of the story, the resurrection happens at Easter strangely, er.. conveniently, placed at this same point that exists as Ostara on all of the “pagan” calendars. This begins his reign anew until he reaches the zenith of the Summer Solstice and the story repeats itself all over again.
It is the story of our days, seasons and very livelihood. It is the story of the almighty powers with gift us with life, warmth and the ability to thrive. You would be shocked to discover how many books, movies, stories all re-tell the very same narrative.
This is the primary story that astrology preserves and works around. It is wonderfully more complex than just this portion, particularly when you start to overlap the other ‘players’ [read: planets] and their vital role in the repeating cycles of time. Each brings to us a different story arc, all of them ebb and flow in a definitive pattern. Each of these patterns are present in our daily lives one upon another unfolding the mystery of life one moment at a time.
THE PLOT TWISTS AND THICKENS - THE PRECESSION OF EQUINOXES
Like I stated earlier, the Western astrology uses this system and it totally works because it stays true to the story arc by always making Aries 0° at the vernal equinox regardless of the actual constellation that happens to be there.
That’s right, there is a slight wobble in the Earth’s axis that changes what constellation appears on the eastern horizon at the vernal equinox, ever so slightly just a minuscule fraction of a degree each year. The sign(s) there now are between Pisces and Aquarius. This very slow gradual shift in constellations is know as precession because the signs change in the order of the proceeding sign (backwards). It’s sort of like looking at wheel wagon spokes as they spin. Ever notice that illusion that makes the spokes look like they’re going backwards? That’s basically the same PATTERN repeated.
Even the ancients before 4000 BC knew FULL WELL that precession existed and still they used only TWELVE signs. Despite the odd rarity where other systems were explored, the 12-base system was the most favored. The number 12 is more Numerological sound as a number for the Sun and there are many esoteric reasons for this which I will cover in depth as I plan to start blogging a sort of ‘Symbolism 101’ series of posts that relate directly to the study of astrology. The number 13 is the number of the Moon, most notably because of the rare 13th “blue” moon which was considered a particularly important lunation to those who worship the Goddess and the number of waxing days before it is full. As you can see, adding a 13th sign to the Sun’s path really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Anyway, each time the constellation on the Eastern horizon changed - about every 2,000 years - we entered what is referred to as a NEW AGE. Sound familiar? Astrologer’s have been excited about it since the 60’s.
The Age of the Bull [Taurus] (4000 BC - 2000 BC) was the time of ancient Egypt and all things were centered around matriarchy, as the Bull is feminine. Venus and Moon Goddess themes and icons are very prevalent during this period. You can see many Egyptian glyphs with a Bull head backed by a Sun in the artwork of the period because the Bull was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of the vernal equinox.
The Age of the Ram [Aries] (2000 BC - 0 AD) because the Ram was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of the vernal equinox. This was the time of the Greeks and the Israelites and their mythology which had a great many Ram motif, as the rise of patriarchy as Aries is masculine. Moses was the Israelites’ divine emissary in the Age of the Ram, which was why he was so pissed off when he came down from the mountain with the Commandments and saw his people worshipping a golden calf [Taurus]. “That age is OVER who stupid idiots!” (paraphrased). This is also why the Jews blow the Ram’s horn, as they are still Moses-centric.
From 0 A.D. forward to about RIGHT NOW, we have been in the Age of Pisces, the fish. The emissary or prophet from the Divine during this period is known by Christians everywhere as the Son of God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Even Jesus knew what He was and he speaks to this in the sacred text in several locations. There is a passage in the New Testament where Jesus is asked what will happen at the end of the Age, what should they do? He tells them:
“So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him.” Mark 13-14
Men did not carry water in Jesus’ time; this was woman’s work. So, this is a peculiar passage given the context of the time. But Jesus is not referring to an actual man. He was speaking in astrological parablesregarding the end of the [Piscean] Age. (BTW - The King James version of the Bible mistranslated this as “the End of DAYS”, thus the confusion about the “end of the world”.) Jesus was literally telling his disciples that a new prophet would arrive at dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
This is happening Right. About. NOW.
And this is the REAL news story that is unfolding as we watch the Earth tremble and all of the other global changes going on. Ophiuchus is but a mere distraction of the much larger changes afoot. It’s a confusion device to NOT talk about what was really meant by the prophet’s words and role the practice of real astrology can tell us in these times of change. There are people who wish to claim this title as the returned divine emissary in this new Age and it’s important to throw all of the ‘unwashed herd’ off the true path of enlightenment.
Ophiuchus is an interesting topic to explore because in the mythological story arc of the Moon Goddess and her Sun Hero’s journey through the heavens, Ophiuchus does fit nicely into the narrative. They have to negotiate with the lord of the earth/underworld to learn the secret of rebirth after death. It is very possible that there is a conspiracy by those of the esoteric arts to keep the most sacred of esoteric benefits (most notable the power to defeat death) hidden by those who would exploit it and subjugate the world.
In this way, the Church may very well be trying to act on our behalf by acting as some sort of “protector of the keys”, but what the Age of Aquarius is really about is equality for ALL humanity, not just the small few who hold much power over ‘the many’.
The power structures are set to fall and have been in a state of entropy for some time, like the recent economic banking crisis and global climate changes for example. The Interwebz is the ultimate Aquarian media. Everyone has a voice. EVERYONE IS EQUAL.
We are beginning to emerge into a whole new way of being and it’s promise is very exciting.
For those interesting in reading more objective articles on Ophiuchus, I’d start here:
WESTERN (Tropical) VERSUS SIDEREAL (Vedic) ASTROLOGY
The crux of the article writer’s misunderstanding is really mired in the confusion regarding tropical (Western) astrology and Sidereal (Eastern) astrology.
The Arabic nations were beyond the reach of the Crusades and Dark Ages. As such, their ability to continue tracking the astral bodies continued to become more and more advanced. There was a break from the Solstice/Equinox based tropical system in the East because it didn’t really jive with their culture to recalculate their calendars to neatly fit the Sun’s path. They do like their math to be logical and they were experts in this regard.
As such, the system that they use makes permanent the exact location in the heavens where Aries 0° falls according to the actual constellations. Specifically, in Aries. As such, in the Vedic approach to astrology the vernal equinox has not been at this degree for a very long time. If you are of the opinion that the energies truly come from the stars then this makes a lot of logical sense, but what it also does is take the zodiac symbology which is rooted in the story arc of the Sun and f*ck it up pretty good (IMHO).
For example, Leo is the sign of intense heat which is in the time of the August harvest and the “Dog Days of Summer” which is a Egyptian reference to the rising of the star Sirius on the Eastern horizon, signaling the flood of the Nile. Obviously, to the Egyptians this was a terribly important thing to track.
If you are to follow the sign today as the Vedics do, staying true to the actual stars themselves, then Leo is mostly in September now. Those born as [Western/Tropical] Leos are almost ALL Cancer folk according to Eastern astrology because the Vedic have no concern about making 0° Aries match the vernal equinox. By their measure, Leo is now in a cooler month than it was first known to be. The original symbolism of the zodiac sign is now askew according to that system.
Which brings me to the very point I would like to state quite clearly: the stars themselves are NOT important. The whole point of the characteristics of the signs were to establish an easily remembered tracking system of the patterns of most important body in our solar system: the EARTH.
The whole point of ascribing the stories, symbols, ideas, concepts and most importantly their PATTERNS, are what define us and our existence here on Earth. The time of year in relation to the Solstices and Equinoxes that was described as Leo by the ancients is SUPPOSED TO INDICATE THE HOT SEASON. Period. It does not, nor should it, “move” from the hot period, precession or no. The whole point of the story is to describe what the hot period is like, who born during the hot period grow up to be like and how these people in their unique manner of being influence everyone else around them. This is the importance of the symbolism of the signs.
This is why Western/Tropical astrology makes the most sense (at least to me). Not the most mathematically logical sense, but definitely the most practical/applicable sense.
Don’t get me wrong, I really dig Vedic astrology as well, but it order to truly understand where the Vedic system is coming from would require you to also understand the philosophical and cultural layers of meaning they have developed and wrapped around it. The caste system and the spiritual pathways of India and the eastern religions are very different in mindset than those of the West and this is one of the two true distinction between the two systems. The Eastern spirituality and the use of the Sidereal tracking system.
It’s funny really because if you get a Vedic reading it is amazingly accurate as well. Place the two side by side and you will get almost identical results. I liken this phenomenon to currency rates. For example, I went to Poland one time and the exchange rate was like $1 US = 7,700 Zloty. I exchanged about $20 US and was walking around with paper money that had 6 digits on them. I felt like a king… that is until I bought a Coke. Know what it cost me? About the same amount as anywhere else in Europe once you figured out the math.
in the end, the two systems use different techniques for different reasons. If you are of the Western persuasion, Sidereal astrology has little point of useful function. At least as far as I’ve found thus far.
Both systems do work really well and there’s no doubt that the Mayans and the Chinese systems are also very accurate and relevant. I use the Western/Tropical system because my esoteric studies are all founded with this system in mind. Changing the system would only complicate an already complex study.
For the layperson with an interest in astrology, I’d say check out the Vedic system and see what you think. I’ve found the Vedic system far more fatalistic and has some very peculiar “remedies” for astrological “afflictions” but they are written for people living over 1,000 years ago. I don’t have a calf to bring to the city well dressed in red to solve my Jupiter problems. Yes, that is what they read like sometimes. Very strange, but interesting nonetheless.
So, in the end, if you already have a Scorpio tattoo and believe the Vedic system is more accurate, then I may have bad news for you. But if you’re groovy with the Western system, rest easy because there are and will always be only TWELVE signs.
Well, this has been another really LONG post, but it’s a good start point for those interested in astrology and I am thankful for the opportunity to give an overview of the myth and the relevance of what is ongoing with us today.
As always, please feel free to ask questions, I am very much enjoying sharing what I have learned with those who wish to know more!