Not quite a year and a half ago, an astrology student of mine asked me if I had heard of the 13th zodiac sign. I hadn’t, not really, so I began an investigation that ended in an article I wrote here to let you know what I had found.
Well that possible 13th sign has been called to my attention again by a friend who posted a link to an article about it on her Facebook timeline. This has, once again, given me the chance to consider the possibility of its validity.
According to an article that was written based on a BBC report, Ophiuchus was deliberately removed from the zodiacal ring of constellations some 2000 years ago because it was easier to divide 360 degrees by 12 than by 13. Whether this is true or not I don’t know. I’m not an astrological or astronomical historian. What I do know is that if you look at the placement of Ophiuchus in accordance with the signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius, it appears to be standing outside the zodiacal circle. This causes me to wonder if there were more reasons than dividing 360 by 13 to have removed it from the zodiac back then.
What really disturbs me, after over 40 years of doing natal astrology, is the new proposed assignments of the signs based on our birth dates:
April 19 – May 14 Aries
May15 – June 21 Taurus
June 22 – July 20 Gemini
July 21 – August 10 Cancer
August 11 – September 16 Leo
September 17 – October 31 Virgo
November 1 – November 23 Libra
November 24 – November 29 Scorpio
November 30 – December 18 Ophiuchus
December 19 – January 20 Sagittarius
January 21 – February 16 Capricorn
February 17 – March 12 Aquarius
March 13 – April 18 Pisces
My comment? Are you serious? According to this, I would be an Aries! Nope….huh-uh. No way. By definition, there’s no way I am an Aries. I am a Taurus and there’s little question about that!
I do recognize a couple points made in the article: 1) the zodiac signs can’t be evenly divided whether there are 12 or 13. That’s somewhat of an illusion because the Sun doesn’t stay in each sign for exactly the same amount of time; and 2) a phenomena called “the progression of the planets” has caused the constellations to “drift” over the last 2000 years.
Does this mean astrology is just a bunch of hooey? Not necessarily. Astrology is about reading the energies and putting them into words for the contemplation and understanding of those energies and why we chose them for this lifetime. Besides that, we are a combination of many astrological energies, not just the ones defined by where the Sun was at our time of birth.
There are some astrologers who would tell you that, in reality, we all contain each of the 12 (or 13) signs. Some are just more prominent than others in each individual. Any good astrologer is part astronomer (knowing the astronomical math that’s needed to construct a chart), part astrologer (knowing how to define the placement of the planets in a chart), and part intuitive (sensing certain ‘truths’ that might not be defined by the definitions of those placements).
So where am I now with this whole Ophiuchus, 13th zodiac sign, thing? I’m still not ready to become a believer. Years of chart casting and reading have shown me the truth of the current, traditional zodiac. But if you’d like to read the article for yourself, you can find it here: http://aplus.com/a/real-zodiac-signs?
Until then, let’s talk about the New Moon happening in the sign of Aries on Thursday, April 7th at 7:24 a.m. EDT.
With the Sun in Aries as well, this is NOT the time to deal with power struggles. All that fire can cause tempers to flare easily.
The good part about all that fire is that it has a “wake-up” effect on those affected by these energies. It can become very clear to you now what needs to happen next in any given situation. The light of this abundance of fire will shine light a bright spotlight on situations that need dealing with.
If you’ve been looking for the courage to initiate a new beginning, in any area of your life, Aries brings the energy of total bravery. It will fuel the fires that get you moving. In that movement you will see the dead weight that’s holding you back and give you the courage to burn it off, once and for all! This may include some fierce decisions that you now feel it’s time to make and act on. Go you!
This New Moon offers you an awesome chance for a new beginning. Be a trailblazer and let the fire of Aries light the way to all that you’ve dreamed of!
Mars, which has been in Sagittarius since the 6th of March, will be turning retrograde on Sunday, April 17th at 8:14 a.m. EDT.
This is another fiery combination – Mars being a fire planet (ruling Aries) and Sagittarius being a fire planet. Back when Mars began its transit in Sagittarius, I said it creates “a strong sense of justice and inner strength based on a positive philosophy of life for some.
“This is a spontaneous energy that wants to expand. The drawback is that you can find yourself with your energies scattered and too many irons in the fire! If you can avoid this, Mars in Sagittarius can provide energies that will lead you to success.
“Sagittarius is about higher education, religious work, legal work, philosophy, travel, diplomacy, publishing, and lecturing. Any of these areas may provide that avenue for success for you.
“This is a fire planet in a fire sign. Tapping into this energy, during this transit, can move you far down any road you choose to travel. Activity is the key and this double fire connotation can provide plenty of it!”
Now it’s going retrograde. What lessons will these same energies provide for us to learn and grow? Well, let’s begin with the impulsiveness coupled with restlessness created by this retrograde motion. Scattering your energies and losing track of priorities can create problems for you.
The solution? Stay grounded and find ways to keep yourself centered and peaceful. Only then will you be able to clearly see where your energies are best placed and what actions will take you forward toward your goals.
This energy may also cause you to begin, or continue, a search for your place in the world and the reason for your existence in this lifetime. Mars’ physical thirst for the “new” – new people, new places, new experiences – can help with this, but only if you are centered and grounded so you can make sense of it all.
This can be a very enlightening time for anyone who cares to tap into and use the energies of Mars in Sagittarius retrograde!
The very next day, Monday, April 18th, Pluto will turn retrograde in Capricorn at 3:23 a.m. EDT. Pluto has been in Capricorn since November 27, 2008 and this is not the first time it has been retrograde.
The lesson it brings has to do with mass consciousness. Pluto has more to do with generations than individuals so here we are dealing with the influence that Capricorn has on, not only us, but the world at large. It has to do with the established laws, regulations, customs and taboos within a society and how we establish our individuality and authority within that culture.
This retrograde motion is providing the energies needed for us to learn how to integrate our own philosophies and identity within the societal framework we live in. The primary question to ask during this retrograde of Pluto is, “How does society allow me to accomplish my goals?” A tough but fair question that could provide some real enlightenment for you.
There are related lessons in discipline, self-determination and even, in some cases, submission to a higher authority. There’s also the lesson of social and emotional maturity.
For those born with Pluto in Capricorn and those affected by its energies, you may find additional lessons coming your way that involve whether the ends justify the means.
As a people, we may be facing the lesson of defending ourselves against the usurping of our power, position and/or even our status. This also brings the lesson of being responsible for ones own actions.
Lots and lots of opportunity for growth and learning during this retrograde!!!
And now to one of my very favorite transits. On Tuesday, April 19th, the Sun will begin its yearly sojourn through Taurus, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
Taurus is a fixed earth sign. This brings the qualities of practicality and stubbornness to those born under its sign. There’s more though. There’s loyalty, reliability. endurance and good money sense.
I always laugh when I see it mentioned that Tauruses are patient. I’ve never considered myself or, for that matter, any other Taurus to be all that patient. There’s also a lazy streak in us, but determination often overrides this and makes for the appearance of being very hard-working.
Venus is the planetary ruler of Taurus and so those born under its sign are lovers of Nature and beauty in all forms. This also usually provides some form of artistic talent whether it’s painting, music, writing or gardening. The talent is there.
Venus also adds to Taurus being affectionate. The other side of this is that the need for security sometimes will push that affection into possessiveness. Most Taurus people can be quite charming as long as you don’t contradict them or try to make them change. They are both rooted in their opinions and less than fond of change – even if it’s a change for the better.
Taurus is the natural ruler of the second house of money in the zodiac. So if you want energies to help you in this area of your life, Sun in Taurus is a prime time to focus on it.
Like the cartoon, Ferdinand the Bull, it’s time to enjoy the Sun and smell the flowers!
So here we are with lots and lots of opportunities for growth and learning this Spring. I wish you lots of insight and enlightenment! (and don’t forget to take the time to smell the flowers!)