And, by the way… Who in the Heck is Ophiuchus?
Commonly referred to as the Serpent Bearer, Ophiuchus is said to have been a real man. Star maps depicting the snake holder originated in ancient Greece during the first century. And now, more than two-thousand years later the mythology of Ophiuchus seems to be asking us to transform and awaken to our destiny.
Both the Greeks and Egyptians placed importance on the meaning of this ancient 13th constellation, for it is Ophiuchus who resides between the transformative sign of the Scorpion and Sagittarius — the Archer, who points his arrow to the center of our Galaxy — the pivotal point that the Mayans indicated was destined to spark a spiritual rebirth of humanity during our solar systems Galactic alignment (the center of the Milky Way Galaxy) on the Winter Solstice, 2012.
Ophiuchus was described by the ancient Greek philosophers and Astrologers as the doctor of medicine, the seer of wisdom, and seeker of peace and harmony. Snakes are believed by some ancient cultures to be connected to healing and rebirth because they slough their skin every year. They are referred to in the Eastern traditions as Kundalini, which means coiled energy, or awakening of consciousness. Snakes also represent the underworld, transformation and alchemy — turning base metal into gold — or “the Golden Age.”
Because Ophiuchus is a constellation and not a zodiac sign, Western Astrology does not currently recognize it within the Astrological horoscope. However, we certainly can integrate his archetypal meaning into our individual and collective consciousness to assist in the transformation of our spiritual evolution.
“Myth is much more important and true than history. The myth lets you know where you are. It knows what the patterns of life have been through centuries and what position you now are entering or holding.” ~ Joseph Campbell
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