According to astrologial principles, the Sun travels from the constellation Scorpius and goes directly into the sign of Sagittarius, but due to the constant motion of the cosmos, the Sun enters, for a few days of the year, the star constellation 'Ophiuchus' before entering Sagittarius from Scorpius, thus creating astrologically the birth of a thirteenth sign of the Zodiac, which is named as Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder.

The constellation of Ophiuchus is the only sign of the Zodiac which is linked to a real man. This man lived in ancient Egypt around the 27th century BC, and his name was Imhotep. The attributes of Imhotep can also be found in the Biblical Hebrew man Joseph, son of Jacob.. Imhotep is credited with many accomplishments including the knowledge and use of medicine. It is said of Imhotep that he brought the art of healing to mankind.The symbol of a serpent, which is still widely used today to represent the medical profession, was used to represent Imhotep. Imhotep was also known as 'Aesclepius' to the ancient Greeks.


 • interpreter of dreams, premonitions

 • attracts good luck

 • serpent holder

 • lofty ideals

 • a seeker of peace and harmony

 • doctor of medicine or science

 • to add, increase, join or gather together

 • poetical, inventive nature, expanding

 • seeks higher education

 • overseer, supervisor of work

 • fame - either grand or completely misunderstood

 • longevity, aspirations of healing the ills of man

 • architect, builder, reaches for the stars

 • tax assessor or levys taxes

 • astrological talents, intuitive

 • large family indicated, but apt to be separated from them when young

 • the number twelve holds great significance

 • foresight to benefit from hard times

 • has secret enemies in family or close associations

 • many jealous of this subject

 • notable father, apple of father's eye when young

 • high position in life expected [depending on aspects] highest fame and legend comes after death however

 • feelings of granular, wise,

 • likes to wear clothing of vibrant colors

 • receives the favor of those in charge

Ophiuchus in the Planetary Zodiac:

The planet Pluto was found in Ophiuchus until the end of 2003, after which it passed into Serpens Cauda, the Serpent's Tail. The Centaur object, the minor planetoid Chiron, was visible against the stars of Ophiuchus until November 2001, after which it passed over the border into Sagittarius. Venus and Mercury can be found in Ophiuchus for a time each year.

Ophiuchus contains several star clusters, such as IC 46645, NGC 6633, M9, M10, M12, M14, M19, M62, and M107, as well as the nebula IC 4603-4604. The unusual double galaxy NGC 6240 is also in Ophiuchus.

Related Links

• The 13th Zodiac Sign- Characteristics

• Compatibility of Ophiuchus with the zodiac signs