The 13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus

Whether or not you believe that the position and relationship of the sun, moon, stars, and planets has any bearing on your personality, you probably still know what your astrological sign is.

The zodiac contains twelve constellations and is divided into twelve equal segments. Each astrological sign represents one of the segments. The signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

These are signs that we’re all familiar with, even if we don’t know what each represents. For example, are you caring but moody? An astrologer might peg you to be a Cancer.

But it’s likely that you’ve never heard of Ophiuchus.

The name of this large constellation means “serpent-bearer” in Greek. The ancient astronomer Ptolemy included Ophiuchus in his list of 48 constellations. (It used to be referred to as Serpentarius, which has the same meaning.) It is still one of the 88 modern constellations.

Standard astrological zodiacs do not include Ophiuchus.

However, a few astrologers who use a sidereal zodiac do consider it to be the 13th zodiacal sign.  Simply put, the system of tropical astrology, the standard astrology, is tied to Earth’s orientation to the solar system. Whereas, sidereal astrology relates to Earth’s orientation to the galaxy.

And what personality traits might be linked to Ophiuchus? Give us your best guess.


  1. Is It Just Me -  October 30, 2016 - 11:35 am

    Is it just me or do 90% of the people that posted on here write as if they are drunk?

    • Ally -  December 1, 2016 - 7:06 pm

      my thoughts exactly

  2. Rihyaa -  August 1, 2016 - 4:12 am

    i m confused…..i think m a better sagittarius coz i hate d word jealously n destruction n 2 be frank i really dont want 2 b n ophiucus though i m….but i dont think i m dat much ophiocus..

    • Paris -  October 15, 2016 - 5:14 pm

      Rihyaa Im legit the opposite of u execpt I can agree I hate da word jealousy normally when I go to a new school I find that I surround my self with powerful ppl and if someone pisses me off theres consequences.
      So I think I’d relate alot to Ophiucus (sadly)

    • I think we both are the same, better sagittarius -  October 21, 2016 - 12:08 pm

      Same lol

  3. Katherine -  March 29, 2016 - 10:41 am

    Ppl may lugh as them want becuz they dnt tink using their head

  4. dee moore -  November 15, 2015 - 11:14 pm

    Hi. I am a ophiuchus Um I was born 11dec. Always thought I was a sagg but was more in tune with scorp. Iv ad out of body experiences. I also ad a vision of the end of this world as we know it. I also walked on the beach of heaven with the man Jesus who I now know as the Saviour of the world. Ppl can laugh all they want. I know the truth wat apnd to me & iv also seen demons including melted witches faces & evn a demon in my sister! I also saw a giant snake in the sky. Ever since I was littl I culd see spirits. Um im an Australian Aborigine so I jus thawt it was all part of my culture but none of my ppl experience these things. I also seen the spirit of a nun wen I was 7yrs old & she beckoned me to come to her with her hand but I wuldnt I was too fritened. So with all this I av to set the record straight right ere now! We are spirit beings living inside a physical body. Simple as that!!!!!

    • Samantha Reddington -  December 1, 2015 - 9:30 am

      Omg same! Jesus! Jesus! Jesus is our savior. He will save us all from your Sinner sister!!!!!

    • Tombstones -  December 20, 2015 - 2:04 am

      ahem, 13 unlucky number snake animal the devil possesed to trick adam and eve

    • Patrakamon -  February 28, 2016 - 7:31 am

      I was born on 11 dec too and there’re something strange were happened to me too.

      • Zodiac Freak -  September 16, 2016 - 2:20 pm

        Dec 26th – January 19 is where it sits

    • Katherine -  March 29, 2016 - 10:37 am

      Wow i think u r giftd by God

    • Naomi Daniel -  September 16, 2016 - 10:38 am

      I believe in e’ry thing u said. and I think millions would want to hear more about ur gift!

    • The roofer -  September 23, 2016 - 8:08 pm

      As an Australian Aboriginal I would stick with the old ways of your people read the signs to determine the seasons to go where you need to go to get the food in the water if not dump the old ways and hook up with a bunch of freaking Aussie shrimp burners and learn the white man’s way

  5. Cleo -  December 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I think that maybe the traits of Ophiuchus could be braveness, boldness, and calmness.

    • Bryan egbert -  April 3, 2015 - 5:19 pm

      I think ophiuchus traits is good. Cause I’m a ophiuchus now!

  6. nar -  October 21, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Perhaps I am wrong, but I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere that symbol that represents Ophiuchus is used by the Medical profession. It is the symbol known as Cadeusceus… and used by the ancient Egyptians… It has wings on the top of a sword and two snakes entwined around the sword. And as for the astrology matching up with the 12 calendar months.. originally there were only 10 months, so they added in January from Janus (the two- faced roman god) one looking back and the other looking forward. Fitting for the first month of the year.
    February, was named forfebrua meaning month of purification and offerings.
    March was named after the Roman god of war Mars.
    September, the Romans introduced the Julian calendar, they retained several month names from their old Roman calendar, despite the fact that these months no longer had the same position on the calendar. Thus, September, once the Roman seventh month of the year, deriving from the Latin septem, ” seven”, remained as the ninth month of the year.
    QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins By Robert Hendrickson
    October – Latin, the ninth month of the primitive Roman calendar, which began in March, fr. octo eight: cf.F. Octobre.
    1. The tenth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
    2. Ale or cider made in that month.
    The country gentlemen had a posset or drink they called October.
    Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    The Ninth moth. The ancient Romans calculated the begining of their year in March. Hence they named the ninth month novembris or november. November and Novembris were derivatives of latin novem “nine.”
    Source: Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto
    This month is named after the Roman word Deca meaning 10. In the original Roman calendar there were only 10 months.
    ..And there are Good and Bad traits in every star sign.. I guess ultimately it is up to the individual if they choose to believe in it or not.

    • Stephanie -  December 31, 2014 - 2:27 am

      I agree but ur to live in the pointless forest! Simply cuz’ your conclusion to proper knowledge is interestingly fair to correct!:)… Although plea don’t let us carrie on reading nonsense without a punchline!!! Geez loo and peteS !!!! But enjoyed ur useless book of education thank signing off-

  7. blake -  September 20, 2012 - 5:30 pm

    ok, for one just cause its a snake bearing zodiac, does not mean we act in a snake like fashion, think outside the box. For years cultures use snakes for various meditation, some have used them for hunting, they use there scales a make camouflage, and so much more… what if it is not another zodiac sign,,, but maybe its a sign Maybe the snake is just that, a reminder of times ahead,,, its not for one person, or just a group, it is for everyone to see. To remind us that these times of sorrow and death, war, hunger. The snake tells us to use its, cunning, and steadiness, agility. the right to gain purpose, and life, no fear of anything that may come forth, the will to live is strong,,, it is up to you to apply it

  8. Robert Swift -  December 26, 2011 - 2:53 am

    The Ophiuchus sign a man holding a snake signifys to me one who is the bairer of healimg knowlage , and a man struggling with the snake is one who is struggling with their own self knowlage. This person wants to offer good knowlage. But does not always know the best way to go about it. This person may also become fustated with the way people approach their problems in life. They may come off as a know it all ,any they’d may offend the people they are trying to help. Good intentioned. Hlepful. Tactful. Pateint.Gatful tward teachers for their help, but they may will still try to formulate their own opinion. The person make for a good parent.

  9. Jess -  November 21, 2011 - 6:38 am

    Wow, I tried to add another post but it wouldn’t let me, and I really don’t feel like typing it again….

  10. Jess -  November 21, 2011 - 6:36 am

    I do know that there is much more than your Sun sign. There are planets, aspects, and transits, nodes to consider, progressions but I definitely feel this is true. Another thing, the axis has shifted gradually over time, so why would everything else stay in place. If the position of the axis changed then everything else should change accordingly. One does not become exempt just because you want it too. Sometimes having an open mind will bring you further along.

  11. Jess -  November 21, 2011 - 6:28 am

    Since Ophiuchus is located between Scorpio and Sagittarius, the traits would most likely be a combination of the two. Maybe a deep a thinker like the Scorpio but perhaps more fun-loving? Or maybe a bit happy-go-lucky like a Sagittarius but perhaps more cautious?

    That makes sense. My birthday is November 28, but they say if you’re on the cusp then you receive traits from both signs, or if your sign is located around the last degree of a particular house, interpretation would be for the next house. I feel in this situation the above is definitely me. :) I vicariously like to weed out all the evil, (snake barrier) and I do it as if it’s no problem. I have been that way all my life, never afraid of confrontation, especially if the cause is justified (very Sagittarius) I’m very sensitive but that’s probably b/c of my moon in Pisces, but despite, since this sign lands in between the two, I do believe he/she would be highly intuitive and spiritual as I am. Since I am witty, yet very resourceful, and a great researcher as I can never put anything knowledgeable down. I never get any sleep b/c all I do is research. It’s insane….something struck me and told me to start digging again and I ended up on this topic. I’ve heard of people talking about this, but always thought I was above the conversation, it wasn’t until later that I realized this must be researched. And I really do believe that that is the case and that my bf is really a Virgo.

    I am also charming, magnetic and have a great sense of humor. :) Wow, that sounds like I’m bragging, but honestly it fits.

    * You wouldn’t want to know the negative sides, haha!
    And my ex’s friend used to call me a snake…? LoL!

    • Kristine -  June 10, 2014 - 1:50 pm

      Hey, my birthday is November 28th as well. And I’m kinda upset because trait-wise, I am more an Ophiuchus/Serpentarius. I’m definitely not a Scorpio. I suppose the 28th is on the cusp, but not the right one for me. I think I should be Serpentarius on the cusp of Sagittarius. I am a Healer, a massage therapist, a writer, a poet, a musician, and a philosopher. I make jewelry, bodycare products, herbal remedies and do crafts. I seek Wisdom avidly (as well as Understanding). While I thought myself to be a Sagittarius, only the trait of Philosopher seemed to stick. Some of the other traits were there, but they weren’t UP THERE in my opinion. Whereas the list of traits for Serpentarius actually SPOKE to me. Don’t destroy my dreams, by not allowing me into being a Serpentarius, because I’m ONE day off. (Some of my dry humor! I think maybe I need to complain to an astrologer! ;).

      • bewildered -  February 21, 2015 - 4:50 pm

        Hi I was also born on 28th November, I always thought I was a sag until I found out the I’m a scorpio. It’s too good to be true because I am exactly like a scorpio but in all these years never read what their personality traits are like. that fact I’m born on the cusp of Ophiuchus and I am currently going through a saturn return in scorpio (sidereal astrology) I have seriously considered a career change to go back to school to study medicine, which is something that Ophiuchus represents.

      • m -  February 15, 2016 - 7:32 pm

        You are born on the cusp, you are a scorpio with possible serpentarian traits. The cusp is the 29th.

    • m -  February 15, 2016 - 7:35 pm

      You sound like a scorpio or sagittarius, or maybe just a human like the rest of us. November 28 is not even the cusp, 29th is. You are not ophiucus. It’s ok. However we all have ophiucus traits as women, if you have truly done your research then you will understand.

  12. buck -  August 2, 2011 - 4:00 pm

    Goofy people. You’re forgetting that we(most of us) are all born on Earth. That is WHY we are born under these twelve signs. The Earth too was born at some point in time at some point in the universe. Under its OWN zodiac. The final zodiac is like the final gear in a transmission- it drives all the other gears. It is like a “mother” zodiac as the other twelve are born from it. Dont forget the Earth has thoughts,feelings, AND a physical body just as we do. It lives.

  13. serpentsonofwisdom -  January 21, 2011 - 11:03 am

    finally….this sign has been around for millions of years..but the dark took it out to keep you blinded…. this 13th sign represents the serpent also 13=LOVE…… (serpent in the garden wasnt evil but was truth) serpent=all knowledge….after all these years its now coming back to its rightful place………. justice is good indeed……thanx christed one….for speaking in parables that the chosen few would understand what you was doing……..nuthing is never evil under the sun…….be bless from the inner god within you all……

  14. Mahajarajaney -  January 18, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    how do you even pronounce this word? it’s crazy how they are just able to add and change the zodiac signs! where does it all come from anyway? now im wondering is it all a joke? something to just do? a hobbie? what can someone please let me know because i am very confused!

  15. Kathy -  January 15, 2011 - 12:57 am

    I just wanna know, what is my new ruling planet? I was born on December 3.

  16. Lisa -  January 14, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Well I guess I’m suddenly an Ophiuchus now (December 8th) after living 24 years as a Sagittarius. Honestly, do we not have a say-so in this?

    Ophiuchus may be pronounced as “Oh-Figh-Uh-Cuss” or “Oh-Fee-Uh-Cuss”, depending on the i in the name if pronounced like “Delphi” (Dell-Fee) or the i in “Minos” (My-Nose).

  17. Tamia -  January 14, 2011 - 1:00 pm


    The number twelve holds great significance.
    interpreter of dreams, vivid premonitions,
    attracts good luck and fruitful blessings,
    serpent holder, lofty ideals,
    a seeker of peace and harmony,
    doctor of medicine or science, natural-pathic,
    adds, increases, joins, or gathers together
    poetical, inventive nature, expanding qualities,
    seeks higher education and wisdom,
    overseer, supervisor of work,
    fame – either grand, or completely misunderstood,
    longevity, aspirations of healing the ills of man,
    architect, builder, reaches for the stars, figuratively and literally,
    tax assessor, or levys taxes,
    astrological talents, intuitive,
    large family indicated, but apt to be separated from them when young,
    foresight and good fortune 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
    feelings of granular, wise, genius mentality,
    likes to wear clothing of vibrant colors, and plaids in particular,
    receives the favor of those in authority.

  18. Chris -  January 14, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Ophiuchus: Tendency to prey on other’s vanity, and deceicve them with semantics. Perhaps too Miltonian?

  19. TomTom -  January 14, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    the people born under Ophiuchus will all like peanut butter…

  20. Akeena -  January 14, 2011 - 10:14 am

    From the The Elder Scrolls (Morrowind and Oblivion games):

    “The Serpent wanders about in the sky and has no Season, though its motions are predictable to a degree. No characteristics are common to all who are born under the sign of the Serpent. Those born under this sign are the most blessed and the most cursed.”

    Source: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Birthsigns


    Also interresting to note, is that the Celtic zodiac has 13 signs, or animal totems:

    Stag/Deer (Dec.24-Jan.20) – Capricorn (The Goat-And-Shark)
    Cat (Jan.21-Feb.17) – Aquarius (The Waterbearer)
    Adder/Snake (Feb.18-Mar.17) – Piches (The Fishes)
    Fox/Vixen (Mar.18-Apr.14) – Aries (The Ram)
    Cow/Bull (Apr.15-May12) – Taurus (The Bull)
    Seahorse (May13-Jun9) – Gemini (The Twins)
    Wren (Jun.10-Jul.7) – Cancer (The Crab)
    Horse (Jul.8-Aug.4) – Leo (The Lion)
    Fish/Salmon (Aug.5-Sep.1) – Virgo
    Swan (Sep.2-Sep.29) – Libra (The Scales of Balance)
    Butterfly (Sep.30-Oct.27)
    Wolf/Hound (Oct.28-Nov.24) – Scorpio (The Scorpion)
    Falcon/Hawk (Nov.25-Dec.23) – Saggitarius (The Centaur)


    If you search for self-knowledge by only looking at the Sun, you will see only a part of the mystery that is you. Don’t forget the Moon and Ascendant. The Sun is your outer self, as the world sees you; the Moon is your inner self, as you know yourself; and the Ascendant is how you put yourself forth, in actions and deeds.

    We can go on to say that it is almost equally vital to know your Mars and Venus signs. Mars is how you move and speak; Venus, how you love and take IN life.
    Searching Saturn, you will know what you need to work on in this life; and in knowing Chiron, you could understand your special weakness, and help yourself overcome it.
    You will find facinating things by discovering yourself in the other planets aswell: Jupiter, planet of Luck; Pluto, planet of Transformations; Neptune, Uranus, Mercury planet of the Mind, and Eros (your sexual side).

    (Note: In astrology even a mere asteroide is termed a ‘Planet’, I suppose, for simplicity)

  21. Indiana J -  January 14, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?

    • Stephanie -  December 31, 2014 - 2:36 am

      Love you!

  22. FooGriffy -  January 14, 2011 - 8:29 am

    According to Michael Dadona I may be an Ophiuchus.

  23. jones -  January 14, 2011 - 8:20 am

    just another con trying to steal from the older and more established asian cultur

  24. Harris -  January 14, 2011 - 8:09 am

    Ok so i was a little off. when i said that we have 12 planets in our solar system, i didnt mean we have 12 planets. we only have 6. but there are 12 symbolized home planets used for the signs. They are the all the planets (besides earth), ths sun , the moon, and pluto. I thought earth was used in place of the sun but i was wrong. However, the sign Ophiuchus still cant be a zodiac sign. If each of the 12 home planets is used once, and The sun already taken by leo, Ophiuchus still has no element. If added, it would still make the Perfect 12 a imperfect 13.

  25. Harris -  January 14, 2011 - 7:56 am

    Ophiuchus, although a astrological sign, is NOT a zodiac sign. As it would be the 13th sign, it was discarded because of its relationship to the number 13. Also, 12 is a perfect, round number that is divisible by 4 AND 3. this means it can divide into the 4 elements(fire, earth, water, and air) and the 3 qualities(mutable,fixed and cardinal.) although some say it is under the fire element and the ruling planet is the sun, i can not agree with this. In mythology, fire is rarely linked to healing, the trait of Ophiuchus. Also, the sun is not a planet, it is a star. We only have 12 planets in our solar system as pluto is no longer a planet. Since a Constelation must have a ruling planet to be a zodiac sign, Ophiuchus is not a zodiac sign. Its pretty to look at though :)

  26. nate -  January 14, 2011 - 7:00 am

    I’d think that since the sign is for a serpent bearer, and not the serpent itself that the expected characteristics are as clear as a bell.

    Used car sales MANAGER
    New car sales MANAGER
    Political Campaign MANAGER
    President of the local Bar Association
    Managing partner of any law firm

    What all these characteristics have in common is that they manage or manipulate the snakes.

    There may be other characteristics, but these are the ones that come to mind immediately,

  27. davidatc70 -  January 14, 2011 - 5:30 am

    Anyone who would believe that their personality and/or moods come from differnet atmosphere positioning should check their mental status. I am supposively a Gemini, so you are telling me that everyone that was born within certain days are the same? yeah right!

  28. Cinthia -  January 14, 2011 - 2:20 am

    Serpent-bearer…Hmmm. One who carries a snake carries the mark of a snake. To carry one without incurring death from its bite means you have an immunity to its venom. Thus, you may be one who meddles in affairs most would deem too dangerous to do so. You may need cunning, courage and a sly tongue to search your way through your snares, and you may have developed a camoflauge of sorts in society so as to hide your true nature. Being a serpent-bearer means you also must be above serpents themselves, so you can go good or bad, and you know how serpentine personalities work and may use them at your advantage or disperse them.

  29. djinn -  January 13, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    @mona I’ll post them in the morning, I’m SUPER exhausted right now. But congrats on being an Ophiuchii/Serpentarius…and my birthday is December 8th, so your birthday is right beside mine! ;D

  30. JD -  January 13, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Symbolic its a the rod of a healer, and the Snake Charmer.. which to me, is a person, that is NOT the Snake as some may say think it is.. this person hold the card of life and death.. Like a doctor !

  31. iso -  January 13, 2011 - 1:45 pm

    i’ve known about this for some time, as I am the type to dig into the meaning and reasoning for things. the differences in the acknowledged zodiac and how they actually correspond to todays coordinates is peculiar as others have mentioned. the fact that there are 52 weeks and only 12 months doesnt make much sense… ultimately, i’m convinced we’ll find modern religions were derived from these types of astrological observations as well.

  32. mona -  January 13, 2011 - 12:01 pm

    djinn tell me the negatives as well I happen to fall on Dec 9 and am one!

  33. Ather -  January 13, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Guess they want to match the Chinese Zodiac. Which also has a snake. But doesn’t really grant the power of invisibility.

  34. djinn -  December 27, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    I left out the negative traits of Ophiuchus…they’re quite unpleasant, to say the least.

  35. djinn -  December 27, 2010 - 5:17 am


    passionate, profound, powerful
    audacious, attractive, addictive
    clever, cultured, curious
    intense, intellectual, intuitive
    impulsive, indulgent, imaginative
    seductive, sophisticated, spiritual
    restless, rebellious, … up for anything

    loves travel, literature, music, dining, and fashion
    are masters of written and spoken word and are able to tell people what they want, like, and need to hear
    are irrevocably devoted once in love
    are mysterious and charming, have penetrating eyes, and are unbearably sexually magnetic
    have a passion for law, medicine, religion, and philosophy
    loves freedom, unusual ideas, and flirting
    achieves status, prestige, and wealth
    are psychics and interpreters of dreams that have vivid premonitions and are magnets for the occult
    attracts good luck and receives the favor of those in authority
    brings people together, belongs to multiple groups of friends, and is the life of the party
    achieves highest fame, notoriety, and legend after death, is made to be a celebrity in their own right, and figuratively and literally reaches for the stars

    the numbers one, eight, and twelve hold great significance

  36. Riley -  December 23, 2010 - 9:46 am

    People born under Ophiuchus are extremely curious souls, also extremely jealous at times, rebellious, a sexual magnet, very open to change. I am a Ophiuchus and proud of it! If Ophiuchus doesn’t exist, well then I fall under no sign. Sagittarius fits me to the least, and I was born on the 15th of December. I refuse to say that this “lost sign” doesn’t exist, to the fact that I fit perfectly under Ophiuchus (aka Serpentarius). Also Pisces and the Serpent Holder are soul mates.

  37. AMY-LOU -  December 16, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Yoyo on November 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Honestly, in my opinion, he sounds more like the overly logical Aquarius…

    We aquarius’s are not overly locgical thank you very much!!!!!!!!

  38. Alex Kent -  December 5, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    The date of the Ophiuchus is ~~~ OPHIUCHUS December 1 – December 18 ~~~

  39. BUTTER -  November 24, 2010 - 3:04 pm

    @Triple M what do you mean yum??? lolxz……..Happy Thanksgiving everyone!♥♥♥♥

  40. Triple M -  November 24, 2010 - 12:26 pm


  41. BUTTER -  November 22, 2010 - 12:27 pm

    @Joseph yes you are a scorpio….I know because I am a Scorpio **NOV.6** But I think it’s from Oct.21 or the 24 to Nov.22!!!!!

  42. Yolanda -  November 18, 2010 - 9:43 am

    ACtually have heard of it…:)

  43. Joseph -  November 18, 2010 - 2:55 am

    I was born 22 November. 6:30 morning.
    I am Scorpio, aren’t I?
    YoYo, don’t you think “real astronomers” are just a mith? Like UFO’s…
    L.T and poopy – I may not be analytical, but it is not a concern of mine really.
    erzulie, – So, I am not a Gemini, you have just offended the geminies by sorting me in. (LOL)
    chombu, – I am not Aquarius either, maybe I never want to be so free spirited as you are.
    Thanks for the opinions.

  44. Curly -  November 17, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    It doesn’t make much sense to me that there should be a 13th zodiac sign. The 12 signs correspond to the 12 months of the lunar calendar. If a zodiac sign is added, shortening the length of all the signs, it would completely mess up the way they correspond to the lunar months. There is no 13th month, except on leap years, as Mo Cheeks pointed out. The month corresponding to Pisces, being the last month on the lunar calendar, is repeated. It works fine that way; having a special month for leap years is too much.

    (An added benefit to the repetition of the last lunar month is that anyone born then can celebrate his birthday thrice – once on the standard solar calendar and twice on the lunar calendar.)

    Concerning pronunciation:

    According to my Encarta dictionary, it’s pronounced o-fee-OO-kəss. The first o is like the o in pot. The double o is like in pool. And just in case the last vowel doesn’t show up – it’s a schwa.

  45. chombu -  November 17, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    @ YOYO

    I dont believe that Joseph is an Aquarius. Aquarians are more free spirited than that. I should know I am one

  46. affection -  November 17, 2010 - 3:11 am

    more accurate zodiac, please.

  47. Yoyo -  November 16, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    Don’t you DARE say Joseph is a Gemini.
    I like to believe the majority of us Gemini aren’t so blind to the fact that real astrologers use plenty of math and intellect (so wouldn’t you think they’d be smart enough by now to RECALCULATE according to the planets positions?). It takes a real metaphysical numbness and blindness to miss something as obvious as the aforementioned.
    Honestly, in my opinion, he sounds more like the overly logical Aquarius…
    But I digress.

  48. Rashida -  November 16, 2010 - 6:52 pm

    I like Davids answer. X-D

  49. smoothius -  November 16, 2010 - 7:50 am

    i noticed one posting about the correlation between 2012 and this constellation. the reason behind this, should anyone care, is because ophiuchus lies from our line of sight directly in front of the center of our galaxy. the big deal (or not so big deal if you are not a doomsayer) about 2012 is that on december 22 2012 the earth and the sun and the center of the galaxy will be in perfect alignment. or in other words you will be able to draw a straight line from the earth, through the sun, and straight into ophiuchus, onward through to the center of the galaxy. the mayans were very adept astronomers and recognized this convergence as a very rare and significant event. end of the world though? i sincerely doubt it.

  50. laisa mae -  November 16, 2010 - 2:05 am

    .., it is verry interesting i Like it verry much..

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  52. John -  November 16, 2010 - 12:16 am

    Hmm…..Sounds like Dick Cheney Betty Crocker type….Oh, never mind,…thats Martha Stewart.

  53. WALNUT -  November 15, 2010 - 10:36 pm

    OPHIUCHUS = OFEE-UK-US… There now you can say it.
    A serpent is a slippery character who attempts to win your approval then quietly drugs your drink, robs your possessions, then strangles you before leaving.
    What? You thot I was talking about our representatives in congress? Yep, Right Arm!!!!!

  54. AMY-LOU -  November 15, 2010 - 8:00 am

    Also people who are Aquarius, i’m not sure but heared it means those people are shy, don’t really have patients, loves to be alone, loves to be in the water and is a very strong person. It’s weird i hate the water, i can’t swim, but the rest is so true about me. If i’m wrong about any of this will someone please tell me???

  55. AMY-LOU -  November 15, 2010 - 7:54 am

    I’m Aquarius( I was born January the 21) and it’s really cool to learn what these things are. I have learned that Aquarius means thw great one, shy lover, the pourer of water that covered the earth, and the cup-bearer of the gods.I also would like to know what the monthes would be of Ophiuchus.

  56. Curtis -  November 15, 2010 - 7:38 am

    It is the sign for snake-oil salesmen.

  57. Saf -  November 15, 2010 - 7:34 am


    In the seventh grade, I wrote a story with the title ‘Ophioukhos.’ It was about a boy who lived on an island, the sole sentient inhabitant other than an ancient, reclusive serpent. The boy spent the entirety of the story trying to coerce the recalcitrant snake into biting him (in order to circumnavigate the stigma he self-ascribed to suicide).
    Early one morning, a rescue ship appeared on the horizon. The serpent realized then that he was afraid of being alone, and had acted selfishly by refusing to kill the boy. So, of course, he crept into the boy’s tent in the wee hours of the dawn to deliver the boy to a merciful death.

    All very banal and jejune in retrospect, but I remember being quite pleased with myself at the time.


  58. David -  November 15, 2010 - 7:16 am

    Is this mystery dude a snake or a snake wrangler?

    @Addison Gast – Soooooo funny!

    @Tegan – some had to say it, right?

    @ some of the reat of you, primarily Michael Dadona… huh? I personally like the Chinese Zodiac where everyone born in a certain year is the same – much easier to keep track of than this whole “people change by what month they were born in” stuff. Plus, when I go to a Chinese Buffet, I get that right on my placemat, and a fortune cookie to boot! Talk about being certain of my future – can you get any more sure than that?!

  59. BUTTER -  November 15, 2010 - 7:12 am

    Well idk about there being 13 till now…All I knew was tht imma SCORPIO
    so thts all i paid attention too!!!! thnx fo tha info dictionary.com!!!!!


  60. L.T. -  November 15, 2010 - 6:39 am

    Really now, analytical?

  61. erzulie -  November 14, 2010 - 11:40 pm

    I’ll bet Joseph is a Gemini

  62. Anna -  November 14, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Ophiuchus is not included in standard astrological zodiacs, which divide the ecliptic into abstract 30-degree segments (implying exactly 12 signs) rather than using the physical constellations. However, a few astrologers using a sidereal zodiac use it as the 13th zodiacal sign.

  63. mo -  November 14, 2010 - 8:11 pm

    I would guess that they would be introverts and have a need for alone time. I would also guess that they have difficulty with intimate relationships. I am just guessing. I do have to say that I am intrigued. I would love to know more.

  64. Alex -  November 14, 2010 - 7:33 pm

    In astronomy the constellation is between Scorpio and Sagittarius and the sun is in the constellation from November 30th to December 17th

  65. David -  November 14, 2010 - 7:24 pm

    an upgraded Scorpio, even more strong, more not taking jack shyte off anybody, and even more hornier than ever, also has ability to fly short distances and give women orgasms by looking them in the eye

    • Kristine -  June 16, 2014 - 7:39 pm

      …And where do we find those with THOSE traits?

  66. Sk -  November 14, 2010 - 7:19 pm

    i think it could be closely related to accurate predictions…..u know…like saying things before they’re happening…..or in short, ppl with gr8 6th sense!!!

  67. poopy -  November 14, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    i have to give it to joseph. very analytical thinking indeed

  68. Matt -  November 14, 2010 - 6:16 pm

    the pronunciation is O-phEE-uh-kus.

  69. Lucifer -  November 14, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Someone who falls under a sign of Gemni in the tropical zodiac is Taurus
    in the sidereal zodiac. One of Taurus traits is reportedly said to give and take.

  70. Ali -  November 14, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    This is very interesting. I’m fascinated with all things that have to do with stars, constellations, and zodiacs.
    The traits of someone who is an Ophiuchus, would obviously have snake-like qualities. For example, I think they would be seductive and thoroughly convincing, like the serpent who tricked Eve into eating the apple. They would also be very clever, sharp, quick to anger and quick to strike-out, but defensive due to fear of others. Tamable through patience.

  71. Bad Sal -  November 14, 2010 - 3:55 pm

    If you were born under the sign of ophiuchus, then it means you will become an alcoholic.

  72. jason ianelli -  November 14, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    what makes the zodiac true? for example, i am a libra, and i am the complete opposite of shallow, frivolous, and flirtatious. i am always serious about my work and self responsibilities and also have high expectation in my “significant other.” So my question is, what makes the zodiac a reliable source and why someone even care if there a thirteenth zodiac sign?

  73. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  November 14, 2010 - 3:12 pm

    1. Is that because there are 26,000 years in the axial precession, and 2000 per ‘zoo-diac sign’?

    2. Is it related to the serpentine galaxy-edge-view that crosses the ecliptic at a steep angle?

    We should have more explanation of this….

    3. Ptah created the ‘zodiac’ for his own first-lineage family to keep track of millennial time: ‘Predestination’ is only for Ptah’s first-lineage, not the general public…which is why it’s sometimes called ‘occult’ etc….


  74. F.O'B -  November 14, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Astrology is superstitious rubbish. It would literally be more accurate to appraise a human’s personality based on what the person ate for breakfast. ‘Hmm, well you wear red shoes and white socks. Of course, yes, of course. You have difficulty with authority and commiting to romantic relationships.’

  75. Elissa Sangi -  November 14, 2010 - 11:32 am

    I tend to agree with Courtney,as a snakelike pesonality and as you are asking us to guess, you could consider the fact that the number 13 is considered unlucky i.e. no 13th floor,etc.. But astrology is not based on religion–catholicism, jewisim, muslimism. Nobody has posted anything I can actually disagree with ( you asked us to guess), but I tend to go with the snake is the serpent, that was made to slither on its’ belly the rest of its’ days and breathe dirt and dust. Perhaps the Hindu religion equates the snake with something good but I can’t recall the snake representing good in any spiritual gendre. So I look upon this 13th zodiacal sign as something not good. Why do astrologers (most) leave it out? Is it because it is the number 13, which (perhaps factual) superstition has ingrained(forming a part of the essence or inmost being) in us to avoid?

  76. ANONYMOUS -  November 14, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Pisces ★ Aries ★ Taurus ★ Gemini ★ Cancer ★ Leo ★ Virgo ★ Libra ★ Scorpius ★ Ophiuchus ★ Sagittarius ★ Capricorn ★ Aquarius are the 13 zodiac symbols.

  77. ANONYMOUS -  November 14, 2010 - 10:52 am

    it’s interesting. There are 13 signs on the Mayan and Aztec calenders. The snake is a symbol of death, betrayal, doom, etc. According the Egyptians, the snake stands for Aphosis, embodiment of chaos. In Greek mythology, the snake was a symbol of doom: drakons, hydras, dracanae, etc. The leap year day (Feb. 29) is the only day of the Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus(Ὀφιοῦχος- greek) is the serpent bearer.
    Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiuchus for more info.

  78. anon -  November 14, 2010 - 10:32 am

    serpent-BEARER, not serpent itself, guys.
    THE serpent bearer was the first healer:
    “November 30 – December 17 ~ Ophiuchus is the 13th sign of the zodiac. Unlike the other 12 signs is actually associated with a real person. In the 27th Century BCE in Ancient Egypt lived a man known as Imhotep. Imhotep was known as ‘Aesclepius’ by the Ancient Greeks, however the attributes are the same under either name.

    One of Imhoteps abilities was healing and it is said that it was he who introduced it to mankind. His accomplishments also included a wide knowledge of medicine. The serpent or snake symbol which is still used today to symbolize the medical profession was also used to represent Imhotep.”

  79. Joseph -  November 14, 2010 - 9:48 am

    The astrologers say whatever they say, and it is the imagination of the “believer” that makes the statements plausible and makes them “meaningful”. The brain likes to trick its own self. Of course, my brain as well…
    In the media, clever-cunning journalists do the writing. They re-edit age-old psychological pieces of advice, hence contributing to the self-awareness of followers throughout the day. And that may be very positive sometimes.

  80. Joseph -  November 14, 2010 - 9:38 am

    The zodiac (horoscope) shows the location of the Sun against the constellations that we call zodiacal. The zodiacal constellations are the ones that the Sun passes through in a year’s time. Thirteen such modern constellations are placed along the visible path of the Sun. Astrologers predict personal traits according to the positions TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO. In the meantime the constellations moved ahead one month. So,for ex. Pisces is not Pisces anymore. Astrologists, on the other hand, did not “move ahead”. So, their analysis are mare phantasm, “a load of insanities”…

  81. hksche2000 -  November 14, 2010 - 8:33 am

    Addison Gast, so funny, cute and creative!
    But what, for the life of me, is: “… the incunab(u)lum of time … from the galetic neighborhood of Vellicate”? Is this a case of “supercalifragilous de expiealidocieous nonsensicalosity”?

  82. greeting season -  November 14, 2010 - 8:25 am

    A snake bears more positive images among non-Christian cultures as are healing, messengers of gods, ressurection, fertility, and interracial marriage: It is a driving force of life that comes to the front rather than temptation of evil although a snake is surely not as a cuddly pet as a puppy to most of humanity.

  83. Paul -  November 14, 2010 - 7:15 am

    The traits of Ophiuchus have been absorbed over the years into the modern English word “officious”.You will find Ophiuchusii mostly working at governmental offices, especially regulatory and tax collection agencies, and the courts where their traits may shine.

    Like their reptilian zodiac mascot, they find positions in our society where they lie in wait to victimize, poison and strangle the next victim. You will find them usually in dens together where they attack their victims (happy and productive people of the other twelve signs)either individually or by swarming. They are incapable of reason or morals. Only force and threat are used to communicate. In instances where they do sound reasonable, it is only for the purpose of putting a potential victim at ease.

    This sign is also incapable of creating or producing anything of value to society and survive by extraction of life and energy from victims which they organize in to groups for this purpose, creating long lines of bored and agitated victims.

    It is appropriate that they are 13th sign of the zodiac, since they are just plain bad luck all around.

  84. captain Liu -  November 14, 2010 - 6:31 am

    I do not think one’s personalities has anything to do with astrological sign .

  85. varonis -  November 14, 2010 - 5:19 am

    If you are born under the influence of Ophiuchus your major trait is that you do not believe in astrology. Why is anyone surprised that astrologers do not write predictions for them?

  86. Mahmoudi -  November 14, 2010 - 4:31 am

    I bet it means that you will be in slitherin if you ever get into Hogwarts indicating that you are most probably parseltoung

  87. Clarinda Merle -  November 14, 2010 - 4:19 am

    a traitor, that’s because its a serpent and snakes are traitor, that’s why we have the saying “snake on a grass” =)

  88. Courtenay -  November 14, 2010 - 2:30 am

    Ophiuchus personality: either venomous or asphyxiating.

  89. Kimba -  November 14, 2010 - 1:21 am

    slimey, slippery and treacherous but can be perceived to be a smooth talker
    with an ulterior motivebut ultimately is just a snake in grass/cosmos

  90. OPHIUCUS | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  November 14, 2010 - 1:04 am

    [...] OPHIUCUS is related to the Galaxy we’re told in some “sidereal” mythological system that is sold — and charted from the day you’re born and what’s to come generally everyday — For Heaven’s sake we all know our Galaxy is the Milky Way — To be born under the sign of Serpentine Chocolate – an addiction hunting for prey. –>>Rupert L.T.Rhyme [...]

  91. Tegan -  November 13, 2010 - 11:45 pm

    Personality traits:

    - Parstletongue
    - A desire to kill wizards name Harry
    - Eating death
    - Making horcruxes
    - Killing Dumbledore
    - Etc.

    I pity those who don’t understand.

  92. GWSTB -  November 13, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    I just looked up more info on this- the Zodiac we know, according to this “alternative zodiac” is completely off kilter- I am a Leo, but under the alternative zodiac, a Cancer. (Which actually fits me better, if you want my opinion. I’m very un-Leolike.) Anyway, the Ophiucus’s birthday would fall between November 30 and December 17th.

  93. Booo -  November 13, 2010 - 10:25 pm

    Ignore the above post of 21th November, it’s between Nov 30th and Dec 17th. :3

  94. Booo -  November 13, 2010 - 10:21 pm

    If I’m not wrong it was 21th November, between Scorpio and Sagittarius.

  95. clive -  November 13, 2010 - 9:34 pm

    Fangs a lot for that info!

  96. MIKE MIKE -  November 13, 2010 - 8:37 pm


  97. Marin -  November 13, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    Someone born under Ophiuchus is smooth and cool, but a lot of people think they’re slimy.

  98. cuppYcake -  November 13, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    OMG~ nvr heard of this at all… Guess nobody’s zodiac sign is this! :P

  99. Addison Gast -  November 13, 2010 - 7:57 pm

    No-brainer—Ophiuchus was the young partner of Andy Grifin and loved to fish. Andy called him “Opy” for short.
    An Ophiuchus is one that makes movies about esoteric ignominious Hollywood people like Lindsey Lohan, Downey Jr, and Lady Ga-Ga. They all belong to the 13th astro symbol, “snakey-joe” and design tattos for the living dead like Andy Rooney on 60 minutes and Dave Leterman. Somewhere in the incunablum of time, a ophiuchus offended the alien Vader from the galetic neighborhood of Vellicate and has been doomed to provide unanswerable questions to AOL viewers for eternity.
    Yep! Thats whatta opy is fer sure.

  100. Jupiter -  November 13, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    In the sidereal zodiac, I am Sagittarius not Capricorn, that is a whole lot a differece regarding its personal traits. And its star is Jupiter, not Saturn.

    A sidereal zodiac is more accurate than a tropical zodiac, some say.

  101. 2dark2bDzired -  November 13, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Ophiuchus…probably pronounced like “oh-fee-oo-choos” (that’s just an educated guess concerning how it would be pronounced in Latin). Ophiuchus is technically under the domain of Sagittarius, seeing that if one were an Ophiuchus, one would have been born between November 29 and December 18th. So you could consider yourself either a Sagittarius or Serpentarius.
    i suppose one would have personality traits relating to that of Asclepius, the original serpent-bearer (??)

  102. sharceus5147 -  November 13, 2010 - 5:37 pm

    if each zodiac stands for a certain month such as Gemini-June, Sagittarius-December..what month is Ophiuchus?

  103. MiaG -  November 13, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    And for pronunciation? off-ih-YOU-kuss

  104. Mo Cheeks -  November 13, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    How ’bout this? The Lunar calendar adds a month every leap year, rather than the 1 day in Feb. for the Solar calendar. Instead of there being two months in a row for Pisces, maybe that’s where it would fit in?

  105. JL -  November 13, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    Since Ophiuchus is located between Scorpio and Sagittarius, the traits would most likely be a combination of the two. Maybe a deep a thinker like the Scorpio but perhaps more fun-loving? Or maybe a bit happy-go-lucky like a Sagittarius but perhaps more cautious?

  106. sherryyu -  November 13, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    Hey, that topic you’re writing about is very strange and interesting. wat is a Ophiuchus anyway

  107. Oleg -  November 13, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    My guess would be: business-minded, shrewd & honest, but calculating & cold

  108. Cyberquill -  November 13, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Ophiuchi are generally quiet and averse to chewing their food.

    • Kristine -  June 16, 2014 - 7:36 pm

      Ha-ha, very funny. We make up for chewing with our ability to swallow things whole. Whether it be the whole idea, or the hole of the galaxy…

  109. Monica -  November 13, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Personality traits linked to Ophiuchus? hmmmm….Maybe this person is very charming, charismatic, but processes the art of deceiving.


  110. Dyanara -  November 13, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Personality traits…hm. Maybe it’s all of the personality traits of every zodiac combined? I’m not sure, just guessing. :)

  111. Mike -  November 13, 2010 - 11:25 am


  112. Jack Cervantes -  November 13, 2010 - 11:11 am

    That one I’ve heard before. It also has something to do with 2012, or something.

  113. PJ -  November 13, 2010 - 11:10 am

    Someone who has snake-like characteristics, slippery, coniving, manipulative, and who lies, kind of like my exhusband.

  114. Annalee Dunne -  November 13, 2010 - 11:06 am

    I reckon seeming as it is a serpent… It would be someone that is perhaps slightly greedy, impulsive and quick-witted. Those are the anthropomorphic themes I would associate with e serpent.

  115. diction aficionado -  November 13, 2010 - 9:59 am

    To me, it looks like astrologers generally associate a person born under a particular sign with that animal or other being’s personified traits. For example someone born under the Taurus sign would probably be associated with physical strength or tenacity by an astrologer. This leads me to hypothesize that someone born under the Ophiuchus sign would possess personified serpentine qualities. For example, said person could be linked with conniving and traitorous qualities. However, one must always bear in mind that what I set before you is mere conjecture. Also, the fact of whether or not one believes in astrology is an entirely different matter altogether. I do not want to invite disorder to the post through potential arguments, so let it suffice to say that I do not believe astrology, I simply find the topic interesting.

  116. luisa -  November 13, 2010 - 9:51 am


  117. luisa -  November 13, 2010 - 9:50 am


  118. Michael Dadona -  November 13, 2010 - 9:26 am

    As you asked for “Give us your best guess” about personality traits might be linked to Ophiuchus?


    As it’s said as the 13th zodiacal sign, Ophiuchus carries the numerical value for 13. From your above statement “Standard astrological zodiacs do not include Ophiuchus”, my guess work is to include it in my counting system by adding the numerical value of 12 and 13.

    Where 12 represents “Standard astrological zodiacs” and 13 is for Ophiuchus;

    12 + 13 = 25; therefore, 2 + 5 = 7.


    Skilled at analysis and research, an intelligent seeker of knowledge, scientific and inventive, studious, meditating, charming personality and demeanor, love of solitude and peace, a perfectionist.


    Hidden motives and suspicions, overly reserved, arguments enjoined with silence or sarcasm, isolated, inflexible positions, overly upset by distractions.

  119. Shivani -  November 13, 2010 - 9:07 am

    Ophiuchus might relate to traits like patient, focused, selfish and clever.

  120. Silverchild -  November 13, 2010 - 8:50 am

    I live in Greece and we heard about Ophiuchus several years ago. Some astrologers even included predictions for it in their predictions, but now it has been largely abandoned. Just because it is a constellation, doesn’t mean it is a sign as well. It coincides with part of Scorpio and, if you consider it a sign, it leaves Scorpio half. If it were to be a sign, it should be equal to all other 12 signs.

  121. Carmen -  November 13, 2010 - 8:48 am

    So what dates of birth include Ophiuchus?

  122. Jennifer -  November 13, 2010 - 8:23 am

    sexual and spiritual transcendence, an expanded awareness, sensitivity to energy, vibrational rate increasing to higher frequencies, increased non-physical understanding, knowing and communication.. identifiable energy shifts, expansion and spiritual growth..

  123. get tuned in -  November 13, 2010 - 7:37 am

    provocative, edggy, hard-nosed, forthcoming, artful, extrasensory, and trickly cute. And an affable voice.

  124. Preston O -  November 13, 2010 - 7:36 am

    Whoops sorry I meant I’m no expert on astrology, see having carpel tunnel plagued fingers isn’t all that fun… Dang you WoW…

  125. Preston O -  November 13, 2010 - 7:33 am

    Well I’m expert on astrology, load of insanity that it is. However I think maybe sneaky or devious,caring, wise? Easily skinned for accesories? Okay that last one was a joke.

  126. Jen -  November 13, 2010 - 7:13 am

    Any guesses on pronunciation? Regardless, I love the topic. Is there any more information on the subject?

  127. Kathleen -  November 13, 2010 - 7:02 am

    I would say very smart, quiet, quick thinking, and very cool and collected, but sometimes striking out…. Stands up for oneself…. Physically, very strong…. Probably comes between Scorpio (who sometimes has the energy of the gray lizard) and Sagittarius, who loves to travel and move…. A very spiritual one….

  128. Richard Comaish -  November 13, 2010 - 7:01 am

    An individual holding a snake, especially in an ancient context, of course suggests healing, especially of the ‘alternative’ type, or its opposite. In a more modern context it suggests those who interact on a broader level with the environment, positively or negatively, and its increasingly endangered species. Is it not synchronicitous that this represents the ‘blind spot,’ even in the relatively alternative field of astrology, the forgotten constellation?

  129. Elena -  November 13, 2010 - 6:54 am

    In which interval would a person have to be born, to fall under the influence of this sign?

  130. Jacob James Harrison -  November 13, 2010 - 6:46 am

    So does Ophiuchus link up with a certain time period, then, in this sidereal zodiac?


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