There is actually a 13Th zodiac sign called Ophiuchus (of-ee-yoo-kuh-s). It is believed that Nostradmus used the constellation of Ophiuchus when making his astrological predictions. Keep in mind that Nostradmus was not only a seer and an astrologer; he was also a physician making the use of this 13Th sign, very pertinent for him since this sign is greatly related to healing. Ophiuchus is one of the 88 known constellations and was also one of the 48 listed by Ptolemy. It is a large constellation located northwest of the center of the Milky Way. Ophiuchus is symbolized by the Snake Charmer or Serpent Wrestler. The Sun only spends 19 days in this sign of short duration. It falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius, the natural 8th and 9th house of the zodiac, respectively. Early cultures based their yearly calendar on the 13 lunar cycles, each containing 28 days. But Julius Caesar changed it. He created our present Julian Calendar, consisting of 12 months, therefore removing the 13th month and its corresponding astrological sign.
Ophiuchus is depicted as a man handling a serpent, his body dividing the large snake into two parts, giving way to the symbol used today as an Asclepius – the medical staff. The sign of Ophiuchus is fashioned after the original serpent holder, Enki, a Sumerian god associated with water, crafts, intelligence, and creation. Some astrologers believe the planetoid Chiron, which is connected with healing in Greek mythology, is the ruler of this sign of a short duration. The constellation of Ophiuchus is the only sign of the Zodiac which is linked to a real man. This man, named Imhotep (patterned after Enki), lived in ancient Egypt around the 27th Century BCE. Imhotep is credited with many accomplishments, including the knowledge and use of medicine.
So what does this 13th sign have to do with 2012? The year 2012 is associated with bringing us to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. We are now moving beyond the kind of body for which the human being was originally designed, out of the human experience and into a different level of consciousness where we will experience a tremendous transformation as souls. The new vibrations from the cosmos will activate additional DNA that we are programmed with and will give you access to the secrets and mysteries of who you are and what your purpose is along with access to the fourth dimension above the Earth’s three-dimensional existence. Our DNA has been associated with the symbol of the snake, dragon, or serpent. Ouroboros is an ancient alchemy symbol depicting a snake or dragon (DNA) swallowing its own tail, constantly creating itself and forming a circle. In some representations, the serpent is shown as half light and half dark, similar to the symbols used for Yin and Yang, which shows the dual nature of all things such as positive and negative, male and female.
The 12 around 1 pattern (12 = 1 + 2 =3), or third dimension, is physical reality based on linear time so the soul can experience the feelings of emotions. We mark time in cycles. We find 12 around 1 on a clock, calendar, zodiac wheel, alchemy wheel, wheel of time, and karma. Could the sign of Ophiuchus, which falls strategically between the zodiac’s natural 8th house of sex, death, and regeneration, and the natural 9th house of the higher mind and spirituality, be the linking sign for the knowledge we need to upgrade our DNA to advance into the next level of consciousness? The soul lessons might be for us to realize that through death there is rebirth.
The symbolism of 13 is rooted in several cultures and religions. Number 13 has a Christian association with the Last Supper; twelve disciples and Christ formed a group of 13 to share the last meal. In ancient Greece, Zeus was counted as the 13th and most powerful god. The symbolism of 13 especially comes into play in the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of life, death, and powerful cosmic energy who was murdered by his brother, Typhon, who sliced him into fourteen pieces. Isis, Osiris’s wife along with the help of Osiris’s sister, could only find 13 of the fourteen body parts (the fourteenth part being Osiris’s penis), which fell into the Nile and was eaten by a school of fish.
The story of Osiris symbolically implies that the meaning of number 13 is the precursor to completion. There are 13 moons in a calendar year. The Moon is associated with the Spiral of Life – birth, death, and rebirth – as she moves through the phases from dark to full. In the Tarot, the number 13 is represented by the Death card, which also means transition and change. Could our overlooked 13th sign of the zodiac become more significant beyond 2012? Will we be more advanced on a soul level to understand the vibrations from this constellation that revels in healing? Maybe this is the next phase of cosmic energy to be made available to us in the 4th and more psychic dimension where we can clean out our karma closets and begin to heal ourselves and strive to be in harmony with the divine creative force of the universe.