The 13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer


Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer became big news when NASA decided to point out to everyone that the twelve signs of the zodiac were actually thirteen in number. What few know is that Ophiuchus has been a part of astrology since the beginning and Vedic or sidereal astrology has always included him in their readings. Western or tropical astrology continues to function without him as a part of their zodiac in part because western astrology uses the meanings of the signs more than their actual position to determine a reading.

Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer

Part of the reason this sign wasn’t being used was because for a long time astrologers simply missed it. Ophiucus the Serpent Bearer is only in the night sky for 19 days as opposed to the full thirty of most of the other signs. Though it was certainly mentioned in the Babylonian texts, because later astrologers missed it they simply left it out.

Ophiuchus people still have their own set of zodiac traits that they can look to for the same comfort and analysis as those who use a twelve-sign zodiac. In general this sign is a contradiction of itself with many positives coming across as negatives and vice versa! It is a very middle ground sign though it weighs a little more on the water side of the elements.

Ophiuchus Personality Traits

These people tend to be happy and humorous with a generally positive attitude most of the time. Their humor is often infectious, they’re highly creative and very smart. They can easily adapt and get along with most people in both personality and temperament. However, this ease of getting along with others is often temporary because they can be very temperamental themselves.

This sign, like Libra, can be brutally honest and truthful. They will cut out people who they feel are a waste of time, or liars, with little opportunity for second chances and they’re smart enough to be able to figure out quickly when they’re being strung along by people who have no intention of being honest. You can read more about the honest and dishonest signs over at this page here:

Ophiuchus people love change, they love challenges and are always looking for new things to add to their lives. They’re instinctive so they can quickly determine if something is right for them, and at the end of the day they’ll follow their heart and for them, that’s always the right decision. They’re driven to succeed so they’ll stop at nothing to make their dreams a reality but they’ll do it in their own way. Remember, these people hate routine so they may use a more off the wall approach to seeing their dreams become reality.


Charismatic, creative and imaginative, they will get together a group of friends and show off their latest work expecting praise for it. Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer people love to get praise for the things they’ve achieved and accomplished! They love to be in the spotlight, much like a Leo, and they’ll do what they can to stay there without revealing too much of themselves. Much like Scorpio, they hide themselves well and even their closest friends cannot be sure that they are actually getting to know the real person or the facade they’ve made to keep themselves safe from harm.


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