The 13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer



Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is highly controversial. Part of this is due to the ever present difference between astrology and astronomy. NASA stated they rediscovered a new constellation. This discovery led to further investigation and speculation by astrologists. The recognition of Ophiuchus would mean that perhaps earth changed position. If this is the case, then the dates for all signs would shift in order to accommodate a thirteenth sign*.

The 13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer

This only serves to fuel more debates and controversy. NASA’s response was to state that a new constellation does not mean a new sign. They immediately advised that they were not making statements regarding astrology. What few know is that Ophiuchus has been a part of astrology since the beginning; 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. This is due in part because western astrology uses the meanings of the signs more than their actual position to determine a reading. Another reason this sign was not being used was because for a long time astrologers simply missed it. Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer is only in the night sky for 19 days as opposed to the full thirty of most of the other signs. 

Whatever your position, the debate among astrologers limits the amount of available information for Ophiuchus.

Sign: Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer
Dates: November 29th to December 17th


  • Ruling Planet: Planetoid Chiron
  • Quality: Possibly Fixed
  • Element: Ether
  • Root Power:  NA
  • Positive Traits: Curious, open to change, passionate, visionary, happy, clever
  • Negative Traits: Jealous, impulsive, irresponsible, procrastinator, sarcastic
  • Likes: Peace and harmony, being around others
  • Dislikes: Routine of life, authority, trivial information, being stagnant
  • Good Day: Good humor, thirst for knowledge, humorous, charismatic
  • Bad Day: Bad temper, secretive, egotistical, critical, restless, vengeful
  • Lucky Color: Silver
  • Flower: NA
  • Known for: Being controversially successful



According to history, Ophiuchus was originally discovered by Ptolemy. As a 13th constellation, there is no opposite to this sign. Ophiuchus is also the only sign to actually depict someone real: Imhotep. Legend has it that Imhotep killed a snake that was about to kill him. As the snake lay dying, a second snake came out of its mouth and provided an herb. This herb brought the first snake back to life. Imhotep was so intrigued that he took the herb and became a healer of people. This ability allowed Imhotep to prevent death and bring people back from the dead. This so upset the Gods that he was killed and given a place among the stars.

Like Imhotep, the people of this sign will progress well in life overall. They will seek higher education and enlightenment. There will always be a goal to achieve a high position.

Day to Day

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.

This sign is a seeker of wisdom and knowledge. Like their history, they are driven to succeed. They have an immense sense of pride in all they do. Ophiuchus aims to be the best in everything. This can sometimes be inspiring and sometimes make others feel inadequate. They are usually envied by peers but favored by authority figures.

They favor bright colors and have a great deal of creativity. This is a happy, intellectual, clever sign. Ophiuchus’ has a curious, adventurous spirit. The serpent bearer has a great sense of humor and usually gets along with most groups. They are great with language, arts, and the written word.

Ophiuchus people have a knack for persuasion and a strong sense of justice. However, this ease of getting along with others is often temporary because they can be very temperamental themselves.They will always fight for what is right. They will bear grudges but do not want to cause others trouble. They are impatient and want things done quickly and easily. This rushing can sometimes lead to making mistakes. This sign can also be eccentric and quirky.

Ophiuchus people love change, they love challenges and are always looking for new things to add to their lives. They are instinctive so they can quickly determine if something is right for them. At the end of the day they will follow their heart and for them, that is always the right decision. They are driven to succeed so they will stop at nothing to make their dreams a reality but they will 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.

Impact of Element, Quality, and Planet

Ophiuchus is influenced by a new, fifth element. This element is a mix of fire and water, known as ether. Just as ether is a source for all others, so too is Ophiuchus. This is an omnigendered or genderless sign that has a spirit type element. The planetoid Chiron further strengthens the natural healer and teacher tendencies of Ophiuchus.


This sign is a faithful and true friend. Ophiuchus people will be trustworthy and dependable. However, they can also be brutally honest and straightforward. They do not like anyone who is disingenuous. This sign will not let someone in twice; if their trust is broken they will shut out that person. Ophiuchus’ are so complicated that they are unpredictable and mysterious.

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


Judgemental yet empathetic, this sign will be unmatched in their passion. They are born flirts. Ophiuchus has a strong sense of freedom and will always want personal space. Conversely, this sign also has jealousy and trust issues. Ultimately, this sign will cherish love and just wants to find their one true love. Ophiuchus is the most compatible with either a Pisces or another Ophiuchus.

*If you recognize Ophiuchus, then the zodiac signs calendar changes as follows:

Capricorn, January 20 to February 16
Aquarius, February 17 to March 11
Pisces, March 12 to April 18
Aries, April 19 to May 13
Taurus, May 14 to June 21
Gemini, June 22 to July 20
Cancer, July 21 to August 10
Leo, August 11 to September 16
Virgo, September 17 to October 30
Libra, October 31 to November 21
Scorpio, November 22 to November 29
Ophiuchus, November 30 to December 17
Sagittarius, December 18 to January 19


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