Ophiuchus Our 13th Constellation


Sol Visits Ophiuchus the Medicine Man Annually
November 30 – December 17


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Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer also known as Aesculapius (pronunciation), the first doctor of medicine, has the reputation of being the "thirteenth constellation" of the zodiac. Each year from November 30 to December 17 the Sun journeys through the southern regions of this constellation.

Ophiuchus is large, including Serpens Caput (the snake’s head) and Serpens Cauda (the snake’s tail) in his hands. This heavenly Medicine Man is located above, on and actually crosses the ecliptic. Scorpius lies below the feet of this Serpent Bearer and below the ecliptic. Ophiuchus is often shown with his left foot on the heart of the Scorpion and his right foot above the stinger. Images 1, 2

… The neck and head of the serpent reach toward the Northern Crown (Corona Borealis) ... The entire image of Ophiuchus standing upon the scorpion with the snake reaching for the Northern Crown [Image] articulates the process of claiming our self-mastery ... to become ascended in vibration as illumined beings free from karmic entrapment. Nick Fiorenza 11/4/02

Each year, as November ends and December begins, the Sun spends a substantial amount of time transiting the legs of Ophiuchus, hence the claim it is the "thirteenth constellation" of the zodiac or the tenth Sun Sign. The legs of Ophiuchus lie in sidereal Scorpio.

Ophiuchus is knowledge holder over the raw creative forces governing life and death--one who has attained ascension from the lower-order forces that perpetuate our scenarios of (re-incarnational) entrapment. Ophiuchus is exemplar of one who has mastered the initiatory forces of life and who has brought the interplay of these forces to a greater spiritual fulfillment. The neck (Unukalhai) and head of the snake embody the essence and wisdom of living true to soul, in one's true self-mastery--as a Christed (soul infused) being of light.

The astronomical symbol of Ophiuchus is the caduceus--the entwined double serpent upon a staff--the double helix of the DNA. Nick Fiorenza 12/12/04

The double helix of the DNA and the caduceus always remind me of the kundalini serpent fire within each of us. The Subtle System

Planetary Influences

In 2016 Saturn is transiting the realm of the Medicine Man along with Sol from Nov. 30 - Dec. 17. Saturn and the stars of Ophiuchus are invisible in the glaring light of Sol, our central luminary. These energies shine down upon us during the daylight hours.

Use this Nov. 29 New Moon Map to help visualize the following:

Nov. 30 - Dec. 17 Saturn and Sol travel easterly (left) in the heavens.

Sol begins the journey at the Serpent Bearer's left leg above Antares, the heart of the Scorpion. Fast moving Sol continues the journey eastward and conjoins Saturn Dec. 10. Sol then passes east of Saturn. Dec. 12-17 Sol transits the right leg of Ophiuchus above and then a little east of the Scorpion's stinger. This marks the end of Sols visit with the Medicine Man.

The legs of Ophiuchus stand in the burning ground of Scorpius the Scorpion. Fiery forces from Antares ensure growth evolution and change. These initiatory fires along with the added powers of Ophiuchus, Sol and Saturn are bound to ignite the kundalini serpent fire within humanity. The stinger of Scorpius guarantees we stay awake and on the divine path of transformation.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 17 slow moving Saturn remains below and in the vicinity of the star Sabik, located above and to the east (left) of Antares.

Sabik, Eta Ophiuchus stimulates discovery about the means for our bio-logical transmutation into an ascended bio-illumined form. This includes medical-based artsciences associated with genetic evolution--the techniques and technologies that support humankind's evolution from an incarnational modality of perpetuated degeneration, death and rebirth, to one where we express the higher-dimensional light codings of our souls--living as bio-illumined beings exemplified by Ophiuchus. This also includes the means to re-define the cellular patterns we hold so we can re-create our lives, to create a new experience rather than perpetuate those existing. Nick Fiorenza 10/21-22/06

Saturn, lingering in Ophiuchus near Sabik, stands at the fiery gates of initiation testing, disciplining, teaching us who we really are, Homo Luminous.

Sol, the burning heart of our solar system, and Antares the fiery heart of Scorpius along with Saturn and Sabik are initiating, inspiring, impressing and bio-illuminating us with the self-mastery of Ophiuchus.

Listen. What are these great celestial beings telling you? What must die? What must heal? What must be changed and created personally, nationally and globally to serve the evolution of consciousness and humanity's spiritual development?

The Sun ~ Saturn ~ Antares

Solar Bathing

As our Sun transits this area of the sky, November 30 through December 17, take time each day to feel its warm rays touching you.

Know that these solar rays are a medicinal elixir imbued with the healing energies and mastery of Ophiuchus the Medicine Man and the evolutionary influences of Saturn.

Make time to listen while absorbing the warm rays of the Sun. This type of sunbathing is bound to give you a new look on Life!


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