Ophiuchus Our 13th Constellation
Visits Ophiuchus the Medicine Man Annually
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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 snakes head) and Serpens Cauda (the snakes 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
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.
In 2017 from Dec. 8-17, both Venus and Mercury join Sol in transiting the realm of the Medicine Man. Venus, Mercury 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.
The Transits of Sol, Venus and Mercury
Sol begins the journey Nov. 30 at the Serpent Bearer's left leg above Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, and continues the journey eastward toward the stinger of the Scorpion.
Venus follows Sol, and on Dec. 8 like Sol begins the easterly journey at the left leg of Ophiucus above Antares. Mercury like Venus begins the journey Dec. 8, however Mercury is positioned just east of Scorpion's stinger at the right leg of Ophiuchus. Mercury retrograde moves in the opposite direction, westward, toward Sol and Venus. Mercury and Sol meet in inferior conjunction Dec. 12. Mercury conjoins Venus Dec. 15.
Sol's visit with the Medicine Man ends Dec. 17, Venus Dec. 20, and Mercury lingers in Ophiuchus until Jan. 7 because of its retrograde (westerly) and later its prograde (easterly) motion through the constellation.
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, Venus and Mercury 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.
Venus the goddess of love is hidden from our view, in the glaring light of the Sun, from the end of November to the end of February – 3 months. This disappearance has been likened to the descent of Inanna, The Queen of Heaven, into the Underworld, an inner shamanic journey to meet the shadow self and be reborn once again into the Light.
Venus' 3-month disappearance and 10-day visit with Ophichus activates within humanity, a deeply transformative healing process of recognizing and facing the shadow self and rising up with new Life. During this time judgments about past wrong doings and blunders are emphasized. We have the opportunity and challenge to cultivate a new and clearer perspective regarding judgments, one which leads to the dedication and commitment of an open heart. Our new clarity and heart-opening practice allow a greater level of nourishment to enter the heart, thus enabling us to reciprocate from the heart and evolve our world.
Mercury's retrograde begins December 2/3 and ends December 22. During a retrograde, a shift or change of direction takes place. It is best to slow down during these periods of "re" in order to reflect, re-evaluate, review, revise, rework, recharge, renew. Surrender and maintain during the first half of Mercury's retrograde. At this time allow the new incoming cosmic energies to break up the old patterns. During the second half pay attention to emerging new ideas. Afterwards make the needed changes and begin anew.
Sol, the burning heart of our solar system, and Antares the fiery heart of Scorpius along with Venus and Mercury 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?
These great beings are teaching us who we really are, Homo Luminous.
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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 Venus and Mercury, and Antares and Scorpius the Scorpion.
Make time to listen while absorbing the warm rays of the Sun. This type of sunbathing is bound to give you a new outlook on Life!
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