Ophiuchus: Personality Traits of the 13th Zodiac Sign
New Zodiac Sign: What Are the Ophiuchus Personality Traits?
Now that Ophiuchus (the serpent holder) in in the astrological picture, you're probably wondering if your suddenly-new sign means that you're supposed to have particular personality traits. The real answer is that, as an Ophiuchus (Ophiuchan?), your personality traits are in line with, well, your existing personality traits.
Astrologers, though, need something concrete, yet general enough to maybe apply to anyone born during a particular 20-day period. It's even reached the point where people are consulting Yahoo Answers. A 2009 Harris Poll (pdf link) shows that 26% of Americans believe in Astrology- that number could be higher if we take into account those who aren't comfortable admitting such a belief.
So people want to know: "What am I?"
Ophiuchus: Based on Imhotep
Ophiuchus is the only astrological sign that's based on a real person (though maybe Scorpio was based on a real scorpion, we'll never know). You may be familiar with the name Imhotep from the Mummy movies, but he was a real guy. The Greeks called him Aesclepius, and he was known for his knowledge of medicine back in 27 BC. Indeed, the Caduceus (the rod with the snake winding around it) is still a widely-recognized symbol for medicine.
Astrological traits must be specific enough to differentiate the signs, but general enough so that someone could look at the list of traits and say, "Yeah, that could be me".
Based on that, astrologers have gathered together a series of traits that would match such a person, including:
- Seeker of peace and wisdom
- Attractor of good luck and jealousy
- Interpreter of dreams
- One who reaches for the stars
- Wearer of plaid (this one is oddly specific)
Note that walking around telling everyone that you're a serpent holder may get you some funny stares. Not recommended in the workplace.
Like Joseph, he is an interpreter of dreams and vivid premonitions. He is envied by his peers and favored by his father and authority figures.
The Asclepius and the Caduceus, the medical staff, are based on the constellation.
Oh, and if you're reading this, it means you weren't just born, so your sign is still your sign. Now, sidereal zodiac vs tropical zodiac is a whole other can of celestial worms...