In the intrest of propriety, I must state this disclaimer: I don’t “believe” in Astrology. Whereas certain generalities may be true, the problem comes in that these are generalities, and the searcher can make each of them personally true. This does not, however, mean that I don’t think there is something of value to it.
As a pre-school teacher, we tracked the behavior of several classes over time and discovered that there is a psychological correlation between human beings, and heavenly bodies; yes, the kids did get more rambunctious on the days of the full moon. I have had several conversations with nurses who agreed that, though they have not actually made a contentious study of it, their experiences have also corroborated our study when it came to the behavior of their patients.
I am no scientist, just a simple observer with just enough education to make my observations seem reasonable. This was not a long term study done with a control group and carefully maintained variables, just the observations of day-to-day activities. Anyone can make this observation, just as ocean dwellers can tell the exact moment the tide shifts.
So although I don’t see current Astrology as much more than a guide at best and a form of manipulation at worst, I can understand how, by actually studying planetary positions at the time of birth, might lead to certain cosmic influences within an individual over time, if the caster understands the movements of nearby influences.
But that is not how we do Astrology today. Today, we like our generalizations based on superstitions of a by-gone age. Until recently.
Although many people do not want to acknowledge the obvious changes in the Earth, it appears as though Astronomers, (as well as other scientists) have made it clear that there is, no matter how insignificant, an Earthly shift taking place. A good Astrologer will have been aware of this and given you reading not based on the generalized dates of 2000 years ago, but of whatever current position of the moment in question. (There’s a reason Astronomy and Astrology are often confused since the later heavily relies on genuine knowledge of the former.)
Of course there is also cultural differences to consider. Although what we consider Astrology was based on the Babylonian, or Western culture, other places, such as China, have a different method for astrology. Welcome to the Year of the Rabbit.
However, as we are in the Western World, we look at a standard 12 sign zodiac that does not take extreme education to see in the skies above us. Until now.
While we have patterned our lives, or maybe just chuckled, over the signs of our Signs, the Earth has continued to make slight shifts through the ages until, alas! we now have been re-introduced to the 13th Sign. I am incredibly excited!
Having known for many years now that there was a 13th sign, it did not seem to be of any real importance to me. Just as I barely have knowledge of the other 12, it was enough for me to know that it was there, and would apparently become actually visible during what I think of as “The Age of Change”-near current calender 2012.
With all the hubbub in the news about Ophiuchus, I decided to do some research and discovered some very entertaining pieces of information. Ophiuchus is actually based on a known real individual, and is called “the Serpent Bearer”, just as Gemini is called “the Twins”. This real person was called Aesclepius by the Greeks or Imhotep by his own people. This was an individual of great knowledge and apparent abilities, and happens to be one of my personal historical favorites.
The Serpent is also a symbol for the Earth Mother, or Paganism, even outside of Great Goddess worshipers. This tells me that this sign represents someone who has unusual knowledge themselves, including healing and engineering (Ihmotep is rumored to be The Master Builder when it came to the pyramids), but also balances the popular belief with secret or less accepted beliefs. My understanding of Ihmotep was that he held what he knew close to him, but did not shy away from learning things that were forbidden or taboo, but was a researcher of knowledge, not just a container of what was already known.
Guess “What”! I am an Ophiuchus, not a Sagittatarian like I thought! In fact, most people who know Astrology, and know me, would probably agree that this, though known less, seems a much more suitable Sign for me. Although vaguely interested in Astronomy since childhood, I was never much of an Astrologist. I do believe my attitude might change as I revel in being like-natured to one of my favorite historical characters. Of course, just as with other un-knows, I will take with me what pleases me, and discard what doesn’t. Thus is the way of humanity!