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"Medusa" By Hiroko Sakai

Once Women
Controlled the World

Ophiuchus: Born Nov 30 – Dec 17

Thousands of years ago women controlled human society. They were the clan leaders, hunters, astrologers, warriors. The ancient archetypes of all these job descriptions are female. Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo and Taurus were all envisioned as female symbols, only to be transmogrified into men by the Greeks. Human communities used a lunar calendar, and women were the center of the mystery and mastery of nature. Humans moved in sync with the Moon, as well as the Sun. In this scenario, which is illustrated by pre-Nubian cave paintings, among others, women were the leaders and their law was nature's law, ancient societies may have been polyandrous, where women were able to access men as a tool of their fertility, even before men themselves understood their role in the process. No man possessed them, and men may have been subject to socialization in the same way women domesticated dogs. Men turned the tables on women's power by conquering them, destroying women's power, and eliminating Ophiuchus as a symbol of the emancipated and mysterious female. As Kate Millet pointed out in her book, Sexual Politics:

"In history; vast numbers of peoples have worshiped the phallus openly. It may also be true that ever larger numbers of peoples once worshiped the womb or the fertility powers of the Earth. It may also be true that one of the many causes for the commencement of that now-universal oppression and contempt for women lay in the male's very fear of the female powers of giving life and perhaps inspired that enormous change in world affairs we call the patriarchal take-over. Living so close to the Earth, without having yet developed toys of his own in warfare and the rise of princely city-states full of toiling slaves building him empty monuments, and unaware of his own vital role in conception the male may well have past glances of envy on the woman and what was – in those conditions – her miraculous capacity to bring another human life out of her very belly – and seen in it a connection with the phases of the moon, and the seasons of the earth's vegetation – and stood both in awe and terror – and finally in hatred – and decided to cast this function down from what he rather naturally I assumed was its collusion with the supernatural, the terrible, the uncontrollable forces of nature – and denigrate it to the level of the the bestial, the pernicious and the obscene. And thus the filthy totem was appropriated by the male and taboo assigned in a thousand ways to operate against the female."

This is the knowledge that Ophiuchus holds. To reveal her ancient superiority has often meant death for her sign, or any other woman or man who recognized this anthropological fact. Anybody who remembered the power women once held was the enemy of the new world order of man. So Ophiuchus is the introvert, the one with a secret. Ophiuchus spends time alone, and is anti-social in groups they can't dominate or trust. That's why Ophiuchus conceals their insights, their desires, even their sexual orientation. The single most important thing for Ophiuchus is survival, because in her lies the survival of the female. Knowledge is not dry facts but insight found through a deep fear of death. Ophiuchus shuns those they fear or those who might hurt them. Ophiuchus uses mind control and ingratiates themselves with their enemies, the easier to work behind the scenes. When Ophiuchus strikes back, it is seen as the original terrorism, a revival of the power that men cannot annex or replace for themselves.

Ophiuchus forms covens, groups centered around secret information and conspiracy. Ophiuchus can open up a can of worms, if they want. They are the caretakers of all scandals that Scorpio dug up in the previous incarnation. Ophiuchus can bring down others, they can destroy their tormentors, they have the ability to fool the eye and the heart. No one will know what the Ophiuchus is really thinking. They carry an aura of unseen strength and live in a figurative cave.

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"Medusa" image source: monster-wikia

Medusa is Ophiuchus with bad press

The 13 eponymous (named) constellations were truncated to a 12-sign and 12 house system by the Romans. Ptolemy completed what the legions started, to eliminate the female from political power. The Romans burned shamans and destroyed matriarchal leadership; Ptolemy did his part by deleting them from the skies.

The Romans eradicated
female leadership

Thirteen is a number associated with women, "witches" regarded as sinister and evil. Thirteen is only unlucky to men; it's the number of the female goddess. Thirteen is part of a lunar matriarchal society that presaged the Roman empire, and was ruled by the Moon. The Romans replaced the 13-month lunar calendar of 28 days with one day left over, with their Solar 12-month calendar, with odd numbered days and 1/4 of a day left. Like history books, the calendars are written by the victors. The Romans destroyed the female power base by fire and steel, and Ptolemy likewise enslaved her astrology in service of Roman aggression and its bloody atrocities. Modern Tropical astrology is the spawn of the apologists and propagandists of male tyranny, and its use is actually a genuflection to an ideology that represents the worst of human nature.

Killing Ophiuchus source

Ophiuchus is a goddess that men and their patriarchy have suppressed, but failed to destroy. In spite of persecution for over 2,000 years, Ophiuchus, both male and female, has hunkered down and survived. They defend themselves with mystery and disguise. They surround themselves with outcasts, children, cats and potions. Ophiuchus lays in wait until the critical moment, and then risks everything. The tokens of Ophiuchus are snakes, which are man’s traditional enemies. Man’s jealousy and hatred for the skills of the female have led him to launch armies against Ophiuchus, to try to ridicule, separate and eradicate her from human society and experience. Snakes are the symbol of knowledge, the springboard of understanding the human body, yet they also dangerous, and unpredictable. Man has used propaganda against Ophiuchus, depicting her as evil and beyond redemption, denigrating her love as a nest of vipers. Look at his treatment of Medusa, whose mantle of vipers protected her from harm. One glance from her could turn a man to stone. Her assassination was a forgone conclusion, no mercy was to be shown to the woman who demanded equality with men, who would resist his fire and steel with the greater power of mother nature and her irresistible and irrefutable importance in the human existence.

Judith Martin, snake handler. image: Perry Duffin

There is no need to fear the snake, if you leave it unmolested, yet mankind has a passion for killing the snake, as well as what it represents in human existence. They fear the snake, they fear Ophiuchus, they fear women’ sexuality and powers. And they fear retribution, so much so that through the ages, men have hunted and killed the strong women in their midst, and even the most arbitrary symbols of their power, the number 13, the witch’s cooking pot, black cats, etc., and all the other paraphernalia with which Ophiuchus surrounds herself.


Mass murderers Andreas Lubitz and James Holmes: both Ophiuchus

The major problem with the modern generation of Ophiuchus is has to do with the conflict of materialism vs maternalism. The former is forced on us, the latter is pointless to resist. What Ophiuchus brought to the world has become superstition, affectation and mockery of her power, and what she represents. The Ophiuchus is always in conflict with the male, solar, 12-sign view of the world. They developed the lunar calendar of 13 equal months of 28 days (with one day left over for celebration) thousands of years ago. The power of women and the coven is given form by Ophiuchus, along with her darker side, Lilith and the Black Moon. The ignorance of man has transformed to aggression and intolerance against women in leadership roles. Man has been relentless in his attacks on these magical and profound entities. Together, Ophiuchus has survived thousands of years of persecution, by organized religions and man’s political structures, starting with the Romans who eviscerated Ophiuchus along with her sisters who held power in ancient tribal organizations.

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A Roman prostitute at work. Image: Blogging Pompeii

Ophiuchus and Sex

If Scorpio is the rising phallus, then Ophiuchus is the vagina. The power of the female sexuality is at the center of the women's mystery and mastery. Man's awe, and subsequent fear of the vagina has led to his attempts at control and suppression of the female herself. In early times, women were the leaders and seers, the healers, the midwives, and the astrologers. They won control of the tribal unit because they were able to live in harmony with nature. They developed domesticated animals, agriculture, and learned to predict the seasons, eclipses, and their own fertility. As tribalism gave way to the state, women were an obstacle of imperialism. Man's rule was violence, and he used it to eradicate powerful women.

The Romans turned women, their healers and prophets, into slaves, and the Ophiuchus has the pugnacity of the ex-slave, still stinging from the lash, or death by flames. Ophiuchus was actually exterminated as a social class as well as deleted from the Ptolemaic calendar. They are feared and hated as witches ever since. The Roman Catholic Church burned witches for 300 years. The extermination only increased during the so-called age of enlightenment, with the acceptance of science and surgery over the wisdom and natural healing power of the Crone. Instead of integrating Ophiuchus as part of our Universe, mankind has chosen to repress, renounce and ripoff the mysterious powers that each and every Ophiuchus has in his or her collective memory. It is no wonder that Ophiuchus can have a hunted look and often wishes to stay in the background. They use disguises to avoid revealing their identity. It's a very brave Ophiuchus that will stand up to persecution.

Waterboarding witches source

The Romans officiated a long term misogynist backlash against women that also removed Ophiuchus from the series of eponymous constellations of the Zodiac. Ophiuchus is the symbol of the snake handler—a feminine presence, at least androgynous, which was once ubiquitous and held in reverence, a key position in the establishment of the tribal communities of the day. The ejection of Ophiuchus from Zodiac calculations and the downfall of the lunar-based matriarchy occurred at the same time, and for the same reasons: men wanted to usurp the power of strong women. Staring in the 13th century in Europe, Pope Gregory XI's association of Ophiuchus with Satan meant near extermination of healers, herbalists, midwives, anyone who arose suspicion with the Inquisition. The Catholic church presided over the torture and murder of anyone who they accused of witchcraft. They even killed the cats they assumed were Satan's minions, so many that it may have contributed to the onslaught of rats and gerbils which carried the Bubonic Plague. Men in power continued to burn witches at the stake for the next five thousand years, in spite of the age of enlightenment. To this day, the stigma of the number 13 and the hatred of the Crone, or female sage, is still part of our pop culture.


The Ophiuchus Voice of Zearle



Origins of Ophiuchus

The true nature of Ophiuchus can be traced back to Isis and Nephthys, sisters in ancient Egyptian mythology who used their power to bring Osiris back from the dead (see figure below). Ophiuchus is the embodiment of this magic—the Egyptians were experts at many potions, preservatives, herbs and poisons that are still a mystery, and mummification techniques that rival modern embalming methods.

Ancient fresco of Sisters Isis and Nephthys protecting Osiris,
predating Ophiuchus

Over the years, the original intent and description of the Zodiac has changed radically. Everything has been done for the convenience of astrologers. It may be that the truth is more complex than even a Sidereal system—which is also based on 12—can reveal. The true ecliptic includes the constellation Ophiuchus, which really completes the wheel.

The sisters are pictured above with all their implements
and helpmates at their disposal.

"Nephthys helped Isis gather the dismembered body parts of her husband Osiris after he had been murdered by envious Set. Nephthys was known as the ruler over one of the darker aspects of Egyptian death ceremonies, the Canopic jars. These jars were the keepers of the vital organs of those who were deceased. I have to say she is indeed the Goddess to look to when you are at that place in your life when you are ready to take her hand, and let her lead you down the path of spiritual death, to anew. And then Isis, her sister, will be there waiting for you to help you start your new life." from

"What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven." MORE

Mo'Nique: a seeker of truth

"Everything I wanted, everything I waited for, is here. I am a stand-up comedian who won an Oscar! Oh, baby, I did it, me! You know, this role was so not about my acting career. This role has shaped my life and allowed me not to judge and to love unconditionally. If that goes into my career, great, but if it doesn't and I'm just the dynamic person that I strive to be every day, then I've won, baby!" —Mo'Nique, Ophiuchus, upon winning the Oscar in 2002.


Margaret Cho: Ophiuchus Pioneer

Cho has an Ophiuchus Sun and Mercury, conjunct. She is a medicine woman, the snake-handler, a dead up witch with a mind that goes where no man has gone before. Isolated from the white straight society that despised her and growing up in the Castro valley, the gay community of San Francisco, working at her parent's bookshop, Cho bonded with the LGBT population, who accepted her as a comedienne and diva. Her popularity brought her to the attention of men in suits—the TV industry scumbags—who tried to exploit her in a trifling sitcom, making her run around in circles like a caged tiger. She recalls them telling her she was "too fat" to represent HERSELF. He show was canceled, and for a while she felt hunted and hounded as a failure; but she persisted in her quest for self-determination, and bounced back, appealing to a fanatical and devoted following.

Cho uses the sexual ambiguity of Ophiuchus to her advantage. Gay or straight, She can take all forms, all sexuality, and make them her own.

Cho has a quixotic Mars-Saturn opposition which will always put her at odds with authority and the patriarchy; she's always fighting the restrictive stereotypes that men create, the stupid corporate idea of the "Asian girl" is one of her main targets as a comedienne.

With her phalanx of Virgo planets (Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto) she was a sitting duck as a young girl to be swept away by every overblown, oversold, fascistic freak.

Her Sagittarian Venus opposition Pluto makes her a believer in relationships--a potential victim of abusers, tyrants and dominant men. But, she'll sin in the end, undoing and ultimately destroying her oppressors with sarcasm and her taboo-busting reveal.

With a Jupiter conjunction with Uranus, she's quite the radical, upfront and challenging the status quo. Her fearless plunge into the latest trends and ideas makes her a leader, which also brought her her fortune. Her courage and direct no-bullshit approach wins her many friends and admirers, from all walks of life and from all around the world. By changing her looks, she's able to work through her problems, and keep recreating herself with her own inborn magic. Her Moon sign is in Taurus, which would account for her acknowledged eating issues and (mostly) sweet disposition. It also means that she is at home with any function of the body, comfortable enough to talk openly about them, even making jokes about shitting on herself and being fisted. Her tattoos, and easy sensuality make her a sexual icon of liberation to her many devoted fans.

This is the modern day medicine woman, the Ophiuchus, who has emerged from the shadows to show us how to do the dance—to use the magic of humor, music, mimicry—all the instruments of pop culture—to demolish the patriarchy that has long oppressed them and us.

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Abby Hoffman:
Ophiuchus Rebel

It was the culture of rebellion that made hippies out of squares, not the politics. Hippies were politicized by the oppression their culture precipitated. Hippies had to withstand a backlash from the reactionary white, uptight male supremacy and its cops and armies. Ophiuchus Abbie Hoffman made it possible. MORE

Comparison of the Zodiac systems





Aries Mar 21 - April 20 April 15 - May 15 April 19 - May 13
Taurus April 21 - May 20 May 16 - June 15 May 14 - June 19
Gemini May 21 - June 20 June 16 - July 15 June 20 - July 20
Cancer June 21 - July 21 July 16 - Aug 15 July 21 - Aug 9
Leo July 22 Aug 22 Aug 16 - Sep 15 Aug 10 – Sep 15
Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Sep 16 - Oct 15 Sept 16 – Oct 30
Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Oct 16 - Nov 15 Oct 31– Nov 22
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nov 16 - Dec 15 Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus NA NA Nov 30 – Dec 17
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 16 - Jan 14 Dec 18– Jan 18
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 15 - Feb 14 Jan 19 – Feb 15
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 15 - Mar 14 Feb 16– Mar 11
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 15 - April 14 Mar 12 – April 18


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