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WHO IS OPHIUCHUS?
"OH-FEW-KUS"

"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 and healers. We can only speculate about such antiquity because much of it lies beyond what is actually known or academically supported. However, astrology gives us a clue, since its original Zodiacal archetypes of these job descriptions are female. Ophiuchus, Aries, Leo and Taurus were all originally imagined as female symbols, only to be transmogrified much later into male stereotypes by the Greeks. The first human communities used a lunar calendar, where women were the center of the mystery and mastery of nature, and life itself. Women recognized their biological connection with the Moon early on, and then used it to predict the seasons and tell time. It wasn't until 45 BCE, when the Julian calendar was introduced by its namesake, Julius Caesar, that a calendar based on the Sun's travel was created to challenge the long-established Lunar calendar. Even so, it wasn't until the 16th century when the Gregorian calendar (named for Pope Gregory XII) replaced the Julian, that the solar calendar was rectified, although Modern "tropical" astrologers still use the Julian calendar (which ignores the precession of the equinoxes) for their calculations. The Moon still underwrites Islamic, Chinese and Hebrew calendars, which are based on the Lunar year and the Moon's travel.

Before their downfall to the onslaught of empires, as far back as human memory can be ascertained, women organized early tribes and human activity. Pre-Nubian cave paintings, like the one above (and other archaeological evidence) suggests that women were the major element in early human interaction, and also that with animals. Ancient societies may have been polyandrous, where women were able to access men as a tool of their fertility, even before men understood their role in the process. No man possessed them like property, since women had command of the knowledge of nature, celestial events, and their wombs. In early societies, women may have had to upgrade men from the wild animal in the same way they domesticated dogs. Men eventually turned the tables on women's leadership by conquering them, taking away their voice and powers on Earth, and eliminating Ophiuchus as a symbol of the emancipated and mysterious female in the skies. 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."

Every Ophiuchus is keenly aware of this inheritance of intolerance and violence used against them. To reveal her ancient superiority has often meant death for her sign, or any other woman or man who recognized female intelligence. 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 her insights, her desires, even her sexual orientation. The single most important thing for Ophiuchus is survival, because in her lies the survival of the female, and thus, the species. 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 by men's authority as the original terrorism, a revival of the power that they cannot annex or replace.

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 a 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.


Listing of Ophiuchus in the signs.

Ascendant Sun
Moon Mercury Mars Venus Jupiter
Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Chiron
North Node Midheaven Fortune Black Moon Juno
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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 with the "tropical" Julian calendar. The Roman astronomer Ptolemy completed what the legions started, to separate the female from her mythology of power. The Romans killed shamans and destroyed matriarchal leadership; Ptolemy did his part by deleting Ophiuchus from the Zodiac.

Thirteen is a number associated with women, a year's full Moons and menstrual cycles, and by extension, fertility and female leadership. Thirteen is only "unlucky" to men; it's the number of the female goddess by default. Thirteen is part of a lunar matriarchal society that presaged the Roman empire, and was ruled by the Moon. The lunar calendar has 13 months, each with 28 days (with one day left over). The Solar calendar has 12 months with varying days, and 1/4 of a day left. In the solar calendar, two full moons per month is a fairly common occurrence. This anomaly, like others, serves to minimize the female experience, as it does the importance of the Moon's phases in the Solar calendar. Like history books, the calendars are also written by the victors.


Killing Ophiuchus

Getting confessions from a witch (source)

"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."

An Indictment of Astrology


Ophiuchus is a goddess that men and their patriarchy have suppressed, but failed to destroy. In spite of persecution since Babylonian times, 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 logic of this sign is the universal idea of the moth-to-the-butterfly. Likewise, they represent the shedding of the skin by snakes. Snakes are the icon of a secret knowledge; poisons, serums and spells. They also dangerous and unpredictable, their senses tuned to an invisible frequency.

The token of Ophiuchus is the snake, as the mark of inscrutable wisdom and rebirth. Yet snakes are also man’s traditional enemies; striking at them suddenly and filling them with fear. The snake still threatens the hunter and interloper, and therefore they are still subject to instant death on sight. The patriarchy has treated Ophiuchus in the same way. By associating Ophiuchus with their own fears, men separated them from power and tried to eradicate her from posterity and memory.

Modern man has used a propaganda and media war against Ophiuchus, depicting her as irrelevant or unnecessary, denigrating her coven as a nest of vipers. The penalty for anyone working on behalf of women's rights is the same now as it was in ancient times: hatred and murder. Man’s jealousy of the female have led him to send assassins and launch armies to destroy her as a matter of fact, in the same way white supremacists viewed lynching a runaway slave. Look no further than the fate of the mythical Medusa, the "protectress and guardian" of the female. She was defamed and destroyed. Men characterized her dreadlocks as a mantle of poisonous vipers, and claimed one glance from her could turn a man to stone. Her murder was a forgone conclusion. Even her severed head had amazing powers.

Beyond the myth, in reality man has acted with aggression against women disguising murderous intent with a "legitimate request" Women were reduced to possessions as a general principle that all great religions share. As for the women's goddess, Ophiuchus, man has been relentless in his attacks on her magical and profound creativity. Both the republics of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire shared a common goal: to enslave Ophiuchus and her sisters, those who held power in ancient tribal organizations, and reduce them into subhuman bondage, while stealing their discoveries.


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 women’ sexuality and powers. They revered and feared the womb, which us at the core of Ophiuchus power, and even today have little understanding of it and the attendant vagina. Men have tried to control life by killing it instead of creating it. This is the fundamental judgment they must face. To deny this, men have hunted down 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. Yet with all their plunder of women, they have yet to succeed in being one of them, no matter to what magic or mayhem they avail themselves"

The Book of Ophiuchus


The Female Sex

A Roman prostitute at work. Image: Blogging Pompeii

If Scorpio is the rising phallus, then Ophiuchus is the womb. The power of the female sexuality and fertility is at the center of the women's mystery and mastery. Man's awe, and subsequent fear of the vagina--his passageway to immortality--has led to his attempts to control and suppress women. The vagina was a source of life and the womb, a temple to the mysteries of life. Within occurred a miracle that made men supplicate themselves to women and respect their authority. Women won control of the tribal unit because they were able to live in harmony with nature and predict its repeating cycles. They developed domesticated animals, agriculture, and learned to tell time, track the seasons and eclipses, and predict their own fertility and menstrual cycles. Then they turned to the heavens and deciphered the planets and stars and their movements, staring with the Moon. They found their own identities as females in Ophiuchus and the other constellations. Females earned their right to leadership as crones; women who made the decisions. As tribalism gave way to feudalism, women became an obstacle to the "genius" of imperialism. Man's rule was brought forth by violence, not love, and he used it to eradicate powerful women who stood in its way. The magic vagina became an object of lust and the sacred womb a factory for breeding.

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 her death by flames. Ophiuchus was actually exterminated as a social class as well as deleted from the Ptolemaic calendar in 1100 ACE. They are feared and hated as witches ever since. In a genocidal purge, the Roman Catholic Church burned countless women during the "Dark Ages" in Europe as a matter of policy. The mass extermination only increased during the so-called age of enlightenment, which further marginalized the astrologer, herbalist and midwife. 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, even to their intimate friends and lovers. It's a very brave Ophiuchus that will stand up to persecution; they've had enough of death.

Water-boarding 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—perhaps she was the first to cure snakebites. She was replaced by a bearded man who appears to be wrestling a cobra, the "first doctor" according to modern astrologers. Then Ophiuchus was downsized, as the horoscope, the wheel of life, closed into a smaller circle of 12 signs, shunning her. The ejection of Ophiuchus and the downfall of the lunar-based societies occurred at the same time, and for the same reasons: men wanted to conquer land and make slaves of the tribal people. Starting in the 14th century in Europe, Pope Gregory XI's obsession with "satanic" women 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 feral cats they assumed were Satan's minions, so much so that it may have contributed to the onslaught of rats and gerbils which carried the Bubonic Plague to Europe. To this day the hatred of the crone, or female savant, is still part of our pop culture, even as a Halloween cartoon character.


Her Modern Tribulation

The major problem with the newest generations of Ophiuchus (and all women born in the 1980s when the major planets transversed that sign) is how to end centuries of oppression in one generation! Ophiuchus was dethroned because she is a harbinger of women's political clout, and thus the oppression of Ophiuchus underscores the injustices suffered by all women.

What ancient Ophiuchus brought to the world, all the creativity and phenomena, has been cheapened into superstition, affectation and mockery of her power. The term "witch" is a curse from the lips of men and the detriment of his organized religions. Female wisdom is an object of hate and disgust. The powerful woman is a bitch. The female body is a den of sin. In almost every profession and walk of life, women have had to overcome unimaginable obstacles. For thousands of years, women's roles have been subject to manipulation and criminalization. This outrage is now the subject of intense scrutiny and discussion in our time. Feminism and women's rights are embedded into our consciousness as part of a world-wide struggle for equality.

Yet the wall of silence still exists. In astrology, which was designed by women, a new men's version of it has all but erased her from the heavens! Tropical astrology is man's astrology, and without Ophiuchus in the Zodiac, astrology is not playing with a full deck. This will always put Ophiuchus in conflict with the solar-based 12 sign system. Even with the widespread acceptance of the solar calendar in Western countries, the lunar calendar is revered by many indigenous peoples, and is used all over the world alongside the solar version. The lunar calendar never went away, it just had to lay low to survive, like Ophiuchus herself.

In our era of war and austerity, the power of women and the coven is making a comeback with a new manifestation. Ophiuchus, the homeless goddess, is searching for a new temple. This will include all of the elements of the female, even her darkest incarnations, like Lilith and the Black Moon. A new-found courage has swept through Ophiuchus and this sign has become the core of the "resistance" to male hegemony.

The nature of Ophiuchus is like ether, with all its chemical applications, as well as its power to induce sleep. This agent can be used for good or evil, since it's like releasing a cloud of explosive gas. Otherwise, Ophiuchus can overwhelm the senses the way the earth spawns clouds of butterflies. She uses sensory messaging to uncover our darkest secrets, including and starting with our sexuality. That's why we can see a swift turn towards a new "secular humanism" and towards a deeper regard for sexual identity as fluid and self-discovered. Ophiuchus is working for individual freedom.

Once silenced by a male-dominated media, women have seized on the web to regain their voice. Overall, they use social networks in greater numbers then men. They dominate many of the largest platforms from Facebook to Pinterest and have used them to find affinity and take back their collective strength. Literacy and education has been historically been denied to women way before the invention of the printing press; history and literature is mostly written by men because they have decided what can be published, but that privilege is crumbling away before our eyes. The Internet has enabled women to bypass old media and create content and post it, unencumbered, straight to the public record.


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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 Witchvox.com


"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.


OPHIUCHUS DIVA

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 Trouble Maker

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


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Mass murderers Andreas Lubitz and James Holmes: both Ophiuchus


Comparison of the Zodiac systems

Sign

Tropical

Sidereal

13/Sign

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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