Born Nov 30–Dec 17
Thousands of years ago women controlled human society. They were the clan leaders, hunters, astrologers, warriors, sha(wo)men. 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 the miracles of nature. Humans responded in sync with the Moon, as well as the Sun.
Cave paintings like the one above, date back to 40,000 years ago, when women were fleshed out as the vital elements of early human communities, as its leaders, hunters and healers. Men were less defined, mostly as sperm donors, more noteworthy for their penis than any other attribute.
Pre-Nubian cave paintings like the one above illustrate a different dispensation of power than what we accept today as ubiquitous. Women were the leaders and dominant figures in early societies and clans, as a result of their higher technical knowledge of astronomical cycles, and ability to respond to nature's law. Ancient societies may have been polyandrous, where women accessed men as a tool of their fertility, even before the men themselves understood their role in the process.
In myth and fact, women had status and power independent of men; no man possessed them as they routinely did in the more recent past, and still do today. A millennium ago, men may have been subjugated in the same way women domesticated dogs.
Towards the birth of the "modern era", men eventually turned the tables on women's power by conquering them, destroying women's wealth, while eliminating Ophiuchus and many other celestial symbols and religious concepts of the emancipated and dominant female. As Kate Millet wrote in her seminal 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."
As recorded in astrology, this is mirrored by what the Greek and Roman patriarchy did to Ophiuchus, perhaps the strongest of the female-oriented constellations. Her ancient superiority has often meant death for those of her sign and disposition, or any other woman or man who recognized the anthropological fact of women's early wisdom and power. Anybody who remembered the power women once held was per force the enemy of the new world order of man's violent rule.
Ophiuchus wasn't always a footnote of astrology. She was a force to be reckoned with, an equal and an antidote to the savagery of men, reliant not on coercion, but on the natural cycles of death and rebirth. Today, Ophiuchus has become an introvert, a reject, and outsider with a bevy of secret connections, hiding in the shadow of man's brutality and contempt. Ophiuchus was once a leader, but has been stripped of her rightful contribution. She has been forced into submission and into hiding, to spend time alone, lest she register too offensive to man's nefarious schemes. Ophiuchus has resorted to forming smaller, female oriented groups that man can neither dominate nor trust. That's why Ophiuchus conceals her insights, their desires, even their sexual orientation, visible only to her followers. The single most important thing for Ophiuchus in modern times has been survival, because with her, so goes the survival of all female societies. The wisdom of Ophiuchus can be found in a knowledge and appreciation of natural forces, while man's societies are focused on his hatred of nature and the profits of its exploitation. Ophiuchus rules life, while men are exclusively invested in death.
In this environment of torture and assassination, Ophiuchus shuns those they fear or those who might hurt her. Ophiuchus uses mind control to manipulate and temper the murderous impulses of mankind; she has had to ingratiate herself with her enemies, the easier for her to work behind the scenes to win only minor advances.
Now, in this era of a rapid degradation of human society, drenched in the blood of its victims and the terror of its refugees, Ophiuchus has risen again to shake man's rule to its roots. To stay anonymous is impossible, it would mean continuous slavery to man's death wish and existential crisis. The governments that man has created are rushing us towards a world war and catastrophic destruction. Man's illegitimate rule must be overthrown and suppressed as a prerequisite for human survival.
Revolutionaries appear when revolution is inevitable. Ophiuchus rises when she is called upon to wrest power away from the haters and the madmen, to restore women's true role in the world--as the leaders and warriors that they once were, still resonating with us from the far reaches of our human memories. Ophiuchus can no longer be silent.
What an Ophiuchus revolution would look like may be beyond our comprehension at the moment. It will ensure sexual freedom and equality. It will mean a return to a more humbling and cooperative attachment to nature. It will elevate the importance of children and a society that protects and serves their interests. The Ophiuchus revolution is happening within women, and can only emerge in man's marketplace when men are helpless to oppose it, and when women's political power has matured through struggle and conflict. This may be a affirmation of Gil Scott Heron's famous quote that the revolution will not be televised--at least not in the male-dominated media. The revolution will be felt like an earth tremor invigorating all women, awakening a sleeping giant, and including the men who have seen the danger of our continued march toward self-destruction, and who want to join with them.
With any of the angles touching Ophiuchus, the native will be strongly influenced by originality which turns into duplicity, and innocence that turns into suspicion. Ophiuchus is the crisis of change; the trauma and the miracle of transformation. We are recreated as the culmination of our human experience. The Ophiuchus is the living embodiment of what we aspire to be, and also, in the world, the disappointment and fear at the failure to achieve this without opposition and danger.
Ophiuchus as the rising sign changes by location, so that ANY sign will start to draw the ire and negative attention that Ophiuchus/Medusa attracts from those who fear the feminine powers over flesh and matter. While the Ascendant is in this unpredictable sign, the native will feel persecuted and try to disguise themselves and their sexuality under wraps - perhaps masquerading as the opposite sex.
The dangers that Ophiuchus/ascendant senses are ever present, and real. After the initial rush of freedom, release and awe in rebirth, the Ophiuchus is pounced upon without reason by the world into which he or she has been thrust. The birth is immediately accompanied by an onslaught of predators. Ophiuchus, without having developed a magic strong enough to vanquish its enemies, must resort to subterfuge, disguise and chicanery. Only when the powers of Ophiuchus are enlightened, and they are able to forgive the trespasses against them, can they truly be free.
You are a passionate and intense individual. You may gain attention through creating dramatic situations. You may also be secretive. These are all tendencies blamed on Scorpio, for whom you have an intimate understanding. Scorpio is your mother - the larval pupae that gave you life. In Ophiuchus the insect has transformed into a dragon. The fledgling has grown into the Eagle.
You love power, and can be spellbinding, but may prefer to perform behind the scenes, or behind a veil of ambiguity. You are able to make or break a group with your support, and others can come to depend on you. You are secretive, but curious of other's weaknesses. You want an absolute oversight on the people near to you, for fear of betrayal. Assimilation into society is difficult; you are a stand-alone, stand-out, often persecuted or scapegoated as a youth. Or you may have achieved a certain notoriety for being an anarchist or a prickly pear, a snake with a poisonous bite. The mood swings can be very intense, depending upon the Moon's position, since Ophiuchus is ruled by the 13-month lunar calendar. Ophiuchus is the birth of the new from the old, the emergence of the bird from the nest or the snake from its lair; the paragon of untested power to rise from the darkness to the light, from the rubble of war. This is the ego at its most vulnerable time, a painful, anxious period, when you land on your feet, naked, a stranger in a strange land.
This, ironically, stigmatizes the Ophiuchus as crazy, uncooperative, even dangerous in modern society. Ophiuchus Sun means the person with it feels beyond society's norms, like a sorcerer/herbalist and her potions; a law unto herself, a savior and protector for those entrusted to her care. Since this is the sign of the witch the native Ophiuchus will harbor a natural affinity for secrets, potions, omens, conspiracies, cats, astrology, psychology, and the midnight hour. They are alert to intruders and don't like being exposed or uncovered. They have speed and unerring aim and a snake's poisonous fangs. They can be political fanatics, and despise organized religions. Both males and females sometimes establish or join covens, semi-secret affinity groups devoted to making magic or visualizing change.
This sign creates a shadowy organization that manipulates information to control the masses. Ophiuchus is an ethereal (their element is ether) mentalist sign; their grasp of physical events and the mechanics of the material world is very limited, they simply have no interest in how things work, or what can go wrong in the conventional world. Ophiuchus is often pushing a vision of reality that does not seem possible in the real world, as experienced by the rest of humanity. Often the Ophiuchus is of two minds, even two appearances, where one sex can disguise themselves as the other, or disguise their sexuality completely. As with all of Ophiuchus’ traits, they are still only a shield to confuse the gawkers.
From the Book of Ophiuchus
"Ophiuchus Sun is the risen, reborn Scorpio, into the symbol of the soaring eagle, trading life for death; snake eats tail, where unprecedented phenomena takes place to the incredulity of all. Ophiuchus belongs in an ethereal society, where female visualizations become man's miracles, the impossible happens, we can seize the power of the gods. Ophiuchus' message must be heard and acted on, immediately."
For the Ophiuchus, the Moon is probably the most important orb, and definitely may have more influence than the Sun. Likewise, women may be the role models and inspirations. With this placement in the chart, it represents the women in your life, who are being inspirational and providing emotional support. The circle of the Moon's transits is a woman's coven. Natives may dress in unisex or disguise themselves as members of the opposite sex. Individually or as a group, Ophiuchus practice mind control, thought transference, and group dynamics. The Moon makes the native a master at such manipulation. This is the Moon of the shaman, the female deity and healer that knows the secrets of life and death.
To have the Moon in Ophiuchus is to be in touch with the goddess, the female power of Isis and Nephthys, who were able to bring Osiris back from the dead (minus his penis). This connection is the most primitive part of our nature, our inner reptile power, which is primordial. The two sisters represent the two sides of the Moon. Ophiuchus, like the Moon, is both sides of the receptive element. She is life and death, but death is the side we never see, or want to. There's a good reason that Man has been scared of Ophiuchus for thousands of years, and still is to this day. This Moon has cycle-driven and hidden, but rampant, sexuality, and uses the forces of nature to control other people's minds. Yet this understanding of the titanic forces of the Universe does not translate as an awareness in reality. Ophiuchus shuns reality, normality, materialism, and will minimize the importance of objective conditions, instead depending on willpower, secrecy, and myth. Ophiuchus/Nephthys is a crisis manager and can save people from the edge.
The Egyptians regularly appealed
“Adoration to the Mother, the very Great: she who loves her brother Osiris, and is caretaker of the son that she loves. Glory to your beautiful face, Nephthys the Great, Lady of the Nome of the Gazelle (XVI nome of Upper Egypt), the Purifier, the Bright-One)” from Hymn to Nephthys at her Temple at Pi-mer.
Venus is the two sides of love: adoration and protection. Here the loved person or object is also the ward of the Ophiuchus. Perhaps you hover over your charge like micromanaging a child. You are lover and overlord of your coven - no matter what, and even after death. You mate for life. Ophiuchus is the fair face of Venus, its perfection and mask; but the tail of Venus is vicious and destructive. Since here Ophiuchus is in charge of money, she can be ruthlessly disciplined with herself as well as with others. The Ophiuchus/Venus person vacillates sharply from a cold, withdrawn miser or hermit, into the life of the party when she is among those she trusts, or does not fear. Venus/Ophiuchus can turn to ice, and one icy stare from the venomous Ophiuchus can scare away potential partners. This is one of those signs that attracts the very weak-minded, who Ophiuchus can dominate, or the powerful that they wish to undermine.
Like anyone with Ophiuchus in the chart and the right generation, this placement makes for a powerful Dungeons and Dragons player, if not expert. They are spellbinding. They live to topple conventional wisdom. They mock authority. They can come to believe that they have the power to save self-destructive people from their irrevocable conclusion; to serve the very low, to exalt them. This position entails a great passion for research and tenacity. A tendency to swing from verboseness to reticence, extroversion to shyness.
The Ophiuchus has spells where she or he is an unpredictable genius, and others when, in the gloom of their own anger, is too full of hate to create. The Ophiuchus’ mind is always connecting and linking far flung elements of history and science to create new concepts. However, many of these can't be realized because Ophiuchus is not aware of the obstacles ahead, and isn't mindful of the mechanical nature of many endeavors. Ophiuchus believes in magic, not mechanics.
Mars in Ophiuchus is the female commander, who casts the evil eye upon her enemies and smites them. Androgynous, in touch with each sexual modality in turn, natives may cast away any restrictions or limitations on sex and sexual preference, living a secret life to satiate their pleasures, although they can also hold these desires in check for years before releasing them. They can cast a sexual spell over their lover and dominate them. This Mars can be alternatively beautiful and repulsive, with a hair trigger. The weapon of Ophiuchus Mars is poison and taboo. The symbol of the Ophiuchus warrior is Medusa, a Gorgon, the most fearsome of the female warriors. She controlled snakes. She could seize control of the mind with a single look. Men hated her, and her execution was a foregone conclusion.
Feb 1983- Dec.1984; Mar 1995-Dec 1995; Jan 2007-Dec 2007
This gives you the power to magically make things appear bigger than they are. Creating illusions to control the minds of the yokels is your dangerous game. Your ideas, dreams and sense of justice are bigger than life and elemental. You are the person people come to for advice and healing. You can predict the future, and tell when people are lying. You can be like an Oracle. Your coven can be a big party, a movable feast, since you are a nomad with no allegiance to any nation. The native can initiate others into the dark arts and secret knowledge. This is the sign of snake worshiping and devotion to the myths of ancient times.
Feb 1986-Dec 1987
This is a test of your esoteric powers. Are you really seeing and feeling the unseen forces and phenomena? This is a built in brake on your instincts. There may also be persecution from authority, courts, legal system, corporations or the state. This is the consequence of your breaking of Man's puny laws and conceits. This is also a chance to develop a use for those powers in a corporate or institutional environment. This also indicates a long hard road to the top - you will hone your power and wisdom in the mature and later years. The sign of the Crone, or wise woman.
Mar 1983-Dec 1987
This Ophiuchus position has a great portent. For the so-called hipster generation this placement means you are the first born of the Uranian/Aquarian generation who will transform society using what will be perceived as magical powers. Whenever Uranus brings the truth, Ophiuchus - the protector, shaman and Gorgon - will hear it first. Suppressed for thousands of years, this is the sign of the virus, the meme and the flash mob. The more the thought is repressed, the stronger it becomes, as if by magic. The older generations will never understand. The Ophiuchus generation will experience highly-charged emotions and transformation in their lives due to new ideas and instant communication. These people will hold many innovative jobs about change. They may experience a persecution during their lifetime.
Oct 1974-Oct 1983
In a generational sense, this transit is the millennial generation. You are few in number but very influential. The visible tip of a giant demographic, numerically, of newly born baby boom; a tsunami of kids about to overwhelm the old institutions. Neptune has eroded and washed away old ideas, politics, dictators, and has undermined fractious sectarian governments with a worldwide youth movement. The aim of this movement is to save the Earth. This wave of higher consciousness, peace and justice has swept the world like a whirlwind, blowing away the staunchest traditions and prejudices. Neptune represents the future, the dream.
Ophiuchus have the ability to passionately pursue spiritual values, they will even die for them. You face a battle between the satiation of desire – stupefaction - and the desire for a spiritual way of life - the ascetic. This Neptune may play a transformative role in the world through non-violence and appeal to the masses, in an inspirational way. Neptune in Ophiuchus brings a new dimension into the collective unconscious: the dark powers, the inert matter, the unseen but deeply felt. This is expressed as music - the song of the self. You personally may be subject to dream, night fears, and requirement for escapism, be it in a few stolen hours of solitude or rigorous self-control to deny or cope with the torrent of negative and misleading information around you.
Feb 1998-Dec 2006
The era of Pluto in Ophiuchus was ushered in by the execution of a female murderer, Karla Fay Tucker, convicted of a drug-induced killing spree in 1983. Tucker said she experienced multiple orgasms as she beat her victims to death. In prison, Tucker found religion and became a Christian preacher. She physically and mentally transformed into someone that people could no longer associate with the killer; she was a savior, a healer and a teacher in prison. Nonetheless, the Texas state chose to execute her as if nothing had changed. Pluto in this position is the strangulation of the Ophiuchus; the death of the female and her rebirth. This is an era in which natural, female power has been denied, destroyed or bought and sold. Ophiuchus is being pressured, driven into a corner. Only Ophiuchus' strange and terrific talents over death and evil can save her now. Thus began the Pluto suppression of magic and the magician, the female spirit of darkness and mystery that is so complete that it can create a diamond from dust.
Dec 1999-Feb 2001
Chiron, the reject and outsider turned healer, may well be a female, or a male disguised as a female; another her-story changed into history. Ophiuchus is the mystic and protector of Man; a powerful female deity with power over life and death. Apollo taught Chiron all he knew about medicine and healing; Ophiuchus taught Apollo. Magic is the Ophiuchus' secret art. She has learned well from her mother and sisters. The mantle of shame, however, is also transferred. Chiron also signifies the wound that does not heal. In this case it's the Ophiuchus’ fear of being discovered and persecuted.
The North Node is constantly trying to achieve its mission or aim in life. It represents the realization in the purpose of the soul, symbolizing the head of the dragon, and is considered a luck dragon once achieved. Ophiuchus lives by the rules of luck by using her magic to empower or bewitch, whether for good or ill. Ophiuchus lives by her own unconventional rules and because of this is often misunderstood by others, but together with the North Node in her sign is able to teach a great understanding of the mysteries of life, either in alternative medicine and/or the magical realm. This placement offers the knowledge of metaphysics in the known and unknown and finally gives her the opportunity to shine in which she so deserves. (Kim Lovelace)
Part Fortune isn’t something that has to be acquired, learned or taught. It is a natural ability, an ability that one is born with and suggests the talents and qualities that are expressed naturally. Part Fortune in Ophiuchus allows Ophiuchus to be comfortable in her knowledge and power of the arts, whether it be in healing, teaching or Science (in any of its forms). But the one thing you can be sure of is the fact that it won’t be in a conventional sense.
Ophiuchus, who is usually in the firing line for daring to be different, cannot help but be herself when Part Fortune is in her house. It gives her the sense of freedom to be who she truly is, to express what she truly feels, regardless of the opinions of others. Fortune in this placement gives Ophiuchus the power of initiative. (Kim Lovelace)
The MC (midheaven) directs us toward our life’s goal, shows us our overall sense of self responsibility and represents our public face. It is our aim towards our vocation once realized. Ophiuchus is a medic in alternative medicine and has vast knowledge of Science in all its forms; she is a great healer and teacher and is completely unique. After spending many years outcast by Man, Ophiuchus has returned to reclaim her place as high priestess of hidden knowledge in the realms of magic. She realizes that, to maintain dignity, she has to create a facade of serenity, so as to hide her tortured soul. This placement is both magical and genius once the balance between the conventional and unconventional is achieved. It gives us the ability to tune into ‘The Age of Aquarius’, the age of enlightenment, allowing Ophiuchus to excel her powers in any artistic or scientific form, thus helping others to see beyond the veil of the material world. (Kim Lovelace)
Black Moon Lilith represents our relationship to the absolute, how we overcome our ego and put our trust fully in the laws of the universe, our creator. She shows us how to ‘let go’ in any area of our lives that are questionable. She shows us our inhibitions and symbolizes ‘strong will’ - Ophiuchus is powerful, knowledgeable and magical. This placement is perfect for Ophiuchus to master her vulnerabilities in her majestic pursuits. Once mastered, they work together like peas in a pod, with Lilith stripping away the Ophiuchus’ bitter past and enriching her to be at ease with her individuality, and to help her overcome the challenges and obstacles that she suffers to extreme. This placement gives Ophiuchus the opportunity to heal her wounded soul, to stand up against restraints and to recognize that she is a part of a bigger plan, and women taking their rightful role as leaders. (Kim Lovelace)
Juno represents true commitment and gives us the strength and patience to persevere in any situation that is volatile, but one that Juno truly believes in. Juno will suffer in silence, committing unconditionally without sacrificing her own personality. Juno has the ability to be steadfast and reasonable in any situation that requires tolerance. Ophiuchus has been patient for many generations, having been disregarded and ignored, exiled from her throne and tormented for her many talents and gifts. For Ophiuchus, this unity gives security through understanding a long yearned for feat. Finally, here is someone who will understand her and give her the loyalty and confidence to shine in her brilliance. To believe in her regardless of her frustration, and to understand her need to be accepted and valued for the powerful soul that she is. (Kim Lovelace)
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|
[These books are for 12-sign astrology; However, aspect and transiting angles are the same in all systems.
Go to our Ophiuchus Rising page for the meanings of the angles, planets and asteroids in Ophiuchus]
Key Words for Astrology -- Paperback
Aspects in Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Planetary Relationships in the Horoscope -- Paperback
Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes -- Paperback By Stella Starsky, Quinn Cox
Transits Simplified -- Paperback
Astrology of Human Relationships -- Paperback