The 13th Sign / Serpent Holder
Usually we are told there are 12 signs in the Zodiac, that 360 degrees make a circle, and that these 360 degrees when divided into 12 parts create 30 degrees for each sign. [12 x 30 = 360]
In reality though it is not like this at all
[For more information see: Origin of the Circle]
When the Sun, and the Planets of our solar-system are viewed in the night sky, they move along a certain band of the sky. This band is called the Ecliptic and it is generally closer to a line than an area, except for the orbit of Pluto which is at an angle of 17° inclination to the Ecliptic. Generally the signs the Ecliptic line passes through are known well, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc. One of the missing facts though, is that at the point where the Ecliptic passes Scorpio it crosses another sign that usually is missed out, Ophiuchus - The 13th Sign / Serpent Holder.
Another fact that is usually missed out is that the 13 signs are all of different lengths.
Here are their [IAU] values in days:
Sagittarius - 32 days 18 Dec - 18 Jan
Capricorn - 28 days 19 Jan - 15 Feb
Aquarius - 24 days 16 Feb - 11 Mar [25 days in Gregorian Leap-years]
Pisces - 38 days 12 Mar - 18 Apr
Aries - 25 days 19 Apr - 13 May
Taurus - 37 days 14 May - 19 Jun
Gemini - 31 days 20 Jun - 20 Jul
Cancer - 20 days 21 Jul - 09 Aug
Leo - 37 days 10 Aug - 15 Sep
Virgo - 45 days 16 Sep - 30 Oct
Libra - 23 days 31 Oct - 22 Nov
Scorpio - 7 days 23 Nov - 29 Nov
Ophiuchus - 18 days 30 Nov - 17 Dec
Total - 365 days
The actual length of the year is closer to 365.242...
[For more information see: 33-Year Leap-day cycle]
Depending on where the Leap-day is positioned in the year, it would be added to the Zodiacal sign of that time in the year in order to keep the days in synch.
Example: Our current world calendar, the Gregorian calendar, places the Leap-day after February 28th, which would transfer over to the Zodiacal sign of Aquarius in Ecliptical Astrology.
The 13 Signs are listed above in order from the Galactic center. The position of the Galactic center is: 26 degrees, 54 mins Sagittarius in Traditional Astrology. Ecliptical Astrology is 24 degrees approx. before Traditional Astrology, therefore the Galactic center is: 2 degrees, 54 mins Sagittarius approx. in Ecliptical Astrology.
[See * GC mark at top of Ecliptic Zodiac graphic]
When Sagittarius is taken as the 1st Sign, Ophiuchus automatically becomes the 13th Sign!
It seems to me that this all makes perfect sense. We have been using systems with crocked origins for so long now weve forgotten exactly what the systems we use without question are actually keeping track of.
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