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Ophiuchus traits

We all know that 13 is a very unlucky number.  The number 13 is considered in many circles as one of the cursed numbers and people tend to stay away from this number one way or another.  In buildings, the 13th floor is either inaccessible or changed to either the 12th or the 13th floor; in Feng Shui, 13 is generally considered to be a bad luck number; and we are all familiar with the unlucky date of Friday the 13th.

Yes, the number 13 has taken a bad rep throughout the ages, and some doesn’t even know what to think of the number, just that it is very unlucky.

So what about the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign which was recently revealed as the 13th horoscope zodiac sign?  The new horoscope sign has been getting mixed reactions from critics and supporters alike; some considering it a very unwelcome nuisance, while some welcoming it with open arms.

The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign – The 13th Zodiac Sign

If you are at all curious about the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign, its general traits, governing element and planets as well as how it completely changes the horoscope and the other signs of the horoscope, then you can find the general details below:

OPHIUCHUS – Changing the astrological game

The zodiac signs experienced a complete reshuffling thanks to the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign.  The addition of the new sign (just between Scorpio and Sagittarius) meant that all of the birth dates needed to be adjusted.  This is the main reason why most individuals got really upset, because a lot of people are required to change horoscope zodiac signs.  Below you can find a simple table comparing the old birth dates and the new birth dates.  One thing to note is that while the old zodiac signs did not contend with each other when it came to months of the year (no other sign overlapped with another in terms of dates), the table clearly indicates that there are three signs sharing the month of November: Libra, Scorpio and Ophiuchus.  This might be a little jarring to those individuals used to having their own months completely exclusive to them.

OPHIUCHUS – History of the new astrological sign

The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is the only known horoscope sign which is completely based on an actual person.  The sign had its origins also based on a constellation also called “Ophiuchus” (Serpent-bearer in Greek).  Stephen Schmidt originally suggested the idea of a 13-sign zodiac astrology back in the 1970’s, and a couple of other astrologers and ideas followed in its wake.  Some astrology practices such as Hindu astrology does not recognize Ophiuchus as a legit or “official” horoscope zodiac sign because it contradicts with their general idea that the zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts.  The idea was indeed controversial at the time it was introduced (the original book had 14 signs of the horoscope, the other one was Cetus), and the controversy somewhat died down with the introduction of the additional signs lost in publication and astrological studies.

Recently though, on January 2011, Ophiuchus was revisited and was dubbed the “13th sign of the horoscope” by a publication entitled Minnesota Planetarium Society.  The statement was made by Park Kunkle, and it clearly made another round of headlines that drove the general public into endless debate whether they will officially recognize the newly introduced sign as an official addition to the current 12 signs of the horoscope.

OPHIUCHUS – General qualities and traits

Generally speaking, the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign can be certainly contradicting at best.  Some of their positive traits fall into the negative qualities of the horoscope, while some of the negative qualities deeply mirror the positive side of the zodiac signs.  It is indeed rare to have one sign completely be classified as a middle grounded sign, but the general qualities of the Ophiuchus sign sway towards the Water dominated signs of the horoscope.


  • Happy and humorous.  Not many horoscope zodiac signs can claim that they have a generally positive attitude, and despite all of its contradictions, the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign can be extremely happy and positive most of the time.  Not only that, but they also have a very humorous trait upon them that can be very infections, especially when you factor in their creativity and love for the intellect.  Because they are also easy to adapt, they can definitely get along with almost all personality groups with different traits and temperament, even if it will be short-lived because of their highly temperamental nature.
  • Truthful and honest.  The sign of Libra will definitely feel right at home with this trait.  Basically speaking, Ophiuchus hates to waste time, and they have much less time to spare for creating lies to complicate matters for the world around them, especially if they know that it will have a negative effect on their lives.
  • Intellectual and clever.  This is indeed a really rare thing, for a sign to be intellectual and creative at the same time.  But much like the other mutable signs, horoscope zodiac sign of Ophiuchus tends to put more priority on emotions and feelings rather that intellectual and mental priorities.
  • Embraces change and hates routine.  Being dominated by water is a really good trait, especially since an individual with an Ophiuchus horoscope sign can use their ability to adapt to embrace change.  They hate being stagnant, and they love the challenge of new beginnings and challenges.  They are definitely on the lookout for something new and exciting, especially if it will bring about a complete change in their daily lives.
  • Instinctive.  The one thing common about the signs of the horoscope which are dominated by their emotions and feelings is that they all are very instinctive and intuitive.  They follow their hearts, which at the end of the day may cause them to feel good about their decisions most of the time, no matter if it was wrong or right
  • Charismatic.  They are indeed very charismatic, with the combination of intellect and wit, at the same time displaying character and creativity with the complete drive to be the best in everything that they do can completely be a factor that most individuals love to notice about them
  • Creative and highly imaginative.  The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign, much like Pisces, is known to be very creative and imaginative.  The main difference being that they tend to show off their creativity because they are highly competitive individuals
  • Driven to succeed.  This is another contradictory trait, because the sign is known to have a complete passion for winning, and loves the attention that they get for it.  AT the same time, they hate the idea of routine well enough to make sure that they develop a skill to be able to succeed at a certain thing that they want to accomplish
  • Loves to be on the top.  They love to be on the spotlight because they are on the top, not because of anything else.  They tend to try to be the best at what they can do so that they get a lot of praise and adulation
  • Secretive.  Most emotionally driven individuals are very secretive, because they do not want to know what they are feeling at the moment.  They prioritize feelings and emotions, but hate sharing it with other people


  • Does not respect monogamy.  This is probably where the horoscope will hit its really worst snag when it comes to relationships.  Not a lot of signs in the zodiac will be happy about this fact, especially since half of the horoscopes are very jealous and possessive.  It might be important to note that indeed, monogamy is an entirely modern construct that only gained popularity to prevent us from running around without any sense of commitment, but that doesn’t excuse the Ophiuchus, especially given the next point.
  • Jealous.  Even though they hate being monogamous, they can be a complete contradiction because they are very jealous.  This is probably due to the fact that they can feel what it is like to be cheated upon, so they easily feel jealous about certain things.  The phrase: “practice what you preach” comes into mind here, and this proves the previous point that the new horoscope sign is indeed full of contradicting traits and qualities.
  • Judgmental.  They can be highly judgmental, especially if an individual of thing rubs them the wrong way.  They base their opinions of an individual or thing upon what they can actually see in the physical sense, and generally how it makes them feel.  First impression definitely last when it comes to an Ophiuchus
  • Irresponsible.  The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is known to be a very imaginative and creative sign, which also means that they can be extremely irresponsible when it comes to certain areas in life.  Most individuals who mostly use their imaginations usually love creating their own little worlds without respect to what is happening around them.
  • Restless.  Much like the other intellectual signs of the horoscope, an Ophiuchus can be very restless and cannot stay at a certain point for too long.  Water should always be in motion, lest it runs the risk of being stagnant.  The sign follows the exact same principle.
  • Procrastinator.  This is another trait that is common to most creative and imaginative individuals.  They love daydreaming, but they hate putting things in action, which is why most of their creative ideas sit in the back burner and never see the light of day.
  • Temperamental.  The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is known to have epic temper-tantrums that only last for a short period of time.  Because they tend to be emotional and at the same time intellectual, they tend to lose it more often than not if anything rubs them the wrong way.  Surprisingly, after their temper has subsided, they seem to be okay and are generally back to their old happy and joyful self.
  • Only keeps what they need.  This might be considered a good thing, but the wrong idea that they have is that they only keep everything that might be useful to them, even their friends and acquaintances.  This can generally be viewed as being “user-friendly” in that they only value relationships if they can get something out of it.  This completely alienated the value of friendship to some individuals, especially those looking for long-term relationships.

OPHIUCHUS – Other interesting tidbits

The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is known as being dominated by the element of Water.  A horoscope zodiac sign being dominated by water means that the sign is completely mutable and values emotions.  Some water element dominated signs also are known for their various creative intellects, as well as their ability to adapt to change.  The symbol of the sign is a man carrying a snake (hence the term Serpent-carrier).


The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is a completely new sign.  To say that it completely changes the game is a bit of an understatement, especially since most of the signs experienced quite a bit of reshuffling for themselves.  For clarity’s sake, we will only be dealing with the general compatible signs of the horoscope, drawing from their traditional traits and qualities as compared to the determined qualities and traits of an Ophiuchus.  Based on the new zodiac signs chart, each sign has a total of 5 compatible / harmonious signs and 8 incompatible / inharmonious signs.  Details can be found below:


The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is dealing with quite a bit of character traits here.  The horoscope zodiac signs compatible with Ophiuchus are a complete mix of Air, Water and Earth dominated signs.  If you follow the old traits of the zodiac signs, you can generally tell that a Capricorn is generally a workaholic; Pisces is a day-dreamer; Cancer is extremely possessive; and Libra is an intellectual which tries to balance everything.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Ophiuchus (OLD DATE: N/A; NEW DATE: November 29 – December 17)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

This relationship will indeed work because they know each other too well to get in the way of each other.  They love new challenges, and they really hate it when they become stagnant, which is why they can travel a lot and spend a lot of time going new places to experience new things.  They are also in agreement when it comes to their secrets – they will never talk about it because they do not want to dive into their own secrets.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Capricorn (OLD DATE: December 22 – January 19; NEW DATE: January 20 – February 16)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

The horoscope zodiac sign of Capricorn is a completely career and goal driven sign, not unlike the highly competitive and goal oriented Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign.  They will definitely get along because they both want the same thing, to be at the top of their game, either in career or their personal lives.  Ophiuchus will definitely have nothing to worry about when it comes to Capricorn’s loyalty, because they are extreme workaholics and are very loyal to their partners.  They also mesh well intellectually, especially since a Capricorn loves intellectual and creative conversations, which an Ophiuchus has a lot to offer.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Pisces (OLD DATE: February 20 – March 20; NEW DATE: March 11 – April 18)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

The Pisces horoscope sign is considered to be the best compatible sign of an Ophiuchus, because they have a lot of common.  Both are day-dreamers because of their creativity, both of them have the ability to adapt to their environments, both of them are mutable and both of them value emotions and feelings.  Their best qualities can offset their worst qualities and vice versa.  This can be clearly considered as a match made in heaven.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Cancer (OLD DATE: June 21 – July 22; NEW DATE: July 20 – August 10)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign has certainly found a soul mate when they choose to be in a relationship with a Cancer.  Both signs of the horoscope are extremely clingy, and will definitely keep each other busy making sure that the other is satisfied emotionally as well as physically.  Both of them might have jealous streaks, but they make it up for love and care, as well as devotion to each other.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Libra (OLD DATE: September 23 – October 22; NEW DATE: October 30 – November 23)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

The intellectual requirements of a Libra will definitely be fulfilled here, especially with another travel hungry Ophiuchus.  The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign hates being tied down to one place, which makes them the perfect horoscope zodiac sign partner for a Libra, who wants to discovery new things as well as stimulate their creativity through new experiences.  The creative side of Ophiuchus can certainly delight with the modern musings of a Libra, especially in the field of creativity and the arts.


The Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign, being a water dominated sign, will definitely have a hard time dealing with most Air and Fire dominated signs.  Unsurprisingly, because of the introduction of the signs the horoscopes also underwent a complete overhaul, so it will come as a natural occurrence when an Earth element sign, generally known to be compatible to a Water element sign, is seen to be incompatible with the sign.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Sagittarius (OLD DATE: November 22 – December 1; NEW DATE: December 17 – January 20)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

The flighty Sagittarius might seem a very good match to a very restless Ophiuchus, but the problems arises when both signs of the horoscope try to outdo each other in terms of who gets to travel the most and who gets to experience new things the best.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Aquarius (OLD DATE: January 20 – February 19; NEW DATE: February 16 – March 11)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

The moodiness of an Aquarian can definitely get on the nerves of an Ophiuchus, especially since the new sign doesn’t have any time to spare and waste on such trivial things as dealing with another individual’s emotions.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Aries (OLD DATE: March 21 – April 20; NEW DATE: April 18 – May 13)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

The main difference between the two zodiac signs is that they both are very impatient.  Aries deals with this by being aggressive in decisions and making sure they get what they want, while the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign deals with impatience by throwing tantrums and emotional outburst.  Aries tends to deal with these excess in emotions for the long-term, while the Ophiuchus unleashes emotions for the short-term.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Taurus (OLD DATE: April 21 – May 20; NEW DATE: May 13 – June 21)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

All a Taurus ever wants is security and stability in relationships and finances, and while the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign can give them financial stability, they can definitely clash when it comes to relationship stability and security.  Taurus is also known to be a home-body and loves to stay indoors, while the Ophiuchus does whatever they can to go to new places and explore.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Gemini (OLD DATE: May 21 – June 20; NEW DATE: June 21 – July 20)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

On the onset, a very flirtatious Gemini will pull the strings of a jealous Ophiuchus.  Even though monogamy is not the thing of the newest sign, it is important to note that they can be extremely emotional and hurt, especially if their relationship partner doesn’t have time to spend with them.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Leo (OLD DATE: July 23 – August 22; NEW DATE: August 10 – September 16)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

The horoscopes of Leo and Ophiuchus want the same thing but delivered in completely different packages: Ophiuchus is very competitive because they want to be praised for their work, while a Leo wants to be praised because they simply want to be praised.  Ego and pride clashing will be inevitable in this relationship.

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Virgo (OLD DATE: August 23 – September 22; NEW DATE: September 16 – October 30)

COMPATIBILITY – Compatible / Harmonious

These two zodiac signs can be too intellectual for their own good, but one more so than the other.  Ophiuchus will never understand the need for a Virgo to spend extra time on a certain task, especially since a Virgo wants something to be as perfect as possible.  Such extra detail work will be considered a waste of time by the Ophiuchus, and Virgo will never appreciate the secretive and promiscuous nature of the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign

OPHIUCHUS compatibility with Scorpio (OLD DATE: October 23 – November 21; NEW DATE: November 23 – November 29)

COMPATIBILITY – Incompatible / Inharmonious

Even though the Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign is known to be jealous and extremely emotionally-driven, nothing can still beat the possessiveness and jealousy of a Scorpio.  Scorpio will never approve of an Ophiuchus’ need to be polygamous, and will definitely have trouble dealing with the flighty nature of the new horoscope sign.


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