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The 13th Sign of the Zodiac

Sceptics of the zodiac often point to the complexity of peoples’ characters to dispel the idea that our personalities might be influenced by the stars we were born under. You might have also noticed that you don’t always seem to fit your exact sun sign- you have traits that are common in other signs as well.

Our personalities are incredibly complex, and we don’t always fit into the predetermined personality traits of a specific sign in the zodiac. This also has an explanation- the mysterious 13th sign of the zodiac.

The history of the zodiac calendar as we know it begins nearly 2,300 years ago. Astrologers divided the sky into sections of about 30 degrees each.

These twelve sections became the signs of the zodiac based on the major constellation in that section. Since constellations vary in size and shape, the astronomers left some out in order to create the zodiac calendar. The 13th constellation in the zodiac is known as Ophiuchus, or the snake holder.

Ophiuchus sits between Scorpio and Sagittarius. The Greeks considered Asclepius, the half-human son of Apollo, to be the holder of the snake. Apollo killed Asclepius’s mother and send the child to be raised by Chiron. Chiron taught Asclepius the arts of healing and medicine, but Asclepius was killed by Zeus in order to keep him from giving humanity immortality.  To reward him for his good deeds, Zeus placed Asclepius in the heavens as a constellation.

The Sun transitions through this 13th zodiac sign between November 29th-December 17th. People born under this sign may feel a natural sense of empathy toward others and are drawn to the healing arts. These personalities are kind and can easily relate to others, sometimes to their own detriment.

Notable individuals born under this sign include Winston Churchill, Jim Morrison, Emily Dickenson, Beethoven, and Jane Austen.

If you were born under this sign, don’t worry! We all have the stars in ourselves and may display character traits common to other signs in the zodiac. This 13th sign doesn’t change who you are, but rather gives you additional insight into your origins.

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