What would be the impact on fortune telling if Ophiuchus were declared the true 13th sign of the zodiac? There are still astronomers who believe it should be recognized as such.
Although there are 88 constellations, only the twelve that line the ecliptic, which is the annual path that the sun takes on the celestial sphere, are considered to be of the zodiac. The paths of the moon and planets all fall into the ecliptic, which means that the sun, moon, and planets are always in or passing through one of the zodiac constellations.
When the earth rotates on its axis, it wobbles much like a top. Every 26,000 years it makes a complete circle across the sky in a movement called precession. As the axis moves through the precession, the stars visible in the sky appear to move and voila, Ophiuchus has made his way into the zodiac ring. However, his position there is still not recognized as a true Zodiac and probably never will be. Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces will undoubtedly be the 12 houses of the zodiac.
Fortune telling would take a real turn of events if Ophiuchus were to become the 13th true sign of the zodiac. Although all 12 zodiac signs are named to represent animals or myths, Ophiuchus is named after a real person. In fact, Ophiuchus means 'the bearer of the serpent' and represents Asclepius, the ancient Greek and Roman God of healing. He frequently appeared in the sick person's dreams like a snake. Our modern day doctors still swear the Hippocratic Oath before Asclepius and his entwined serpent staff is the common symbol of medicine. Adding such a strong sign would surely make fortune telling more interesting and successful.
Ophiuchus has been described as an interpreter of dreams and premonitions. He attracts good luck and is a seeker of truth and harmony. In addition to being a doctor, he is poetic, inventive, and seeks wisdom. Interestingly, the number 12 holds special meaning for him.
Yet our astrological horoscopes remain based on a person's date of birth, time of birth, and the position of the sun, moon, and planets in the zodiac houses on that day. While it's plausible there could be a 13th sign, fortune telling would be a boiling profession if ever another zodiac sign were added.
Adding Ophiuchus as the 13th house would mean that November 30 to December 17 would no longer belong to Scorpio and Sagittarius. The lives of Scorpios and Sagittarians would be thrown in two. The fortune telling horoscopes in their morning papers would no longer seem reliable. They should be looking for new ways to tell fortune.
The Sun is only in the star constellation Ophiuchus 19 days a year, which may not be enough time for astrologers to recognize it. Still, he's there and denying it only speaks to the astrologer's fortune a bit more like a hocus pocus.