Monday, November 05, 2012

Ophiuchus - The 13th Sign of the Zodiac

Mythology: Arabic Ophiuchus - Greek Aesculapius - Egyptian Akhenaton by Jim A. Cornwell - From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Five

"Akhenaton or Akhenaten also Ikhnaton originally Amenhotep IV as King during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt (1,375?/50-1,358?/1334 B.C.) who rejected the old gods and initiated a new form of sun worship of Aton. He abandoned the state religion of Amon and removed it from all monuments. Akhenaton (he who is beneficial to Aton) a name chosen by himself Amenhotep IV believed that Re was the god of the whole world and the only god, beginnings of monotheism. He demanded that all subjects worship only the sun god under the name Aton. Of course this did not go over very well with a society that was use to a pantheon of gods.

(...) 2"Twenty-one being a number sacred to the Sun since the time of the Pharaoh Akhenaton who introduced into Egypt about the year 1,415 B.C. the monotheistic cult of the sun's disc. Epicharmus, as an Asclepiad (Asclepius was a Greek god of medicine and son of Apollo), was descended from the Sun." Read on at

From Wikipedia: Akhenaten and Judeo-Christian monotheism
"The idea of Akhenaten as the pioneer of a monotheistic religion that later became Judaism has been considered by various scholars.[42][43][44][45][46][47] One of the first to mention this was Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, in his book Moses and Monotheism.[48] Freud argued that Moses had been an Atenist priest forced to leave Egypt with his followers after Akhenaten's death. Freud argued that Akhenaten was striving to promote monotheism, something that the biblical Moses was able to achieve.[42] Following his book, the concept entered popular consciousness and serious research." Akhenaten on Wikipedia

"The snake rolled up around a walking stick, constitutes the symbol of the medicine at the present time; possibly, the association of the periodic detachment of the skin of the snake, with the renovation of the life." Stellar Astrology, Scorpius and Ophiuchus,

"It is also known as Serpentarius (...) It is known to have been in use by the Roman era, based on concepts inherited by Hellenistic astronomy from Babylonian astronomy of the Chaldean period (mid-1st millennium BC), which, in turn, derived from an earlier system of lists of stars along the ecliptic. The construction of the zodiac is described in Ptolemy’s Almagest (2nd century AD)." New Sign Ophiuchus; New Zodiac Dates -

"Ophiuchus is the only constellation in the sky which is patterned after a real person in human history, tracing back through time and space for its roots to an Ancient Egyptian mortal-made-god named Imhotep, whose life and times in or about the 27th Century B.C. were honored by both the Egyptians and Greeks some 2500 years after his death as not only a great man, but as a god who owed his great powers to the knowledge of medicine which he possessed, and who brought the art of healing to mankind." Ophiuchus Constellation Background -

"The attributes of Imhotep can also be found in the Biblical Hebrew Joseph, son of Jacob. Imhotep is credited with many accomplishments including the knowledge and use of medicine. It’s said that Imhotep brought the art of healing to mankind. The symbol of a serpent was used to represent Imhotep." The Staff of Asclepius - Alchemy Forums

Image: Rod of Asclepius, 2012: The Serpent-holder and the Maya - Seeing Symbols

Asclepius on Wikipedia
"Birth: He was the son of Apollo and Coronis. His mother was killed for being unfaithful to Apollo and was laid out on a funeral pyre to be consumed, but the unborn child was rescued from her womb. Or, alternatively, his mother died in labour and was laid out on the pyre to be consumed, but his father rescued the child, cutting him from her womb. From this he received the name Asklepios "to cut open".[5] Apollo carried the baby to the centaur Chiron who raised Asclepius and instructed him in the art of medicine.[6]

"Death: Zeus killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt because he raised Hippolytus from the dead and accepted gold for it.[15] Other stories say that Asclepius was killed because after bringing people back from the dead (...) After Asclepius' death, Zeus placed Asclepius among the stars as the constellation Ophiuchus ("the Serpent Holder").[19] Asclepius on Wikipedia

And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”. - Numbers 21:4-9

Image: Tarot 21. The World

Related links: Sidereal astrology and Ophiuchus (astrology) on Wikipedia