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Blog Post Ophiuchus

April 15, 2012

Today I’m going to talk about the new zodiac constellation, Ophiuchus, that the professor told us about earlier in the semester. The main story behind Ophiuchus is that it represents Asclepius, a legendary healer who was able to hold back death. He wanted to make all of mankind immortal, but Zeus didn’t think that was such a great idea so he struck him down with his lightning bolt. But some people say that Zeus got over his jealousy a little bit and felt that Asclepius was not such a bad guy so he gave him a place to live in the night sky for all eternity, granting him his immortality. Ophiuchus is also known as the snake holder. Snakes in ancient Greek mythology were associated with Athena, the goddess of wisdom, so snakes were also associated with wisdom. It is also said the Asclepius found out the secret to immortality while observing one serpent bring healing herbs to another. I hope you enjoyed the mythology behind Ophiuchus.

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  1. Ophiuchus is my favorite. 🙂

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