So, it has come to my attention that the powers that be tried to add a 13th Zodiac to the mix of signs we’ve had for millennia. I guess I’m late to the party. However, I’m still going to put my “two cents” on this. This is surprising, other than the obvious lack of global consensus, but because of the overall fear of the number 13 with the general public.
Apparently, and according to NASA, the Zodiac signs that we’ve been using have shifted from the dates that were used thousands of years ago. This isn’t really that surprising, at least, not to me. What many people may not know is that, due to the Earth’s wobble on its axis, the Zodiac signs have a precession of focus. A precession is a parade of things in reverse order, which is different than a procession. This is also known as the Precession of the Equinoxes. According to the Ancients, each focus, or age, lasts about 2,160 years. That last change in focus came about 2,000 years ago when we shifted from the age of Aries to the age of Pisces. Again, according to the Ancients, the precession rotates 1 degree every 72 years. 360 degrees of rotation, or 12 Zodiacs, would be 25,920 years, which was known, by the Ancients, as The Great Year or Cycle.
Now, if we do some math, as the astronomers at NASA have claimed to do, adding a 13th sign seems to change everything. If you divide the Great Year by 13 instead of 12, you get about 1994 years. If this is true, then the Age of Aquarius started almost 25 years ago.
Some argue that the 13th sign, that of Ophiuchus, was removed by the Romans as a way of thumbing noses at women, branding them as witches. This seems farcical simply because the creation of the measurements of the Great Cycle began thousands of years before the Romans, and many of those cultures revered a balance in all things, even the value of women as well as men. The original symbol and constellation was a woman wrestling a giant serpent. The medical symbol, the caduceus, belongs to Ophiuchus, “The Serpent Bearer”.
Here’s the real problem, though: the original Zodiac represented the 12 signs in balance, that is to say, 3 signs for each of the 4 seasons. Adding a 13th sign throws everything off. Think about all of the things that have 12 in them: 12 basic hues in the color wheel; 12 hours of “day” and 12 hours of “night”; 12 names of the moon, (even though I included a 13th, which was merely one of the 12 taking up a different space of the month); 12 months of the year; 12 Days of Christmas; 12 disciples or apostles; 12 jurors in a trial, which originated in ancient Greece. The list is, nearly, endless. There’s also the fact that 12 is a sublime number. Lastly, 12 is considered a divine number.
All of this information, sort of, puts a new, or old, light on the idea of 13 being a bad number. Things amounting to 13 tend to have a negative or ill omen to them. Is it just the fickleness of people’s minds or is it something more? Perhaps, it isn’t just a fear of 13, but a fear of imbalance.