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Mon
Feb 11 2013 11:00am

The Zodiac Zombie: Ophiuchus

The Zodiac Zombie: OphiuchusIt reeks of a campy noir flick: THE SIGN THAT ROSE FROM THE DEAD! Can’t you just see the movie poster? Dripping-blood font emblazoned across the night sky. Star-crossed lovers gazing into each other’s eyes, murmuring, “What’s your sign now?” A zodiac zombie creeping forth from the northwest center of the Milky Way, snakes oozing from its eye sockets.

Aside from the star-crossed lovers bit, it’s, well…not too far off from that.

Unless you were way, way into astrology, Ophiuchus, the thirteenth sign of the zodiac, was buried in the history books until last January, when a dude in Minneapolis said, “Hey, the earth is tilting and there are a ton of constellations out there? And so maybe we aren’t the horoscope sign we thought we were?”* And the Internet imploded.

But here’s what wasn’t clear: OPHIUCHUS? Who is this guy and where has he been all my life? And how in the world do you pronounce it?

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Sat
Feb 9 2013 3:00pm

The 13th Sign: The History of the Zodiac

Admit it. You read your horoscope. If not on a regular basis, then at least when your sun sign presents itself to you, leaping out from your Facebook stream in a flashy, winking attempt to flag you down. “Pssst! Scorpio! Yeah, you! Listen, buckle down today. It’s gonna be a rough ride.”

If your horoscope is positive, you are more likely to believe it. If it’s not, you’re not. And that might be the extent of the zodiac in your life. A temporary salve, a fun little distraction that allows you a moment of self-reflection in a go-go-go world.

Or maybe it’s more. Maybe the zodiac taps into something positively primeval in us. Maybe—just maybe—there is something to this idea that the way the stars align themselves on the day we are born helps solidify our personalities. That the universe is the Ultimate Calendar, and that our birthdate represents a snapshot of the time-space continuum.

Hard to say.

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Fri
Feb 8 2013 5:00pm

The 13th Sign: Mythical Proportions

The 13th Sign: Mythical Proportions“The stuff that legends are made of.”

“Mythical Proportions.”

“A Herculean task.”

When I was researching the zodiac calendar for The 13th Sign, I confessed to my friend Darcy (who is an English teacher and writer, so she is well-suited for this kind of admission) that I was getting confused about all the Greek and Roman myths surrounding the constellations.

“I keep forgetting they are stories,” I said. “The way people talk about Hercules, for instance. People never discuss what he did as tales. They talk about him and his labors like they really happened. Like he truly cast a lion into the skies.” (Hey, don’t judge. It had been a long research day.)

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