It 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?