Saturday, January 28, 2012


The myths tell us that Asclepius was the son of Apollo and a nymph called Coronis, He was taught medicine by the centaur Chiron.

Asclepius tried to revive Orion, bitten by the scorpion and Pluto objected to this. He argued to Zeus that if Asclepius had his way then he would have no more mortals in Hades. Zeus agreed that they must not allow men to become immortal. So he slew Asclepius with a thunderbolt

The constellation of Ophiiokhos (Οφιοχος) or Ophiucus, the Serpent Bearer is in the XII House of the solar zodiac. It is associated with physicians, wounds, life-giving, strength-bringing, blessing, altruism, and merrymaking. 

The stars most easily seen are
Kefálios Ophiiokhos aka Ras al-Hawwa (Head of the Serpent Bearer)
Skylos Poiména aka  Kalb al-Rai (Shepherds Dog)
Sinistra (actually his right hand!)
Cheri aka Yed (Hand)
Ankona aka Marfik (Elbow)

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