O for Ophiuchus #AtoZChallenge

Ophiuchus

Meaning: a large constellation located around the celestial equator. Also known as the thirteenth zodiac sign.

Etymology: Greek Ὀφιοῦχος “serpent-bearer”

Pronunciation:  of-ee-yoo-kuh s

Usage in a sentence: “Ophiuchus, according to one legend, was once a physician on earth, and was so successful as a healer that he could raise the dead.” ~ Isabel Martin Lewis (Astronomy for Young Folks)

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Born between November 29 and December 18? You’ve probably been thinking that you are a Sagittarian all this while. No, your star sign is Ophiuchus. From 2011 (the year this sign was added to the Zodiac).

As a Ophiuchian (Is that what they call people of the Ophiuchus Zodiac sign?) You will be subject to a lot of envy, as you progress throughout life. You are a seeker of wisdom and knowledge. You would probably do well as an architect or builder. 12 is your lucky number.

This constellation is shaped like a man holding a serpent. In Greek sky lore, Ophiuchus represents Asclepius. He is said to have been the first doctor, and is always depicted holding a great serpent or snake. The story goes that Asclepius concocted a potion from snake venom, the blood of the Gorgon monster and an unknown herb to bring the dead back to life. This greatly alarmed the gods. Now, the good doctor was trying to bring Orion the Hunter back to life. Hades (the god of the Underworld) noticed his efforts and pleaded to Zeus (the king of the gods) to reconsider the ramifications of the death of death. Zeus, therefore, confiscated the potion, removed Asclepius from Earth and placed the gifted physician into the starry heavens.

Today’s question is: Would you like to invent a machine or create a potion that would bring the dead back to life? Say yes/no, and explain your reasons in the comments!

~Word-scavenger

Information sourced at Dictionary.com , EarthSky.org , International Business Times

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27 Comments Add yours

  1. My Era says:

    Thank God my zodiac sign is still the same 😉
    As far your question, I am okay with people not dying at all but bringing back dead to life is a ‘No’ from me. As is there is so much corruption and wait for everything in this over-crowded world, I don’t want another reason to fight for to be invented.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      I’m guessing your Zodiac sign is Libra? Just guessing. 😀
      But if people never die, it would ultimately lead to more over-crowding, don’t you think so?
      Just thought about this: If we could capture the souls of the deadly departed, and keep them in glass orbs to speak to whenever we want, would that be better than bringing them back to life again?
      I know it’s a thought that will make you think I’m into something weirder than necromancy, but it surely is a weird thought, right? *hides face*

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      1. My Era says:

        Congratulations you just guessed my zodiac right 😀
        Secondly, I thought about the over-crowding bit even while typing the comment, but I was so engrossed in my idea of avoiding the heartbreak of losing someone that I thought, let’s not kill anyone and have everyone alive forever.
        I am scared of the idea of the dead speaking (please pardon my next to zero inclination in fantasy) even if it is for seeing crucial advise.
        P.S. – I am convinced I am pretty weird myself, so seemingly weird suggestions that actually make one think out of the box actually excite me. On this account I’ll soon be around to read what others have to say about this 😀

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        1. fabulus1710 says:

          One Libran identifies another 😁
          True, howmuchever we yearn to bring back people from the dead, it will never be the same as having them alive always! Courtesy, the Tale of the Three Brothers #HarryPotterReference .

          P.S.: The weirdness is forgiven because 1. I’m weird too 2. You’re a Libran too. 😛

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          1. My Era says:

            Okay, looks like I was the only one who delved in that tricky question. But I am pretty sure those who scooted clear too had that question ringing in their minds for long after 😀
            P.S.- Sorry for spamming your comment section.

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            1. fabulus1710 says:

              Or probably they just ran away after reading the meaning of the word! 🙈
              I’ll promote this post again once A-Z is done. Maybe by then everyone in the blogosphere will have settled back down with a nice cup of tea, and they’ll write down long answers to my question!

              No problems at all, dear 😊

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  2. Parul Thakur says:

    If that’s interesting. Thank god mine stays the same 😉

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Hahaha! You’ve already spent so much time thinking that your sun sign is something, and you obviously wouldn’t want someone to come and change it all of a sudden 😁 #StoryOfEveryNonOphiuchian 🙈

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  3. Lata Sunil says:

    This is so interesting. My Zodiac sign didn’t change but a niece might be an Ophiuchian

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Ophiuchus had gained a lot of popularity when it was unveiled, but the enthusiasm has dipped now, because of it’s non-existence in the horoscope section of the newspaper!
      That’s cool! Do tell her about this word 😊

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  4. kalaravi16 says:

    Very interesting! No Ophiuchians in my circle! Well thanks but No, I’ll give it a pass! I believe everything happens for a reason, good or bad. Playing with something fated, No-No!
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That’s a good way of thinking about death and moving on. What’s meant to be, will always happen. Nothing we can do can stop it 😊
      Thank you Kala for stopping by!

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  5. G. says:

    Well, mine changed. And bringing dead back, I had like to bring Paul Walker and Alan Rickman back into the world. There going away was such a loss. Robin W., Heath Ledger too (may be)

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      Woah! Hola, Ophiuchian 😊
      Alan Rickman is someone I would use the Resurrection Stone for pronto, if it existed.
      Paul Walker will always live on in our hearts! 😊
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  6. psharmarao says:

    That’s my little one’s sun sign then, made her read your post too. visiting from http://poojasharmarao.blogspot.com

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That’s amazing! I do hope she liked the post, and did a little more research about her sun sign! 😊

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  7. sukanya2700 says:

    Very informative . Good read.

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  8. inquisitivegeet says:

    That’s an interesting sun sign that you have unveiled in front of us. And man, I pronounced it all wrong, till I read the pronunciation.

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      I made the same mistake too! That’s why I checked out many online pronunciation guides to get the pronunciation right! 😁
      Always welcome, Geets! And tomorrow’s post is something scientific. 😉

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  9. 13th Zodiac.. I didn’t know this. With increasing my vocabulary you are also increasing my general knowledge now. And yes I would love to work on something that would bring the dead back to life.

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    1. fabulus1710 says:

      That means you really are enjoying my posts, Reema! 😍
      Okay. So what would it be like? A potion? A gateway into the afterlife to meet the departed for a few minutes and then come back? Share your ideas!

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  10. Bring back people from the dead? NO!

    God knows how long it took for me to put them there 😉

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  11. Rajlakshmi says:

    I read about this zodiac sign few years ago. Loved the story behind it.
    Bring bak from dead… No

    A Whimsical Medley
    Twinkle Eyed Traveller

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  12. Amazing! I had no idea. I hope there are no more additions to the zodiac. I have trouble keeping track of it already. My resurrection list would include Freddie Mercury, George Harrison and Alan Rickman. 🙂

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  13. 2 AM Writer says:

    I guess, emotionally yes. Too many good people have gone too soon… But practically over poulating the earth is not exactly advisable 🙂

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  14. No 😉
    No plans to bring dead people back to life .

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