30. Constellation – Hercules, the one who kneels

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Hercules, the kneeling man, is one of the oldest constellation, associated with the myth of Gilgamesh who had to slay the dragon Humbaba.

In Greek mythology is represented by Hercules who crushes the dragon represented by the constellation Draco, which lies at his feet.

 

Symbolism

– power, cruelty, rashness;

– imperious, proud.

Stars of Hercules

The most important stars from Hercules, in the order of magnitude are: Ras algethi, Kornephoros, Marfak and Masym.

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30.1 Ras Algethi – 160 Sagittarius 19′

 

Ras algethi is the brightest star from Hercule, located in the head of the image.

Magnitude: 3,5 var.

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 160 Sagittarius 19′

Declination: 14N26’45”

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Scorpio to Aquarius

Planetary nature: Mercury/Mars

Official name: Alpha Hercules

 

Symbolism:

– courage, boldness, power;

– honor, fame;

– strength of character;

– favours from women when is well placed, troubles when afflicted.

 

31. Constellation – Ophiucus, the serpent holder, Caput Serpens and Cauda Serpens

 

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Ophiucus, the serpent holder, was part of a larger constellation formed from Ophiucus, Caput Serpens and Cauda Serpens.

In Greek mythology Ophiucus was known as Asclepius, the son of Apollo. He was a very good healer and worked as a surgeon on Argo ship. He became so skilled that succeeded to resurrect people from dead. The gods where angry for him to have so great powers, so they killed him with a thunderbolt and placed in the heavens.

The serpent represents the ability to heal, but also wisdom and rebirth.

 

Symbolism

– medicine, drugs;

– wisdom, knowledge;

– to heal.

Stars of Ophiucus

The most important stars from Ophiucus, in the order of magnitude are: Ras Alhague, Sabik and Han.

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31.1 Ras Alhague – 220 Sagittarius 37′

 

Ras Alhague is the brightest star from Ophiucus, located in the head of the serpent holder.

Magnitude: 2,1

Projected Ecliptical Degrees: 150 Capricorn 29′

Declination: 20N33’10”

Range of degrees with which can be in parans: from Scorpio to Aquarius

Planetary nature: Saturn/Venus

Official name: Alpha Ophiucus

 

Symbolism:

– danger of bites, rabies, poison, infections;

– drug addicts;

– humanitarianism, to help, to teach;

– healing skills.