I was a pretty happy and a content Sagittarius woman. And like one twelfth of the citizens on this globe – we were all grouped to the Sagittarius household and our “common traits” were passed down from generations.


And right when I was getting my creative juices flowing to build a new range for Indian Journals to launch for this holiday season – bam ! Ophiuchus comes into my awareness zone. And overnight I became an Ophiuchus. Imagine spending a little over 3 decades believing that you belong to a particular star sign and then you are someone else now. It was like – a case of living in mistaken identity for this whole time !As if all our homies were now either to be retained in the Sagittarius fort or move to the not so newly constructed Ophiuchus Fort to call it home.


Needless to say, I searched everything from its meaning to its origins to symbology , constellation , personality traits and compatibilities ! Most of what I used to do in high school for Sagittarius.


The constellation is described in the astrological poem of Marcus Manilius: the Astronomica, which is dated to around 10 AD. The poem describes how:

Ophiuchus holds apart the serpent which with its mighty spirals and twisted body encircles his own, so that he may untie its knots and back that winds in loops. But, bending its supple neck, the serpent looks back and returns: and the other’s hands slide over the loosened coils. The struggle will last forever, since they wage it on level terms with equal powers”.

Later in his poem, Manilius describes the astrological influence of Ophiuchus, when the constellation is in its rising phase, as one which offers affinity with snakes and protection from poisons, saying “he renders the forms of snakes innocuous to those born under him. They will receive snakes into the folds of their flowing robes, and will exchange kisses with these poisonous monsters and suffer no harm”.  A later 4th century astrologer, known as Anonymous of 379, associated “the bright star of Ophiuchus”, Ras Alhague (α Ophiuchi), with doctors, healers or physicians (ἰατρῶν), which may have been because of the association between poisons and medicines.

Based on the 1930 IAU constellation boundaries, suggestions that “there are really 13 astrological signs” because “the Sun is in the sign of Ophiuchus” between November 29 and December 17 have been published since at least the 1970s.

In 1970, Stephen Schmidt in his Astrology 14 advocated a 14-sign zodiac, introduced Ophiuchus (December 6 to December 31) and Cetus (May 12 to June 6) as new signs.  Within 20th-century sidereal astrology, the idea was taken up by Walter Berg in his The 13 Signs of the Zodiac (1995). Berg’s The 13 Signs of the Zodiac was published in Japan in 1996 and became a bestseller, and Berg’s system has since been comparatively widespread in Japanese pop culture, appearing for example in the Final Fantasy video game series and the manga and anime series Fairy Tail.


I was kind of excited about this whole “Shift” and started working on the brand new symbol for the Indian Journals cover. How could I leave out my very own “new” sign in the offering !

There were two symbols that were coming up in the search. However, I had to pick only one. More because I liked it and “related” to it more.

To know which symbol  I picked and what is going to be the cover like , please stay tuned. Oh by the way – any guesses for the new theme for Indian Journals !



Would I rather # 3

thoughtful-womanAnother round of some fun questions Donna Farmer created for an electronic swap that I am a part of.

There are going to be more to come !

Would you rather be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly? I’d rather be stuck alone. Always ! An unnecessary yapper is too harmful to be stuck alone with !

Would you rather be too hot or too cold? Too hot seems like a better bet !

When you’re old, would you rather die before or after your spouse? After

Would you rather have a cook or a maid? Have a maid ! I have one even now 🙂

Would you rather be the youngest or the oldest sibling? I’d like to be the younger lot for a change. Want to experience how it feels like.

Would you rather get rich through hard work or through winning the lottery? Through hard work. And then after someday after a long grueling walk and lots of hard work up the hill, I’d like to buy a lottery ticket and eventually win it too !

Would you rather have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest? Dinner. At least food can be a saving grace !

Would you rather be an Olympic gold medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize winner? Nobel Peace Prize really sounds like something worth living for.

Would you rather have a desk job or an outdoor job? A mix of both actually. If I have to choose one only then it would probably desk (51% inclination)

Would you rather live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain? Mountain. Pat came the answer ! Oh but with grocery stores just nearby on the mountain too !

Would you rather have Rambo or The Terminator on your side? Rambo ! I love Sylvester Stallone. He looks sooo good in his very first “Rocky”

Would you rather be proposed to in private or in front of family and friends? Private 🙂

Would you rather have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food? Grow my own food ! Organic food 🙂

Would you rather hear the good news or the bad news first? Good news first. It would make a build a better emotional firewall for the bad news

Would you rather be your own boss or work for someone else? I am my own boss and I’d rather keep doing the same. God willing.

I enjoyed answering them all. Thankyou Donna 🙂