Ophiucus Terms

Ophiucus (Greek) or Serpentarius (Latin) means serpent bearer. He holds in his hands the serpent that has been split into two as Rahu (Serpens caput) and Ketu (Serpens cauda). In the West, Ophiucus is linked with Aesculapius. In India, Edumban is linked with Dhavantari who carried the two hills Sivagiri and Saktigiri on a kavadi to Palani on behalf of sage Agyasta the founder of Ayurveda and friend of Murugan. Ophiucus was linked with the Autumnal Equinox, i.e. which we now associate with Libra, the scales (introduced by Julius Caesar in 42 B.C.) that symbolize among other things, equal day and equal night. Given the paralells between Aesculapius-Dhanvantari (Agastya) and Ophiucus-Edumban, is the kavadi of perhaps the original source for the idea of scales? ---- The figure also was associated with Caecius, the Blinding One, slain by Hercules and celebrated by Dante in the Inferno. It also represented Triopas, king of the Perrhaebians; Carnabon, Carnabas, and Carnabus, the slayer of Triopas; Phorbas, his Thessalian son, who freed Rhodes from snakes; Cadmus changed to a serpent; Jason pursuing the golden-fleeced Aries; Aesacus, from the story of Hesperia; Aristaeus, from the story of Eurydice; Laocoon struggling with the serpent; and Caesius, or Glaucus, the sea-god, although this latter title, identified by some with that of Androgeus, may have come from that namesake who was restored to life by Aesculapius. [SLM p.299.] Cited from website Ophiucus Afeichus, Afeichius, and Alpheichius