As a proud (and predictably stubborn) Taurus, I'm not personally affected by the renewed debate about Ophiuchus, the 13th zodiac sign, which was discovered just five years ago. The sign — which falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius and covers anyone born from November 29 to December 17 — is not unanimously regarded as part of the official zodiac, but it's still super interesting to learn the history behind the sign and what personality traits Ophiuchus' possess. Naturally, as a sex and relationships fanatic, I was most curious about what the Ophiuchus sign is like in relationships, and which other signs are most and least compatible with them.
Ophiuchus' (pronounced Of-ee-You-Cus, for those of you who were as stumped as me), literal translation is "serpent bearer," and is symbolic of a human being intertwined with a snake — perfect for all you Slytherins out there. Their personality, though snakelike in some ways, actually has a lot of depth, and their ideal partner is (naturally) someone who complements them and can handle some of their less ideal traits.
"Ophiuchus’ are generally happy individuals who are truthful and honest, intellectual and clever, and full of charisma and creative talents," Didi Wong, Integrative Wellness and Life Coach, tells Bustle. "They are ambitious and want to be at the top of their game, but like a serpent, like to be secretive. They can easily adapt to change, which is why they naturally hate routine, and they need a partner that understands their passion for exploring the world and sometimes living the life of a rolling stone. They also tend to be impatient, temperamental and judgmental, while not considering the consequences, which can create unhealthy jealousy in relationships."
Wong says the most crucial element of success for a relationship with Ophiuchus is respecting their need to feel free and unbound, as well as their need to be praised. She says someone who's an intellectual but happy in a "supporting role" is the best fit for an Ophiuchus. "The right partner should not need to be praised as much and needs to possess an inner confidence to enhance what an Ophiuchus can offer," she says. "The right partner needs to be a strong backbone to the relationship, much like the crew of a movie that shines a light on the actor him/herself."
Whether you're an astrology fanatic or a hardened skeptic, it can't hurt to check out your horoscope every once in a while and see what the stars might have in store for you. If you're curious about whether you might be a good match for an Ophiuchus, check out Wong's list of the five most compatible signs for Ophiuchus.
"[These two] are perfect pairs because they have so much in common — the two are creative day-dreamers who easily share emotions and feelings, which is the most important aspect to any relationship," Wong says. "Even more, both signs are easygoing when it comes to adapting to new environments, so they would be great together in times of change, which can be constant."
"Ophiuchus and Capricorn would get along because both lend themselves to being hard-working, intellectually driven, and competitive in both their professional and personal lives," Wong says.
"An Ophiuchus is continually seeking enjoyment, so it would make sense that they are extremely compatible with their [own] kind, especially in times of traveling in pairs," Wong says.
"Ophiuchus is also strongly compatible with Cancers, since the two are both loyal and possessive," Wong says. "The latter trait sometimes borders [on] jealousy, but it paves the way for physical and emotional satisfaction, both of which are keys to a successful relationship."
"Ophiuchus and Libras work great with each, since Libras — a soft mix of Capricorn and Pisces — are both intellectuals, creative thinkers and art enthusiasts," Wong says. "Like an Ophiuchus, Libras have a hunger for discovering new places and diving into the unknown. These two would be great friends before becoming lovers."
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