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Serpens
Constellation on the celestial equator (see celestial sphere), represented as a serpent coiled around the body of Ophiuchus. It is the only constellation divided into two halves: Serpens Caput, the head (on one side of Ophiuchus), and Serpens Cauda, the tail (on the other side). Its main feature is the Eagle nebula.




This constellation is unique, for it is divided into two parts – Serpens Caput, the head, and Serpens Cauda, the tail. Nevertheless, astronomers regard it as a single constellation. Serpens represents a huge snake held by the constellation Ophiuchus. In his left hand Ophiuchus grasps the top half of the snake, while his right hand holds the tail. Aratus and Manilius agreed that Serpens was coiled around the body of Ophiuchus, but most star atlases show the snake simply passing between his legs (for an illustration of the full tableau, see Ophiuchus).

In mythology, Ophiuchus was identified as the healer Asclepius, son of Apollo, although why he appears to be wrestling with a serpent in the sky is not fully explained. His connection with snakes is attributed to the story that he once killed a snake that was miraculously restored to life by a herb placed on it by another snake. Asclepius subsequently used the same technique to revive dead people. Snakes are the symbol of rebirth because they shed their skins every year.

The star Alpha Serpentis is called Unukalhai from the Arabic meaning ‘the serpent’s neck’, where it is located. The tip of the serpent’s tail is marked by Theta Serpentis, called Alya, an Arabic word that actually refers to a sheep’s tail. The most celebrated object in Serpens is a star cluster called M16, embedded in a gas cloud called the Eagle Nebula, the subject of a famous photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope.

http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/serpens.htm






Ascendant The degree of the zodiac rising over the eastern horizon of the birthplace at the moment of birth.

Caput Draconis From the Latin, literally dragon's head; an older term for the Moon's North Node.

Cauda Draconis From the Latin, literally dragon's tail; synonymous with the Moon's south node.

Descendant Point opposite the Ascendant.

ecliptic The apparent path of the Sun as it "travels" around Earth during the course of a year; actually, Earth's orbit around the Sun.

nodal chart An equal house chart, which places the Moon's South Node at the Ascendant, used primarily by medical astrologers to diagnose health problems. In this context, the South Node and Ascendant represent the head, the North Node and Decendant the feet, the lower hemisphere the right side of the body and the upper hemisphere the left.

node The point of intersection of a planet's orbit and the ecliptic.

http://astrology.aryabhatt.com/astrology_glossary.asp






So why is this seal here ???

Well, shown above is the reference to the Eagle Nebula, hence the eagle on the seal. There are 13 stars (13th star sign) above the head of the eagle (Eagle Nebula) holding 13 arrows in the left claw (Caput Draconis - the serpents head) and a branch with 13 leaves on a branch in the right claw (Cauda Draconis - the serpents tail).




Snake Goddess describes a number of figurines of a woman holding a serpent in each hand found during excavation of Minoan archaeological sites in Crete dating from approximately 1600 BCE.


The Greek word drakõn [1], 'serpent', is related to the word drakos, meaning 'eye'.


Through the Druidic calendar the Elder tree is the 13th tree, with the December correlation the same as Ophiuchus, that is represented by the planetary ruler Saturn, and Saturn is linked through the occult with the Star of David formed by the 13 stars above the eagle. The eagle is representative of the Birch tree in the Druidic calendar and the planetary ruler is the Sun, hence the sun symbolism around the eye on the pyramid.







Scottish Rite Eagle


There are 18 objects surrounding the 13 stars. 1+ 8 = 9. There are nine muses of the Goddess..



Quote:
The nine named Muses each inspired a different musical or poetic field, with Urania as the inspirer of astronomy and the mysteries of the stars.
http://www.big.com.au/fallen/muses.html


Quote:
The nine named Muses each inspired a different musical or poetic field, with Urania as the inspirer of astronomy and the mysteries of the stars.
http://www.big.com.au/fallen/muses.html
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