This is the second part of the Ophiuchus-Serpens group. The Serpent is being
grasped in the hands of Ophiuchus the Serpent Holder. Thus the constellation
wraps around Ophiuchus, and is divided into two parts: Serpens Caput (the head)
and Serpens Cauda (the tail).
The brightest star, alpha Serpentis, is called Unukalhai, meaning "Neck of the Snake"
The Serpent is held by Ophiuchus, the Serpent Wrestler. Ophiuchus is the God of Health and Healing. Because the serpent sheds its skin each year, the serpent became a symbol of rebirth. Asclepius, who was the son of Apollo acquired the secret of rebirth from the serpent. He accidentally crushed a serpent with his foot. A second serpent appeared, carrying herbs in its mouth, which it gave to the dead serpent. The dead serpent revived. Asclepius took a bit of the serpent's herb and through this acquired the secret of rebirth.Return to Main Index