13, Ophiuchus, Fibonacci

As discussed before, the sacred Mount Meru of the Rig-Veda was described by Pingala as a cadence of numbers that extends into the sky. This cadence is what we call the Fibonacci series {1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,...} whose adjacent proportions converge to the golden ratio like this:

1/1 = 1
2/1 = 2
3/2 = 1.5
5/3 = 1.666...
8/5 = 1.6
13/8 = 1.625
21/13 = 1.61538
Golden Ratio = 1.618033...

When this series is plotted out, it takes the shape of a spiral or vortex. This was symbolized in ancient times as a serpent wrapped around the axis of the sacred mountain. In the body, it was considered the Kundalini serpent energy (chi or prana) that coiled through the body and out the crown. Symbolized as the Rod of Ascepius, Staff of Hermes or Caduceus, this spiraling energy was identified with the 13th constellation of Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus thus represents the Fibonacci series and golden ratio that formed the transcendental mountain of the gods.

In this series, the ratios either side of 13, namely 1.625 and 1.615, represent an increasingly damped region in a resonating medium, such as a vibrating string or even a solar system. This damping region actually supports the formation of standing waves and harmonics by suppressing non-whole number frequencies. In this way this serpent-like vortex kills chaotic wave reflection and promotes order, coherence and harmony in nature.

Thus, the number 13 represented by the serpent handler Ophiuchus is not unlucky or evil at all. On the contrary, it symbolizes order from chaos and is the harbinger of life in the cosmos. This understanding may be why the location of Ophiuchus was considered the constellation of "Sitting Gods" in very ancient times.

We can only hope that 2013 will be a year where Ophiuchus once again guides the world toward balance.