You may not realise it, but your Zodiac sign has changed

Ophiuchus - The 13th sign of the Zodiac | Image credit: InteractiveStars.com

A lot of people treat astrology at best, as a bit of a daily novelty. A majority may concede that they believe it is not entirely unreasonable to assume that the time of year you are born can have some effect on your personality. Others still, will never openly admit their addiction to reading their star signs, secretly agreeing and even basing their monthly decisions on the astrologist‘s 25 words or less.

Whenever someone asks me to read their horoscope out loud, I personally take pleasure in reading a completely different sign and wait for the predictable “that’s so true…” as they unknowingly affirm the universally-applicable nature of every horoscope.

Therefore, it may come as no surprise to some, to discover that your Zodiac sign has actually been different all along.

That’s right, if you are traditionally a two-faced Gemini, or a practical and prudent Capricorn, you can identify no more. There are now thirteen signs to the Zodiac, pushing forward the date range of the other twelve.

“Astronomers have known about this since about 130 B.C.”, Parke Kunkle, astronomy instructor, told The Associated Press from his office at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Kunkle has been the target of torrents of confused and enraged letters and phone calls since an interview was published in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In the publication, Kunkle had explained that the Earth’s wobbly orbit means it’s no longer aligned to the stars in the same way as when the signs of the zodiac were first conceived, about 5,000 years ago. That means, Kunkle said, that when astrologers say the sun is in Pisces, it’s really in Aquarius, and so on.

“This is not new news. Almost every astronomy class talks about it.”

New news or old, most people had never heard it before. And one of the more fascinating elements of the story was talk of a new sign altogether.

By the reckoning of Kunkle and other astronomers, astrologers are not only a month off in their zodiac signs, but they are neglecting a 13th constellation, Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. It’s dates are for those born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17.  Ophiuchus is a formation which the ancient Babylonians discarded because they specifically wanted only 12 star signs.

 

Horoscope readers demand answers

“My whole life, I thought I was a Capricorn,” a 25-year-old publicist said. “Now I’m a Sagittarius? I don’t feel like a Sagittarius!” It felt, she said, like a rug had been pulled from under her feet.

“Will my personality change?” she mused. “Capricorns are diligent and regimented, and super-hard-working like me. Sagittarians are more laid back. This is all a little off-putting.”

As word spread to the masses, countless people reacted, some with anger, on social networks to the “news” that the stars had shifted alignment, astrologically speaking.

“I believe it’s a zodiac scam,” said Jose Arce, a 38-year-old from Fort Lee, N.J., who runs a body shop. “I’ve known myself to be a Sagittarius, I believe, since I was born. So to come up now with some new sign? It’s unacceptable!”

But others weren’t so ready to curse the stars. Kathy Torpey always felt like she was “a Scorpio trapped in a Sagittarian body”, emotional and creative, she said, more than competitive and intellectual like Sagittarians. Torpey said she was thrilled to discover that she may have always been a Scorpio, after all.

“You have no idea what relief and joy I felt after hearing the wonderful news of the zodiac changes,” wrote the 43-year-old mother of two from Willow Grove. “Up until now, I felt like my whole life has been a lie!”

Astrologers across the country reported a wave of calls, e-mails or website hits from concerned clients. “People are more attached and loyal to their signs than they thought,” said Eric Francis, editor of PlanetWaves.net, who said he had had 25,000 hits on his site since midnight. “It’s interesting how many people are panicking their sign is wrong.”

In the wake of such a public outcry, perhaps predictably, astrologists everywhere continue to ignore the total inaccurately of their own traditional star signs. Pick up a paper tomorrow and you will find no trace of the celestial constellation for those born between November 29 and December 17. Astrologists continue to teach acceptance of the flawed Zodiac system to new would-be horoscope writers, downgrading science and fact into an “open secret”.

For those who, like me, never believed in astrology in the first place, this is of little concern. However, this revelation that the very dates do not match up with the constellations they are supposed to align with, should ring a fundamental alarm bell to those convinced that astrology is a medium in which to place trust. This highlights astrology as a scam beyond any other reasoning of its lack of proof in predicting moods or events. It can now sit with the likes of Scientology as nothing but a proven farce to be laughed at by the few in the know.

Like  most religions, astrology holds a powerful and profitable business position in the world, perpetuated through the continued faith of those who accept a claim. The choice to ignore irrefutable fact saves the Zodiac Powerful quite a lot of money and reputation-damaging huge public outcry. For many older religions, proving or disproving fundamental beliefs can be a fruitless, difficult and debatable task. This should not be the case here with astrology, because astrology claims to be a calculated science in the first place. Sadly, when challenged by a fundamental star sign miscalculation, astrology does not seem to accept its very laws.

Constellation Ophiuchus | Image credit: NewZodiac.com

 

Your real star sign / horoscope dates:

Capricorn: Jan 20 to Feb 16

Aquarius: Feb 16 to March 11

Pisces: March 11 to April 18

Aries: April 18 to May 13

Taurus: May 13 to June 21

Gemini: June 21 to July 20

Cancer: July 20 to Aug 10

Leo: Aug 10 to Sep 16

Virgo: Sep 16 to Oct 30

Libra: Oct 30 to Nov 23

Scorpio: Nov 23 to 29

Ophiuchus: Nov 29 to Dec 17

Sagittarius: Dec 17 to Jan 20

 

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Author:Andrew Beato

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5 Comments on “You may not realise it, but your Zodiac sign has changed”

  1. July 13, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    People need to stop treating this as if it’s news. This has already been debunked several times over by astrologists, this isn’t news!

    • July 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

      Yeah it’s news that has been covered before, true. But like me, heaps of people continue to be unaware of the story, so it’s interesting. Which part are you saying has been debunked by astrologists exactly? That the existing 12-sign zodiac is inaccurate? Or that there actually is no 13th constellation and that it is all a lie?

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